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Fact Sheet:
Advisor:
Candice Snowden
Who Can Apply?:
UMA only - non-UMA students consult your study abroad office
Fields of Study:
Anthropology, Biology, Ecology, Economics, Environmental Sciences, International Relations
Language(s) of Instruction:
English
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Housing:
Guest House
Minimum Class Standing:
2nd Sem Sophomore
Minimum GPA:
2.8
Program Description:



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CONSERVATION, ETHICS, AND ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE,
CAMBODIA


PROGRAM DETAILS

  • 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


OVERVIEW

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.


WHAT YOU'LL STUDY

  • Aquatic ecology & conservation
  • Terrestrial ecology & conservation
  • Traditional livelihoods
  • Sustainable tourism development
  • Community-based conservation strategies
  • Environmental ethics & justice
  • Good governance of natural resources


FIELD EXPERIENCES

  • 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
 

DIRECTED RESEARCH

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.
 


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RIVER ECOSYSTEMS & ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS,
CAMBODIA and VIETNAM


PROGRAM DETAILS

  • 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


OVERVIEW

Students in this program learn about the complexity and fundamental importance of the Mekong River to the region’s ecosystems, livelihoods, and development. Through coursework, field excursions, and Directed Research, students focus on conservation, environmental ethics, and rural development.

Students follow the Mekong River during a month of travel across rural and urban Cambodia. While on the road, students visit key conservation sites along the Mekong, gain appreciation for Cambodia’s recent history in Phnom Penh, and discover coastal ecosystems and development pressures in Kampot Province.

The program then travels overland to the Mekong Delta in Vietnam, where students experience a contrasting political, social, and economic system from Cambodia. Students explore the environmental issues in the Mekong Delta including climate change, water resource use, and agricultural development.


PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

  • Spend almost a month traveling within Cambodia and Vietnam, studying the diverse habitats and livelihoods that are supported by the Mekong River system
  • Evaluate opportunities and challenges in tourism development while exploring the resplendent Khmer temple complex of Angkor, one of the most important archaeological sites in Southeast Asia
  • Explore the role of monks and Buddhism in environmental education, environmental ethics, and wildlife conservation
  • Participate in baseline biodiversity surveys in the Tonle Sap Biosphere Reserve, and investigate the status of migratory bird species


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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year UMass/IPO Application Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018 05/01/2018 ** Varies 08/27/2018 12/05/2018
Spring 2019 10/01/2018 10/01/2018 TBA TBA

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