About the ACMS

No. The ACMS does not provide scholarships, but the ACMS runs several fellowship programs to support the research work of American and Mongolian students and scholars as part of larger research projects. Recipients are announced every year in early spring.
In general visiting scholars and researchers, university faculty and students from the USA and other countries, as well as Mongolian scholars, visit the ACMS office and utilize its services. However, the ACMS is a non-profit organization serving the general public. As such, the ACMS is open to all visitors seeking assistance in Mongolia.

Visa and Registrations

This is visa information for US citizens only.

Holders of US passports, who travel to Mongolia for official, private business and tourism for up to 90 days are exempted from visa requirements in accordance with the New Visa Policy, which has been effective since July 18, 2001.

If you plan to stay longer than 90 days, you will need a Mongolian visa.

This is visa information for US citizens only.

In order to stay in Mongolia for more than 90 days, or to obtain a multiple entry visa for work or study, approval from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia is required. A host institution in Mongolia must send a letter of introduction and visa request on your behalf to receive this approval. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs then sends the approval letter to the Mongolian Embassy in Washington, DC, where your visa is ultimately issued if receiving it prior to entering Mongolia. The visa fee is $131. Learn more at the Mongolian Embassy website.

The process for applying for a student or work visa involved the following steps to complete. These must be completed with assistance from a host institution:

  • The applicant and host institution discuss the applicant’s intended affiliation with the host institution (e.g. student, faculty member, or employee), and the host insitution prepares a formal letter similar to a contract outlining the conditions of the applicant’s affiliation and his/her intended purpose for residing in Mongolia.
  • The applicant sends a copy of the photo page of his/her passport and current HIV blood test results to the host institution.
  • The host institution then sends a letter of request along with the contract, passport copy, and HIV blood test results to the Ministry of Education for a permit to apply for a student or work visa. Upon approving the request, the Ministry of Education issues a letter of request to the Office of Immigration, Naturalization, and Foreign Citizens.
  • The host institution sends another letter of request to the Office of Immigration, Naturalization, and Foreign Citizens to receive a permit to apply for a student or work visa. Upon approving the request, the Office of Immigration issues the permit to the host institution.
  • The host institution then forwards the permit to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which sends a letter to the Mongolian embassy authorizing the consulor’s office to issue a student or work visa.
  • After the embassy receives the letter, the applicant must send his/her passport to the embassy with a complete visa application form and results of an current HIV blood test. The passport and application should be sent with a pre-paid self-addressed stamped envelope which can be tracked. UPS and FedEx are two options. Call the embassy directly for current instructions and visa fees.
  • After receiving the visa in his/her passport, the applicant is prepared to enter Mongolia as a student or faculty member on a non-tourist visa.
This process can only be completed with the assistance of a host institution, so identifying an appropriate host institution early on in the application process is very important. Without the proper visa, visitors must apply in-country to change their visa status from tourist to non-tourist, which requires going through the same process outlined above, with the addition of having to exit Mongolia and reenter it on a new visa issued at a consular office abroad (usually China).
If you are staying more than 90 days, you must get an official letter from your host institution. This letter must explain your reason for staying in Mongolia and must request long-term residency permission after you have acquired your visa. Two copies are needed. One to the Ministry of Education and one copy to the Immigration office. A contract (if you have any) with your host institution may be required at the MoE (so it a good idea to have one made). In addition, you will need to do the following:

Acquire a letter of proof of your local address from your local municipality (Oron suutsni khoroo)

Go to the Immigration office and purchase a form to fill out.

Prepare one copy of a recent identification photo (approx.1.5 x 2.5 inch).

Make a copy of your passport identification page (at the Immigration office, they do copies for a nominal fee).

Finally, go back to the Immigration office with the following: Passport, identification photo, completed registration form, letter with proof of residency, letter of visa sponsorship from MoE, and + 31,500₮ (for the permit).

Yes. The ACMS can provide assistance in completing the registration process, including support in acquiring the appropriate letters of sponsorship from host institutions and submitting documents to the relevant agencies. These services are provided on a fee-basis to cover administrative costs. ACMS members are asked to pay $35, where as non-members are asked to pay $50. These rates do not include the fees charged by the Mongolian government agencies.


The average cost of apartments can vary depending on location, condition, and whether it is furnished. A furnished studio (Mongolian 1-room) is approximately $400-$500 per month, a 1-bedroom (Mongolian 2-room) is approximately $500-$600 per month, a 2-bedroom (Mongolian 3-room) is approximately $600-$700 and above. Guest houses are available for $5-$10 per night. Landlords often ask foreign renters to provide payment for an entire lease up front, but terms of leases are negotiable. The ACMS can provide assistance in arranging housing for visiting scholars. This service is generally provided on a fee-basis of $40 for ACMS members and $55 for non-members. Learn more
Generally all utilities are included, plus phone. But some landlords ask for payments for electricity usage over 100 watts per month.

The apartments are also typically furnished. For rental to foreigners they are usually furnished including bed, couch, refrigerator, electric stove, TV, phone, vacuum cleaner etc.

Yes. The ACMS can locate and negotiate a lease for an apartment on your behalf. Renting an apartment is recommended if you intend to stay longer than a few weeks in Ulaanbaatar. This service is provided on a fee-basis which as of June 2007 was $40 for ACMS members and $55 for non-members per negotiated lease. These prices include the administrative costs of locating an apartment, negotiating the terms of the lease on your behalf, and providing intermediary services throughout the term of the lease per apartment. Learn more

Mongolian Language

Indiana University at Bloomington offers Mongolian language courses and resources.

The University of Western Washington also has Mongolian Studies program.

For self learning, you can order books from the ACMS. We offer a number of books and self-learning materials on Mongolian that are unavailable in the US.

The ACMS also conducts an intermediate level intensive Mongolian language course during the summer. Learn more