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CSUF: Culture, Development, and Social Justice in Cambodia, Summer 2018
Phnom Penh, Cambodia; Siem Reap, Cambodia (Outgoing Program)
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Financial Aid:
HSS Study Abroad Scholarship, Private Student Loans
Language Prerequisite: None Class Standing: Graduate, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
GPA requirement: 2.5
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College of Humanities & Social Sciences Service Learning Opportunity: Yes
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CSUF: Culture, Development, and Social Justice in Cambodia, Summer 2018

Angkor Wat in Siem Reap

Nestled between Thailand and Vietnam in South East Asia, the country of Cambodia is changing rapidly while seeking to protect its beautiful environment, Buddhist traditions, and rich cultural heritage. Learn about this fascinating country through discussions, excursions, and service-learning in local organizations. Meet Cambodian students and business owners, explore the ancient temple ruins of Angkor Wat, and visit many cultural sites in the cities of Siem Reap, Battambang and Phnom Penh.

Program Dates

  • Travel Dates: June 3, 2018 - July 1, 2018 (tentative)
Program Eligibility
Open to CSUF students in all majors. Graduate students may participate. Undergraduate students must have completed at least 30 units at CSUF and/or transfer institutions. Students from other CSU campuses are eligible to participate, but CSUF students will have priority. Participating students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. If you do not meet these requirements but are interested in participating, please contact the H&SS Study Abroad Coordinator, Jaycee Cover at

Program Highlights
  • Earn 6 units of CSUF course credit
  • Complete GE requirements in Categories C3, D5, and Z
  • Program courses taught by a CSUF faculty member
  • Excursions to Angkor Wat, the Floating Villages of Tonlé Sap Lake, and the city of Battambang
  • Many additional weekly cultural events, activities, and tours such as the Mekong River Cruise, the Cambodian Circus, the Royal Palace, and the National Museum in Phnom Penh.
Program Advising/Information
For program advising and more information please contact Jaycee Cover to schedule an appointment at or stop by the Student Success Center in room H-112, 8am-5pm M-F.

Courses and Faculty


HUM 350: Cambodian Life and Culture (3 units) [GE – C.3 & Z] 
An introduction to Cambodian history, culture, and civilization. Course explores the development of Cambodian culture and society through interaction with neighboring countries, and the West. Topics include the ancient civilization of Angkor, the colonial period, the Khmer Rouge Genocide, and contemporary Cambodia. Class will include excursions to the Angkor Wat temples, Angkor National Museum, Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, and walking tours of Phnom Penh. 

LBST 322: Cross-Cultural Social Thought (3 units) [GE - D5 & Z]
This course explores topics in social justice from both Western and Asian/ Cambodian perspectives. We will consider questions such as:
  • How can a society that has lived through genocide achieve both justice for the victims and national reconciliation?
  • What is “engaged Buddhism” and how does Buddhism view social responsibility and community service?
  • How can developing countries like Cambodia pursue economic growth while protecting their culture and environment?
We will explore such questions through a combination of seminars, service-learning in community organizations, and discussions with local activists, community leaders, and religious teachers. 

Dr. Saul Tobias
Dr. Saul Tobias
Liberal Studies


Students will be housed at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel for the majority of time and other tourist-class hotels during overnight excursions. Housing locations are subject to change depending on availability. 

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Costs & Financial Aid

PROGRAM FEE REDUCED!!! Was $1000 - 1300.  Now only $500. Fees reduced due to generous funding from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Center for Internships and Student Engagement.

If fewer than 8 students enroll, CSUF reserves the right to adjust the program fee to accommodate a smaller number of students.

Additional Costs Not included in the Program Fee

Financial Aid
Click here to learn more about financial aid for study abroad. Additionally, students applying to this program are eligible to also apply for a scholarship offered through the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. In order to receive the application for an H&SS Scholarship, you must complete Study Abroad Advising with Jaycee Cover, H&SS Study Abroad Coordinator. Contact Jaycee at to make an appointment.

Passport and Visa Info

You must have a valid passport for at least six (6) months after the date of international departure.  U.S. passport applications can be obtained at any major post office. See here for more information.  This process usually takes about 4-6 weeks, so plan early to apply for a new or renewed passport.

U.S. passport holders will need a visa to enter Cambodia. Find visa and entry information here.

U.S. passport holders and Non-US passport holders can check with the Kingdom of Cambodia's website for more information about visa requirements for their country of origin.

Application Deadlines

Early Application Deadline: December 8, 2017
Final Application Deadline: March 2, 2018
Withdrawal Deadline: TBD

Applicants will be considered on a first come first serve basis and by successfully meeting program eligibility requirements.


For program or course-related questions, please contact Jaycee Cover, H&SS Study Abroad Coordinator at or (657) 278-2070. 

For application-related questions and online forms, please contact the Study Abroad Office at

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