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Tibetan Summer Language Program

It’s not too soon to start planning your summer…Spend it on Mr. Jefferson's beautiful Grounds learning to speak, listen, read and write about Himalayan mountains, Buddhist monasteries and Tibetan communities around the world!  The Tibetan SLI prepares you for travel, study abroad, graduate research, or your personal quest to learn more about one of the greatest Buddhist cultures in Asia.

Fulfill your foreign language and learn two years (12 UVA credit hours) of Tibetan in a fast-paced yet supportive environment, guided by three native-speaking instructors. You will read, write, speak, and live Tibetan for eight intense weeks, while also learning about a broad range of historical and contemporary Tibetan culture.  Rigorous classroom instruction is supplemented by frequent fieldtrips, guest lectures, and interactions with the local Tibetan community.

Pedagogy and Philosophy

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.