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  • Locations: Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Program Terms: Maymester
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:

UGA - Franklin - Writing and Video Production in Nepal

Please note that this program will run in Maymester 2021. All inquiries should be director to Dr. John Gibbs.

Program Location: Kathmandu, Nepal

In this program, students will experience the culture, climate and the mountains of the high Himalayas while communicating their encounters with the world at large. Program participants will trek the mountains and passes of Nepal, meet with Nepalese people, absorb the culture and natural environment, and reflect on these encounters in writing, photographs, and video productions. All program participants work will have the express purpose of communicating ongoing experiences with the world via the internet. Program participants will create photo-writing-blogs of their daily experiences, and craft videos of encounters with the land and peoples of Nepal. They will learn the basics of short-form writing, photography, and how to create and edit videos with an ultralight setup that can be used in future travels.

Academic Program

THEA 5680/7680, Topics in Dramatic Writing (3 hours)
FILM 4680/6680, Introduction to DV Production (3 hours)

Program Itinerary

This is a working itinerary and subject to change.

November 7 Study Abroad Reception ( new admits)
March/April (TBA) Program orientation 
May 11, Arrive in Kathmandu, course introduction and setup
May 12, Tour Kathmandu, Principles of Video
May 13, Lukla to Phakding, video, photography, and writing
May 14, Namche Bazaar, video, photography, and writing
May 15, Namche Bazaar, acclimatization trek to Everest Hotel
May 16, Tengboche, video, photogrophy, writing
May 17, Tour Tengboche
May 18, Tengboche to Pheriche
May 19, Pheriche (rest day)
May 20, Pheriche to Lobuche, video, photography, writing
May 21, Everest Base Camp
May 22, Kala Patthar
May 23, Pangboche, video, photography, writing
May 24, Namche Bazaar, video, photography, writing
May 25, Namche to Lukla, video, photography, writing
May 26, Kathmandu, video lecture
May 27, Kathmandu, highlights tour, video, photography, writing
May 28, Kathmandu, highlights tour, present final video and writing projects
May 29, Return to the US



Hotels and tea houses will be used throughout the program for accommodations. Rooms will be lockable ,and there will be a central storage facility in Kathmandu for students to leave non-trekking gear for the duration of the actual trek. Students should be aware that the higher they climb Everest, the more simple the facilities will be in their accommodations.

Program Costs

See "Cost of Attendance" sheet at the top of this brochure for dollar estimates. Basic cost breakdown for study abroad includes:

  • Program fee for student travel (including accommodations, group excursions, meals, etc.);
  • Tuition and fees for academic courses;
  • International airfare estimate; and
  • Personal spending money estimate.  
Speak with a UGA Financial Aid Advisor about how to apply the HOPE scholarship and other financial aid to study abroad expenses


  • Satisfactory academic and disciplinary records, and strong references.
  • Enrollment is limited (Likewise, a minimum enrollment count must be met to confirm program).
  • Pre-requisite courses, if any, will be enforced.

Admission Process

Admissions are rolling after the Oct. 15 decision date, and only applications marked "complete" by that time will receive a decision. Admission decisions will be sent via the application portal. Students will have a limited time to accept or decline an admission offer before the spot passes to another candidate. Students who accept the offer of admission must pay a non-refundable $300 deposit to confirm their place in the program and register for courses.

Contact Information

Dr. John Gibbs, Program Director

Phone: -706-542–2836

Department of Theatre & Film Studies
University of Georgia
Fine Arts Building
Athens, GA 30602–3154

This program is currently not accepting applications.