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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.5 Language of Instruction: English
Housing: Eco Lodge Number of Credits Offered: 6
Eligible Population: 01 Freshman, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior Type of Program: Faculty-led
Click here for a definition of this term Area of Study: Biology, Integrative Studies Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Host: Field Studies in SAIL
Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:

Amazon River
Conservation and Sustainability of the Amazon

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. 

Program Details

Program dates: January 6 - 13, 2020

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)

Seeking Credits for the Following:

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


This program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students including students who do not attend George Mason University. 


Double occupancy at Eco Resort. Single room option available for additional cost, if interested email

Program Cost (Winter 2020): $3,560.00

  • Tuition (5 or 6 credits, depending on course selection)
  • Accommodations  
  • Most meals
  • Guided tours
  • Cultural excursions
  • International Emergency Insurance
  • In country transportation (course related)
Not Included:
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Other transportation
  • Personal spending

Contact Information

Program Manager

Greg Justice

Academic Directors

Dr. Gilmore


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter Break 2020 10/06/2019 ** Rolling Admission 01/06/2020 01/13/2020
Summer 2020 03/08/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.