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  • Locations: Chitwan, Nepal; Dhulikhel, Nepal; Ghandruk, Nepal; Kathmandu, Nepal; Pokhara, Nepal
  • Program Terms: Winter Break
  • Budget Sheets: Winter Break
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
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Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.25 Language of Instruction: English
Housing: Hotel Number of Credits Offered: 3
Eligible Population: 01 Freshman, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior, Non-Degree Seeking Type of Program: Faculty-led
Area of Study: Environmental Policy Study Abroad Host: Global Education Office
Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:

Filming and Photography for Conservation

Nepal, Winter 2019

Nepal images
Open to students with all skill levels! No special equipment required! This class will cover the basic skills useful for outdoors photography and film, and then how to use these skills to tell stories important for conservation. Using the backdrop of Nepal, students will be taught basic outdoor filmmaking techniques ranging from scouting locations to learning how to capture beautiful time-lapse sequences. Practice gained from this course will be useful to all with interest and a desire to learn how to impact conservation using visual media. Additionally it will provide an incredible opportunity to develop a portfolio for those working in film or communication.
 

Program Highlights

  • Learn about endangered species while observing major wildlife such as rhino's, elephants, tigers, etc.
  • Witness the impacts of conservation science on landscapes and people in the Himalayas.
  • Challenge yourself to get real world experience in photography and film so you can tell important stories about our planet.  
 


 

 

 
Video by Alaa Zabara, 2018 Participant Video by Jesse Benitez, 2018 Participant
 

Eligibility 

This program is open to all undergraduate students, including students who do not attend George Mason University. 

Undergraduate students must have a minimum GPA of 2.25.
 

Credits

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

Anticipated Course Options*

Undergraduate:
  • Environmental Science and Policy - EVPP 440: Field Environmental Science
*Subject to change. Course offerings will be finalized by the application deadline.

Program Dates*

January 3 - January 16, 2019

 

Sample Itinerary 

Day 1 Arrive in Kathmandu
Day 2 Basics of equipment use, Intro to course locations & conservation issues in Nepal; Buy Supplies
Day 3 Travel to Chitwan
Day 4 Conservation topic: World Heritage sites and protected areas
Film topic: How to interview
Day 5 Conservation topic: Wildlife Trafficking
Film topic: Framing basics, How to develop a story with film, filming wildlife
Day 6 Travel to Ghandruk
Day 7 Conservation topic: Impacts of tourism on habitat and conservation
Film topic: Landscape Film
Day 8 Conservation topic: Why do locals need to be considered in conservation problem solving?
Film topic: Time Lapse
Day 9 Travel to Pokhara
Day 10 Conservation topic: Working on team projects with Nepali forestry conservation students
Film topic: Nighttime filming wildlife and landscapes outdoors
Day 11 Conservation topic: Learning about endangered species conservation (focus: snow leopard)
Film topic: How to film people who are part of a story
Day 12 Travel to Kathmandu; Edit Final Projects
Day 13 Kathmandu Tour; Show Final Projects
Day 14 Program end and departure for US.


* 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

Winter 2018: $3738

Winter 2019: coming soon!

Included: Tuition for 3 credits, accommodations, some meals, guided tours and excursions as described in itinerary, transportation between program sites, international emergency medical insurance.

Not included: Airfare*, passport and visa fees, some meals, personal spending, required textbooks and/or course materials. *Note: 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 October 21, 2018 in order to confirm your enrollment in the program. Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

Final Payment: The final balance payment is due by November 11, 2018. 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."

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

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 on this program are welcome to apply:

Scholarships

Application Opens:

August 2018


Application Deadline:

Sunday, October 7, 2018

 

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.

Intent to Use Financial Aid Form: For Mason students only. If you use financial aid, this form must be completed by your financial aid counselor and submitted by the 1st payment deadline.

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, PhD
Email jlewis33@gmu.edu

Global Education Office
Program Administrator

  Denise Elles-Mdahuar Photo
Name Denise Elles-Mdahaur
Email dellesmd@gmu.edu
Phone 703-993-2155
  Make an appointment


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter Break 2019 10/07/2018 ** Rolling Admission 01/03/2019 01/16/2019

** 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.