Colloquial Tibetan

For Fall Semester 2021 and Spring Semester 2022, Rangjung Yeshe Institute will continue to hold all classes online.

The following courses are non-credit that you can directly register for without having to apply through one of RYI's undergraduate programs or non-degree program. This easy registration means a more direct application process without having to submit documentation that would generally be required for RYI's undergraduate programs and non-degree program, plus the application fee is waived. If you are interested in taking these courses for-credit you can do so by signing up to any of our undergraduate degree programs here. All undergraduate and non-degree courses for Fall Semester 2021 are listed on the right hand side of this page (the end of the page if you are on a mobile device).

The Fall Semester runs from August 23 - December 17, 2021.

No classes for reading week from October 11 to October 15, 2021.

Application deadline August 9.

Colloquial Tibetan

The colloquial Tibetan courses are designed for students who wish to engage more deeply with the living Tibetan Buddhist tradition, and for scholars and researchers planning to work in Tibetan cultures or with Tibetan texts. The courses are comprehensive in terms of their pedagogical approach and students who put time and effort into study will be well on their way to fluent conversations with Tibetans. 

TLAN 103: Colloquial Tibetan I

This is an entry-level class that introduces students to the basics of spoken Tibetan so they can begin conversing with Tibetans in their own language. Students start by learning basic conversational structures and building a vocabulary of colloquial words and phrases. Emphasis is placed on active learning, with students using techniques such as role-playing, group discussions, and games to develop confidence in speaking. Twice a week, students have individual classes with a native Tibetan speaker who helps them integrate what they’ve learned in class into a real conversation. You can choose from either class time; "Lec 1" or "Lec 2", depending on your timezone. 

Syllabus and Schedule available here.

This registration option is only available for international students. Nepali and SAARC students can sign up for these non-credit courses through the non-degree program.

TLAN 203: Colloquial Tibetan III

This class is for students who have at least two semesters’ study of Colloquial Tibetan, and aims to bring students to the point where they can communicate comfortably in Tibetan. New grammatical structures and vocabulary are introduced, enabling students to use more nuanced sentences and to converse on a wider variety of topics. A number of different classroom techniques are employed to help students understand and practice these more complicated sentence structures and to express more complex ideas. The use of honorific language is explained in detail. Twice a week, students have individual classes with a native Tibetan speaker who helps them integrate what they’ve learned in class into a real conversation. You can choose from either class time; "Lec 1" or "Lec 2", depending on your timezone. 

Test your level here to check the level you need to be at to take this course.

Syllabus and Schedule available here.

This registration option is only available for international students. Nepali and SAARC students can sign up for these non-credit courses through the non-degree program.

 

TLAN 303: Colloquial Tibetan V

The aim of this course is to refine the students’ ability to communicate clearly and correctly in Colloquial Tibetan and to augment their understanding of the language by drawing links between colloquial usages and classical grammar. This course also further emphasizes the correct and natural use of honorific language. The first section of the semester is devoted to reviewing and refining knowledge from previous courses and to teaching a traditional presentation of the grammar of Classical Tibetan as it is related to the colloquial language. You can choose from either class time; "Lec 1" or "Lec 2", depending on your timezone. 

Test your level here to check the level you need to be at to take this course.

Syllabus and Schedule available here.

This registration option is only available for international students. Nepali and SAARC students can sign up for these non-credit courses through the non-degree program.

Eligibility Requirements

Not-for-credit applicants

Not-for-credit applicants are expected to have completed high school (through grade 12) in order to be prepared for university-level study. However, you are not required to submit a high school diploma or transcript.

Course Fee

You will find the price list for all courses and programs linked on the right hand side of this page (at the end of the page if you are on a mobile device) under the heading "Tuition Fee List."