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  • Locations: Bali, Indonesia
  • 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, 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 Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program eligible for VA Benefits: Yes
Program Description:

Marine Mammals: Biology and Global Conservation Policy

Indonesia, Summer 2022

Indonesia Marine Conservation

Program Overview

Want to go to one of the most beautiful places on the planet to learn about marine mammals? To a place where you can see over 20 species of dolphins including endangered river dolphins, and the possibility of dugongs and whales? Where you can explore these species (weekly on the water) and the conservation issues impacting them? And get hands on experience designing and implementing conservation policy to help preserve these species? Then sign up now for Global Conservation and Policy of Marine Mammals in Indonesia (Bali/Borneo)!

Program Highlights: 

  • From our incredible home base on the island of Bali (AKA the musical: “South Pacific”), learn about current conservation and policy impacting marine mammals globally
  • Gain practical experience in solving conservation problems, local to Indonesia but applicable globally
  • Learn about local marine mammal conservation issues on the island (some of which students will work to solve)
  • Trips on the water (at sea around Bali and on the Mahakum river in Borneo) will allow you to gain experience in field methods and observations of multiple marine mammal species
  • Towards the end of our program we will travel to the island of Borneo for a 4 day river cruise where you will learn about the endangered Irrawaddy dolphin
  • Opportunities will also include visits from local conservation managers/researchers for learning and networking

Eligibility 

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

Prerequisites: General Biology

However, those without a science background may be able to take the course given approval from the instructor.
 

Credits

6 Credits


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 440: Field Biology (3 credits)


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

Tentative Program Dates: 

June 27 - July 18, 2022

Tentative Itinerary

June 27 Arrive in Bali
June 28 Introduction and lecture on conservation issues and species in peril
June 29 North side tour
June 30 Lecture on species in peril and guest speakers
July 1 Lecture on species in peril and guest speakers
July 2 Free day
July 3 Free day
July 4 Visit marine mammal rehabilitation center, lecture on species in peril and guest speakers
July 5 Lecture on species in peril and guest speakers
July 6 Lecture on species in peril and guest speakers
July 7 South side tour
July 8 South side tour
July 9 Free day
July 10 Fly to Borneo
July 11 Borneo river boat tour 
July 12 Borneo river boat tour
July 13 Borneo river boat tour
July 14 Fly back to Bali
July 15 Final lecture
July 16 Free day
July 17 Free day
July 18 Depart

 * 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 2022: $4,160
 

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: 
  • Application Deposit
  • Tuition and mandatory fees
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • Accommodations
  • Entrance fees/tours/guides as described in itinerary
  • In-country transportation
  • International emergency medical insurance.

Not included: 
  • Airfare*
  • Passport and visa fees
  • COVID-19 testing
  • Meals
  • Required textbooks and/or course materials
  • Personal spending

*Note: This program does not include a group flight. 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. When the time comes to purchase airfare, GEO will be recommending 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 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 MasonAbroad.gmu.edu.
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: https://www2.gmu.edu/admissions-aid/financial-aid/eligibility.

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 MasonLed@gmu.edu 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 Military@gmu.edu.

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:
Payments

Scholarships

GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:
Scholarships

Application Deadline:

March 10, 2022

 

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 Director

  Jennifer Lewis
Name Jennifer Lewis
Email jlewis33@gmu.edu

GEO Program Administrator

  Brittany
Name Brittany Harris
Email masonled@gmu.edu
Phone 703-993-2155
  Make an appointment


Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.