- Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- Fall Semester, Summer
- Program Description:
Round River Conservation Studies' Mongolia Conservation Program provides an incredible opportunity to experience the vast landscapes and biodiversity of Mongolia. Operating from Round River's base camp, students will spend their time assisting partners in remote mountainous regions of Mongolia.
Students may participate in wildlife surveys, using camera traps to monitor wildlife, natural history hikes and backpacking trips, among other field activities.
The program provides numerous options for wildlife research on wolves, brown bear, lynx, manul, snow leopard, wolverine, sable, marten, otter, mink, and fox, in addition to numerous ungulates, rodents, and large birds. Few of these species have been systematically studied, and in most cases, including wolves, bears, and lynx, no one has any idea of their population status.
Few people have yet to study the flora. Ecosystem processes also remain poorly understood, and fire dynamics, high elevation wetlands, grazing impacts, permafrost distribution, and river systems are among the topics that need greater scrutiny. Gaining a baseline on all of these will be important for monitoring and management in the era of global climate change.
- $18,530. Includes program tuition, 15 semester credits, research costs, in-country travel, and all food and lodging during the program.
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Based on 3 Reviews
- Doing incredible science with a close-knit group in remote Mongolia12/21/19
This program has to be one of the most unique and transformative study abroad programs out there. On this program, you will spend several months in a remote valley in Northern Mongolia, a ten hour drive on a dirt track away from the nearest plumbing or
pavement. Out there, you will work closely with locals on various conservation research projects within the national parks in the area. This program foregrounds the experiential, and you will spend most of your days in the field. While the academics could be a little more rigorous, we asked fascinating questions like how best to manage land for conservation, how to understand the relationship between people and nature, and what we even mean by "nature." In the field work and academics, Round River stands out for their respect and conscientiousness for how to ethically do science as outsiders. They focus on how to help indigenous communities manage their land and constantly self-examine the sociopolitical implications of their presence. In turn, the science we do is hugely important and meaningful to the locals. My research felt so meaningful and appreciated, and I could see a clear cause my work would contribute to. My favorite component had to be the group dynamic the program allowed me to build. Since you live with 7 other students and 3 instructors in close quarters for the entire program, I had the chance to build incredible, loving bonds that made for endless inside jokes and a hugely supportive environment. This program is nothing like partying in Barcelona or being stuck in a classroom; living in a tent in the cold away from internet for several months may not be for everybody, but I see the world differently now and do it again in a heartbeat. Be prepared for lots of hiking, cold weather, and constantly changing or unknown schedule (unavoidable due to the programs dependence on weather and locals showing up... Mongolians have a much looser sense of time than you might be used to in the US!). I highly, highly, highly recommend this program for naturalists, adventurers, avid readers, lovers of nature, aspiring conservationists, those invested in defending indigenous rights, and anyone interested in a truly life-changing study abroad!read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- An incredible experience in an incredibly beautiful place08/13/19
This program undoubtedly changed my perspective on the world and the course of my life. The combination of academics, time spent in the field, tight-knit community, and local connections made the program unique and meaningful every single day. The opportunity
to see wildlife, contribute to longterm research projects, and meet local people was something I had never experienced before. I am very grateful to have participated in such an amazing program.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Wonderful Study Abroad Experience12/15/18
I joined the 2018 Summer program in Mongolia and it was incredible. From the breathtaking views of the jagged, high altitude mountains to the rolling plains, I couldn't have picked a more beautiful place to spend my summer. The conservation curriculum
was interesting and informative. After completing the program, I feel confident conducting and presenting research to audiences that can use the work to implement political and environmental change. My favorite part of the program was the way Round River worked closely with the Horidal-Saridag Park Rangers, located near where we were stationed in Ulaan Uul, Mongolia. The relationships I made with the rangers, fellow students, and instructors are lifelong and key to the comprehensive conservation conducted during the summer. I would highly recommend this to the outdoorsy adventurous student who is looking to improve their conservation ideology and skills.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend