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Terms and Dates:

  • Winter 2024
    January 3, 2024 to January 17, 2024


Annie Nguyen

Cornell Affiliations:

Global Learning, Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Southeast Asia Program, Industrial and Labor Relations, Arts and Sciences

Off-campus partner:

Center for Khmer Studies


Opportunity Description

In collaboration with the Center for Khmer Studies (CKS), Cornell's Southeast Asia (SEAP, Einaudi) Study Abroad program in Cambodia will provide an in-depth focus on on how the dynamic changes in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap connect to their history, policies, and labor politics. Home to Angkor Wat—one of the Seven Wonders of the World—and the vibrant city of Phnom Penh, Cambodia has prospered significantly over the last two decades, thanks to tourism and manufacturing. Yet, the country still faces challenges such as rural poverty and deficits in healthcare, education, and infrastructure. This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to Cambodian development through examination of Cambodia’s history, culture, politics, education system, labor and society and their evolving relationships in shaping the past, current and future development of the country. The course involves a mix of lectures, including by Cambodian experts, and field visits. Based primarily out of Siem Reap, Cambodia, CKS has a long-standing partnership with Cornell to help us arrange in-country logistics as well as other relevant excursions while in Cambodia including the capital, Phnom Penh.

Cornell students who have taken 3+ credits of SEA courses are eligible for funding from SEAP.

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Program Dates (tentative):

January 3-17, 2024

To prepare for CU in Cambodia, students should plan to take KHMER 1100 “Elements of Khmer Language and Culture” this fall with Cornell's Khmer language lecturer Hannah Phan. The course will introduce basic Khmer/Cambodian language and culture to anyone with interest in the subject matter and those planning to travel to Cambodia.

  • KHMER 1100 Elements of Khmer Language and Culture (1 credit)
    (Fall 2022, Second Seven Weeks, Oct - Dec, 2023)
  • ILRIC3345/ASIAN3349 Contemporary Cambodia: Labor, Development, and Society (3 credits)
    (January 3-17, 2024)


Richard Fincher, Esq., the Scheinman Institute, School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR)

Hannah Phan, Senior Lecturer of Asian Studies, College of Arts & Sciences



*Some program information questions in 'Application Preview' below may not be applicable to this program. Course background will be asked if relevant to that particular summer or winter program.

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