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  • Locations: Siem Reap, Cambodia
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: The School for Field Studies (SFS) 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year UMass/IPO Application Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2020 03/15/2020 ** Varies TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admissions.

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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Advisor: Ashley Krause Click here for a definition of this term Who Can Apply?: UMA only - non-UMA students consult your study abroad office
Click here for a definition of this term Fields of Study: Anthropology, Asian & Asian American Studies, Biology, Earth Systems, Economics, Environmental Sciences, International Relations, Natural Resources Conservation, Plant and Soil Sciences, Resource Economics, Social Thought and Political Economy, Sustainable Community Development Click here for a definition of this term Program Options: Independent Study, Undergraduate Research
Click here for a definition of this term Key Word Search: Asian Studies, Ecotourism, Experiential Learning, Interdisciplinary Click here for a definition of this term Language(s) of Instruction: English
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.8 Click here for a definition of this term Program Provider: SFS
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Study Abroad Click here for a definition of this term In Classes With: All US Students
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Class Standing: 2nd Sem Sophomore Click here for a definition of this term Housing: Guest House
Program Description:

SFS CAMBODIA: CLIMATE CHANGE, ETHICS, AND CONSERVATION (SEMESTER)

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PROGRAM DETAILS

  • Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Credits: 18 semester-hour credits
  • Prerequisites: One semester of college-level ecology, biology, or environmental studies/science; 18 years of age
  • Application Deadline: Rolling admissions. Early applications encouraged
  • Financial Aid: All accepted students can apply for need-based scholarships, grants, and loans


OVERVIEW

Explore Cambodia’s diverse ecosystems – from the great Tonle Sap Lake to the Gulf of Thailand. Take field expeditions to ancient Angkor temples, study community approaches to combating climate change and preserving biodiversity, and learn about environmental justice and policy in a country unlike any other. This program includes extensive travel across Cambodia – you’ll spend time in an elephant sanctuary in Mondulkiri, in the mountain and coastal ecosystems of Kampot, and at conservation sites along the Mekong River.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:
  • Meet the gentle giants of Mondulkiri: Visit the Elephant Valley Project, Cambodia’s original elephant sanctuary, to study elephant behavior and ecology.
  • Spend the night in a floating village on the Tonle Sap Lake and learn from villagers about how they’re adapting their livelihoods to climate change.
  • Observe some of Cambodia’s most striking and endangered species: Cantor’s giant softshell turtle, Irrawaddy river dolphin, gibbon, adjutant storks, and many more.

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.

RESEARCH THEMES

  • Elephant ecology
  • Climate change impacts
  • Traditional ecological knowledge
  • Biodiversity conservation
  • Environmental justice
  • Buddhism influences
 

CORE SKILLS

  • Species identification and wildlife monitoring
  • Elephant behavior analysis
  • Conservation grant writing
  • Ethics and reasoning
  • Basic Khmer language
  • Research design and implementation
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Research presentation
 

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RIVER ECOSYSTEMS & ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS,
CAMBODIA and VIETNAM


PROGRAM DETAILS

  • Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Credits: 18 semester-hour credits
  • Prerequisites: One semester of college-level ecology, biology, or environmental studies/science; 18 years of age
  • Application Deadline: Rolling admissions. Early applications encouraged
  • Financial Aid: All accepted students can apply for need-based scholarships, grants, and loans


OVERVIEW

Students in this program learn about the complexity and fundamental importance of the Mekong River to the region’s ecosystems, livelihoods, and development. Through coursework, field excursions, and Directed Research, students focus on conservation, environmental ethics, and rural development.

Students follow the Mekong River during a month of travel across rural and urban Cambodia. While on the road, students visit key conservation sites along the Mekong, 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 Cambodia. Students explore the environmental issues in the Mekong Delta including climate change, water resource use, and agricultural development.


PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

  • Spend almost a month traveling within Cambodia and Vietnam, studying the diverse habitats and livelihoods that are supported by the Mekong River system
  • Evaluate opportunities and challenges in tourism development while exploring the resplendent Khmer temple complex of Angkor, one of the most important archaeological sites in Southeast Asia
  • Explore the role of monks and Buddhism in environmental education, environmental ethics, and wildlife conservation
  • Participate in baseline biodiversity surveys in the Tonle Sap Biosphere Reserve, and investigate the status of migratory bird species


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