SIT Mongolia: Nomadism, Geopolitics, and the Environment

Language of Instruction: English, Mongolian
Multiple locations,
Term: Spring, Fall

Examine international relations, natural resource management, nomadic traditions and economic growth for a semester in Mongolia

The next application deadline is Oct 1, 2022
See other program dates


The SIT Mongolia: Nomadism, Geopolitics and the Environment Program is a field-research program that allows you to examine international relations, natural resource management, nomadic traditions and economic growth from the unique perspective of Mongolia in the heart of Asia. You complete a number of courses including a month-long independent research project. During your time abroad, you live in two homestays to gain both an urban and rural perspective of the issues.


You take courses that focus on topics such as: geopolitics and development, natural resource management, Mongolian language, research methods and ethics as well as complete an independent study project.

Program Features

SIT encourages learning through experiences and with that in mind, takes you on a variety of educational excursions throughout the semester. Locations could include a visit to Erdenet, Mongolia's second largest city, as well as a monastery in East Gobi.

You live in both a rural and urban homestay during the course of the program. Given the highly mobile nature of the program, when you are not in a homestay family, students stay in a combination of hotels, guests houses and/or apartments.


Review eligibility to ensure that you meet all Columbia requirements to study abroad.

Review the external program webpage to understand any additional program prerequisites.

Application Instructions

To apply, you must complete the two steps below. Deadlines vary and some applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Therefore, you should complete the steps below simultaneously:

  • To apply for Columbia clearance (approval) to study abroad, click on "Start Your Application" on this webpage. Clearance applications are approved on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this webpage.
  • To apply for program admission, complete an external application directly on the program webpage. Note that this deadline may be in advance of the Columbia clearance deadline.

Fact Sheet

Humanities, Social Sciences
Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, Columbia General Studies, Junior, Senior, Study Abroad
Language of Instruction:
Multiple locations,
Asia and the Pacific
Spring, Fall

Dates & Deadlines

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, March 1, 2022
Admissions Decision Date: 
Tuesday, March 1, 2022
Application Deadline: 
Saturday, October 1, 2022
Admissions Decision Date: 
Saturday, October 1, 2022