Summer Abroad Program
Advanced Study of Khmer (ASK)

Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia

June 11 - August 3, 2012
Administered by the Department of Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures (IPLL), University of Hawai΄i at Mānoa

 About the Program Goals Eligibility  Fees & Expenses  
 Tuition & Administration Fees Waivers College Credit Application
How to Submit Travel Procedures
Application Deadline: April 6, 2012 (Friday).

ASK 2011 Flyer

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          About the Program

The Summer Abroad Program was an intensive eight-week training in Khmer language-culture held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The program is administered by Khmer Language Program at the University of Hawai'i, and in collaboration with the Royal University of Phnom-Penh, Cambodia. This program with one week home-stays in rural of Cambodia provides 3rd year Khmer students with a "one-of-a-kind" opportunity to acquire the linguistic foundation necessary to engage in academic research, professional discourse, and cultural immersion with all segments of Khmer society.

The Summer Abroad Program will increase the number of linguistically competent Khmer speaking professionals across the United States and internationally. Also the program will promote scholarly cooperation and cultural and socio-economic understanding between Cambodia and the USA.

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This program has six primary goals:
  • To provide intensive and specialized instruction in Khmer (Cambodian) for students and learners of Khmer of all levels within its natural, cultural, and social context.
  • To enable participants from a variety of American institutions and disciplines to supplement their previous training in Khmer and to attain a high level of language competence within a relatively short six-week period of time.
  • To promote cooperation between the United States and Cambodia and stimulate discussions among individuals from these countries.
  • To provide living in-country experience and preparation, which will enable the participants to deal with cross-cultural differences and to develop the social skills necessary for life in Cambodian society before, they go into the field.
  • To allow potential researchers an opportunity to see their chosen area first hand, and to select appropriate research sites and make introductory contacts.
  • To provide and test a body of pedagogical materials for intensive language study abroad programs and field-test proficiency examinations in Khmer.

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An individual who is eligible:

  1. A citizen or national, or a permanent resident of the United States; and
  2. A heritage (Khmer-American) or non-heritage learner; and
  3. Studying full-time in the fields of humanities, social sciences, foreign languages, and/or area studies. Generally, an applicant may be one of the followings:
    • A graduate student, or junior or senior in a higher education institution, who is a prospective teacher in the areas mentioned above.
    • A graduate student, or junior or senior in a higher education institution, who plans to apply his/her language skills and knowledge of countries vital to the United States' national security in fields outside teaching, including government, the professions, or international development.
    • A teacher in an elementary or secondary school, or an experienced education administrator responsible for planning, conducting, or supervising programs in modern foreign languages or area studies at the elementary, secondary, or post-secondary level.

An individual who is not eligible:

  1. An individual who is currently unemployed.
  2. An individual who is educated native or near-educated native speaker.

Eligibility for the Advanced Study of Khmer (ASK) program checks the following link:

*Area studies means a program of comprehensive study of the aspects of a society or societies including the study of geography, history, culture, economy, politics, international relations, languages.

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          FEES & Expenses

Tuition and administration fees: US $3,500
Living & travel expenses (passport & travel insurance, airfare, housing & food, local transportation, excursion & cultural fees, etc.): US $3,000-$4,000
Estimated total cost: US $6,500-$7,500

Fellowship is pending.

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          Tuition and Administration Fees Waivers

Applicants may apply for tuition and/or administration fee waivers. Please contact Dr. Chhany Sak-Humphry <> for details.

All applicants should apply for own scholarship or fellowship. See links below:

Summer Study in Cambodia

Study Abroad Scholarships

Apply for Financial-Aid from the Applicant's Institution to Study with ASK

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

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          College Credit

Please click here to download the Credit Application form. Print it out, fill in completely, sign, and fax the completed form to (808) 956-3752.

The process of the application usually takes about a week. Accepted applicants will get UH username, password and instructions on how to register for these courses via the UH Outreach College Summer EXTENSION term using the Course Reference Number see below. The CAM courses do not appear in print, so applicants will need to input the CRN for the courses. The payment for each of these courses is $175.

The courses for this summer's 2012 EXTENSION term are:

CAM 112 (341) CRN: 4207
10 credits for First year level (level 0 to level 1). For CKS program.

CAM 212 (341) CRN: 4208
10 credits for Intermediate (level 1 to level 2). For UH program.

CAM 303 (341) CRN: 4209
6 credits for Advanced (level 2 to 3+ or higher level). For ASK program.

Click the following link to download the Outreach Program application form:

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Applicants must:

  1. Submit a completed Summer Abroad Program application form.
  2. Submit a personal statement* outlining academic and/or career goals, indicating how participation in the program will help to achieve those goals.
  3. Submit a one-page statement in Khmer stating reasons for wishing to participate in the abroad program and the benefits expected.
  4. Submit a brief statement on the topic of the final paper. This research paper will be conducted during the study in Cambodia.
  5. Submit official transcripts of the most recent college and/or university training undertaken to date.
  6. Submit three letters of reference:
    -- 2 from individuals who can comment on academic ability and ability to adapt to Cambodia, and
    -- 1 from a current or former teacher of Khmer who can comment on skill as a student of Khmer language.
  7. Submit copies of any Khmer proficiency assessments completed (if applicable).
  8. Submit a list of any family, relatives or friends who currently reside or work in Cambodia.
  9. If needed, applicants will be asked to participate in an oral interview in Khmer. The interview, which will be recorded and retained for future reference, will normally be conducted by telephone by a member of the Khmer Language Program faculty. Arrangements for the interview will be made after a preliminary review of all applications has been completed.

*In preparing the Personal Statement, applicants who have lived and worked in Cambodia previously should discuss their experience there, and indicate how they plan to incorporate that experience in their future studies. Those with extensive prior study of Khmer and/or experience in Cambodia should indicate why additional training is now necessary. The selection committee gives careful attention to the Personal Statement. A full discussion of all points is essential for a successful application. One of the selection committee will contact you or your references.

The application deadline is April 6, 2012 (Friday).

Click here to download the application form (DOC).

This program is contingent on U.S. Department of Education funding.

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          HOW TO SUBMIT

You may send the electronic/scanned copies of the completed application form and other required documents as attachments to or (This is the preferred submitting method.)

The recommendation letters can be mailed or emailed separately by the referees directly to Dr. Chhany Sak-Humphry <>.

If you do not have access to scanning or email, you may mail the completed application form and all the required documents to:

Dr. Chhany Sak-Humphry
ASK Project Director
University of Hawai'i at Manoa
Hawaiian & Indo-Pacific Languages
2540 Maile Way, Spalding Hall 255
Honolulu, HI 96822

Phone: (808) 956-8070
Fax: (808) 956-5978

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International Travel and Local Travel

  1. Participant travel funded by the U.S. Government must be in accordance with the Fly America Act. Federal Travel Regulations require that U.S. carriers must be used for travel that is to be reimbursed from federal grants and contracts. This policy is called the Fly America Act.
  2. ASK participants will travel as a group during the overseas phase of the program. At the end of the overseas phase, participants who want to stay longer in Cambodia or who want to travel to other places are required to pay the difference in airfare or local transportation cost.

Maintenance Allowance

The allowances my not exceed the rate specified in "Participants Fellowship Agreement".

Health and Accident Insurance

  1. US/ED requires that participants be covered by health and accident insurance plans that are valid abroad as well as in this country. This insurance should include Emergency Medical Evaluation as well as Repatriation of Remains coverage.
  2. Neither US/ED nor the University of Hawai'i/ASK Program assumes any responsibility for any injury, accident, illness and loss of personal property or other contingencies that may befall project participants during or as result of their stay abroad.


For information on availability of medical services abroad and recommended shots (e.g., gamma globulin) project director and participants should follow US Embassy recommendations. Additional information on recommended shots may be obtained by calling the Center for Disease Control's International Travelers Hotline at (404) 332-4559 or from the website

Passport and Visas

Participants are responsible for obtaining their passports and the appropriate visas. The grant does not provide funds for passport and visa expenses.

Participant Information Required by ASK Prior to Departure
Approximately five (5) weeks prior to the departure to the country of study, the participants must submit to the Project Director the following documents:

  1. Participant's name (as listed in passport)
  2. Home address
  3. Present employer (name of institution/school/organization)
  4. Position title
  5. E-mail address
  6. Current phone number (up to departure date)

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For more details on ASK program, please visit the following website:
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