Khmer Language and Culture Study Program Summer in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

June 20 – July 29, 2017
Application deadline extended to April 30, 2017

Wat Domnak view

The  CKS Khmer Language and Culture Study Program provides an opportunity for faculty,  post-graduate researchers and undergraduates from U.S. universities to participate in an intensive six-week study abroad  program, between June 20 – July 29, 2017, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. This ongoing program is administered in collaboration with the University of Hawai’i, Manoa’s Khmer Language Program (ASK). This CKS program is designed for those who wish to develop Khmer language skills and understanding of contemporary Cambodian society for academic and professional purposes, but who have not completed two years of formal language training. Beginners are welcome to apply. The program is therefore intended to complement the Advanced Study in Khmer (ASK) program and is structured along similar lines.

CKS can cover tuition fees and some program costs such as local travel and fieldtrips for up to eight eligible participants.
For more details please contact Ms. Tith Srey Pich:

About the Program

Khmer Language and Culture Study Program students cooking Khmer Food

There is a demand among academic researchers for appropriate high quality in-country Khmer language training. However, not all have successfully completed two years of academic training in the Khmer language required for ASK. The CKS Khmer Language and Culture Study Program aims to meet that demand and provide the opportunity for those with less Khmer language experience to study in-country. Like their ASK counterparts, participants in the CKS program will receive four hours of intensive language training during morning sessions. In the afternoon, they will take part, alongside the ASK program participants, in fieldtrips and other cultural activities, including visits to local governmental and non-governmental institutions, where the taught language skills can be used in real time situations.
For further information about the ASK program, please click on this link

Program Goals

The program goals reflect CKS ’s broader agenda of promoting research and international scholarly exchange through programs that increase understanding of Cambodia and its region:

  • To provide in-country language training for students of Cambodian society and culture,
  • To enable faculty, post-graduate researchers and undergraduates to advance their level of Khmer language skills in preparation for field-work and study in Cambodia,
  • To promote co-operation and educational exchange between individuals and institutions in the United States and Cambodia.

Program Instruction

The group will be kept to a maximum of eight individuals. Instruction is given by trained local Cambodian instructors and linguists and follows the ASK curriculum at the appropriate level for the group. Up to 8 credits can be earned for beginners. The program uses six instructional modules based on ACTFL proficiency guidelines.


Eligible individuals include:

  • Citizens, nationals or permanent residents of the United States.
  • Heritage (Khmer-American) or non-heritage learners.
  • Those working or studying full time in social sciences, humanities, foreign languages, and area studies.

Tuition and Administration costs

Tuition and Administration charges are $3,400 per participant (a $3000 tuition & administration fee and a $400 program fee). CKS can cover tuition fees and some program costs such as local travel and fieldtrips for up to eight eligible participants. For more details please contact Ms. Tith Srey Pich:

A limited number of study abroad scholarships covering tuition fees and some program costs are available for eligible U.S. undergraduate and post graduate students from the below organizations.

Study Abroad Scholarships

Apply for Financial-Aid from the Applicant’s Institution

Federal Student Loans from the U.S. Department of Education


How to Apply

For information about the program, including eligibility requirements, the application process and FAQ’s please download the Khmer Language Program Eligibility Requirements
You can download the Khmer Language Progam Application Form

If you have any further questions please email the Center for Khmer Studies at:
Tel: (855) 063 964 385
Fax: (855) 063 963 035