Cambodia - SOC485H5S: Investigation through Study Abroad


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Please Note:  As of May 12, 2021, due to the ongoing pandemic conditions around the world, the University of Toronto has made the difficult decision to extend the suspension of University activity to international locations by students from September 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021. We are opening applications for this experience as it occurs after the current suspension of University activity to international locations. However, the university will continue to review the situation regularly over this period and our ability to run this experience will be tied to pandemic circumstances, public health guidelines, global travel restrictions, and Global Affairs Canada travel advisories change. 

The University reserves the right to cancel the international experience in alignment with travel restrictions and health and safety guidelines at any point. Please review the Terms of Participation and Refund & Cancellation Policies before submitting your application. 

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The Course: SOC485H5

An in-depth examination of selected topics in sociology as part of a UTM Study Abroad experience. During the international experience, students will collect data and observations to use as the basis for a final analytical project. As part of this course, students will have the option of participating in an international learning experience that will have an additional cost and application process. An interview may be required, with priority given to Sociology and Criminology, Law and Society Specialists and Majors.

Learn more about the course here.

The Trip: Cambodia Winter Reading Week

Spend 10 days immersing yourself in the history and culture of Cambodia alongside your classmates, Professor Erik Schneiderhan, and a UTM staff member. Travel across Cambodia to Phnom Penh, Banteay Chhmar, and Siem Reap. Explore Cambodia through walking tours, homestays, and visits to famous historical sites like Angkor Wat.

Connect your in-class learning to hands-on experience, and challenge yourself to grow your understanding of memory, trauma, and peace. Using a sociological lens you will explore conduct field research at sites like Angkor Wat, and have in-depth interviews with community leaders at local NGOs that work on projects related to the Cambodian genocide.

Why Participate

  • Develop on-the-ground experience conducting sociological research;

  • Add international travel and learning experience to your resume;

  • Travel and experience the unique culture Cambodia has to offer;
  • Connect with your classmates and the professor outside of the classroom!


Estimated cost of International Component 2021-2022: CAD $3700-4000

What is Included: Flights, transportation, accommodation, meals, in-country activities associated with the course, and trip-cancellation insurance.Funding Available!

What is NOT Included: Course fees, fees associated with supplemental travel insurance, additional optional tours/activities while abroad, visa applications, medical exams, vaccinations, and any other additional costs.


Bursaries will be awarded based on demonstrated financial need (not linked to OSAP) as shown in your funding request in your UTM Abroad application. Read more about funding here!

Need To Know

  • The cost and itinerary are subject to change.
  • Applicants must submit an application for admission into the course to their respective departments and will be required to abide by the corresponding UTM Abroad application requirements and deadlines to participate in the international experience.
  • Fees must be paid in full by the required deadlines.
  • To prepare for the trip, students attending will participate in the mandatory pre-departure and safety abroad sessions.

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