Photo and caption: Milou Hoffman (CAP Digital Grant recipient, Winter Session 2017) - "We stayed in a traditional ger camp on the vast Mongolian steppe ."
ASIA2084: Modern Mongolia will not be offered in Winter Session in 2021 due to the outbreak of COVID-19.
Witness firsthand the challenges that face Modern Mongolia, a nation caught between globalisation and tradition. Mining has boosted the natural economy but at a heavy cost to the environment and indigenous communities. As part of ASIA2084: Modern Mongolia
15 students will have an opportunity to explore the true costs of economic growth on the cultural, natural, and historic fabric of Mongolia through the themes of environment, energy, heritage, community health, and infrastructure.
You will be introduced to the Mongolian language and explore the competing interests of an economy reliant on commodity exports, the environment and traditional heritage through in-class lectures, interaction with local community and industry stakeholders, visits to sites of historical and cultural value as well as mining sites. The tour will take place in the Mongolian capital, Ulaanbaatar with day trips and one overnight trip to the surrounding areas.
This interdisciplinary course would be of interest to a wide variety of students including those studying Asian studies, the environment and economics.
In-country activity for this course will run from Saturday 27 June 2020 – Saturday 11 July 2020.
You will participate in a one-day pre-departure workshop in Canberra which will include a trip to the Mongolian Embassy in Canberra. You will have an opportunity to meet other participants and your course conveners; Professor Li Narangoa and Dr Jack Fenner. Your conveners and expert guest lecturers will introduce you to Mongolian history, culture and economy, and we will together prepare for the in-country portion of the course.
You will meet the conveners and other participants at a hotel in central Ulaanbaatar, near the National University of Mongolia on Saturday 27 June with the tour commencing with a welcome dinner in the evening. Throughout the tour you will engage with government officials, representatives from the mining and other commercial interests, non-government organisations and local community leaders. The tour will visit museums, temples and other cultural sites as well as government agencies and mining sites. You will have the unique experience to spend two or three nightsin a traditional Mongolian ger and visit Karakhorin, the former capital of the Mongolian Empire. You will also receive Mongolian language instruction to help you immerse yourself in Mongolia's rich culture. The National Nadaam Festival overlaps with the end of the course; you may wish to extend your stay to enjoy the festival, but keep in mind that tickets are often difficult to obtain for more popular events.
Please note: assessment for this course will overlap with Semester 2, 2020. Students who wish to participate in this course and complete 24 units of study in Semester 2, 2020 will need to apply to overload
Eligibility and Selection Criteria
This opportunity is open to ANU undergraduate students who are currently enrolled and have completed at least 36 units of study (6 courses) at the time this course commences.
All you need to do is tell us how this opportunity will benefit you, your studies, how it meets the objectives of the New Colombo Plan and your experience with Mongolia and the Mongolian language.
Academic results may also be taken into consideration during the selection process.
Where grants are available, preference may be given to students who meet the eligibility requirements of the grants.
Complete the application by Sunday 5 April 2020
If you are successful, you will be advised of your application outcome by Friday 17 April 2020
and must be able to confirm your participation by Friday 24 April 2020
CAP has secured 14 New Colombo Plan mobility grants for this study tour. Students who meet the New Colombo Plan eligibility guidelines will be provided with a $3,000 New Colombo Plan mobility grant, provided by the Australian Government. To be eligible you must:
- Be an Australian citizen
- Be aged 18-28
- Have not received an NCP short term mobility grant previously
- Not hold residency rights to Mongolia
More information on the Australian Government's New Colombo Plan and the full eligibility requirements can be found here
Successful applicants that do not receive an NCP grant or meet the NCP eligibility requirements will receive $500 of funding support through the Engage Asia Travel Guarantee.
OS-HELP is a Government loan scheme to assist eligible Australian students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place, who wish to undertake an overseas experience as part of their degree.
Travel and Other Costs
Participants are required to independently arrange and cover costs of return flights and internal transfers to and from accommodation in Ulaanbaatar. Participants will need to cover costs of visa fees, meals, taxis around Ulaanbaatar and entry to some cultural and tourist sites.
Accommodation arrangements and transport during the program will be made for the entire group to secure lower rates and will be packaged together as a program participation fee which is expected to be approximately $600. Students who receive an NCP grant will be able to have this cost withheld from their grant. Students who do not receive an NCP grant will be invoiced for the participation fee. Final costs will be confirmed with selected participants.
ANU participants pay tuition fees to ANU for their six-unit course enrolment.
Participants will receive ANU travel insurance coverage for the duration of this program.
Hear from a Previous Student - Milou Hoffman
I travelled to Mongolia on the ASIA2084 trip (Winter Session, 2017).
The highlight of my time in Mongolia was travelling to the rural areas of Mongolia, which has absolutely incredible landscapes and natural beauty. Mongolia's natural environment is intricately linked to Mongolian culture and national identity so I feel like being able to get out of the city brought an extra dimension to our experience of the country.
As well as being an incredible experience as a whole, I found one of the most valuable experiences from the course meeting such a variety of people, ranging from the former Minister of Environment to the Australian Ambassador. Through these meetings, we were exposed to a diversity of opinions and perspectives on things such as environmental issues and Mongolia's international relationships. It was also an incredible way to experience a new country!
If you are even remotely considering a CAP overseas program go for it! It is an incredibly unique experience to be able to travel to a country in such a fascinating region in this way.
Photo: Milou Hoffman: "Naadam is a festival that occurs across Mongolia every summer, showcasing the best of Mongolian horsemanship, wrestling strength and skills such as archery. We visited a regional Naadam in Kharakorum, where we witnessed the agility with which the Mongolians ride their horses. Most children first ride a horse at around age 3 and historically their incredible horsemanship lead to the establishment of the worlds greatest empire, that of Chinggis (Genghis) Khan."
General Information for Mobility Programs
While the College of Asia and the Pacific welcomes participation from all eligible ANU students, credit towards your degree program will be at the discretion of your home College. It is your responsibility to consult with your College's student advisors about how this course might fit into your current degree requirements.
Students should ensure they have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months after the end date of the program.
The CAP Student Centre is not able to provide visa advice. However, as part of this program students will be required to attend a meeting with the Mongolian Embassy in Canberra to assist with the visa process.
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