International Service Learning in Cambodia

Location: Phnom Penh & Siem Reip, Cambodia  
Program Dates: May 14 – May 28, 2014
An International and Global Studies Sponsored Program


Course Overview

The unique feature of this interdisciplinary academic international service learning course is that it addresses several outcomes. It will provide academic credit to students to work with people from a different ethnic background and challenge students to new levels of thinking. Students will gain exposure to the developing world health care conditions and gain skills working with an impoverished population. Even though students’ work takes them far from UM-Flint, it involves a spirit of citizenship. The immersion component of this course allows for students to experience direct contact with people in a developing country unlike their own.

Students will be visiting healthcare institutions, social agencies, local governmental agencies, education facilities, and cultural sites to enrich their view of the different health, social, and economic strata in Cambodian society.

Country Information

There’s a magic about Cambodia that casts a spell on many who visit this charming yet confounding kingdom. Ascend to the realm of the gods at the mother of all temples, Angkor Wat, a spectacular fusion of symbolism, symmetry and spirituality. Descend into the hell of Tuol Sleng and come face to face with the Khmer Rouge and its killing machine. Welcome to the conundrum that is Cambodia: a country with a history both inspiring and depressing, an intoxicating place where the future is waiting to be shaped.

Just as Angkor is more than its wat, so too is Cambodia more than its temples. The chaotic yet charismatic capital of Phnom Penh is a hub of political intrigue, economic vitality and intellectual debate.

Phnom Penh: the name can’t help but conjure up an image of the exotic. The glimmering spires of the royal palace, the fluttering saffron of the monks’ robes, and the luscious location on the banks of the mighty Mekong; this is one of Asia’s undiscovered gems. But it’s also a city on the move, as a new wave of investors move in, perhaps forever changing the character, and skyline, of this classic city. Phnom Penh is a crossroads of Asia’s past and present, a city of extremes of poverty and excess, of charm and chaos, but one that never fails to captivate.

Excerpts about the Cambodia from Lonely Planet.


This course is taught by Clinical Assistant Professor Maureen Tippen from the Nursing department.


  • Juniors and Seniors students are eligible to apply
  • All majors are eligible to apply
  • Minimum GPA requirements: 3.00 GPA


The program fee is $1,793*. This includes:

  • Travel Visa
  • Housing
  • Occasional meals
  • Health insurance
  • Cultural activities
  • Transportation in Cambodia

Additional costs include: 

  • Tuition charges
  • Roundtrip airfare to Cambodia
  • Passport
  • Immunizations

There is a $150 enrollment deposit required at the time of application. Students are required to submit full payment of program fee by March 14, 2014.

Cancelations & Refunds

Students who withdraw on or before February 21, 2014 are eligible to receive $50 from the $150 enrollment deposit. Any withdrawals must be done in writing and submitted to the Education Abroad Office. There will be no refunds after February 21, 2014. Students who withdraw after February 21, 2014 will be responsible for paying the full program fee.

Scholarship Eligibility

  • Students must be accepted into a UM-Flint faculty-led program.
  • Students must be full-time UM-Flints undergraduate or graduate students at the time of the application.
  • Students must have completed a minimum of 24 undergraduate credit hours, or 9 graduate credit hours at UM-Flint at the time of submitting application.
  • Students must have a 3.0 GPA for undergraduates and 5.0 GPA for graduates at the time of submitting application.
  • Students must register for the course associated with the program.

The deadline to apply for a scholarship is Friday, January 24, 2014. 

*Program fee is subject to change based on currency exchange rates.


Course Registration

This is a 3 credit course being offered in the Spring 2014 term. Students are required to register for one of the following courses:

  • INT 394 – Special Topic in Study Abroad (undergraduate)
  • NUR 381— Directed Study-International Service Learning (undergraduate)


  • Application & Deposit Deadline: Friday,  January 24, 2014
  • 50% of program fee: Friday, February 21, 2014
  • Remainder of program fee: Friday, March 14, 2014