There are a large number of institutes of tertiary education in Mongolia. Out of the close to two hundred higher education institutes, nearly 50 are public and the remaining private. Seventy percent of the population in these institutes is made up of females and the country boasts of a 98 percent literacy rate.
While the landlocked country is isolated from the developed world, it provides opportunities of mesmerizing study between foreign engagement, natural resource utilization and economic development due to its rapid development. The fast paced development is due to the abundant supply of the country’s natural resources. Students have the option to undertake studies in mining, conservation of pasturelands, resource management, and issues relating to grazing rights.
Study programs in Mongolia are conducted through field excursions where students are able to visit economically, historically and culturally important regions in the central and northern portions of the country. Many programs include rural home stays in nomadic camps allowing students to compare cultural differences between Mongolia’s urban and rural areas. Majority of the courses are conducted in Mongolian, and require working knowledge of the language. So students will have to first complete a language course before allowed admission to some of these courses.
Short courses in Mongolia include conversation practice of Steppe grasslands. International students are taught by international faculty as well local experts in the field. Students experience the traditional nomadic lifestyle and eat locally sourced traditional food. The theories and concepts are discussed in an outdoor setting where students get to test enquiries practically. Some of the courses are conducted in Mongolian, but translation is provided where necessary in some of the courses.