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  • Locations: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Emory applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 10/01/2018
02/18/2019 06/02/2019
Fall 2019 03/01/2019
08/26/2019 12/08/2019

** Some programs accept students on a rolling admission basis. Students may be notified prior to this date of acceptance into the program.

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Program Description:
Hosted by: SIT Mongolia

Academic Focus:
Mongolia offers a fascinating study of the interplay between foreign engagement, economic development, and natural resource utilization, in the context of a developing nation. Landlocked between Siberia and northern China, much of this rugged nation was historically isolated from global development and is today facing rapid economic and environmental change.

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

Resource management and exploitation
A central factor in Mongolia’s development planning is the fate of the country’s abundant natural resources, particularly coal and copper. Students scrutinize the multitude of ways in which mining, conservation of pasture lands, grazing rights, and other resource management issues are shaping public and private life. Additional areas of study include public policy prioritization, urbanization, conceptions of private property, and shifting livelihoods and pastoral traditions.

Through the program's field excursions, students visit historically, economically, and culturally important areas in Mongolia’s central and northern regions. Rural home stays in nomadic camps provide stark contrasts between Mongolia's urban and rural communities.

Approximate Dates:
Fall: 3rd week August to early December
Spring: late February/early March and end in mid-June

Eligibility Requirements:
Minimum 3.0 GPA; good academic standing.

Intensive Language Study: Mongolian
Geopolitics and Development Trends
Pastoralism and Natural Resource Management
Research Methods and Ethics
Independent Study Project
Credit and Grade Translation - SIT Mongolia

Emory College Study Abroad maintains a list of blanket approved courses. This list specifies how courses taken abroad will transfer back to Emory. PLEASE NOTE: Students may obtain additional approvals for courses that are not currently on this Blanket Approval List.

Living Arrangements:
The home stay includes three weeks in Ulaanbaatar and two weeks in a nomad camp, depending on local conditions. Other accommodations include apartments, guesthouses, educational institutions, or small hotels.

A full description of the program costs and billing procedures is described in the budget sheets. Please click on the following semesters for the budget sheets: Fall and Spring.

Financial Aid/Scholarships:
Students are eligible to carry existing financial aid and scholarships on Emory-approved study abroad programs. Students may also be eligible to apply for the following scholarships: Diversity Abroad, NSEP Boren Scholarship, Benjamin Gilman Scholarship, Freeman Asia Scholarship, and SIT Scholarship.  For more information, please visit  Study Abroad Scholarships, Grants, Research & Service

Program Resources:
For more information on Emory University's Structured Independent Language Study Program (SILS) please click here: SILS.

Tim Edenfield, Study Abroad Advisor,

This program is currently not accepting applications.