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  • Locations: Siem Reap, Cambodia
  • Program Terms: Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: IPSL: Study Abroad + Service-Learning 
  • Restrictions: Augsburg applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Program Description:

Khmer Culture, Conflicts, and Regeneration

Cambodia Collage ancient country on the threshold of change
When you decide to learn from, serve with and live alongside Cambodian people, in the IPSL program in Siem Reap, you will find yourself actively working with communities in ways that inspire compassion and empathy within you. Join us on this program that honors Cambodia's rich, fascinating and turbulent history, while also considering current challenges and looking toward the vibrant future that the Kingdom's young people are busy creating. 

Experience Cambodia like a local...not a tourist
The country of Cambodia, officially known as the Kingdom of Cambodia, is located in the southern portion of the Indochina Peninsula and is bordered by Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. The country has a wealth of diversity and ethnic minority groups including:  Vietnamese, Chinese, Cham and many indigenous hill tribes. Through service-learning and program excursions, you will learn about Khmer culture, indigenous peoples, the role of ancient and current spiritual practices and contemporary social issues while addressing social and economic challenges that come with globalization, tourism and development. As part of this exciting program you will spend time in the village of Ratanakiri with the highland Khmer Loeu people exploring their culture and customs. Your studies, volunteer service and various excursions will immerse you in the culture and deepen your understanding of Cambodian societies in a way that goes beyond that experienced in traditional study abroad programs.

Now More Than Ever...
There is a clear and pressing need to engage with our world in an ACTIVE way. The world needs young leaders to fight for social justice and equal rights. 
Are you up for the challenge? 
Then be part of COSA - the only study abroad program working to create sustainable change through advocacy! COSA - Community Organizing and Social Activism Learn the practical skills to be an active agent of change and social justice. Study the many international efforts in history, learn from these efforts and use them to develop a personal ethic of service, advocacy and civic engagement. COSA will teach you the skills of community organizing and will empower you to create sustainable change in your own communities.

Program Highlights

Language of Instruction: English
Transcript issued by the IPSL Institute for Global Learning

Courses and Credits
Semester Students may take up to 18 credits per semester (currently 15 credits are offered)
Courses are 3 credits each

Required Courses
COSA in Cambodia (Community Organizing and Social Activism)
Introduction to COSA
Khmer Language
Sustainable Tourism
Peace, Conflict and Regeneration
Khmer History & Culture: Angkor to the Present 

Service Opportunities
Opportunities for substantive service (approximately 15 hours per week) are generally available in the following areas:

Education, life skills training and youth empowerment
English language teaching and tutoring with young adults
Supporting environmental/conservation education programs

Students will stay in a beautiful interfaith reflection center on the outskirts of Siem Reap. As well as offering simple but comfortable Khmer-style accommodation in its tranquil grounds, the center is also home to a number of human rights, development, and advocacy projects, and serves as a meeting space or peace builders, development practitioners, and life-long learners from around the world. Bedrooms can either be single or double occupancy, so may be shared with another student. Partial board (breakfast every day, dinner Monday – Friday) is included, as well as kitchen facilities for students to prepare their own meals. There are a number of Khmer people living on site too.

The program welcomes students of any nation who have a high school diploma or equivalent credential. TOEFL equivalent 550.

What's Included?
Tuition and academic fees; academic transcript; on-site and on-line orientation and pre-departure materials; housing; two meals per day weekdays, 1 meal per day weekends; service placement and supervision; volunteer permit fees; health insurance; pick-up and drop off at airport upon arrival and departure; academic excursions; administrative fees; and pre-departure materials.

What's typically NOT included?
Passport; visa; visa extension fee; vaccine fees; international airfare; books; lunches; personal spending money; local transportation; local cell phone; internet data and independent travel.

IPSL is a registered Social Benefit Organization that is committed to its mission and dedicated to promoting an ethic of service. We invest over 83% of our revenues directly back into the communities where we serve.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2020 03/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring Semester 2021 10/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.