SIT Study Abroad Mongolia and Siberia: Nomadism, Geopolitics, and the Environment

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Examine international relations, natural resource management, nomadic traditions, and economic growth from Mongolia's unique vantage point.As a student on this program, you will look at the interplay between foreign engagement, economic developmen... read more

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OVERALL RATING 4.9
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It was totally worth it. The first person learning combined with a month long independent project was a game changer for me and allowed me to take charge of my education. This program is so adventurous , its not a drink your way through Europe experience. You will have stories for years to tell about your time in Mongolia. - DePauw University View Entire Review
September 30, 2019 100 Days Of Wonder
I learned to adapt and adventure. - Bates College View Entire Review
Going abroad is fun and important. Its character building. - Gettysburg College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SIT Study Abroad: Mongolia: Nomadism, Geopolitics, and the Environment
I learned about a culture and a place about which I really had no prior knowledge. I'm an equestrian, so I got to learn about Mongolian horsemanship from Mongolians, and it helped me to understand better how although we come from places that are so far apart, we really are similar. - University of Denver View Entire Review
Totally incredible experience, I learned so much and have a new view of the world. - University of Massachusetts Amherst / UMass View Entire Review
I learned how to take responsibility for every aspect of my social and intellectual life, and ask for help when necessary. It was worthwhile. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
How to function in a horrible place. - Austin College View Entire Review
Absolutely worthwhile. I developed close and lasting relationships with my host families, made wonderful friends, and explored a unique country. - Williams College View Entire Review
I learned not only about the complexity of natural resource management, especially in a country with such a rural/urban divide, but I also learned (through experiences and observation) about a different culture that challenged and changed my previous world outlook. - Gettysburg College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SIT Study Abroad: Mongolia: Nomadism, Geopolitics, and the Environment
I gained a lot of valuable knowledge about Mongolia and their transition to a more "modern" world (among other things). - Ursinus College View Entire Review
I learned a little about how the world works and also how to be a resilient human. - Colorado State University View Entire Review
I learned I am capable of anything, it might be difficult and hard, but I can survive it and learn from it and treasure the experience for how it shaped me - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned that I want to live more closely with the land. It was definitely worthwhile and I hope to return. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
yeah, totally worth it - Trinity University View Entire Review

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Examine international relations, natural resource management, nomadic traditions, and economic growth from Mongolia's unique vantage point.

As a student on this program, you will look at the interplay between foreign engagement, economic development, and natural resource utilization in the context of Mongolia, a nation facing rapid economic and environmental change. You will scrutinize the multiple ways in which mining, conservation of pasturelands, grazing rights, and other resource management issues are shaping public and private life. For one to two weeks, you will live among nomadic herding communities and experience some of the most pristine natural environments in the world.

Major topics of study include:

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

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Mongolian Language, Literature
  • Asian Studies
  • Environmental Science
  • History
  • Area, Ethnic and Group Studies
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