summer session II


Freshwater Cambodia: Fisheries to Floating Villages


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. Read more about the SFS program model.

Major academic themes include:

  • Lake and river ecology
  • Freshwater species identification
  • Community-based natural resource management
  • Endangered species and conservation challenges
  • Rural livelihoods and food security
  • Hydropower development
  • Water governance


On the ‘Freshwater Cambodia: Fisheries to Floating Villages’ 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 3211 Freshwater Ecosystem Conservation 4 credits

Core Skills

You will gain practical skills in the field such as: biodiversity assessments, species ID and population monitoring, water quality assessments, biodiversity survey techniques, natural resource management planning, environmental impacts assessments, conservation strategy assessments, interview methods, conservation project proposals, grant writing, quantitative/qualitative data collection and analysis, scientific writing and communication, basic Khmer language skills

Field Sites

You will visit different ecosystems and communities which may include the Tonle Sap Lake and Mekong River, fishing villages, a Ramsar wetlands site, bird sanctuaries, a rice farm, a floating village, an Irrawaddy river dolphin pool, a hydropower dam near the Cambodia-Laos border, the bustling markets of Siem Reap, and historical and cultural sites in Phnom Penh.

A summer with SFS!

Take back-to-back summer sessions and get the hands-on learning and skill-building experiences of an internship, while also going off the beaten path and exploring the world. Each summer session focuses on a different topic, and you’ll have time to travel independently between sessions. Receive a $1,000 discount on your second session.

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Where You'll Be Living

Our most urban center, the SFS Cambodia Center lies on the outskirts of Siem Reap, near the famed temples of Angkor. The Center is a breezy, modern campus nestled in a quiet neighborhood minutes away from the bustling downtown area where you will find restaurants, artisan shops, markets, and many Cambodian cultural activities.

  • Dorm living with air-conditioned, four-person bunkrooms
  • Classroom building with library and balcony
  • Student lounge with open loft and beanbag chairs
  • Expansive open-air dining area, and on-site cooking staff
  • Gyms and running routes in surrounding neighborhood
  • Swimming pool, badminton court, and hammock bungalow