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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:
Fact Sheet:
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
Click here for a definition of this term Area of Study: Communication, Environmental Policy, Film and Video Studies, Integrative Studies Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:

Conservation Storytelling

Nepal, Winter 2022

Nepal images
Previously titled Filming and Photography for Conservation, this program is 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.  


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.

Course Options

  • Environmental Science and Policy - EVPP 490: Special Topics in Environmental Science and Policy
  • Film and Video Studies - FAVS 399: Special Topics in Film and Visual Studies
  • Communications - COMM 399: Special Topics in Communications
  • Integrative Studies - INTS 399: Study Abroad

Environmental Science and Policy - EVPP 505: Selected Topics Environmental Science


Program Dates

January 3 - January 16, 2022


Sample Itinerary 

Day 1  Arrive 
Day 2  Kathmandu Lecture, Speakers, Field Assignment, Editing, Feedback
Day 3  Travel to Chitwan Lecture in Eve
Day 4  Chitwan Field Assignment, Editing and Feedback
Day 5  Travel to Pokhara Lecture in Eve
Day 6  Pokhara Field Assignment, Editing and Feedback
Day 7  Travel to Marpha Lecture in Eve
Day 8  Marpha Lecture, Field Assignment, Editing and Feedback
Day 9  Marpha Lecture, Field Assignment, Editing and Feedback
Day 10  Travel to Pokhara Editing and Feedback in Eve, prep for KTM project
Day 11  Travel to Kathmandu Prep in Eve for KTM project
Day 12   Kathmandu Lecture, KTM project
Day 13 Kathmandu Editing KTM project and Final Lecture
Day 14  Leave 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 2022: Coming Soon!

Winter 2021: $3,200

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. 


  • 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, 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. 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

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. All payments and charges are reflected in the student's Mason Student Account.

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 20th. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee. Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

In the event that a student’s financial aid or VA Benefits is estimated to cover the entire costs of the study abroad program, the entire charge will be posted to their student account, since that is where the aid will be applied. In this case students do not pay their first payment through MasonAbroad. However students must submit their “Intent to Use Financial Aid” form by the first deposit deadline.

Final Payment: The final balance payment is due by November 10th. 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."

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 on this program are welcome to apply:


Application Opens:

April 1st


Application Deadline:

October 10th


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

GEO Program Administrator

Name Brittany Samko
Phone 703-993-2155

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter Break 2022 10/10/2021 ** Rolling Admission 01/03/2022 01/16/2022

** 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.