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  • Locations: Siem Reap, Cambodia
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit the program's website
  • Program Sponsor: The School for Field Studies (SFS) 
  • Restrictions: Brandeis applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 02/14/2019
02/28/2019 TBA TBA
Spring 2020 02/14/2019
02/28/2019 TBA TBA

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Fact Sheet:
Program Description:





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.




Brandeis Specific Information
Insurance: Students participating in this program will be automatically enrolled in the Brandeis CISI insurance plan. For more information, please visit our website.

Application Process:
Students wanting to apply to this program must submit two applications:
  1. to the Brandeis Office of Study Abroad. Visit the Brandeis Study Abroad Website in order to obtain more information about internal application process, advising hours, academic credit, and financial aid transfer.
  2. to the external program listed above. Visit the Brandeis Study Abroad Website for more information on commonly asked questions about the external application process like deadlines, program approval forms, paying deposits, etc...

Scholarship Details:
Students interested in learning more about (other) study abroad scholarship opportunities should visit the scholarship section of the Brandeis study abroad website.
*Please note that all information is subject to change. 

This program is currently not accepting applications.