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  • Locations: Manaus, Brazil
  • 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: 3 Eligible Population: 01 Freshman, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior, Graduate
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 Minimum GPA (Graduate): 3.0
Open to non-Mason Students: Yes Program eligible for VA Benefits: Yes
Program Description:

Field Techniques in Tropical Ecology

Brazil, Summer 2023

Travel to the heart of the Amazon and experience first-hand the world's largest tropical rainforest. In this unique study abroad program students will spent eight days in the Brazilian Amazon learning field research techniques and studying tropical ecology. This course will introduce students to research methods such as camera trapping, scent trapping, mist netting, and acoustic recording. Students will have the chance interact with some of the leading tropical ecologists in Brazil and the United States while they spend time at the National Institute of Amazonian Research. Each day students will gain applicable research skills as they explore one of the most biologically diverse places on Earth. In addition, students will learn about conservation in Brazil while they explore the metropolitan city of Manaus, visit Adolfo Ducke Forest Reserve, and travel to see the famous "Meeting of the Waters".

Program Highlights

  • Live in the rainforest as you learn applicable research methods and field techniques, including camera trapping, scent trapping, acoustic recording, and mist netting. 
  • Experience Manaus, a city in the heart of the Amazon, as you study the history of the region and see the famous "Meeting of the Waters".
  • Learn from and interact with research scientists from around the world while staying at the National Institute of Amazonian Research and the Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragments Project. 


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.


Students will choose one 3-credit course during the application process.

Course Options

  • BIOL 400
  • EVPP 400
  • BIOL 500
  • EVPP 500

Program Dates*

Summer 2023: TBD

July 21 - 30, 2022

Tentative Itinerary 

Day Zero Depart from the United States (Group Travel from MIA to MAO)
Day One
MORNING: Arrive in Manaus, travel to INPA via private bus, settle into accommodations
Lunch in Manaus @ Praça São Sebastião
AFTERNOON: orientation, safety, tour of INPA
Dinner @ INPA
EVENING: Early bedtime
Day Two

Breakfast @ INPA
MORNING: Nature walk in Adolfo Ducke Forest Reserve
Lunch @ Adolfo Ducke Forest Reserve
AFTERNOON: Lectures from INPA researchers at INPA
Dinner @ INPA
EVENING: Discussion and prepare to leave for the BDFFP
Day Three Breakfast @ INPA
MORNING: Travel to the BDFFP (~2.5 hours) via private cars, set up camp, field overview and safety
Lunch @ BDFFP
AFTERNOON: Lectures, break from 3-4 pm
Dinner @ BDFFP
EVENING: Discussion and night walk
Day Four Breakfast @ BDFFP
MORNING: Lectures
Lunch @ BDFFP
AFTERNOON: Lectures and group breakout sessions, break from 3-4 pm
Dinner @ BDFFP
EVENING: Discussion and games
Day Five Early morning nature walk
Breakfast @ BDFFP
MORNING: Lectures
Lunch @ BDFFP
AFTERNOON: Lectures, break from 3-4 pm
Dinner @ BDFFP
EVENING: Discussion and early bedtime
Day Six Breakfast @ BDFFP
MORNING: Lectures
Lunch @ BDFFP
AFTERNOON: Lectures, break from 3-4 pm
Dinner @ BDFFP
EVENING: Discussion
Day Seven Breakfast @ BDFFP
MORNING: Lectures
Lunch @ BDFFP
AFTERNOON: Pack up, travel back to Manaus via private cars
Dinner @ INPA
EVENING: Discussion
Day Eight Breakfast @ BDFFP
MORNING: Leave for guided tour of Manaus via private bus
Lunch @ Praça São Sebastião
AFTERNOON: Boat tour of Encontro das Águas
Dinner @ INPA
EVENING: Final group reflection and time to pack
Day Nine Breakfast @ INPA
MORNING: Travel to airport via private cars
Return to the United States (Group travel MAO to MIA)
* 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 2023: Coming soon! 

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.

  • Application deposit
  • Tuition for 3 credits and mandatory fees 
  • Round-tip airfare between Miami, FL and Manaus, Brazil
  • Accommodations
  • Some group meals
  • Guided tours and field excursions, as described in itinerary
  • Pre-departure orientation 
  • International emergency medical insurance

Not included:
  • Airfare* between D.C and Miami, FL
  • Passport fees
  • Visa fees
  • COVID-19 testing in the U.S. before departure
  • COVID-19 testing while abroad
  • Vaccinations
  • Some meals
  • Personal spending
  • Required textbooks and/or course materials
*Note: This program does not include a group flight from Washington D.C. to Miami, FL. Information regarding arrival times and location will be sent out to all participants after the application deadline. Do not purchase airfare until you receive the "Green Light for Flights" notice from the Global Education Office via email.

The notice will include information on the arrival/departure airports, flight times, and where to meet the group. Students who fail to follow the guidelines GEO sends out will be responsible for applicable costs of changing their flights and/or costs associated with arriving prior to the start of the program. When the time comes to purchase airfare, GEO will recommend the purchase of Flight Interruption and Cancellation Insurance. The “Green Light for Flights” email will provide additional information about this insurance.

Program Payments

The full program fee is charged to your Mason Student Account. Students pay the Global Education Office (GEO) Program Fee as advertised in two payments (Application Deposit + Final Payment.)

Application Deposit: $200 non-refundable Application Deposit 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 made through the Mason Bill+Payment system. Payment is due according to the Mason Payment Schedule. The amount due is the difference of your Program Cost minus the $200 you will have already paid, the Application Deposit.
Note: You can make your final payment in the Mason Bill+Payment system even if you do not see the GEO program charge on your student account. George Mason University applies payments to outstanding charges first. If you have an outstanding balance from a previous semester your payments will first go to paying that charge. You will still be responsible for the GEO charge.

Financial Aid: In most cases, financial aid (federal, state, institutional financial aid, scholarships, grants or loans) can be used to finance study abroad. It is the student’s responsibility to check with the Office of Financial Aid to review their financial aid package. The Office of Financial Aid is the only office that can determine your aid eligibility.
Meeting with your financial aid officer prior to applying to study abroad will help you understand if, how much, and when your aid can be used to study abroad.
Confirmation of your financial aid award may not be available until registration and billing for the term in question is final. If aid eligibility changes, or the amount of aid disbursed is lower than anticipated, students are responsible for all remaining account balances or risk late fees, holds on their accounts, and program dismissal.
To assist students in the processing of their financial aid, GEO will communicate with the Office of Financial aid those students who plan to utilize financial aid for their specific study abroad program through their application with GEO.  Please note there is no guarantee to students that their aid can be utilized for their specific study abroad program.

If you plan to use federal, state, institutional financial aid, scholarships, grants or loans to finance your study abroad you must:
  •  Mark “Yes” to “Do you plan to use Financial Aid to finance your program (federal, state, institutional financial aid, scholarships, grants or loans)?” in your profile in

After acceptance: *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:

VA Benefits: The Veterans Administration determines if a program is eligible to receive VA benefit payments based on the participants VA education program. Use of benefits is dependent on type of benefit and type of program. If you plan to use VA benefits to finance study abroad contact your program officer at to request the "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form." You will complete that form with Mason’s Office of Military Services. To contact Military Services be sure to email them directly at

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

Tuition Exemptions
If you plan to apply for a tuition exemption (for example VMSDEP or senior citizen exemption) to cover a portion of the total cost of the Study Abroad program please contact GEO immediately. Not all exemptions are eligible for use on study abroad courses. When an exemption is eligible for use, only tuition charges are covered. The participant will be required to pay program fees, which may include housing, meals, and direct payments to our overseas partners.
Employee Tuition Exemption Benefit
Global Education Office (Study Abroad) courses and trip fees are ineligible for tuition waivers under this policy. For more information please see the Employee Tuition Exemption Benefit for details.

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 on this program are welcome to apply:


Application Deadline:

March 10, 2023


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.

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 Directors

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Name Dr. David Luther  Tovah Siegel

GEO Program Administrator

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Name Allie Wallace
Phone 703-993-2154

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.