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SFS offers some of the best (and most adventurous!) hands-on study abroad programs. Our programs in Cambodia explore pressing environmental issues such as climate change, biodiversity conservation, and environmental policy, ethics, and justice. Students learn through outdoor lectures, hands-on field exercises, and activities with community members and area NGOs.
The SFS Cambodia campus is our most urban location based on the outskirts of Siem Reap and near the famed temples of Angkor. It is a breezy, modern campus nestled in a quiet neighborhood minutes away from the bustling downtown area where you will find restaurants, shops, and markets with unique Cambodian flair. Students on the Summer I program are based at the Elephant Valley Project in Mondulkiri.
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- Earn academic credit: 18 credits for semester programs and 4 credits for summer programs. Conduct a 4-credit research project during the semester program.
- Develop core skills including species identification, wildlife monitoring, elephant behavior analysis, ethics & reasoning, basic Khmer language, research design & implementation, data collection & analysis, research presentation, and more.
- Observe some of Cambodia’s most striking and endangered species: Cantor’s giant softshell turtle, Irrawaddy river dolphin, gibbon, adjutant storks, and many more.
- Meet the gentle giants of Mondulkiri: Visit the Elephant Valley Project, Cambodia’s original elephant sanctuary, to study elephant behavior and ecology.
- SFS Cambodia semester research topics may include elephant ecology, climate change impacts, traditional ecological knowledge, biodiversity conservation, environmental justice, Buddhism influences.
Spend the semester exploring Cambodia – from the great Tonlé Sap Lake and ancient Angkor temples to elephant sanctuaries and dense forests full of diverse wildlife and plant species. Study threats to biodiversity, learn about environmental justice and policy, and discuss traditional medicines with Indigenous communities.
5 classes | 18 credits | One life-changing study abroad experience.
Study the behavior and ecology of the endangered Asian elephant in the Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary. Examine human-wildlife conflict and conservation pressures, discuss elephant welfare and management practices. Visit the vibrant city of Phnom Penh and the ancient temples of Angkor to explore the history and culture of Cambodia. The home base for this program is in the Mondulkiri highlands set on the slopes of the Elephant Valley.
1 class | 4 credits | One life-changing study abroad experience.
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