Siem Reap, Cambodia
English instruction with 2-credit Language & Southeast Asian Culture course
Fall, Spring
18 credits
Rolling admissions


The School for Field Studies (SFS) program in Cambodia gives students an understanding of the complexity of Cambodia's struggle to balance biodiversity, development, and human needs. Through coursework, field excursions, and Directed Research, students focus on conservation, environmental ethics, and rural development by studying the interface between livelihoods and the environment, assessing biodiversity and ecology, and gaining an understanding of natural resource use and governance.

Students explore a variety of regional development and conservation challenges and community-based solutions during travel across rural and urban Cambodia. While on the road, students visit key conservation sites along the Mekong River, gain appreciation for Cambodia's recent history in Phnom Penh, and discover coastal ecosystems and development pressures in Kampot Province. The program then travels overland to the Mekong Delta in Vietnam, where students experience a contrasting political, social, and economic system from those of Cambodia.

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  • Travel across Cambodia, studying the diverse ecosystems and livelihoods of the Lower Mekong Basin
  • Participate in baseline biodiversity studies in the Tonle Sap Biosphere Reserve and investigate the status of migratory bird species
  • Visit the Angkor Center for Conservation and Biodiversity and learn how captive endangered species are being cared for before they are reintroduced into the wild
  • Evaluate opportunities and challenges in tourism development while exploring the resplendent Khmer temple complex of Angkor, the world's largest pre-industrial urban complex
  • Get to know the many major social justice and environmental organizations that operate in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh
  • Study conservation efforts for the endangered Irrawaddy dolphin and Cantor’s giant softshell turtle along the Mekong River in Kratie Province
  • Explore Cat Tien National Park in Vietnam, visiting a primate rehabilitation center and learning about indigenous peoples' connections with forests from Chau Ma elders
  • Visit Phnom Bokor National Park to assess development approaches in a highland protected area
  • Study mangrove restoration projects on the Cambodian coast in Kampot

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