SIT: Geopolitics and the Environment

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Academic Program

Students follow a required set of courses including Mongolian language, Geopolitics and Development Trends, Pastoralism and Natural Resource Managment, Research Methods and Ethics and complete an independent study project during the final month of the program.

  • Reviewed by: Professor Thierry Boucquey
  • Fields of study: Environmental conservation, development, urbanization, international relations
  • Eligibility: 7.5 cumulative GPA, Prerequisites: None
  • Number of program participants: 12 - 25 students

Living Arrangements

There are two homestay periods - a three to four week stay with a hosts in various micro-districts in the capital city, Ulaanbaatar, and a one to two week stay in a nomadic community in either central or northern Mongolia depending on the season. While on study trips students stay at guest houses, educational institutions or in small hotels.

Term Dates

  • Fall: Late August to mid December
  • Spring: Mid February to early June


  • Advising Tips: This program requires a faculty reference. Faculty referees may use the Scripps form or the student can provide a link to the online reference form.
  • Visa Information: All students must have a passport valid for at least six months after the program’s end date to study in another country. Students should apply for a passport as early as possible; in some cases, passport applications may need to be expedited. Students may need one or more visas, in addition to a valid passport. Visa application processes vary widely, and some visa processes are multi-step and complicated. SIT Study Abroad helps students to understand the visa process for each program. The SIT admissions counselor can answer passport and visa-related questions and concerns. Non-US citizens should consult with SIT early to determine the visa requirements based on their country of origin. SIT Study Abroad cannot guarantee visas for its participants, and it is ultimately the student’s responsibility to secure the appropriate visa in a timely manner.
  • Budget Planning: For budget planning purposes, click here to view the current cost of living comparison between Ulaanbaatar and Los Angeles.