Khmer Language and Culture Study Program

Summer in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

June 16 – July 25, 2014
Application deadline: Friday, February 28, 2014

The CKS Khmer Language and Culture Study Program offers faculty, post-graduate researchers and undergraduates from U.S. universities an opportunity to participate in an intensive six-week study abroad program, between June 16 – July 25, 2014, 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 field trips for up to eight eligible participants.
For more details please contact Ms. Tith Srey Pich juniorfellowships@khmerstudies.org

About the Program

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 field trips 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 click this link

Program Goals

The program goals reflect the 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.

Eligibility

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 juniorfellowships@khmerstudies.org

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 organisations.

Study Abroad Scholarships

    • US Dept. of Education: Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellowships Program

(apply for summer FLAS from own institution) www2.ed.gov/programs/iegpsflasf/index.html

    • Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

www.iie.org/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program

    • David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships

www.iie.org/en/Programs/Boren-Awards-for-International-Study

    • Blackmore Foundation

www.blakemorefoundation.org/

Apply for Financial-Aid from the Applicant’s Institution

    • StudyAbroad.com

www.studyabroad.com/articles/applying-financial-aid-to-study-abroad.aspx

    • US Dept. of Education: Federal Student Aid

www.fafsa.ed.gov/

    • University of Hawaii at Mānoa: Financial Aid Services (for University of Hawaii at Mānoa students only)

www.hawaii.edu/fas/

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

    • US Dept. of Education: Federal Student Aid

studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/index.jsp

How to Apply

For information about the program, including eligibility requirements, the application process and FAQ’s please dowload the Khmer Language Program Eligibility Requirements 2014
You can download the Khmer Language Progam Application Form 2014 here

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