Nepal

Intensive Nepali Language (All Levels | J-Term)

Build your Nepali language skills with an intensive three-week course in Nepal for an immersive cultural and linguistic experience.

At a Glance

Credits

3

Prerequisites

None

Language of Study

Nepali

Language Levels

Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced

Dates

Dec 28 ‎– Jan 15

Program Countries

Nepal

Program Base

Kathmandu

Critical Global Issue of Study

Identity & Human Resilience

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Overview

Explore Nepal’s diverse geophysical landscape while undertaking three weeks of intensive Nepali language instruction. This immersive program is designed to build on any previous learning and enhance your Nepali language skills. You will also have opportunities to practice your language skills in everyday scenarios while living with a Nepali family in Kathmandu. An excursion to rural Nepal will include daily language classes, practice, and fieldwork while experiencing the diversity of Nepal’s geography, food, and culture.  

SIT is also offering a supplementary online Nepali Language course during the fall semester. 

Highlights

  • Learn and practice Nepali in Nepal.
  • Immerse yourself in Nepali life while living with a local family in Kathmandu.
  • Explore the diversity of Nepal’s geography and culture during a rural excursion.
  • Live in bustling, historic Kathmandu.

Prerequisites

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

Program Sites

Kathmandu, Nepal

SIT’s program center is located in Kathmandu, in an area of Naxal called “Bhagwati Bahal.” Like many Kathmandu neighborhoods, ours includes a mix of residential and commercial uses. Most students live within a half hour or less walk from the program center, which is near the center of Kathmandu. 

The in-country language learning is immersive, with three-hour in-person lectures Monday to Friday. In Kathmandu, you will stay with a Nepali homestay family while attending classes at the program center. You will also have an opportunity to travel to rural villages and explore the environmental, geophysical, and cultural diversity while continuing your language classes. During the excursion you will stay in small lodges, guesthouses, or a rural homestay. 

Please note that SIT will make every effort to maintain its programs as described. To respond to emergent situations, however, SIT may have to change or cancel programs.

Academics

Coursework

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.

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

Program Components

  • Expert language instructors who have more than a decade of experience
  • 45 class hours of immersive learning in Nepal
  • Immersive learning environment enhanced by a language pledge
  • Live with families, learn deeply about Nepali culture and village life

Beginning Nepali

Beginning Nepali – syllabus
(NEPA 1503 J Term Course / 3 Credits)

Building on the language learnt during the online course or previous Nepali language experience, immersed training in Nepali begins immediately after arrival in the country, and throughout the program, students are encouraged to apply their language skills in all facets of the program experience. The successful completion of the language training will give the learner a good foundation for language usage in day-to-day life. For each component, topics are identified; tasks performed under each topic are determined and designed by the teachers according to the students’ learning styles and capacities. Focusing on communication skills, the language learning is designed to help students be able to participate in the local content for cultural immersion.

Students will also sign a Nepali language pledge for the duration of the program.

Intermediate Nepali

Intermediate Nepali – syllabus
(NEPA 2003 – 2503 J Term Course / 3 Credits)

Building on the language learnt during the online course or previous Nepali language experience, immersed training in Nepali begins immediately after arrival in the country, and throughout the course, students are encouraged to apply their language skills in all facets of the program. Successful completion of the language training will give the learner a good foundation for language usage in day-to-day life. For each component, topics are identified; tasks performed under each topic are determined and designed by the teachers according to the students’ learning styles and capacities. Focusing on communication skills, the language learning is designed to help students be able to participate in the local content for cultural immersion.The purpose of language training is communication. Students need to be able to communicate in Nepali to work/stay effectively in Nepal. The course places emphasis on reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. It is designed for students who already have a certain level of language proficiency in reading, writing, listening and speaking Nepali, as determined by previous course work and ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview results.

Students will also sign a Nepali language pledge for the duration of the program.

Advanced Nepali

Advanced Nepali – syllabus
(NEPA 3003 – 3503 J Term Course /3 Credits)

Building on the language learnt during the online course or previous Nepali language experience, immersed training in Nepali begins immediately after arrival in the country, and throughout the course, students are encouraged to apply their language skills in all facets of the program.The successful completion of the language training will give the learner a good foundation for language usage in day-to-day life. For each component, topics are identified; tasks performed under each topic are determined and designed by the teachers according to the students’ learning styles and capacities. Focusing on communication skills, the language learning is designed to help students be able to participate in the local content for cultural immersion. The course places emphasis on reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. It is designed for students who already have a certain level of language proficiency in reading, writing, listening and speaking Nepali, as determined by previous course work and ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview results. The approach for this course is tutorial in nature and students will be expected to be more self-directed than usual. The course emphasizes community-contact, self-study and field-based observation. For each module, topics and tasks are identified and designed by the teachers according to the students’ learning styles and capacities.

Students will also sign a Nepali language pledge for the duration of the program.

Homestays

Live with a Nepali-speaking family while in Kathmandu. 

While on excursion, you will stay in small boarding houses or hotels. 

Faculty & Staff

Nepal: Intensive Nepali Language (All Levels | J-Term)

Suman Pant, PhD
Academic Director
Mina K. Rana
Language Director and Student Services Coordinator
Chandra Rana
Senior Language Instructor and Excursion Coordinator
Sanjib Kumar Pokhrel
Senior Language Instructor, Homestay Coordinator, and Librarian

Discover the Possibilities

  • Cost & Financial Aid

    The tuition for this program is $3,280. 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.