DTU - EWH Summer Institute mongolia

Training and service trip in partnership with the Technical University of Denmark. 

Participants in the DTU-EWH Summer Institute in Mongolia will work in under-resourced hospitals in the nation’s capital, Ulaanbaatar.

Mongolia is a country of some 3 million – half of whom live in Ulaanbaatar. 


This program is only open to previous EWH program participants (EWH Alumni) and new students from Nordic Five Tech alliance schools (Aalto University in Finland, Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, Technical University of Denmark, Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden and Norwegian University of Science and Technology).

New students will complete a 3-week preparatory course in June 2018 at Technical University of Denmark (DTU) in Lyngby, near Copenhagen. Read more about this course here.


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At one time, under Genghis Khan, Mongolia was the largest empire on earth. But for centuries, this large landlocked country in the heart of Asia known for its nomadic living and wide open plains
was ruled by imperialist powers –Russia, China, or Japan. The primary language is Mongol. In recent years, the second most-spoken language has become English; prior to this it was Russian. Since 1990, the country has abandoned Soviet-style government and has been working to build a more western-style democracy.  Approximately half the Mongol population are Buddhists, and the other half atheists some of whom practice Buddhist ritual as traditional.

The Summer Institute in Mongolia will place from 12 to 16 participants in hospitals in Ulaanbaatar for 6 weeks. There, participants will assist hospitals with the installation, repair and maintenance of a range of hospital equipment. Participants will be grouped in teams of 2 or 3, depending on the size of the hospital.

EWH is partnering in this endeavor with a new, Mongolian-based NGO, the Od-Dariya Foundation, which is a collaboration of young doctors and aspiring professionals who are deeply committed to advancing the healthcare system in Mongolia. EWH participants will live in home stays hosted by members or friends of the Foundation. Od-dariya is keenly aware of the need for technical assistance in Ulaanbaatar’s 28 public hospitals, and is assisting EWH in opening doors to the most needy hospitals.

Homestay hosts will speak at least some English (some will be fluent). But participants will begin their stay in Ulaanbaatar with several days of language and cultural training and exploration of the city before being placed in hospitals. 

Participants will enjoy two weekend excursions – one to Terelj national park; and one to a visit with nomad families, which will include horse trekking and participation in traditional chores.

July is the best time of year to be in Mongolia, for two reasons: The weather is temperate (whereas in January-February the temperature can drop to -35 degrees Celsius!) And, it is the time for the annual Naadam festival featuring competitions in archery, horse racing and wrestling.

Despite the love of these traditionally male sports, Mongolia is known as not being a terribly macho society: A higher percentage of Mongolian women than men achieve higher education, and women hold many skilled and leadership positions. Homosexuality was decriminalized in 2002, and the first Gay Pride parade held in Ulaanbaatar in 2013. 


The price of EWH Mongolia tuition is $4,000, to cover in-country costs.

Tuition for the preparatory course at DTU is free for members of the Nordic5Tech Alliance.

Non-DTU students taking the preparatory course can be accommodated in student housing for DKK 3500 (‎€470 in 12/2015).

There is a $20 application fee. See the "Apply Now!" section at the bottom of this page.

If you have any questions regarding this program or the application, please email us at nepal@ewh.org

Course and Trip Schedule:

Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby: June 11-29, 2018

Course 31598: Preparatory course for Engineering World Health, Summer Institute

DTU Course 31598 OR previous participation in an EWH program is a prerequisite for participation in the DTU-EWH Summer Institute in Mongolia. The DTU Course is only open to students from Nordic Five Tech schools (see above).

Students who have already participated in a previous EWH Summer or Winter Institute are considered EWH Alumni and are not required to complete DTU Course 31598. EWH Alumni will join the students in Mongolia on July 2.


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This schedule is tentative. Please check back for updates.

Monday, July 2

Students from DTU and EWH Alumni arrive in Ulaanbaatar. Transportation to a hotel for one night.

Tuesday, July 3

Introduction and move to host families

Weekdays, July 3 – 10:

Language and cultural training. Hospital Visits.

Weekdays, July 11 – August 10 

Hospital placements.

Saturday, August 11:

Final conference

Sunday, August 12:

End of program; transportation provided to airport.


Apply now! Complete Mongolia Summer Institute applications here.

This program is only open to students at Nordic Five Tech schools and alumni of previous EWH programs. 

 Application Deadlines: 

Window Apply By Hear Back by
First Decision November 1*, 2017 Early December
Second Decision December 4, 2017 Before the New Year
Third (final) Decision January 22, 2018 Mid-February

To be eligible for the EWH Summer Institute, you are required to submit a $20 application fee to Engineering World Health. After you submit the fee online, you will be taken to the EWH Dashboard, where you can create an account and start your application.

To pay the fee online via Paypal (no Paypal account required), please follow these directions:

1) Use the box and button at the bottom of this page to pay the fee via Paypal. Please indicate the name of the Summer Institute applicant in the box, which will make it clear which applicant the fee should be credited to. It is possible for the fee to be paid on behalf of the applicant by another party.

2) Follow the instructions on Paypal to make the $20 payment, either by credit card or Paypal account.

3) After successfully completing the payment, click on either the yellow box that reads "Return to Engineering World Health", or the blue box that reads "Return to Merchant" to access the EWH Dashboard.

If you experience any difficulties, please contact EWH at si@ewh.org

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