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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.25 Language of Instruction: English
Housing: Field Station Number of Credits Offered: 6
Eligible Population: 03 Junior, 04 Senior, Graduate, Non-Degree Seeking Type of Program: Faculty-led
Click here for a definition of this term Area of Study: Earth Science, Geology 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:

Geology Field Camp in the Dolomites 

Italy, Summer 2022

The Geology Program at GMU,  in partnerships with Geoscience faculty at the University of Trieste (Italy) and Dolomiti Project Srl, offers  this four-week  intensive field mapping program in most iconic sites in the Dolomites. The Dolomites have been awarded the title of UNESCO World Heritage site because of the beauty of their mountain landscapes and  their outstanding Mesozoic geology.  The Dolomites offer world class outcrops for studying structures, depositional geometries and stratigraphic relationships between ancient carbonate platforms and deep basins.

Students will learn how to apply geologic mapping by carrying out  6 mapping projects encompassing a wide range of geologic approaches: traditional bedrock mapping, structural geology, stratigraphy, mapping of Quaternary sedimentary covers and risk assessment (see table of projects).   Students work at projects in groups and individually. Each project has assignment deliverables and contributes to the final grade. At the end of each project students participate in a group discussion. On the last day of field camp, students group present their cross section of the field camp area that they have built across the 6 projects.

Program Outcomes

  • Learn to collect general and project-specific data accurately in the field and write a professional report.
  • Interpret field data to solve geoscience problems.
  • Learn to do geologic analysis, including balanced cross sections.
  • Bedrock and quaternary sedimentary cover mapping.


6 credits



This program is open to geology and earth science majors including those who do not attend George Mason University. Non-Mason students are welcome to apply. This course is intended for junior and senior level students.This program admits also graduate students, inquire with academic director for details. 

Prerequisites (or equivalent classes, with permission of instructor) 
  • Physical Geology
  • Historical Geology
  • Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
  • Sedimentary Petrology
  • Geomorphology
  • Structural geology

Course Options

  • Geology (GEOL) 404: Geological Field Techniques
  • Geology (GEOL) 503: Special Topics in Earth Science

Program Dates*

Mid-June - Mid-July 2022


Sample Itinerary

Day 1 Students arrive at the Venice airport meeting point; group transit to Capitello di Fassa. Welcome orientation and dinner.
Day 2 Introduction to the geology of the Dolomites and elements of mapping 
Day 3 Erbe pass - Goma pass - Prati di Putia (Permian to early Middle Triassic)
Day 4 Giau pass - Mt Cernera – Baste lake (Middle Triassic seismic scale depositional geometries, carbonate platforms and volcanics)
Day 5 Prato Piazza to Picco di Vallandro (Triassic carbonate platforms. Depositional geometries)
Day 6 Falzarego - Rifugio DiBona (Carnian&Norian) - description of the remaining portion of the stratigraphic succession, functional to mapping - activities: mapping at Cinque Torri 
Day 7 Free day
Day 8 Field Mapping Project: Braies -  Dolomiti di Sesto area
Day 9-12 Field Mapping Project: Braies and/or Monte Piana - Dolomiti di Sesto area.
Day 13 Free day
Day 14 Travel to the Southern Dolomites. During the transfer stops to highlight elements of the large-scale structure of the Southern Alps
Day 15 Sed-Strat Project: PT Boundary; Introduction to the project
Day 16 Sed-Strat Project: Measuring stratigraphic sections
Day 17 Full day of office work
Day 18 Free day
Day 19 Introduction to geologic mapping on Quaternary deposits in Alpine environment
Day 20-21 Quaternary Mapping: geological mapping on quaternary deposits
Day 22 Full day of office work
Day 23 Free day
Day 24 Structural geology - field trip
Day 25-26 Structural geology data collection and analysis
Day 27 Vajont - geologic mapping oriented to risk assessment
Day 28 geologic mapping oriented to risk assessment
Day 29 Completion of the South Alpine Cross Section
Day 30 Feild trip to Langazuoi where students will present their final project. Option to descend on the Kajserjager via ferrata. Farewell dinner
Day 31 Program ends; group transit to Venice

* 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: Coming Soon!
Summer 2021: $4,850 

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, including 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 and mandatory fees
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • Accommodations
  • Local transportation
  • Half-board (daily breakfast and dinner)
  • Airport transfer to and from Venice
  • Equipment rental (helmet, goggles, high-visibility jacket, hammer, lens)
  • All printed field camp guide maps and materials
  • International emergency medical insurance

Not included:
  • Airfare* 
  • passport and visa fees
  • COVID-19 testing
  • vaccinations 
  • other transportation
  • lunches
  • compass
  • optional trips
  • personal spending
  • Required textbooks and/or course materials

*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.

  • 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.

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 Deadlines:

Final 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:

Links and Resources

Dolomiti Project:

Academic Director

  Kysar Mattiettii Pic
Name Giuseppina Kysar Mattietti
Phone 703-993-9269

GEO Program Administrator

Name Brittany Harris
Phone 703-993-2155

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2022 03/10/2022 ** 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.