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Conservation, Ethics, and Environmental Change in Cambodia

A boat in Cambodia

In Cambodia, conservation has found its roots in community. 

From the ancient temples of Angkor to the floating villages of the great Tonle Sap Lake, efforts to preserve biodiversity are deeply intertwined with community livelihoods. Spend your semester in this fascinating country, learning about threats to ecosystems and natural resources, environmental governance, and the ethics of conservation and development.

Traveling extensively, you will spend time in the elephant-inhabited forests of Mondulkiri, the mountain and coastal ecosystems of Kampot, the Vietnamese Mekong Delta, and at key sites along the Mekong River. In the final weeks of the semester, you’ll spend your time out in the field conducting an extensive research project.

  • 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.

Application Deadline 

Spring 2021 programs are suspended.

Applications for Fall 2021 are due December 10, 2020.

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Additional Information

Academic Type

  • Study Abroad Opportunity