Khmer Language and Culture Study Program

Summer in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Program Date: June 4 – July 13, 2018

Application deadline extended to April 30, 2018
2019 Dates to be Announced
Photo: View of Wat Domnak in Siem Reap

The Khmer Language and Culture Study Program (KLCP) provides an opportunity for faculty, post-graduate researchers and undergraduates from U.S. universities to participate in an intensive six-week study abroad program, from June 04 through July 13, 2018, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. This ongoing program is administered in collaboration with the University of Hawai’i, Mānoa’s (UHM) Khmer Language Program. 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 intended to complement the Advanced Study in Khmer (ASK) program and is structured along similar lines.

Photo: Center for Khmer Studies in Siem Reap
Photo: Center for Khmer Studies in Siem Reap

About the Program

KLCP 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 Advance Study in Khmer (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

Photo: Historical site visit
Photo: Historical site visit

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 interested in Cambodia and Khmer Studies.
  • To enable faculty, post-graduate researchers, and undergraduates to advance their level of Khmer language skills in preparation for fieldwork and study in Cambodia,
  • To promote cooperation and educational exchange between individuals, institutions and Cambodia.

Program Instruction

To ensure the quality of the program, the group will be kept up to 8 individuals max. Instruction is given by trained local Cambodian instructors and linguists and follows the ASK curriculum at the appropriate level for the group.


  • Any students and researchers working or studying in social sciences, humanities, foreign languages, and area studies.
  • Citizens, nationals, or permanent residents of the United States may benefit from specific subsidies.

Tuition and Administration costs

CKS will cover the fees of tuition, administration, and local travel for field visits for the accepted participants. The participants are responsible for their international travel fare and living expenses including accommodation and food during the program period.

For more details, please contact with the title of your email as “Inquiry About KLCP 2018” OR via Tel: (855) 063 964 385

For US students, more details about other sources of financial support can be found below in the Study Abroad Scholarships section.

As guided by Dr. Chhany Sak-Humphry, Department of Indo-Pacific Languages, and Literatures (IPLL) at UHM, you can seek additional financial support from the following institutions for your participation in the KLCP in Cambodia.

Study Abroad Scholarships

    • U.S. Dept. of Education: Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellowships Program (apply for summer FLAS from own institution)


    • Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program 


    • David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships 


    • Blackmore Foundation 


Apply for Financial Aid from the Applicant’s Institution



    • U.S. Dept. of Education: Federal Student Aid 


    • University of Hawai’i at Mānoa: Financial Aid Services (for University of Hawai’i at Mānoa students only) 


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

    • U.S. Dept. of Education: Federal Student Aid 


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 Program Application Formhere

Please submit your completed application to with the title of your email as “Application for KLCP 2018