Summer Colloquial Tibetan Language Study

Summer Colloquial Tibetan Course

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

The colloquial Tibetan summer program is offered on three levels: beginning, intermediate, and advanced. The level of intensity of the summer Tibetan programs is high and the courses require considerable time and effort in order to meet 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 colloquial Tibetan.

Tibetan Language Partners

Tibetan Language Partners

Beginning Tibetan

Beginning Tibetan is for students with no prior study of Tibetan. The program facilitates and accelerates the study of Tibetan in both its written and colloquial forms. It is designed for both scholars and researchers planning to work in Tibetan regions and cultures and for students of Buddhism who wish to engage more deeply with the living tradition.

As this course is taught at the introductory level, all interested students are encouraged to join!

For more information, please download the detailed course syllabus.

Intermediate Tibetan

Intermediate Tibetan is for students with the equivalent of two semesters of prior study of colloquial Tibetan. While building a firm foundation of colloquial Tibetan grammar, the emphasis of the course is on developing a rich and active vocabulary through classroom lectures combined with daily individual practice sessions with native Tibetan speakers.

For more information, please download the detailed course syllabus.

Advanced Tibetan

Advanced Tibetan is for students with the equivalent of four semesters or more of prior colloquial Tibetan study and the advanced program is therefore taught in Tibetan only. The program's unique strengths are twofold: first, to guide students to improve their spoken colloquial fluency. Second, to teach the language of Buddhist philosophy, directly in Tibetan by monks. This design enables students to further pursue the study of philosophy in a classical Tibetan setting.

For more information, please download the detailed course syllabus.

Early Application Scholarship

Applications to the colloquial Tibetan summer courses 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.

Accreditation

The courses are accredited at the Centre for Buddhist Studies as follows:

  • Beginning Tibetan: Colloquial Tibetan I and II (six credits total)
  • Intermediate Tibetan: Colloquial Tibetan III and IV (six credits total)
  • Advanced Tibetan: Colloquial Tibetan V and VI (six credits total)

Housing

As an integral part of the Tibetan programs, participants live with local Tibetan families that have been carefully selected by the Centre for Buddhist Studies. This provides students with intensive exposure to Tibetan language and a chance to experience life among people in the local community. Families provide breakfast and dinner to the students, while lunch is served Monday to Friday at the Institute's restaurant. Students who wish to not stay with a Tibetan family may choose to opt out of this service and arrange for accommodation, breakfast, and dinner on their own. Tuition is adjusted accordingly.

Admission Criteria

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

Students applying to the intermediate and advanced programs must present documentation of prior colloquial Tibetan studies at a university or from a similarly recognized program. In addition, at the beginning of the program, all students are given a language placement test to verify their course level.

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