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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.25 Number of Credits Offered: 3
Eligible Population: 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior Type of Program: Faculty-led
Click here for a definition of this term Area of Study: Communication, Environmental Science, Film and Video Studies, Integrative Studies 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:

Conservation Storytelling in Nepal

Online, Winter 2022

Nepal images
Work in an international team of conservation, film and communication students to help tell stories about one of the biggest rivers in the world, the ganges River of Asia. In this class we will be working with students from Bangladesh, India and Nepal to learn about the major conservation issues impacting the Ganges River. Through the class you will learn about how to tell these stories in a way that will make real impact. And together as a team you will build a film focusing on the overall health of the river and what is being done to save it. 
 

Program Highlights

  • Learn how to tell conservation stories that can help create change
  • Learn skills in visual communication using story with film and photography
  • Work with an international team of students from GMU, Nepal, India and Bangladesh
  • Leave with completed media to showcase in your CV and portfolio, including a class team built film on the Ganges River in Asia

Watch the Winter 2021 class film Black Peaks:


 

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.
 

Course Options

Undergraduate:
  • 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

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


 
 

Program Dates

Winter 2022: Coming soon!

 


* 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: $1,640 for undergraduate students; $2,080 for graduate students

 

Included: Tuition for 3 credits

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.

 

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 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.

Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents regarding the acknowledgement of risk, the pre-departure orientation, and your financial responsibility.

Financial Aid: For Mason students only. If you use financial aid, please contact the Financial Aid Office directly before August 20, 2020.

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

GEO Program Administrator

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


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter (Online) 2022 10/10/2021 ** 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.