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  • Locations: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
  • Program Terms: Fall Semester, Spring Semester
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  • Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
  • Restrictions: Augsburg applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Program Description:

2018 Directory ImageMongolia:Nomadism, Geopolitics, and the Environment

Examine Mongolia's search for balance between environmental conservation and natural resource development.

Program Highlights

  • Live in a ger with a nomadic herding family on the steppes of Mongolia.
  • Experience some of the most pristine natural environments in the world.
  • Learn to ride a horse and use horses for transportation.
  • Learn Mongolian.
  • Visit sacred sites in Kharkhorin, the ancient Mongolian capital, and East Gobi.
  • Conduct independent research or complete an internship.
  • Discuss current issues with members of Mongolia's Parliament.

Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.
 

Independent Study

During the final four weeks of the program, you can choose to use your new language and cultural skills and the academic knowledge you have acquired to complete an Independent Study Project (ISP) on a topic of interest to you or complete an Internship with a local community organization, research organization, business, government agency, or international NGO

Student ISPs on this program have been many and varied over the years, including those based on arts practica and the social sciences. In the social sciences, students have produced high quality works on topics including:

Sample topics:

  • Nomadic organization in transition
  • Cashmere trade and cultural interaction with China and Siberia
  • Buddhist painting, sculpture, and architecture
  • Environmental impacts of mining
  • Symbols of collectivism and pastoralism in daily life
  • Cultural perceptions of Mongolian medicinal plants

SIT internships are hands on and reflective. In addition to completing the internship, you will submit a paper processing your learning experience on the job and analyzing an issue important to the organization you worked with, and/or you will design a socially responsible solution to a problem identified by the organization.

The Mongolia program offers a wide variety of internship opportunities focused on geopolitics, civil society, environmental and natural sciences, or humanities through its longstanding network of government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and private businesses.

Sample internship sites:

  • Providing children with food, healthcare, clothing, and accommodation, as well as education, counseling, and support to help them break free of the cycle of poverty at Lotus Children's Centre
  • Supporting Nutag Partners' consultation services in rural development, risk management, natural resource management, land use and livestock management, alternative livelihoods, development of community-based organizations, and social impact assessments
  • Promoting socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable economic growth at the Global Green Growth Institute
  • Working at the Mongolian University of Life Sciences, a research-oriented university focusing on veterinary medicine, animal science, biotechnology, agroecology, engineering, economics, and business

Key Topics of Study

  • The search for balance between environmental conservation and natural resource development
  • Rapid urbanization and the rise of urban consumption in the context of a dramatic influx of foreign direct investment
  • History, traditions, and livelihood of Mongolia's nomadic communities and their challenges caused by Mongolia's political transformations, development policies, and climate change
  • Socioeconomic transformations and political reform
  • Mongolia's Third Neighbor Policy and diplomatic engagement with major global economies, including the US, and regional relations with China, Russia, and North Korea
  • Mongolia's path to political and economic development
  • Mongolia's development policies and its attempt to address issues of rapid urbanization and growth
  • Diversification of national and local economies away from mining
  • The international roots of Mongolian culture and similarities and differences between contemporary Russian, Chinese, and Central Asian cultures

Money Matters

Be sure to discuss how study abroad costs are handled at your school with your study abroad advisor.  

SIT tuition and room and board fees include the following:

  • All educational costs, including educational excursions
  • All accommodations and meals for the full program duration
  • Transportation to and from the airport, and on all educational excursions
  • Health and accident insurance

Scholarships:

  • SIT awards nearly $1.6 million in scholarships and grants annually.
  • All scholarships and grants are need-based.
  • Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000.  
  • The SIT Pell Grant Match provides matching grants to all students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding when it is applied to an SIT Study Abroad semester program. 
  • Contact the financial aid and/or study abroad office(s) at your college or university to learn if your school’s scholarships and grants and federal and state aid programs can be applied to an SIT Study Abroad program.

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SIT Study Abroad Mongolia: Geopolitics and the Environment


Major Topics of Studymongolia

  • Diplomatic engagement with major global economies including the US and regional relations with China, Russia, and North Korea
  • Rapid urbanization and the rise of urban consumption in the context of a dramatic influx of foreign direct investment (FDI)
  • The search for a balance between environmental conservation and natural resource development
  • Cultural shifts among Mongolia’s pastoral population
  • Socioeconomic and political reform

Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on the program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.

Program Structure

There is no "typical day"on an SIT program. Activities may take place on any day of the week and at any time of day to be in accordance with according to local norms and to take advantage of once-in-a-lifetime learning opportunities. Thus, the schedule and structure of the program are likely very different from what students are used to on their home campuses. The semester progresses in phases:

  • The program begins with a thorough orientation.
  • During the first two and a half months of the program, students are engaged in foundational coursework, including:
    • thematic seminars, including education excursions,
    • language instruction focused on improving practical communication skills, and
    • a field research methods and ethics course that prepares students to conduct independent research.
  • For the last month of the program, students conduct an Independent Study Project (ISP) on an approved topic of their choosing. 
  • Finally, students present their project, participate in program evaluations, and prepare to return home.

What Makes SIT Unique

  • SIT Study Abroad offers a field-based, experiential approach to learning.
  • Each program has a small group of students (typically 10–35). 
  • On an SIT program, students gain high levels of access to many different stakeholders and experts relevant to the issues the program is examining. 
  • While some learning will be conducted at the SIT program center, extensive learning is done outside the classroom — in host communities, field stations, NGO headquarters, ecological sites, health clinics, and art studios.
  • Many students go on to use their Independent Study Projects as a basis for senior theses on their home campuses. Others use their undergraduate research and overall study abroad experience to successfully apply for fellowships such as Fulbrights and Watsons.

Money Matters

Be sure to discuss how study abroad costs are handled at your school with your study abroad advisor.  

SIT tuition and room and board fees include the following:

  • All educational costs, including educational excursions
  • All accommodations and meals for the full program duration
  • Transportation to and from the airport, and on all educational excursions
  • Health and accident insurance

Scholarships:

  • SIT awards nearly $1.3 million in scholarships and grants annually.
  • All scholarships and grants are need-based.
  • Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000.  
  • The SIT Pell Grant Match provides matching grants to all students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding when it is applied to an SIT Study Abroad semester program. 
  • Contact the financial aid and/or study abroad office(s) at your college or university to learn if your school’s scholarships and grants and federal and state aid programs can be applied to an SIT Study Abroad program.

Contact SIT Study Abroad



Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2019 10/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission 02/18/2019 06/02/2019
Fall Semester 2019 03/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.