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  • Locations: Arusha, Tanzania; Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Tarangire, Tanzania; Zanzibar, Tanzania
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.25 Language of Instruction: English
Number of Credits Offered: 6 Eligible Population: 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior
Type of Program: Faculty-led Click here for a definition of this term Area of Study: Honors, Communication, Film and Video Studies, Integrative Studies
Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:

Wildlife and Conservation Journalism in East Africa

Tanzania, Summer 2020

East Africa, Wildlife

Program Overview

Pack your bags for an adventure in conservation journalism! In this course, we will explore the East African nation of Tanzania, gather insiders’ views on the country’s most pressing threats to conservation and wildlife, and meet the scientists and journalists who are investigating these issues. Along the way, you will learn how to effectively communicate what we discover with others. Tanzania’s remarkable biodiversity and natural resources fuel its economy and improve the lives of local communities. Yet, rapid population growth, accelerated climate change, tourism and poaching are taking a toll on East Africa’s ecosystem.

Program Highlights: 

  • Meet wildlife biologists, ecologists and park rangers who are grappling with the impacts of climate change on migrating megafauna
  • Head out on safari to spot “the big five” – rhinos, lions, leopards, elephant and Cape buffalo – and more.
  • Learn from local journalists covering the country’s most pressing conservation stories
  • Explore Zanzibar and wander the winding allies of historic Stone Town


All undergraduate students are welcome to apply including students who do not attend George Mason University. Minimum 2.25 GPA.


6 Credits


Students will choose two 3-credit course during the application process.
Online Class (3 credits)
Study Abroad in Tanzania (3 credits)

Anticipated Course Options*

Undergraduate credits:
  • INTS 211
  • INTS 399 
  • COMM 387 
  • COMM 369
  • FAVS 399
  • COMM 396
  • COMM 397
  • PHIL 243
*These course offerings are subject to approval

Tentative Program Dates: 

August 1- August 15, 2020


Tentative Itinerary 

Day 1 – Arusha (fly in to JRO)
Day 2 – Tarangire 
Day 3 – Tarangire 
Day 4 – Tarangire /Ngorongoro
Day 5 – Ngorongoro
Day 6 – Ngorongoro & Lake Manyara 
Day 7 – Lake Manyara / Mto Wa Mbu
Day 8 – Arusha 
Day 9 – Arusha 
Day 10 – Arusha / Zanzibar 
Day 11 – Zanzibar 
Day 12 – Zanzibar 
Day 13 – Zanzibar 
Day 14 – Zanzibar 
Day 15 – Zanzibar / Dar es Salaam
Day 16 – Dar es Salaam
Day 17 – Return to USA 

 * Dates and itinerary subject to change. The Global Education Office reserves the right to make changes to a program in light of currency fluctuations, changing security and safety conditions, and/or any other unforeseen circumstances.

Program Cost

Summer 2020: $5,200

Included: Tuition for 6 credits, accommodations, entrance fees/tours/guides as described in itinerary, in-country transportation, international emergency medical insurance.

Not included: Airfare*, passport and visa fees, meals, required textbooks and/or course materials.

*Participants must arrange their own airfare, once instructed to do so by the Mason Global Education Office.

Program Payments

Students on MasonGEO programs must pay the advertised program cost in order to participate. This cost will be made in three payments (Deposit + First Payment + Final Payment). Students using financial aid can provide additional paperwork in lieu of deposit and final balance payments.

Application Deposit: A non-refundable program deposit $200 must be received by the application deadline. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee.

First Payment: A non-refundable payment of $1000 must be received by March 22, 2020. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee. Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

In the event that a student’s financial aid or VA Benefits is estimated to cover the entire costs of the study abroad program, the entire charge will be posted to their student account, since that is where the aid will be applied. In this case students do not pay their first payment through MasonAbroad. However students must submit their “Intent to Use Financial Aid” form by the first deposit deadline.​

Final Payment: The final balance payment is due by April 19, 2020. This is the difference of your Program Cost minus the $1200 you've already paid (Deposit + First Payment). Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

Financial Aid and VA Benefits: Students who intend to use financial aid or VA benefits to fund their program fees (partially or in full) must have the "Intent to Use Financial Aid" or "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form" completed and on file with the Global Education Office by the First Payment deadline. The "Intent to Use Financial Aid" form is available in the MasonAbroad application system once you have started your application for this program. If you are using VA Benefits please contact your program officer to request the "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form."

Withdrawal and Refund Policy: All participants are bound by the Mason GEO Withdrawal and Refund Policy.

Payment Instructions

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 are welcome to apply:

Application Deadline:

March 8, 2020


Application requirements:*

Program Deposit: $200 for all applicants.

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.Application requirements:* 

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.

Application instructions:

Academic Director

Name Kate Sweeney
Phone 703-993-1090

GEO Program Administrator


Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.