Located in the heart of Central Asia, Mongolia is one of Asia’s fastest-growing economies.

Mongolia’s economic rise can be linked to mining, placing Mongolian speakers at the forefront of shaping economic prosperity with environmental and social sustainability.

Mongolian shares a similar sentence and grammar structure to Korean and Japanese but there is no correlation between these languages. Mongolian has 8 different systems for writing. Exploring these unique systems will reap rich cultural, historical and linguistic proficiency.

Program Aims

ANU is the only university-run Mongolian program in the Southern Hemisphere which means students can expect a tailored and interdisciplinary approach.

Students are equipped to match language proficiency with cultural literacy. ANU is home to the ANU Mongolian Studies Centre and the ANU Mongolian Institute so students have unique access to world-leading language and country experts.

Recently, an ANU Mongolian Studies Professor was awarded a medal by the Mongolian President for their innovation and passion for teaching Mongolian Studies. These are among the many reasons why students maintain life-long connections with the ANU Mongolian Studies community.

Career opportunities

Mongolia’s economic rise and the recent opening of an Australian Embassy in Mongolia’s capital, combined with the rarity of English-Mongolian fluency means employers are now seeking out bilingual experts like never before. Many of our graduates find themselves in exciting and dynamic fields such as:

  • Communications
  • Consulting
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Diplomacy/ Foreign Affairs
  • Environmental policy
  • International development
  • International business
  • Interpreting and translation
  • Journalism and media
  • Linguistics
  • Policymaking
  • Publishing
  • Research and academia
  • Start-ups
  • Think tanks, policy institutes and research centres

Courses on Offer

MNGL1002        Mongolian 1

MNGL1003        Mongolian 2

MNGL2002        Mongolian 3

MNGL2003        Mongolian 4

Study Online

The four Mongolian language courses are not offered on campus, but are instead available 100% online. Mongolian can be studied as part of an ANU degree, as a non-award subject or cross-institutionally, and is taught through Open Universities Australia.

Online classes are not self-paced, and students will need to log in to a weekly online classroom to attend a minimum of 1.5 hours of classes. All students will need access to a computer, camera (inbuilt or external), a headset with microphone, reliable internet and a smartphone or scanner.

Interested in learning more about the program or how to enrol? We would love to hear from you! Get in touch using our languages enquiry form.

Global Learning Options

Students have multiple opportunities throughout their studies to study in Mongolia. Students are encouraged to have that immersive experience to complement their language learning through the short programs that ANU offers.

Most short programs are supported by the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan, with grants provided to students to assist with travel and/or living costs. Please contact the College Student Centre for more information or visit the global programs website.

Meet Supriya

A Mongolian proverb holds that one should "travel to see places while the horse is strong", which aptly describes how Supriya Benjamin discovered her interest in Mongolia's culture and language.

Supriya, who is also learning Japanese as part of her Bachelor of Asian Studies/International Relations, was attracted by the prospect of having a "niche language" on her transcript. ANU, the only university in the Southern Hemisphere to offer Mongolian, delivers the language using its flexible online study model.


Updated:  24 April, 2017/Responsible Officer:  Dean, ANU College of Asia & the Pacific/Page Contact:  CAP Web Team