Center for International Education


Cities & Sanctuaries

The CIE is excited to announce this new program to Cambodia in partnership with Operation Groundswell.  This program welcomes participants to the fascinating country of Cambodia where big bustling cities and sacred spaces comingle. From the metropolis of Phnom Penh to the rural countryside of Banteay Meanchey, participants will have the opportunity to explore Cambodia’s turbulent past and see how communities, big and small, are building for the future. We’ll visit the Killing Fields, immerse in Khmer culture and journey to Banteay Chhmar where communities are working to repair rural livelihoods. We’ll interact with innovative community initiatives that exemplify the resilience of a population that has struggled for peace and now strives for prosperity. 

Hands-on service-learning, adventure, and cultural immersion provide a unique classroom where participants can challenge themselves while reflecting on the links between memory and justice, tourism and development.

Program Highlights:

  • Embrace the complexity of modern Phnom Penh, from the beautiful temples and pagodas to the harsh realities of the Killing Fields.
  • Hike past rice paddy fields and fish on the river while learning about life in a small Khmer village surrounding an 800-year old temple complex.
  • Get your hands dirty and volunteer at a permaculture education center designed to support local farmers promoting best practices in sustainable agriculture.
  • Travel back in time to explore the majestic ruins of Angkor Wat, a world famous UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest religious complex in the world.
  • Celebrate New Year's Eve with a firework spectacle in Phnom Penh, and ring in 2023 half way around the world!

Program Details

Program Itinerary
Critical Focus Areas
Program Dates
Estimated Costs


Qualifying freshman, sophomore, and transfer students can use their SPARK Grant for this short-term study abroad program.

Views from Abroad:

    Angkor Wat Temple Complex
    Rice Fields in Battambang
    Ta Prohm Temple
    Phnom Penh Royal Palace

    At A Glance

    Term: Winter Break (Dec '22/Jan '23)

    Program Level: Undergraduate

    Program Types: Service Learning

    Major(s): Open to all majors, and of particular interest to the following majors:

    • Anthropology
    • Art History
    • Global Sustainability
    • International & Global Studies
    • History
    • Legal Studies
    • Museums, Archives & Public History
    • Political Science
    • Public Health
    • Psychology
    • Religious Studies
    • Sociology

    Language Requirement: None

    Cumulative GPA Requirement: 2.5