Program Details

Experience the great outdoors of Mongolia’s majestic grasslands and ancient waters while living with a nomadic community. Ride horses through green hills and see the Gobi Desert from camelback.
Location:
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
High School
Term:
Summer

Program Overview

Program Description:

Experience urban Ulaanbaatar, the country’s capital city, to begin learning about local culture and take basic Mongolian language lessons. Take in the incredible views as you trek on horseback to the ancient, pristine Lake Khövsgöl, the second largest freshwater lake in Asia.

Travel to the vast grasslands, where nearly 40% of Mongolians live a nomadic lifestyle, and stay with a local family in a traditional ger, a round, felt-lined tent. Help your host family tend livestock and learn how to cook traditional meals and prepare various dairy products. Embrace the wide-open landscapes as you gallop through the hills on horseback. Horses are celebrated in the country’s culture and outnumber people thirteen to one.

In the mountainous province of Khövsgöl, complete a community service project, such as teaching English to local students or painting a school. Experience traditional music performances and take a huumii (throat singing) class. You will also study traditional Mongolian arts and witness horsemanship, wrestling, and archery competitions at the Naadam festival, the largest national festival in Mongolia.

Your Experiment concludes at the edge of the Gobi Desert, where you’ll see Buddhist temples, meditation caves, and pilgrimage sites. Wrap up your journey as you venture into the Gobi on camelback and spend the night sleeping under the desert sky.

Setting Description:
During your orientation in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia’s capital, you’ll experience urban Mongolia, take lessons in throat singing and morin khuur playing, and begin your Mongolian language study. In the mountainous Hovsgol province, complete a community service project such as painting or cleaning a school. Trek on horseback to the ancient, pristine Lake Hovsgol, the second largest freshwater lake in Asia. Next, the program takes you to Mongolia’s open grasslands to experience rural life during a homestay with a nomadic pastoral herder family. Help your host family tend livestock and learn from them how to cook traditional meals, prepare various dairy products, and ride horseback. Your Mongolia Experiment draws to a close at the edge of the Gobi Desert, where you’ll see Buddhist temples and meditation caves and learn about Danzan Ravjaa, known as the Lama of the Gobi, at the important pilgrimage site Hamryn Hiid. Venture into the desert on camels and spend the night sleeping in a ger under
Cost:
$5620

Additional Program Information

Scholarships:
Yes
Scholarships Description:
Need-based financial aid ranging from $250 to $2,200

Program Reviews

Overall Rating

5.0

Based on 15 Reviews

  • The best month of the year
    5.0
    09/01/18

    I had the most amazing experience, I made new friends and learned about a culture I never really thought about. I expanded my views of the world and how even people living in the same country can have different ideas, habits, and beliefs based of of where

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • I loved going to Mongolia
    5.0
    08/31/18
    I loved going to Mongolia. It was super fun and interesting. Everyone was super nice and all the activities we did were really cool. Mongolia is an amazing country with beautiful scenery, interesting history and the kindest people.
    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Mongolia review
    5.0
    08/30/18

    This trip was truly the most amazing experience. I was nervous to be pushed so far out of my comfort zone but was pleasantly surprised by how easily I was able to adapt. I learned a lot about myself on this trip too. I met the most amazing people that

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • It was the best month of my life
    5.0
    08/30/18

    My trip to Mongolia was the first time I've left the East Coast of the United States. I was so scared, but as soon as I met the 15 other teens who are sharing the same fears as me I was at ease. The country was unbelievably beautiful and unique. I felt

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Why I'm Glad I Went to Mongolia
    5.0
    08/23/18

    For everyone nervously considering whether they should take the plunge on the Experiment's program, I would really recommend that you do. While I'm contributing to it, the pool of online information you'll find won't give you the full view of the trip

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Learning to feel comfort in the unknown.
    5.0
    08/15/18

    During my month with The Experiment, I learned first hand how to travel effectively. Having minimal international travel experience before the Mongolia trip, I went in with low expectations. Stepping off the plane, I was immediately enveloped by the new

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • What I was able to exprienece in Mongolia
    5.0
    09/05/17

    Though Mongolia is one of the hardest programs for the Experiment in International Living, it is one of the most freeing and satisfying experiences of my life. By going into another country where you don't know anyone, you've never heard the language

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Mongolia
    5.0
    09/02/17

    I had an amazing experience in Mongolia this summer. I wanted to be immersed in a culture different from mine and the program really focused on the Mongolian way of life, traditions, and customs. The experience was amazing, Mongolia is a beautify and

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Mongolia
    5.0
    09/01/17

    Every minute of my time spent in Mongolia was beyond special. We woke up every day under an endless blue sky and set off on another adventure. Through this trip I met people I will always share connections with and did things I never thought possible.

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • A Milestone in My Life
    5.0
    08/31/17

    Mongolia with the Experiment was absolutely fantastic. The group environment fostered, the activities arranged and the casual adaptation they are able to organize is beyond fantastic. I never felt alone and I was was engaged. The added bonus of connecting

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Mongolia
    5.0
    08/31/17

    I really loved my time in Mongolia. I was a little apprehensive at first, but once I got to the country and started experience the culture with my group, I discovered how much fun and beautiful the country could be. My group was amazing - I met people

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • My Mongolian Moment
    5.0
    08/30/17

    I had an amazing time in Mongolia and learned various things about myself throughout the journey. Mongolia was very beautiful and I thoroughly enjoyed immersing myself in the rich and diverse culture. There was never a dull moment, everyday there was

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • The Land of the Blue Sky
    5.0
    08/28/17

    During the first lessons we had in Mongolia at the SIT office, we lame that the country was also proudly referred to as the "Land of the Blue Sky." As the trip continued from there on, I truly experienced the authenticity to that phrase through 4 o' clock

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • The Journey That Changed My Life
    5.0
    08/23/17

    Going to Mongolia was the best thing could have happened to me this summer. I grew so much as a person and really learned to appreciate the life I have in America. We got to explore the capital city and saw a new part of it each day we were there. It

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Reallyreally long review about a reallyreallyreally awesome place
    5.0
    12/30/14

    Mongolia is a place I never thought I would travel to, and it's also a place where I had the single best experience of my life. I was able to travel across one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, from the mountains to the steppe to the Gobi

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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