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Conservation & Development Studies in Cambodia

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  • City: Siem Reap (Sem/Sum), Mondulkiri Province (Summer)
  • Term: Fall, Winter, Summer
  • Instruction in: English
  • Requirements: Semester: One college-level Ecology, Biology, or Environmental Studies/Science course; Summer: No academic prerequisites
  • Students interested in: Biology, Earth and Environmental Sciences; EEB, Environment, Sustainability¬†

Semester: From the temples of Angkor to Tonle Sap Lake, students learn about threats to biodiversity, environmental governance, and the ways in which conservation efforts and community livelihoods are intertwined. On this 15-week program, students will spend time in the elephant-inhabited forests, mountain and coastal ecosystems, and the Mekong Delta region. Students can take up to 18 credits in courses including Language and Culture of Cambodia; Conservation Science and Practice; Ecosystems and Livelihoods; Environmental Ethics and Development; and Directed Research.

Summer: On this 4-week, 4-credit program, students will study Ecology and Conservation of Southeast Asian Elephants, which will dive into the behavior and ecology of the endangered Asian elephant. Examine human-wildlife conflict and conservation pressures, and discuss elephant welfare and management practices. Visit the Cambodian capital city, Phnom Penh, and the ancient temples of Angkor to explore the culture and history of Cambodia.