Khmer Language and Culture

Intermediate and Advanced Course Levels
In Collaboration with:
• The Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP), Cambodia •

Application Deadline: February 27, 2015 (Friday)

Program Date: June 15 - July 24, 2015
Intensive six weeks in Cambodia
Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad (GPA) Program.
Administered by the Department of Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures (IPLL), University of Hawai΄i at Mānoa

10 fellowships (DE-Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program
Short-Term Projects [GPA-ST]) will be offered to qualified applicants.

 About the Program Goals Eligibility
 Tuition/Fees/Scholarship Availabilities College Credit Application
How to Submit Travel Procedures Pre-Departure Handbook
          About the Program

The Summer Abroad Program: Khmer Language and Culture, is an intensive six-week training in Khmer language-culture held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The program is funded by the United States Department of Education, Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad (GPA) Program. It is administered by Khmer Language Program at the University of Hawai'i, and in collaboration with the Royal University of Phnom-Penh, Cambodia. It gives participants an opportunity to undergo intensive immersion language and cultural training in Cambodia. It is an intensive six-week advanced Khmer language-training program held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. It aims to fill in a void in the academic community by providing intermediate and advanced level students a one-of-a-kind opportunity to acquire the linguistic foundation necessary to engage in academic research, professional discourse, and cultural interaction with all segments of Cambodian society.

This immersion program focuses on intermediate and advanced level language acquisition. It consists of a structured academic program of seven hours of task-based language instruction and activities every day, five days a week, in addition, the curriculum includes day-long weekend field trips to outlying areas of Phnom Penh, and home-stays with Khmer families. This course is equivalent to two semesters of study. Instruction is given in small-individualized groups taught by in-country Khmer linguists in Phnom Penh. They have extensive experience in teaching Khmer as a foreign language.

This six-week program will be capped by a written and oral presentation of each participant's mini research project. Participants are encouraged to select their own topic at the beginning of the program. This experience not only adds immeasurably to their language competence, it develops greater awareness and sensitivity about another culture, and possibly of their own. In language study, immersion is fluency's best guarantee. The language immersion provided by this program is only possible in an in-country setting.

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This program has six primary goals:

  • To provide intensive and specialized instruction in Khmer (Cambodian) for advanced students and learners of Khmer 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 assist participants to become educated, insightful and contributing members of the global community.
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Eligible Applicants :

Any participants who are interested in studying Khmer languge and cultur:

  1. An undergraduate or graduate student in any field of studies; or
  2. A faculty member in modern foreign languages or area studies; or
  3. A teacher in an elementary or secondary school; or
  4. An experienced education administrator responsible for planning, conducting, or supervising programs in modern foreign languages or area studies at the elementary, secondary, or postsecondary level.

An individual who is not eligible:

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

Click here to download the Eligibility Requirements (PDF).

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          Tuition & Administration Fees/Scholarship Availabilities

10 fellowships (DE-Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program Short-Term Projects [GPA-ST]) will be offered to qualified applicants.

Or applicants could apply for their own scholarships or fellowships.

The estimated budget for the abroad study is as follows:

1. Cost to Participate in Our Program
UH Mānoa tuition & fees (payable to Research Corporation of University of Hawaii [RCUH]
account #2398)
$3000 (only for non-fellowship participant of GPA-ST)
  Program Fees (payable to RCUH #2398)
$ 500
  Registration Fee (for academic credits of 6 or 10 credits via UHM Outreach College)
$ 123
  TOTAL $3623
2. Additional Cost for Own Responsibility
  Health insurance $100 (or less)
  Room $400
  Meals $500
  Airfare/local transportation $1400-$2200
  Visa $25
  Personal/miscellaneous expense $100-$200
  TOTAL $2525-3425

For other fellowships or scholarships opportunities, see links below:

Study Abroad Scholarships

US 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

Blakemore Foundation

Apply for Financial-Aid from the Applicant's Institution

US Dept. of Education: Federal Student Aid

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

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

US Dept. of Education: Federal Student Aid

Applicants may apply for partial tuition and/or administration/or program fee waivers (upon availability of funding). Please contact Dr. Chhany Sak-Humphry ( for details.

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          College Credit

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

Print out the form, fill in completely, sign, and fax the completed form to (808) 956-3752.

If you are NOT a continuing UH Manoa student, you will have to apply through the UH Outreach College. The process of the application usually takes about a week. Accepted applicants will get their own UH usernames, passwords and instructions on how to register for these courses via the UH Outreach College Summer EXTENSION term using the Course Reference Number (CRN) (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 $123.

The courses for the Summer EXTENSION term are:

CAM 112 (341) CRN: 4124
10 credits for Beginner level (level 1).

CAM 212 (341) CRN: 4125
10 credits for Intermediate level (level 1 to level 2).

CAM 303 (341) CRN: 4126
6 credits for Advanced level (level 2 to 3+ or higher level).

These courses are equivalent to 2 semester Khmer coursework at the University of Hawaii (Beginning level ~ CAM 101 & CAM 102; Intermeidate level ~ CAM 201 & CAM 202; Advanced level ~ CAM 301 & CAM 302). It consists of a structured academic program of seven hours of task-based language instruction and activities every day, five days a week, in addition, the curriculum includes day-long weekend field trips to outlying areas of Phnom Penh and home-stays with Khmer families.

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The application deadline is February 27, 2015 (Friday).

Click here to download the UHM Summer Abroad Program: Khmer Language & Culture application form (DOC).

Applicants must:

  1. Submit a completed Summer Abroad Program: Khmer Language & Culture 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 half-page statement in Khmer stating reasons for wishing to participate in the abroad program and the benefits expected (applicable for intermediate and advanced levels).
  4. Submit a brief statement on the topic of the final paper. This mini-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 (if applicable).
  6. Submit two letters of reference:
    -- 1 from individual 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 (if applicable).
  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 (if applicable).
  9. If needed, applicants will be asked to participate in an oral interview in Khmer (for intermediate and advanced levels) . 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 committees will contact you or your references.

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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 Mānoa
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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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.
  3. Here are some resources for students who want to purchase health insurance or supplemental coverage:


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.

You can also visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation of the Kingdom of Cambodia to apply for E-Visa.

Participant Information Required by Abroad Program 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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