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  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Program Homepage: Click here
  • Program Sponsor: The School for Field Studies (SFS) 
  • Restrictions: Grinnell applicants only
Grinnell Approval Deadlines/Program Dates:
Grinnell Approval Deadlines/Program Dates:
Term Year Grinnell Approval Deadline Grinnell Decision Date Program Start Date Program End Date
Fall 2019 12/05/2018 02/18/2019 TBA TBA
Spring 2020 12/05/2018 02/18/2019 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Program by Theme: Human Ecology, Sustainability and Environment Subject Areas of Interest: Anthropology, Biology, Ecosystem Management & Sustainability, Environmental Protection & Conservation, Environmental Studies, Global Development Studies, Sustainabiltiy
Language of Study: English, Khmer Campus Program Advisor: Jon Andelson
OCS Contact: Alicia Stanley Min. GPA: 2.8
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


The Lower Mekong Basin, extending over most of Cambodia and incorporating the great Tonle Sap Lake, hosts diverse ecosystems, including lowland evergreen forests, dry dipterocarp forests, seasonally flooded gallery forests, and estuarine mangroves which give rise to the Indo-Burma global biodiversity hotspot. Students examine the dynamics and ethical challenges surrounding environmental change and development in the Lower Mekong Basin. They also learn about the complexity of Cambodia's struggle to balance biodiversity, development, and human needs.


  • Travel across Cambodia, studying the diverse ecosystems and livelihoods of the Lower Mekong Basin
  • Evaluate opportunities and challenges in tourism development while exploring the resplendent Khmer temple complex of Angkor, the world's largest pre-industrial urban complex
  • Participate in baseline biodiversity surveys in the Tonle Sap Biosphere Reserve, and investigate the status of migratory bird species
  • Stay in bungalows at a community fishery project in coastal Cambodia to learn about community-based natural resource management and plant mangroves along the tidal flats of the Gulf of Thailand
  • Explore Cat Tien National park in Vietnam, visiting a primate rehabilitation center and learning about indigenous peoples' connections with forests from Chau Ma elders




Why study with SFS Cambodia?

•    Unique opportunity to learn about issues of sustainability in Southeast Asia.
•    Different locations of instruction in the region of the Mekong River include the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Angkor and significant religious diversity.
•    Field research on biodiversity in the Tonle Sap Biosphere Reserve and other locations, natural resource use by villagers, and NGOs.
•    Field trip in Vietnam and opportunities for community reciprocity there and in Cambodia.
•    Contact with Vietnamese students at Can Tho University.

Open to all majors and may be of particular interest in these subject areas:
Environmental Studies