Tibetan Language
Summer & Winter schools

Our Tibetan Lan­guage Sum­mer and Winter Schools are being delivered both online and in per­son. Check out the detials below. Inform­a­tion about future courses will be announced in due course.

Find the right learning track for you!

Step 1

Have a brief look at the dif­fer­ent levels we offer and what top­ics are covered.

BEGINNER COURSE

This course cov­ers the Tibetan alpha­bet, basic gram­mar, and essen­tial vocabulary.

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Details

By the end of this course stu­dents will be:

  • famil­i­ar with the Tibetan alpha­bet and dif­fer­ent con­son­ant and vow­el combinations
  • be able to read simple Tibetan words
  • be able to pro­duce some simple Tibetan phrases

PRE-INTERMEDIATE COURSE

This course cov­ers simple gram­mar, essen­tial vocab­u­lary, and basic spoken Tibetan.

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Details

By the end of this course stu­dents will be:

  • able to identi­fy and use simple gram­mat­ic­al structures
  • pro­fi­cient with a Tibetan dictionary
  • able to read quickly with cor­rect pronunciation
  • able to read short stor­ies and media art­icles with simple grammar

INTERMEDIATE COURSE

The inter­me­di­ate course is designed for those who have con­sid­er­able know­ledge of Tibetan lan­guage and grammar. 

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Details

This course aims to:

  • broaden lan­guage skills
  • intro­duce stu­dents to a rich and act­ive vocabulary
  • devel­op increas­ingly soph­ist­ic­ated read­ing trans­la­tion skills through enga­ging with a range of texts

ADVANCED COURSE

The advanced course is designed for those who can con­fid­ently speak and under­stand Tibetan, and who wish to improve their read­ing and writ­ing skills. The lan­guage of instruc­tion will be in Tibetan only.

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Details

Stu­dents on this course will:

  • advance their read­ing and trans­la­tion skills through enga­ging with a range of texts and top­ics, includ­ing Buddhist texts, news­pa­pers, and con­tem­por­ary literature
  • focus on the exten­ded writ­ing pro­cess, where they are encour­aged to plan and draft let­ters, blog posts, and simple essays in Tibetan

Step 2:

Do you want to learn Tibetan during the Summer (དབྱར་ཁ་) or Winter (དགུན་ཁ་)?

Summer school

Our 2024  Tibetan Lan­guage Sum­mer School is being delivered both online and in per­son at Oxford.  Applic­a­tion is now open and if you have any ques­tions feel free to get in touch.

In Person

includes

  • VENUE: Fac­ulty of Asi­an & Middle East­ern Stud­ies, Oxford University
  • LENGTH: Two weeks (22nd July to August 2nd, 2024)
  • LEVELS: All (Advanced level stu­dents con­tact us before applying)
  • MINIMUM AGE: 18 years old
  • SIZE: Aver­age 10, max­im­um 15 students
  • COURSE FEE: £395 (Stu­dents who apply before the 15th of June will get an early bird price of £350)
  • HOURS: 1:30-hour les­sons (two les­sons per day with an addi­tion­al hour-long even­ing les­son on Buddhism and culture) 

Online

includes

  • VENUE: Online (zoom)
  • LENGTH: Two weeks (12th to 23rd August 2024)
  • LEVELS: All (Advanced level stu­dents get in touch before applying) 
  • MINIMUM AGE: 13 years old
  • SIZE: Aver­age 10, max­im­um 15 students
  • COURSE FEE: £350 
  • HOURS: 1:30-hour les­sons (two les­sons per day with an addi­tion­al hour-long even­ing les­son on Buddhism and culture) 
Check out the timetable

winter school

Applic­a­tions for our 2024 online Winter School is now open and it closes on the 7th Janu­ary. To guar­an­tee your place, early applic­a­tion is advised. Check the timt­able below for class hours. If you would like more inform­a­tion or have any ques­tions, please get in touch.

Online

includes

  • VENUE: Online (zoom)
  • LENGTH: 14 weeks and one class per week
  • LEVELS: Begin­ner and pre-inter­me­di­ate levels 
  • MINIMUM AGE: 13 years old
  • SIZE: Aver­age 10, max­im­um 15 students
  • COURSE FEE: £350 
  • HOURS: 1:30-hour les­sons  (an addtion­al hour of con­ver­sion­al class for pre-inter­me­di­ate students ) 
Check out the timetable 

Apply now

To com­plete your applic­a­tion, please fill the form below. 

Once you have filled the form, you will be redirected to our PayPal site. Upon payment of the course fees, we will contact you shortly with further details and the invoice. You do NOT need a PayPal account to finish the application. Other means of payment are provided in the next step. Students joining from the UK, EU and the US are advised to pay via bank transfer. 

Testi­mo­ni­als From Our Students

“The teach­er was a very patient ded­ic­ated instruct­or; the course was well organ­ized with drills in each of the areas of speak­ing, listen­ing, read­ing, and writ­ing; and I greatly enjoyed get­ting to know my very diverse class­mates as well as enga­ging in the fre­quent cul­tur­al activ­it­ies. My skills improved in con­crete and last­ing ways, and I had fun every single day.”

Paul Sir­eci

Inter­me­di­ate student

“Easyt­ibetan ran a won­der­ful, intense learn­ing exper­i­ence and always went the extra mile to make sure that all stu­dents were accom­mod­ated as much as pos­sible, in light of our dif­fer­ent learn­ing needs and abil­it­ies. The text we used is one of the best lan­guage-learn­ing texts I’ve seen yet, and I highly recom­mend this course.”

Riam­sara Kuyakan­on Knapp

Inter­me­di­ate student

“As a com­plete begin­ner, I found the Col­lo­qui­al Tibetan Sum­mer School a won­der­ful exper­i­ence. The teach­er was so gen­er­ous in his teach­ing, and, with his patient encour­age­ment, by the end of the fort­night I was begin­ning to decode this most bewil­der­ing of writ­ten lan­guages. I fully recom­mend the course to any­one will­ing to ‘try hard’, and would myself hap­pily return year after year.”

Jenny Skene

Begin­ner student