Mongolia Field School 2021 is moving online!

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Mongolia Field School 2021

OPENING SOON FOR 2021

Due to travel restrictions that prevent Field School courses in Mongolia, the American Center for Mongolian Studies is developing a new offering - the ACMS Online Mongolia Studies courses - that will be available to all interested persons starting in spring 2021. The courses will be taught in English, and through the generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation will be free for all participants. The course topics will be similar to the ones planned for the 2020 Mongolia Field School. More information on the course topics, instructors, timing and format of the courses will be announced in the near future.

Mongolia has had success preventing Covid-19 spread within the country, but this success has been achieved through very strict limits on international arrivals. Currently, no commercial flights or travel options exist, and recent community spread of COVID-19 in Mongolia has led to very strict provisions on travel that are expected to continue well into 2021.

Therefore we will not be able to reliably plan and offer a field school experience in Mongolia for summer 2021.  We hope to resume our regular Field School offerings on site in Mongolia in 2022, and anyone accepted to the 2020 Field School can defer their acceptance and fellowship awards to 2022.

We do plan to offer a series of online courses throughout 2021 that highlight many of the key topics and instructors who planned to teach in our 2020 Field School. We are working out details for the 2021 ACMS Online Mongolia Studies courses, and will make further announcements here and on ACMS social media sites in December 2020.

Program Details and Courses

The 2020 ACMS interdisciplinary Mongolia Field School includes 7 course offerings. The Field School is open to all participants, including undergraduate and graduate students, professionals, teachers and life-long learners interested in exploring aspects of Mongolia’s unique culture and geography. All participants will have the opportunity to learn field research techniques, conduct self-selected research projects, travel within Mongolia to urban and countryside areas, and gain a unique insight into the landscapes and people of Mongolia. The courses offer an educational travel experience blending academic insights and discussions with travel experiences that allow participants to interact with local people and locations off the usual tourist track. Previous experience in Mongolia or with field research is not required. Students who are seeking academic credit for the program courses can work with program organizers and their home institution to ensure the courses taken meet credit requirements.

Visual Storytelling in Mongolia

Heat, Fire, Flood and Drought: How Does Climate Change Affect Our Health?

Gobi Futures: Navigating and Anticipating Change in a Transforming Desert

Climate Change and Herding in Three Mongolian Eco-zones: Incontrovertible Warning Signs and Local Responses

Environment, Humans, and Mining in Northern Mongolia

Unique Opportunity

Learn field research techniques, conduct self-selected research projects, travel within Mongolia to urban and countryside areas to get a unique insight into the landscapes and the people.

Open to all

The Program is open to undergraduate and graduate students, professionals, faculty and life-long learners.

No experience necessary

Previous experience in Mongolia or with field research is not required.

Financial aid available

A significant number of scholarships of up to $2,500 are available based on merit and need through the generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation and other donors.

Credit transferable

Students who are seeking academic credit for the program courses can work with program organizers and their home institution to ensure the program meets credit requirements.

All Field School courses begin in Ulaanbaatar with an orientation to Mongolian culture, history, language and contemporary issues. Participants will meet with their instructors and classmates from Mongolia and around the world, and begin their learning journey. Class groups will then travel to selected sites across Mongolia where they will pursue field research, gaining an understanding of the topics studied in the context of the landscapes and people in the regions visited. All participants will have the opportunity to see important sites in Mongolia and participate in tourist activities, while also gaining the unique insights offered by their course leaders and the local people and officials encountered during the field studies.
Program tuition for full-term courses covers the costs of the academic program, travel arrangements for course related travel within Mongolia, accommodations for all nights during the Field School, and most meals. Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from Ulaanbaatar, and should budget for incidental expenses during their stay in Mongolia. A significant number of scholarships of up to $2,500 are available, with awards based on merit, diversity and need. Please see the information on fellowship awards in the application for admission for more details. All applicants who apply by the March 1, 2020 deadline are given priority consideration for fellowship awards. Fellowships are available due to the generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation and other donors.

The priority deadline for all participants is March 1, 2020, and the final program application deadline is April 30, 2020. Applications received by March 1 will have priority consideration for fellowship awards and placement in the field school concentration area of their choice.

For more detailed information on the application process and terms and conditions of the program, please review our resource documents, including the  Program Terms and ConditionsApplication Information, and Letter of Reference Information.

Applicants will comply with our Dismissal PolicySubstance Policy,  and Sexual Harassment Policy.

Liz-SQ600

"Attending the renewable energy field school was the best decision I made in 2019! I was already attending a fulltime graduate program in Canada, but the field school added rich value to my learning. As the world is becoming more globalized, looking at how Mongolia is responding to the challenges of supplying cleaner energy was a valuable experience. Our instructors came with a vast amount of knowledge and a passion to teach.’’

Liz B.

Participant of Mongolia Field School 2019
Batkhuu SQ600

"As a sociology major student, this program was very helpful to explore urban issues and migration processes in contemporary Mongolia. Through this program, I sharpened my academic capabilities while refining soft skills essential for my future studies.’’

Batkhuu B.

Participant of Mongolia Field School 2019
Janis-Michael-SQ600

"The ACMS field school is a unique experience that has changed my life and teaching. In most programs, international participants are isolated from the country in which we are studying except for controlled visits to local people and sites. Not so with ACMS! Half of the participants in each field school are from Mongolia, ensuring that local and international participants have a chance to understand each other’s perspectives.’’

Janis M

Participant of Mongolia Field School 2019
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Tuition fees

Climate Change and Herding in Three Mongolian Eco-zones: Incontrovertible Warning Signs and Local Responses
Full tuition fee: $2,900 USD

Mongolian Buddhism, Nature, and Conservation
Full tuition fee: $2,900 USD

Environment, Humans, and Mining in Northern Mongolia
Full tuition fee: $2,900 USD

Climate Change and Herding in Three Mongolian Eco-zones: Incontrovertible Warning Signs and Local Responses
Full tuition fee: 1,000,000 MNT

Mongolian Buddhism, Nature, and Conservation
Full tuition fee: 1,000,000 MNT

Environment, Humans, and Mining in Northern Mongolia
Full tuition fee: 1,000,000 MNT

OPENING SOON FOR 2021

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