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.