summer session I


Elephants of the Cambodian Highlands


This academically rigorous program follows a six-day/week schedule. The interdisciplinary curriculum is designed to help students actively discover and understand the complexities of environmental, social, and economic issues in Cambodia.

Major academic themes include:

  • Asian elephant ecology and conservation
  • Cambodia’s highland ecosystems
  • Traditional culture of the Bunong people
  • Human-elephant interaction and conflicts
  • Wildlife management policies
  • Elephant health and welfare


On the Elephants of the Cambodian Highlands program, you will take one 4-credit course. This course is participatory in nature and is designed to foster inquiry and active learning combining lectures, field exercises, assignments, and tests. This course is taught in English.

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SFS 3111 Ecology and Conservation of Southeast Asian Elephants 4 credits

Core Skills

You will gain practical skills in the field such as: behavioral observations of social interactions, foraging, and welfare of elephants, quantitative field methods with a focus on distance sampling and line-transect surveys, interviewing and qualitative research methods, conflict mitigation strategy development, and data collection and oral presentation skills.

Field Sites

You will visit different ecosystems and communities, which may include a forested elephant sanctuary, the ancient temple complex of Angkor, protected community forests, lush evergreen and mixed deciduous forests, historical and cultural sites in Phnom Penh, and indigenous Bunong communities.

Spend your summer with SFS!

Get more out of your SFS experience when you take back-to-back summer sessions. More time to explore the ecosystems and communities, more time to learn about complex environmental issues, and more time to build practical skills. Each summer session focuses on a different topic, and you’ll have time to travel independently between sessions.

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All program components are subject to change.