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SFS: Cambodia: Conservation, Ethics, and Environmental Change
Siem Reap, Cambodia (Education Abroad Programs Program)
Program Terms: Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
Homepage: Click to visit
Program Sponsor: Field Studies 
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2018 01-NOV-2017
Rolling Admission 29-JAN-2018 09-MAY-2018
Fall Semester 2018 01-APR-2018 ** Rolling Admission 27-AUG-2018 05-DEC-2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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Fact Sheet:
Class Status:
2nd year, 3rd year, 4th year Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.8
Language Requirement:
Open to Non-UVa Students:
Housing: With program group Language Courses Offered: Yes
Language of Instruction: English
Credit Type:
Transfer Credit
Program Type:
Field Study/ Experiential, Island
Tuition Payments Made To:
Program Provider
Education Abroad Advisor:
Ryan Hathaway
Application Fee:
Study Abroad Administrative Fee:
Subject Area:
Anthropology, Asian Studies, Biology, Economics, Environmental Sciences, Foreign Affairs, Geography, Geology, Religious Studies, Sociology
Program Description:




  • 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


Students in this program examine the interface between livelihoods and the environment in Cambodia, assessing biodiversity and ecology, and exploring ethical issues around natural resource use and environmental governance. Through extensive travel across Cambodia and Vietnam, students explore a regional development and conservation challenges and community-based solutions. Students visit key conservation sites along the Mekong River, explore the biodiverse forests of Mondulkiri, gain appreciation for Cambodia’s recent history in Phnom Penh, and discover coastal ecosystems in Kampot prior to heading to Can Tho and Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam.


  • Aquatic ecology & conservation
  • Terrestrial ecology & conservation
  • Traditional livelihoods
  • Sustainable tourism development
  • Community-based conservation strategies
  • Environmental ethics & justice
  • Good governance of natural resources


  • Hear from experts the challenges of conservation of endangered Asian Elephants in Keav Seima Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Qualitative research on community-based ecotourism initiatives in Phnom Kulen National Park
  • Field lectures on conservation efforts for the endangered Irrawaddy dolphin and Cantor’s giant softshell turtle along the Mekong River in Kratie Province
  • Meet Indigenous communities to explore challenges for access to natural resources and environmental governance in Mondulkiri
  • Interviews with coastal fishers and fishing families on Tonlé Sap Lake on challenges and adaptation strategies to declining natural resources
  • Explore climate change vulnerability and displacement in the Mekong Delta


Through Directed Research (DR)—as opposed to basic, applied, or independent research—students conduct research on a specific topic that is part of the SFS Center’s long-term strategic research plan, which has been developed in partnership with local community stakeholders and clients.

The course, taught by resident SFS faculty, provides students with the opportunity to apply the scientific process in a mentored field research project that addresses a local environmental issue. Through the DR project, students contribute to a growing body of scientific research that informs local conservation and resource management decisions.