UVa’s Summer Intensive Tibetan Language Program

The University of Virginia has offered one of the world’s leading programs in the summer intensive study of Tibetan language for two decades. Currently hosted by UVa’s Summer Language Institute (SLI), the Summer Intensive Tibetan program is eight weeks of intensive study of speaking, writing, and reading Tibetan as guided by three expert teachers. The course’s syllabus is available online, though it varies to some degree from year to year. The course also draws directly upon the dynamic audio-video and other resources published in the Tibetan and Himalayan Library. The course fulfills foreign language requirement at UVa and other Universities.

2014 SLI Application Deadline: APRIL 5, 2014 (Click Here to Apply)


Summer of 2014: June 15 – August 8, 2014

The course will be taught by UVa Professor Tsetan Chonjore. Professor Chonjore is one of the most experienced and skilled teachers of Tibetan in the world today, with nearly three decades of experience teaching Tibetan to North American students. He will be assisted by two native Tibetan instructors.

The program focuses on modern spoken and written Tibetan according to the Central Tibetan dialect. Students learn both print as well as cursive script, a unique aspect of the program.  The last unit of the summer offers a bridge to classical literary Tibetan.  Dynamic audio-visual material published in the Tibetan and Himalayan Library, including original footage shot in Tibet, enlivens classroom learning.

The SLI Tibetan Summer program will have a residential component again this year in the Tibet House at UVa, a beautiful, recently renovated mansion, first built in 1896 in the Queen Anne style of architecture. The mansion has a large living-room, library, seminar room, and dining room. It provides students a stimulating and near-immersion environment in which to learn Tibetan, while facilitating a close-knit sense of community for those committed to learning Tibetan language and culture. Depending on how many students choose the residential option, there will be a second residential option at the University’s Russian house. Please note these are not in the same location – consult us for details.

A trained Residence Director who is fluent in Tibetan will live with the students in the house and encourage the use of Tibetan in everyday life. The RD will be available in the evenings to answer linguistic or other questions or simply to chat with students who wish to practice their conversational skills.

For details, see the Summer Language Institute page, which also has links to the application process and the SLI calendar here.

To request further information please contact us today to begin your planning.

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