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SIT Study Abroad Nepal: Intensive Tibetan Language (Beginning, Intermediate & Advanced | January-term)
Kathmandu, Nepal (Outgoing Program)
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Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
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Minimum GPA: 2.5 Language of Instruction: English
Experiential Learning: ITR Field Study, URI Affiliated Program Class Standing: 2. Sophomore, 3. Junior, 4. Senior
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SIT Study Abroad Nepal: Intensive Tibetan Language (Beginning, Intermediate & Advanced | January-term)

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

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.
The in-country component will immerse you in the Tibetan language as you continue formal language instruction and live with a local homestay family in Kathmandu, Nepal. You will also have opportunities to practice your growing Tibetan language skills through conversations with members of the local community, including political refugees and Himalayans who have been educated in Tibetan-administered schools across the South Asian subcontinent. On excursions, you will visit some of the most important World Heritage sites of Tibetan and Himalayan Buddhism and civilization and learn about life in hillside villages. In recognition of your host country’s national culture, you will also take an essential Nepali language course and may participate in additional optional activities.
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 January-term in Nepal, as well as an optional online course in July 2020. 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. 

January-term Course Details

During three weeks in Kathmandu, you will undertake 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

Optional July Online Course Details

During the three weeks of online coursework, you will undertake 45 class hours of Tibetan language instruction. 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.

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