There are approximately 88 higher education institutions in Cambodia. Approximately two-thirds are public and one third is private. There are two main categories which the higher education institutions can be separated into. On the one hand there are universities, and on the other, there are TVET institutions which are commonly named institutes or ‘independent’ schools. TVET institutions offer diplomas and certificates in addition to Bachelor’s and Master’s, whereas universities offer Bachelor’s degrees and above only. For more information, please refer to the official government website: https://www.moeys.gov.kh/index.php/en/higher-education.html#.Xkp61ZP7TfY.
Higher education institutions in Cambodia follow the traditional path of a Bachelor’s, followed by a Master’s, then a Doctorate. Bachelor’s typically last four years and are composed of a Foundation year and the three years it takes to complete the rest of the degree. Master’s degrees generally take two years to complete and students may choose to write a thesis on its own or choose elective courses and complete an exam in order to complete their degrees. Doctoral degrees take three years to complete, and students are required to complete an Intermediate Exam before beginning their field research.
There is no centralized body of administration when applying to universities in Cambodia, therefore students must apply directly to the university in question for all levels of study. All internationally recognized diplomas such as the high school American diploma and the French baccalaureate are acceptable when applying for a Bachelor’s degree in Cambodia. Even if students do not have the required diploma, they may negotiate with the head of the university who may come to an agreement with the Ministry of Education about accepting certain students into universities. In order to apply for a Master’s degree, students must have completed a valid Bachelor’s degree. The official language of instruction in Cambodia are Khmer and English. Therefore, foreign students wishing to study in Cambodia are sometimes required to pass a language proficiency test such as the TOEFL exam.
In terms of tuition fees, Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees generally cost approximately $2500, whereas Doctorate degrees cost around $9000 to complete.
Information for International Students
There are no student visas available in Cambodia, however students can study internationally in Cambodia on a non-working business visa which they can use to stay in the country. Students from ASEAN will not require this visa. There are different options for study abroad schemes such as homestays or volunteering options through which students can acquire accommodation. Moreover, accommodation near the universities is available for students to rent, though it is usually unfurnished.