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  • Locations: Chiang Mai, Thailand; Chiang Mai, Thailand; Phnom Penh, Cambodia; Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Program Terms: Fall, Winter-Spring
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter-Spring 2022 10/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Application materials may be reviewed prior to the program's application deadline. (Please note: if all of your boxes are checked-off, your application is complete.) In most cases, for applicants applying to programs led by PSU faculty, interviews and final selection will take place after the program deadline.
Program Description:

Program OverviewCarpe Diem S.E. Asia Cambodia

As a program participant, you will spend approximately 12 weeks traveling, studying the local languages, and volunteering with local non-profit organizations while making a difference in the communities throughout Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand. Cambodia's capital city of Phnom Penh offers local markets, Cambodia's form of Buddhism, the infamous past of the Khmer Rouge and the Killing Fields, and the local customs and travel nuances of Southeast Asia. Laos offers wilderness preserves and environmental projects that work with elephants and gibbons along with numerous villages in the rural Laotian countryside. In the city of Chiang Mai there are substantial opportunities to learn about Thai Buddhism and sustainable practices. Finally, the Thai coast offers volunteer service with coastal refugees, SCUBA training, recreation, and relaxation.

Program Focus

This program is ideal for Freshman and Sophomore-level students looking to gain international experience in Southeast Asia. Volunteer service in various locations throughout Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore a part of the world that is rich with history and tradition. Teaching, village construction projects, working with elephants and gibbons in wilderness protection projects, promoting peace and green agricultural practices with local organizations, and working with coastal refugees are likely to be among of the many types of volunteering that take place.


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Program Provider

Carpe Diem

Program Dates

Current Carpe Diem Calendar

Areas of Study

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This program is a good fit for the following majors:

  • Asian Studies
  • Humanities
  • International Studies
  • Liberal Arts
  • Social Science


Students enroll in up to 18 quarter credits

Language of Instruction 


Host Country Language 

Khmer, Thai, Vietnamese


Other, arranged by provider

Class Standing Eligibility

  • Freshman
  • Sophomore

Minimum GPA Requirements


Must be in Satisfactory Academic Standing.

Program Requirements

No previous language study required 

Program Fee

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PSU Fees

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Application Fee:
All applications include a $50 non-refundable fee due on the application deadline. Students who do not intend to complete a program application are required to withdraw before the deadline, otherwise, the $50 application fee will
be assessed to the students' account.