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  • Locations: Online, United States
  • Program Terms: Summer (Online)
  • Budget Sheets: Summer (Online)
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.25 Number of Credits Offered: 6-9
Eligible Population: 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior Type of Program: Faculty-led
Click here for a definition of this term Area of Study: Biology, Environmental Science Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Host: Global Education Office
Open to non-Mason Students: Yes Program eligible for VA Benefits: Yes
Program Description:

Marine Mammal International Science and Policy

Online, Summer 2021

South Africa, Madagascar

Program Overview

Protecting marine mammals requires a global understanding about species that are in crisis and what tools are available to save them from extinction. In this special class, you will learn about conservation issues impacting marine mammal species across the globe (specific to regions internationally), the laws that exist to protect them, and get firsthand insights into what researchers/managers are doing right now to protect them.

Program Highlights: 

  • Learn about the current status of marine mammal populations across the globe and the conservation issues impacting them
  • Learn about the laws (international and national) protecting these species 
  • Become familiar with the cultural importance of marine mammals to societies across the globe and the necessity of having local stakeholders involved in solving conservation issues 
  • Get firsthand experience helping to solve problems with externships at international NGOs and management units across the globe 
  • Network with global conservationists 


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


6 Credits + Optional 1-3 Credit Externship

Course Options

Undergraduate credits:
  • Integrative Studies - INTS 399: Study Abroad (3 credits)
AND one of the following 
  • Environmental Science and Policy - EVPP 490: Special Topics in Environmental Science and Policy (3 credits)
  • Biology - BIOL 417: Special Topics (3 credits)

Graduate credits: 
  • Integrative Studies - INTS 595 (3 credits)
  • Environmental Science and Policy - EVPP 505 (3 credits)

Optional Externship

This class can also include an externship (separate credit of 1-3 credits). The externship will be with international organizations (outside the US) working in marine mammal conservation. Work for each organization will be remote. Examples of organizations may include the International Whaling Commission, and NGO’s in countries ranging from Madagascar to the Philippines to the UAE. 

Work may vary from analysis of research data to help with social media production. 
Credits possible will be based on hours committed to work per week (across 11 weeks). 
5 hours/week = 1 credit
10 hours/week = 2 credits
15 hours/week = 3 credits
Externship assignments will be made partially through meetings with students prior and by availability of programs and positions. 

Program Dates: 

May 26 - August 14, 2021

Course dates: May 26 - June 26, 2021
Externship dates: May 26 - August 14, 2021


Students should expect to be in class 20 hours per week during the following days and times for the duration of the program: 
  • Wednesday afternoons (4 hours)
  • Thursdays (4 hours in the morning, 4 hours in the afternoon)
  • Fridays (4 hours in the morning, 4 hours in the afternoon)
Students participating in the optional externship can expect to work 5-15 hours per week for 11 weeks.

 * 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 2021: Undergraduate students - $3,254 + $543/credit for optional 1-3 credit internship;  

Graduate students - $4,026 + $671/credit for optional 1-3 credit internship

The Program Cost for study abroad courses is assessed separately from Mason tuition and fees. This means separate charges are put on your student account for this course, a study abroad tuition charge and a study abroad program fee charge, which together equal the published Program Cost for this course.

Included: Tuition for 6 credits  

Program Payments

Students on MasonGEO virtual programs must pay the advertised program cost in order to participate. This cost will be made in two payments (Deposit + Final Payment). Students planning on using financial aid should contact their Financial Aid Counselor if they plan to use aid. 

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.

Final Payment: The final balance payment is due by May 10th. This is the difference of your Program Cost minus the $200 you've already paid (Deposit). Students who are using financial aid will need to contact the Financial Aid Office upon applying for the program.

Financial Aid and VA Benefits: Students who intend to use financial aid to fund their program fees (partially or in full) must reach out to the Financial Aid Office directly. The Office of Financial Aid is unable to assess if a student will have aid available for summer until April 5. Please complete the summer aid request form on the Financial Aid Office’s website on/after April 5. If you are using VA Benefits please contact your program officer to request the "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form."

* Students must be enrolled at least half-time for federal loans and the majority of grant funds. Please refer to the Financial Aid Website for a definition of half-time for undergraduate and graduate students:

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:

May 1, 2021


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.

Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents regarding the acknowledgement of risk, the pre-departure orientation, and your financial responsibility.

Financial Aid: For Mason students only. If you use financial aid, please contact the Financial Aid Office directly before May 10, 2021.


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

  Jennifer Lewis
Name Jennifer Lewis

GEO Program Administrator

Name Brittany Samko
Phone 703-993-2155

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.