During this exciting 8-day field studies course to the Amazon rainforest, you will investigate the region’s exceptional biological diversity by tracking primates and other rainforest species.
Using cutting edge conservation biology research methods and traversing the world’s longest rainforest canopy walkway will allow you to learn about biodiversity that is inaccessible or elusive.
You will also explore the unique traditional culture of the indigenous Maijuna people and their innovative conservation and sustainability initiatives.
This program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students, including students who do not attend George Mason University.
Undergraduate students must have a minimum GPA of 2.25 and graduate students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0
Anticipated Course Options*
Program consists of two classes:
Environmental and Sustainability Studies in the Amazon Rainforest (3 or 4 credits) and Sustainable Solutions in the Developing World (2 credits)
Environmental and Sustainability Studies in the Amazon Rainforest (3 or 4 credits; select one from below):
Biology (BIOL) 440: Field Biology (3 credits)
Biology (BIOL) 507: Selected Topics in Ecology (3 credits)
Integrative Studies (INTS) 498: Field-Based Work (4 credits)
Integrative Studies (INTS) 595 (4 credits) Sustainable Solutions in the Developing World (2 credits; select one from below):
Integrative Studies (INTS) 498 Field Based Work (2 credits)
Integrative Studies (INTS) 595 (2 credits)* Graduate students seeking 6 credits will have an increased cost of $70.00
Tentative Program Dates
January 6 - 13, 2021
Winter 2021: $3,650
- Tuition (5 or 6 credits, depending on course selection)
- Most meals
- Guided tours
- Cultural excursions
- International Emergency Insurance
- In country transportation (course related)
- Round-trip airfare
- Other transportation
- Personal spending
Students on MasonGEO programs must pay the advertised program cost in order to participate. This cost will be made in two payments (First Payment + Final Payment). Students using financial aid can provide additional paperwork in lieu of deposit and final balance payments.
A non-refundable payment of $750 must be received by October 20th
. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee.
The final balance payment is due by November 10th
. This is the difference of your Program Cost minus the $750 you've already paid (Deposit + First Payment).
Withdrawal and Refund Policy:
All participants are bound by the Mason GEO Withdrawal and Refund Policy.
For more information on payments, financial aid, and information for non-Mason students:
GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students on this program are welcome to apply:
Course Selection Questionnaire: You will choose the course(s) you would like to be receive credit for on this program. Check the "Academics" tab to see what courses are offered on this program. If you need help selecting your course, check with your academic advisor.
Passport Status Questionnaire: You do not need a passport to complete this questionnaire or the application. However, if you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now. The Global Education Office offers Passport Grants to help.
Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents regarding the acknowledgement of risk, the pre-departure orientation, and your financial responsibility.
Intent to Use Financial Aid Form: For Mason students only. If you use financial aid, this form must be completed by your financial aid counselor and submitted by the 1st payment deadline.
Additional Requirements for Non-Mason Applicants:
Official transcript: To be mailed or emailed to the Global Education Office at George Mason University.
Non-degree Contract Course/Admission Form: Please complete the form and upload it into the questionnaire.
* Additional application requirements may apply to individual programs. Once you open your application, you will see all application requirements.