he 2018 International Studies Program to the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, to be conducted June 2 - June 23, 2018, will provide approximately 20 ASU undergraduate students a unique opportunity to study the visual art and culture of the largest Himalayan state, birthplace of Gautama Buddha founder of Buddhism, and home to the worlds tallest mountain- Mount Everest.
ASU Participants will have the chance to experience first-hand the country often called the “Roof of the World.” The program will be an academic collaboration between ASU and Kathmandu Don Bosco College. Courses will taught in English at Kathmandu Don Bosco College by both American and Nepalese faculty including scholars from the ASU Visual and Performing Arts Department (US), Kathmandu Don Bosco College , Xavier Academy, and Kanjirowa National Higher Secondary School (Nepal). The program will consist of four (4) interrelated courses of study; two (2) seminar-based courses and two (2) studio-based workshops. Students will be introduced to the Nepalese educational system, history, culture, and philosophical foundations of traditional Nepalese culture, and discuss current government relations between China and India, including current local trends in social media and the visual arts that are developing in urban centers. In fulfilling the objectives of the program students will travel to various locations in Kathmandu Nepal, and be exposed to some of country’s most enduring cultural treasures, monuments, and cultural centers. The program is unique in its commitment to support the work of both American and Nepalese students and faculty through a challenging academic program of classwork, research and fieldwork. The goal is to give undergraduates an initial exposure to academic study, research, and cultural immersion in a developing country while having an opportunity to pursue their visual research goals. At the conclusion of the course, there will be an art exhibit and farewell ceremony to be hosted by the US Embassy and United States Education Foundation-Fulbright in Nepal.
ISTD 3381 A HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL SURVEY OF NEPALESE ART. An examination of Nepalese art and culture with emphasis in the visual arts, history, philosophy, and religion. Instructor: Randy Hall, MFA
ISTD 3381 CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN NEPAL HIGHER EDUCATION. A discussion of the current state of higher education in the developing nation of Nepal. Instructors: Edwin Cuenco, MFA, Kapil Dev Regmi, MBA, and Sriram Bhagut Mathe, PhD.
ART 3381 INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY. A studio based course exploring the tools, media, and techniques of professional travel photography from a fine arts perspective. Instructor: Randy Hall, MFA
ART 3381 TYPOGRAPHIC ART. A graphic design workshop in the experimental manipulation of type as a visual form to enrich and promote Nepali art and culture. Instructor: Edwin Cuenco, MFA and Nischaya Mathema, BFA.
Students will be extensively briefed prior to departure regarding travel arrangements and schedules with addresses and telephone numbers given each participant. All travel arrangements will be made by the program directors and approved by the University. All program participants must have adequate health and accident insurance coverage in case of medical care or emergencies. Students will be required to obtain International Student Identification Cards that will provide medical, death and discount benefits. Participants must provide the directors with a copy of the policy number and company name of their insurance policies.
Basic travel cost of the program will be about $5,000 per person. This will cover RT airfare, accommodations, most meals, health insurance and domestic travel costs within Nepal. Actual cost will depend upon the cost of airline tickets, 102.74 Nepalese Rupee equivalent to 1 US dollar exchange rate (as of 4/8/17); and the number of students participating. Students will also be responsible for passport and visa application fee, travel insurance, and miscellaneous personal expenses. Additional excursions and extra meal expenses will be the responsibility of the student. Students selected for the program will be eligible for financial support that will be used to defray program costs. Program cost does not include ASU tuition and fees for six credit hours. This amount has not been set by the Board of Regents of Texas Tech University System for summer of 2018. The Summer 2017 current undergraduate resident tuition and fees for a 3-credit course is $999.60.
|Tuition and Fees (based on 6 credit hours)||$1,760.70|
|Program Fee (airfare, transportation, lodging, excursions, some meals)||$5,040.00|
The program will be co-directed by Randy Hall, Professor of Art, and Edwin Cuenca, Associate Professor of Art, Department of Visual and Performing Arts, Angelo State University, USA; and Dr. Sriram Bhagut Mathe, Executive Chairman of Kathmandu Don Bosco College and Chairperson of Nepal Education Foundation- Consortium Colleges, Nepal. Professor Hall is an award-winning artist and former interim department chair who has successfully led two student groups with the ASU Center of International Studies Study Abroad Program to China in 2010 and 2013; and Professor Cuenca is a United Nations and Fulbright US Scholar recipient who has traveled to Nepal in 2016.
Dr. Sriram Bhagut Mathe, Chairperson of Nepal Education Foundation-Consortium Colleges, Nepal and Executive Chairperson of Asian Institute of Technology and Management and Kathmandu Don Bosco College. He has over 40 years of experience as an architect, teacher and educator with the last 18 years as an international consultant and team leader of various Asian Development Bank and World Bank projects in Southeast Asia and Eastern Africa. Dr. Mathe will be assisted by Mr. Kapil Dev Regmi, Executive Director of Kanjirowa National Higher Secondary School and committee member of the Public Service Commission in Nepaf; and Mr. Nischaya Mathema, Nepal-based graphic designer.