Mongolia Field School 2020

Field research. Travel experience. Unique Insight.

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Mongolia Field School 2020

CLOSED FOR 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Center for Mongolian Studies has agreed to cancel the remaining sessions of the Mongolia Field School 2020.

The decision has been made after careful deliberation, and close monitoring of the Mongolian government’s international flight restrictions as well as COVID-19 cases around the world.

Mongolia has had great success fighting Covid-19, with no community spread and no deaths within Mongolia.  On the one hand that is good news and within the country many restrictions have been lifted.  However, on the other hand, this success has been achieved through very strict limits on international arrivals.

Currently, no commercial flights or travel options exist, and the return keeps getting delayed.  In addition, any arriving passengers must quarantine for 3 weeks in a government facility, and then an additional 2 weeks in self-isolation at home.

Our course leaders and staff have worked hard in order to give the Field School participant an exceptional experience. Nevertheless, we agreed that this is the right decision for our participants, staff, course leaders, and the communities.

We have offered deferral to all our Field School applicants to 2021.  We will be finalizing the courses for 2021 in early fall 2020 based on the availability of instructors and input from applicants on timing preference.  We will send a survey to you later this summer to get your input in terms of the length and timing of the courses in 2021 and other feedback to assist in our planning.  We will keep you informed about any changes in course topics and the course dates for 2021 and welcome your input as we develop our plans for the future.

Program Details and Courses

The 2020 ACMS interdisciplinary Mongolia Field School includes 3 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.

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

Mongolian Buddhism, Nature, and Conservation

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

CLOSED FOR 2020

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