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Cambodia Winter Term

This program is closed for 2015-2016.  It's next planned offering will be Winter 2018-2019.

If the program is repeated in 2018-2019 information will be available in Spring 2017.

Study the history, culture, language and literature of Cambodia, a nation which has been a crossroads of Asia for centuries.  With visits to the temples of Angkor Wat and the cities of Phnom Penh and Siem Riep, this program will incorporate service learning within Cambodia with coursework that invites you to consider the rich blending of cultures to be found in this Asian jewel.

The program offers a wide array of Gen Ed options, including LC, PL, PH, PS, G and Service Learning credits.  After 5 weeks of courses on campus in Rock Island, the group will travel to Cambodia in January, where the students will travel with three Augustana faculty as well as local experts on Cambodian Art and Culture.  Service learning projects will include teaching English and working with local schools.  Students on this program will be encouraged to blend what they learn in the classroom with hands-on experiences among the Cambodian people.

Faculty Contacts:   Dr. Marsha Smith (Sociology)

Eligibility: This program is open to all students in good academic standing (2.00 or higher).  There is no language requirement for this program and all courses are given in English.

Recommended For: This program is open to all majors.  Students with an interest in Sociology, Education, EFL, Literature, History, Communication Sciences & Disorders, Asian Studies, Religion, Women's & Gender Studies or Art History may find this program particularly of interest.

Program Dates:  This program is expected to run in the Winter Trimester of 2018-2019, with Winter Term coursework beginning on campus in Novermber & December before the group travels to Cambodia in January and February of 2019.

Academics: Students enrolled in this program are required to complete all four program courses for a total of 10 credits. This program is an Augustana Learning Community (LC) credited program. Courses in 2016 were:

Sociology 380: Special Topics in Sociology (PS, G), Taught by Dr. Smith.
CSD440: Special Topics in CSD (PH, G, SL), Taught by Dr. Jakielski.
WGS 320: Life Writing (PL), Taught by Dr. Kalas.
ISS 313: Seminar on Cambodian Culture (1 credit), Team Taught

Students should plan their academic coursework for the year to avoid course overloads.  If students choose to pursue a study abroad experience that takes them into a credit overload, those will lead to additional overload fees owed to the college and billed during the student's final term of that academic year.

Program Cost: The 2015-2016 program was billed at $16,875.  2018-2019 costs will be announced in Fall 2017.

Cost compared to Winter Term on Campus:  The 2015-16 charge of $16,875 for the program replaces the cost of Winter Tuition and 50% of room & board (students who live on campus will need to pay 50% of room & board for the first half of the Winter Term in addition to the program fee.)  Compared to the on-campus charges of $16.070, the Camodia program has an additional cost of $805.  For students who use Augie Choice with this program, the program will be $1,195 below the cost of staying on campus.

Program Cost includes: Tuition, airfare, ground transportation, lodging & board, group excursions and international health insurance. 

Program Fee does not include: Room & board on campus in November and December or discretionary spending while in Cambodia.  Students who live off campus will need to negotiate January/February housing expenses with their roommates and/or landlord.

Financial Aid:  Students participating in this program are eligible for the same grants, scholarships and loan eligibility while abroad as they would be for this trimester on campus.  When billed for the program each student will receive a detailed billing statement which reduces the cost of the program in accordance with the student's anticipated financial assistance. 

Augie Choice: This program is Augie Choice eligible for all students who have completed 3 terms or 30 credits (sophomore status) or higher at the time of departure. Transfer students who have also completed 3 terms or 30 credits at Augustana are also eligible for the Augie Choice grant.