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Examine Mongolia’s search for balance between environmental conservation and natural resource development on the doorstep of China and Siberia.
Live alongside nomadic herding communities and experience some of the most pristine natural environments in the world.
Mongolia offers a fascinating study of the interplay between foreign engagement, economic development, and natural resource utilization, in the context of a developing nation. Landlocked between Siberia and northern China, much of this rugged nation was historically isolated from global development and is today facing rapid economic and environmental change.
For the last four weeks of this program, you can choose either to complete an Independent Study Project or an internship. For the internship, you will be placed with a local Mongolian organization where you will gain real work experience related to the program’s theme and develop professional skills you can use in your career.
- Live in a ger with a nomadic herding family on the steppes of Mongolia.
- Experience some of the most pristine natural environments in the world.
- Visit Lake Baikal in Siberia, East Gobi and sacred sites in Kharkhorin, the ancient Mongolian capital
- Learn to ride a horse and use horses for transportation.
- Learn Mongolian - interact with your homestay family in the local language.
SIT Robert Kantor Memorial Scholarship
Each year one student will be granted $10,000 in scholarship aid to study abroad with a SIT program. Funded by individual donors and foundations, the requirements are tight: seeking first-generation college students who've never traveled abroad before, currently attend an HBCU, and demonstrate strong financial need.