Heir to the ancient Khmer Empire and having endured decades of civil war, genocide, and occupation, contemporary Cambodia has become a dynamic, developing country thanks to 20 years of relative stability. Through internship placements at NGOs as well as classes on Cambodian society, culture and language, this program offers students both hands-on internship experiences at NGOs working on deep-rooted social problems in a developing country, as well as academic inquiry into Cambodian society. Internship opportunities are available in areas of education, healthcare, micro-finance and childcare, with supplemental and part-time opportunities in computers, art, environmentalism and business management. Academically, you will be deeply exposed to a society which is fundamentally different from the privileged life in a wealthy, Western country. Students who are creative, comfortable working independently, good at cooperating with others and adapting to brand-new, dynamic environments, are the best fit for this program. In a word, if you are someone who maintains a smile and remains patient, even in uncomfortable and foreign situations, this program is definitely for you. Studying abroad in Cambodia would also provide a strong foundation for any student interested in becoming a Minerva Fellow upon graduating.
To learn more about the program and Cambodia, read the Volunteer Orientation guide.
Course of Study
Students will take three courses while abroad: 1) IDM491T “Internship with a Mission” which includes two different internship experiences in Cambodia’s two most important cities – Phnom Penh and Siem Reap – Cambodia’s modern capital city, and the site of its ancient civilization and the Angkor temples. 2) PSC 201T “Crossing Cultures: Cambodian Society & Culture” which combines in-class discussion with many excursions to Cambodia’s major cultural, political and social sites. 3) TAB105T “Introduction to Cambodian Language” – basic and practical language training so students can conduct daily functions from asking directions to ordering food.
A 3.0 cumulative GPA is required.
Students will live in both Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s bustling and boisterous capital city and Siem Reap, a friendly and relaxed town that serves as a major tourist destination for the endless tourists who come to see the World Heritage ancient temples of Angkor. Students will be housed in guesthouses with eating facilities, internet access and common areas. All rooms have an en-suite bathroom, air conditioning, a ceiling fan, a mini-fridge, and hi-speed wifi.
(For specific dates, contact the International Programs Office, Old Chapel, Third Floor.)
- April: Application deadline is the third Friday of spring term
- May: Accepted students must select "commit" or "decline" at the International Programs online application site to confirm participation
- Fall term: Orientation meetings
- January: Program begins
- March: Program ends
For More Information
Students may email Prof. Mark Dallas at email@example.com.