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Program Description:

Program Overview     

Our embedded program, "Understanding Educational & Vocational Opportunities for Children & Youth in Cambodia," will allow PSU students to visit with children at pre-schools, elementary, middle/high schools, as well as vocational schools. This embedded course would be in conjunction with Dr. Hunt's 'Intro to Developmental Psychology' (PSYCH212.001) course, and/or also with Dr. Bo Cleveland's Adolescence 239 course offering for Spring 2018 in Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS). 
Our program has worked with nonprofit, non-governmental, charitable organizations, such as "Caring for Cambodia" to create unique study opportunities for our PSU students. Our students will be able to learn about early education (K-12) from another culture's perspective as well as the opportunities and barriers that affect Cambodian children in Siem Reap. We will also take part in helping to plan some English-based lesson plans at the 'Caring for Cambodia' Schools and visit other Positive Youth Development Programs. Some students may also be able to collect data for their research individual projects. We will also be spending time visiting local cultural sites, for example the temples at Angkor Wat.

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Any pre-requisite courses are established by the faculty leader or department hosting the course.  The following have been listed as pre-requisites for consideration to enroll in this course and travel on the embedded education abroad program:
  • This course is open to all majors at University Park only
  • Admission in the course and permission to travel with the group are at the discretion of the faculty leader and/or academic department hosting the course.  Academic standing and disciplinary or conduct issues may impact eligibility.

Housing and Meals

During the embedded travel component, housing will consist of overnight accommodations at hotel/hostel.

Program Costs

Students pay regular Penn State tuition (either in-state or out-of-state) for the credits associated with the embedded course.  Travel costs, lodging, meals, excursions, and other fees are determined by the program budget which is set by the program leader.  Please consult the program leader for additional information.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Global Programs administers a scholarship that is specifically designated to support students studying abroad on embedded courses.  The scholarship is competitive, and the deadlines to apply are strictly enforced.  Please review the Embedded Programs Scholarship eligibility, deadlines, and application process.

For More Information

For more information about this course, please contact the program leader(s) Hobart Cleveland by emailing hhc10@psu.eud or Cathleen Hunt by emailing

How to Apply

 The process for enrolling in an embedded course varies according to the instructor and/or department.  The program leader has indicated that in order to enroll in the course and travel component, students must interview with Drs. Hunt and Cleveland.  They will meet with interested students to review the importance of sensitivity of working with children of another culture, and to ensure that they have a basic understanding and interest in the program goals of examining barriers and opportunities to education in Cambodia.

Studying Abroad with a Disability

Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.



Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring- Embedded 2019 08/21/2018
Rolling Admission 03/02/2019 03/10/2019
NOTE: The application deadline date is NOT as it appears above. Please contact the program leaders Cathleen Hunt by emailing or Hobart Cleveland by emailing if you are interested in applying for this embedded program.

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