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  • Locations: Siem Reap, Cambodia
  • Program Terms: Summer II
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: Field Studies 
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Arrival Date Departure Date
Summer II 2019 02/01/2019
02/15/2019 TBA TBA

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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Housing Options: Dormitory Minimum GPA: 2.80
Class Eligibility: Freshman, Junior, Sophomore Great for these academic disciplines: Asian Studies, Biology, Culture, Ecology, Environmental Studies, International Studies, Science
Program Description:




  • Term: Summer Session II
  • Credits: 4 semester-hour credits (8 credits if taken with Session I)
  • Prerequisites: No course prerequisites: 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


This summer, come and study elephants within a lush tropical wildlife sanctuary while exploring the livelihoods of the Bunong indigenous people who have incorporated elephants as part of their culture for many generations. Not only will you learn about elephant behaviour and ecology in a tropical forest ecosystem, you will discover the conservation issues facing wild elephants. Explore the challenges of the human-elephant interface associated with increasing human populations and habitat destruction. 
  • Spend two weeks learning and collecting behavioral, ecological, and welfare data with the NGO E.L.I.E. at their sanctuary, the Elephant Valley Project, where they care for injured and overworked elephants in the lush forests of eastern Cambodia
  • Conduct direct field observations of elephants using various forms of data sampling techniques including continuous, scan, and interval sampling methods
  • Learn how to estimate elephant age and group composition using indirect observations
  • Understand elephant resource needs by gathering data on food-plant preferences and use of mineral licks
  • Conduct health checks of elephants and learn about signs of illness and treatments given
  • Identify habitat use indicators for wild elephants such as footprints, dung, and feeding signs along transects in Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Learn from the Bunong people about their traditional culture and their interactions with elephants, past and present
  • Interview local villagers who are directly affected by elephant crop-raiding
  • Contribute to discussions and developing ideas for mitigation strategies to minimize conflict in the future




Program Costs:
The cost for Fairfield students to attend this program is outlined below. The price is the total billable program cost which includes the provider fee as well as Fairfield University study abroad fees. The entirety of this payment will be due to Fairfield by March 1. Payment instructions are listed in each application. 

Summer: $7,000

This program is currently not accepting applications.