In Cambodia, remnants of 12th-century temples share the countryside with wild forests and agricultural villages. Diverse ecosystems from the Bokor Mountains to the mighty Mekong River harbor rare species such as the Asian elephant, sun bear, and endangered Irrawaddy dolphin. SFS research in Cambodia seeks to inform a viable future that balances human needs and biodiversity conservation.
|Location||Siem Reap and Lower Mekong region, Cambodia|
|Term||Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer Session|
|Credit Type||Resident Credit|
|Sponsor||School for Field Studies|
|GPA||2.8 for semester programs, 2.6 for summer programs|
|Student Type||UofM Students|
|Student Year||Freshmen, Sophomores, Seniors|
|Language||No Language Prerequisite|
Course descriptions and full syllabi are available on the program page of SFS' website.
Climate Change, Ethics, and Conservation: Learn about the complexity of Cambodia’s struggle to balance biodiversity, development, and human needs. Focus on conservation, environmental ethics, and rural livelihoods.
You will enroll in five courses for a total of 18 credits:
Elephants of the Cambodian Highlands: Spend your summer in the lush Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary, studying the behavior and ecology of the endangered Asian elephant. Examine human-wildlife conflict and conservation pressures, and discuss elephant welfare and management practices.
(SFS 3111: Ecology and Conservation of Southeast Asian Elephants, 4 credits)
Freshwater Ecology & Conservation: Travel across Cambodia, visiting ecological sites, floating villages, ancient temples, and the vibrant capital, Phnom Penh. Learn about endangered species conservation, fisheries, water governance, food security, and hydropower development. (SFS 3211: Freshwater Ecosystem Conservation, 4 credits)
SFS grants admission to programs on a rolling basis as long as space is available, so there is no application deadline. You are welcome to apply for programs up to one year in advance of the program start date. Early submissions are strongly encouraged as some programs fill to capacity.
Orientation will be conducted in 2 parts: an online orientation, which is mandatory for all students, and an in-person session. You will receive more information about the online orientation via email. Failure to complete the online orientation will impact your ability to go abroad.
The date for the in-person Fall semester 2020 & Academic Year 2020-2021 orientation session is as follows:
Find your Affiliate program fee
UofM students on SFS programs receive an automatic fee reduction of $3,000 for semester, $600 for summer sessions 6 or more weeks in length and/or sequential summer programs, and $300 for summer sessions 4 weeks in length. UofM students can also take advantage of SFS's financial aid, in the form of scholarships, grants, and zero- or low-interest loans.
Add International Health Insurance
Multiply the number of months you will be away by $45.
Subtract Affiliate Fee Reduction
Visit the Affiliate Program Fees to determine the fee reduction you receive for being a University of Minnesota student.
Based on these additional services and benefits, the total program fee may be higher than the affiliate's published program fee.
Be aware: All programs require a $50 application fee. This fee will be charged to your student account upon submission of an online application.
To complete the online application for this program, you will need to select or provide the following information on the online application:
|Center Name||TC Learning Abroad Ctr|
|Education Abroad Term||See the School For Field Studies website for term options|
|Program Name||School for Field Studies|
|Track Name||See the School for Field Studies website for track name|
Submit to School for Field Studies:
Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist assigned to you.
This program will require additional approval steps for Spring 2021 due to COVID-19. Connect with your LAC program contact for more information.
Use your University of Minnesota internet ID and password to log into the Education Abroad application system. Your student account will be charged a $50 application fee.
All students, both UofM and Non-UofM should use this apply button if applying for a program Fall 2021 or beyond (academic year, winter break etc.). You will be charged a $50 application fee for each application you submit.
For further information or questions about this program, send an email toMolly Micheels or call at 612.624.3949.