Summer Classical Tibetan Language Study

Summer Classical Tibetan Course

June 13 - August 10, 2018 (Eight weeks including four days of orientation)

The Classical Tibetan summer program is offered on two levels: beginning and intermediate. The level of intensity of the summer Tibetan programs is high and the courses require considerable time and effort in order to meet class requirements and academic expectations. However, students who successfully complete the summer program will be well on their way towards a high degree of proficiency in classical Tibetan.

Beginning Classical Tibetan

This intensive Classical Tibetan course is designed for beginning students with no prior knowledge of classical Tibetan. The program provides a thorough grounding in the basics of classical Tibetan, including a complete introduction to classical Tibetan grammar. As such the course provides a strong foundation for reading various types of Buddhist literature in Tibetan.

The course begins with an extensive overview of the grammar after which students begin to read a variety of texts, including philosophical treatises and practice texts. Students are lead through the texts in a detailed and gradual manner, so that even complete beginners are able to understand their meaning while building a basic vocabulary and gaining familiarity with the practical application of the grammar.

For more information, please download the detailed course syllabus.

Intermediate Classical Tibetan

This summer intensive is offered for intermediate-level students with two semesters of prior study of classical Tibetan. The course assumes familiarity with the fundamentals of Tibetan grammar, including the eight cases and their associated particles, common grammatical structures and verb tenses, along with knowledge of Buddhist terms and vocabulary.

For more information, please download the detailed course syllabus.

Early Application Scholarship

Applications to the classical Tibetan summer course that are submitted between October 1 and October 31 will receive a scholarship worth fifteen percent of tuition towards the cost of the chosen summer course. This scholarship applies to early applicants of all nationalities. Read more about the Early Application Scholarship here.


The course is accredited at the Centre for Buddhist Studies as follows:

  • For Beginning Classical Tibetan I and II (6 credits total)
  • For Intermediate Classical Tibetan III and IV (6 credits total)

Admission Criteria

The Classical Tibetan programs each have a maximum enrollment of 15 students and all applications are subject to approval by the Centre for Buddhist Studies.

Students applying to the Intermediate program must present documentation of prior Classical Tibetan studies at a university or from a similar recognized program.

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