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  • Locations: Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Program Terms: Spring / Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring / Summer 2021 01/29/2021 02/01/2021 TBA TBA
Spring / Summer 2022 01/28/2022 02/04/2022 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English, Other Click here for a definition of this term Class Standing: 1. Freshman, 2. Sophomore, 3. Junior, 4. Senior, 5. Graduate, 6. Non-Degree
Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Other Language & Literature Program Type: Study Abroad
Program Description:
SIT Study Abroad Nepal: Intensive Tibetan Language (Beginning, Intermediate & Advanced | Summer Online)

Develop your Tibetan language skills through this unique online course with experienced Tibetan language instructors and an optional in-country experiential learning component in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Study Tibetan online for three weeks in July 2020 and/or in Nepal for three in January 2021. In both the online and January terms, you will build language skills through daily formal instruction as well as one-on-one sessions with a native Tibetan language partner. After an initial language proficiency assessment, you will be placed in a beginning, intermediate, or advanced class. During the online program, you will develop oral comprehension and basic literacy skills through regular assignments, quizzes, and intensive conversation practice.
Program Highlights
  • Immerse yourself in conversational Tibetan.
  • Expand your language skills by communicating with your Kathmandu homestay family in Tibetan. (J-term)
  • Learn about critical Tibetan and Himalayan political and religious concepts. (J-term)
  • Explore urban World Heritage Sites and rural mountain settlements. (J-term)

Program Structure

This course offers a three week online course in July 2020 followed by an optional three week January-term in Nepal. The online course is open to all applicants. The in-person January-term is open to college undergraduates who have completed the online term or who provide proof of completion (or the equivalent) of at least one semester of language study.

July Online Course Details

During the first three weeks of the program, you will undertake 45 class hours of Tibetan language instruction online. Students at all skill levels will receive training in reading, writing, listening, and speaking Tibetan, with a particular emphasis on building practical speaking skills and higher levels of fluency relevant to the program experience. Your language acquisition will be reinforced through required daily homework assignments.

Optional January-term Course Details

During three weeks in Kathmandu, you will undertake another 45 hours of Tibetan language instruction and receive regular individualized tutoring and training. You will rapidly expand and improve your Tibetan language skills through a combination of interactive classroom learning, cultural immersion with a local homestay family, and conversing with native speakers during everyday interactions, excursions, and other program activities.

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