Nepal: Community Based Conservation

Nepal: Community Based Conservation
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Dates, Deadlines, and Costs
TermApp DeadlineStart DateEnd DateCost
SummerFebruary 25mid Maylate JuneBudget
Program Information
  • GPA
  • 2.5
  • Language of Instruction
  • English
  • Foreign Language Requirement
  • No
  • Class Eligibility
  • Graduate, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
  • Program Open To
  • UA and Non-UA Students
  • Credit Type
  • UA Direct Credit
  • Level of Study
  • Graduate, Undergraduate
  • Housing Options
  • Hotel
  • Program Type
  • UA Faculty-led
Program Overview

Join us in Nepal where field work meets culture during this six-week community-based conservation program. Explore Nepalese communities and learn about the cultural influences of two distinct religions, Hinduism and Buddhism, as well as the economic value of conservation in rural communities. Exploring Chitwan National Park will allow students to see and learn about 70 species of mammal including large populations of rhinoceros, tigers and elephants as well as 500 species of birds. 


Tentative 2018 dates: May 19 - May 26 (Tucson); May 27 - June 18 (Abroad)

Students will earn 6 units of credit during this six-week program in the following:

RNR 495N/595N Community Based Conservation in Nepal (6 units)
Tentative Course Syllabus


John Koprowski, Professor and Associate Director, School of Natural Resources & the Environment


Kathmandu, Nepal

Kathmandu is the largest Himalayan state in Asia and the capital city of Nepal. It boasts a 6 million population when considering the urban communities in addition to the city center. Hinduism and Buddhism fuse together in this metropolitan city with many religious sites generating tourism for Nepal. Sites include Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath and Budhanilkantha. 

Chitwan National Park

Perhaps the most famous of Nepal’s protected lands, Chitwan National Park is found in the fertile lowland (Terai) region of southern Nepal through which the great rivers of the country meander.  Chitwan harbors more than 500 species of birds and 70 species of mammal to include the largest populations of rhinoceros, tigers, and elephants.  Here the protected areas are islands in a sea of community-based conservation efforts that permit economic develop but also strive to maintain connectivity of habitat to facilitate movement of Nepal’s considerable populations of charismatic megafauna such as rhinoceros, tigers and elephants in addition to many deer and antelopes, sloth bears, pangolins, leopards and other carnivores, small mammals, forest birds, reptiles and amphibians and other wildlife.


Students will be housed in hotels for the duration of the program. Most meals are also included in the program price. 

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