Virtual Tibetan Language (All Levels)

Develop your Tibetan language skills through this unique online course with experienced Tibetan language instructors.

At a Glance






Feb 13 – Apr 14

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Critical Global Issue of Study

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Study Tibetan online with experienced Tibetan language instructors to rapidly build language skills through daily formal instruction. After an initial language proficiency assessment, you will be placed in a beginning, intermediate, or advanced class. During this course, you will develop oral comprehension and basic literacy skills through regular assignments, quizzes, and conversation practice.

Students will be expected to devote approximately 15 hours per week to this course over a nine-week period. The course schedule is flexible to accommodate a variety of student schedules and time zones and it integrates both synchronous and asynchronous activities. Synchronous sessions may include three hours per week with the language instructor(s) doing drills and practicing conversation. The frequency, duration, and scheduling of synchronous sessions will be determined together by instructors and class participants during the first week of the course.

Asynchronous activities may include approximately 10-12 hours per week on practice exercises, small group projects, discussion boards, and completing assignments. Students are required to demonstrate a strong online presence by participating in group discussions, answering questions, and interacting with course participants and staff.


  • Immerse yourself in conversational Tibetan. 
  • Small-group language study and individualized tutoring.
  • Excellent teachers who connect classroom to practical applications.
  • Practice language skills through group discussions and activities.


Through oral proficiency testing you will be placed in beginning, intermediate, or advanced classes.


Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Converse in Tibetan language at their respective level.
  • Translate into and out of written Tibetan language at their respective level.
  • Use Tibetan language with a variety of interlocutors whose dialects can differ.
  • Compare Tibetan language to other languages they have studied.
  • Analyze the history of Tibetan language.
  • Demonstrate appropriate language skills growth as relevant to starting level.

Read more about Program Learning Outcomes.


The following syllabi are representative of this program. Because courses develop and change over time to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities, actual course content will vary from term to term.

The syllabi can be useful for students, faculty, and study abroad offices in assessing credit transfer. Read more about credit transfer.

Please expand the sections below to see detailed course information, including course codes, credits, overviews, and syllabi.

Program Components

  • 45 hours of online Tibetan language study spread over nine weeks
  • Regular homework, individualized tutoring with language partners, and quizzes 
  • Oral proficiency tests at the beginning and end of each program, and midterm and final exams 

Tibetan (Online)

Beginning Tibetan – syllabus
(TIBE 1003 – 1503 Online Course / 3 Credits)

Intermediate Tibetan – syllabus
(TIBE 2003 – 2503 Online Course / 3 Credits)

Advanced Tibetan – Syllabus
(TIBE3003 – 3503 Online Course / 3 credits)

Faculty & Staff

Nepal: Virtual Tibetan Language (All Levels)

Isabelle Onians, PhD
Academic Director
Dhichen Wangmo
Language Instructor
Thupten Tsering
Language Instructor
Pasang Tsamchoe
Language Instructor
Ngawang Choegyal
Language Instructor
Patricia Owens
Program Coordinator
Pasang Rinzi Sherpa
Office and Finance Manager
Pavitra Paudyal, MA
Language Instructor

Discover the Possibilities

  • Cost & Scholarships

    The tuition for this program is $1,296. You may be able to use financial aid from your home school, if applicable. Contact your study abroad, advising or financial aid office for more information. SIT Admissions is also available for questions.