Qualified students may study at the School for Field Studies (SFS) Cambodia: Climate Change, Ethics, and Conservation program based at the SFS Center for Mekong Studies in Siem Reap, near the Mekong River delta’s Tonle Sap lake and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Angkor. The focus of the program is on rural livelihoods, economic development, and climate change. Program participants study urban and rural community-based conservation solutions through travels along the Mekong River in Cambodia and Vietnam and in the capital city of Phnom Penh. Topics of study include migratory birds, water use, agricultural development, deforestation, and Buddhist social norms. In addition, during the semester students visit many key social justice organizations and international conservation non-governmental organizations.

Student Blog:

Sienna Rahe | Spring 2018

Faculty Adviser:

Professor Delbert Hutchison (Biology Department)

Fields of study:

Environmental studies, biology, and sustainability.


Minimum cumulative gpa of 2.8 (Whitman requirement); one college-level ecology, biology or environmental studies/sciences course.

Language Prerequisite:



18 credits per semester - Required Courses:
Environmental Ethics and Development (4 credits)
Conservation Science and Practice (4 credits)
Ecosystems & Livelihoods (4 credits)
Directed Research (4 credits)
Language and Culture of Cambodia (2 credits)

Credit Conversion:

1 SFS credit = 1 Whitman credit




Participants reside in dormitories at the SFS Center for Mekong Studies with shared bedrooms and bathrooms.


Provided by SFS at their Center.

Semesters Offered:

Fall, Spring


late August-December; late January-May


Rolling Admission - students are encouraged to apply early.


SFS Financial Aid

Program Link:

SFS: Cambodia Climate Change, Ethics, and Conservation