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The School for Field Studies / SFS: Cambodia – Conservation and Development Studies
- Location(s): Siem Reap, Cambodia: Traveling in Cambodia, Cambodia: Vietnam
- Program Type(s): Study Abroad, Research
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In Cambodia, remnants of 12th-century temples share the landscape with wild forests, Buddhist monasteries, and small villages. Diverse ecosystems, from the mighty Mekong River to the Bokor Mountains, harbor rare species like the Asian elephant, su... read more
The opportunity to live abroad in Cambodia through this program drastically changed my research and life goals. It taught me the importance of including cultural context and local knowledge in my work and made me interested in integrative Biology approaches. It also led to me traveling through Asia for several months after gradu... Brenna P - Bucknell University View Entire Review
I got to experience an amazing country and solidify my choice to work in environmental education abroad. I believe that this experience was worthwhile because I grew as a person, experienced a new country, met a lot of new people, and learned about elephants. Although the field experience was not what I expected, I do think that... A student - University of Connecticut View Entire Review
I learned a lot about a part of the world that many people have never even heard of. Most importantly I learned a lot about people; indigenous, locals, students. A student - Trinity University View Entire Review
A nuanced perspective about the world and the different conditions governing it and people inhabiting it. A new appreciation for responsible environmental policy and ethics, admiration for people whose livelihoods and cultural contexts engage with the natural world differently, extraordinary emotional connection with people whos... Stephanie S - Scripps College View Entire Review
To name a few: * practices in navigating through multicultural environments * friendships * resilience * understanding the complexities of environmental problems in Cambodia through field research * field research techniques, data management and analysis * self-understanding * Khmer culture and ways of life Defi... A student - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned that it is important to advocate for yourself and your needs, especially in regards to your mental and physical health. It was worthwhile, but I would not do it again. A student - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I had never travelled internationally prior to this experience, and this was the most perfect first time abroad I could have ever wished for. It was a dream-come-true, honestly, and more dreams were realized while on program. The amount of cultural immersion and opportunities for observation, appreciation, and critical considera... Kayla D - Hollins University View Entire Review
Already experiencing severe impacts from climate change, Cambodia is a case study in resilience. Adaptation and collaborative conservation efforts are necessary for the people of Cambodia to ensure food security and limit biodiversity loss in a time of rapid development. Our research here examines these efforts on the ground and provides data to support a path toward a more sustainable future for Cambodia.
Climate Change, Ethics, and Conservation (SEMESTER PROGRAM): Spend the semester exploring Cambodia’s diverse ecosystems – from the great Tonle Sap Lake to the Gulf of Thailand. You’ll visit the ancient Angkor temples, study threats to biodiversity, learn about environmental justice and policy, and discuss traditional medicines with Indigenous communities. Embark on a country-wide expedition, spending time in an elephant sanctuary in Mondulkiri, the mountain and coastal ecosystems of Kampot, and conservation sites along the Mekong River.
Elephants of Southeast Asia (SUMMER I PROGRAM): Spend 6 weeks studying the behavior and ecology of the endangered Asian elephant. In Cambodia, the lush Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary will be your base, studying the behavior, ecology, and welfare needs of the endangered Asian elephant. Visit the vibrant city of Phnom Penh and the ancient temples of Angkor to explore the history and culture of Cambodia. In Thailand, delve into human-wildlife conflict and conservation pressures and examine elephant management practices while you are based in a village bordering KuiBuri National Park. Complete your journey in the vibrant hustle and bustle of Bangkok. Stay at the Elephant Valley Project (EVP) in the forested Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary to observe semi-wild, rehabilitated, Asian elephants from meters away as they forage, bathe, and interact with each other in a protected setting.
SFS students live and study at the Center for Conservation and Development Studies – our most urban Center – which lies on the outskirts of Siem Reap, near the famed temples of Angkor. The Center 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.
Program Type(s):Study Abroad
Relevant Study Subject(s):
- Natural Resources, Conservation
- Natural Resources and Conservation
- Environmental Studies
- Environmental Science
- Natural Resources Management
- East Asian Studies
- Ecology, Evolution Biology
- Biological and Physical Sciences
- Natural Sciences
- Sustainability Studies
- Religion / Religious Studies
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The School for Field Studies / SFS Scholarships
All students are eligible to apply for these need-based awards. SFS will work with you and your home school to understand and meet your financial need.
These grants will be awarded on the basis of need and may supplement other awards of SFS need-based scholarships, travel grants, and zero- or low-interest loans.
SFS matches Federal Pell Grant funding for all SFS semester programs to students who use their Pell Grant to help pay the cost of their SFS program.
This need-based scholarship is available for students with a cultural and/or ancestral connection to the country in which they plan to study abroad with SFS.
SFS seeks to broaden and strengthen the participation of traditionally underrepresented minority students in all of its programs. The SFS Diversity Scholarship is one of the ways we broaden the participation of underrepresented groups of students in study abroad. For SFS, underrepresented groups include, but are not limited to, students who identify with a certain race, sex, color, religion, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, age, marital status, national origin or ancestry, ethnic origin, or veteran status. Underrepresented groups also include first generation college students and students from low income families.