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.
- 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.
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.
Students will choose one 3-credit course during the application process.
Anticipated Course Options*
- Environmental Science and Policy - EVPP 440: Field Environmental Science
*Subject to change. Course offerings will be finalized by the application deadline.
January 3 - January 16, 2019
||Arrive in Kathmandu
||Basics of equipment use, Intro to course locations & conservation issues in Nepal; Buy Supplies
||Travel to Chitwan
||Conservation topic: World Heritage sites and protected areas
Film topic: How to interview
||Conservation topic: Wildlife Trafficking
Film topic: Framing basics, How to develop a story with film, filming wildlife
||Travel to Ghandruk
||Conservation topic: Impacts of tourism on habitat and conservation
Film topic: Landscape Film
||Conservation topic: Why do locals need to be considered in conservation problem solving?
Film topic: Time Lapse
||Travel to Pokhara
||Conservation topic: Working on team projects with Nepali forestry conservation students
Film topic: Nighttime filming wildlife and landscapes outdoors
||Conservation topic: Learning about endangered species conservation (focus: snow leopard)
Film topic: How to film people who are part of a story
||Travel to Kathmandu; Edit Final Projects
||Kathmandu Tour; Show Final Projects
||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.
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.
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.
Refund and Cancellation Policy:
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."
All participants are bound by the Mason GEO Refund and Cancellation Policy.
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:
Sunday, October 7, 2018
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.