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Study Tibetan online for three weeks in July 2020 and/or in Nepal for three in January 2021. Tibetan language is the key tool of communication to study and understand the Tibetan diaspora and Tibetans in Tibet, as well as Himalayans along the Tibetan borderlands. In both the online and January terms, you will build language skills through daily formal instruction as well as in 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.
- Immerse yourself in conversational Tibetan with expert support.
- Expand your language skills by communicating with your Kathmandu homestay family in Tibetan. (J-term)
- Decipher critical Tibetan and Himalayan political and religious concepts.
- Explore urban World Heritage Sites and rural mountain settlements. (J-term)
SIT Robert Kantor Memorial Scholarship
Each year one student will be granted $10,000 in scholarship aid to study abroad with a SIT program. Funded by individual donors and foundations, the requirements are tight: seeking first-generation college students who've never traveled abroad before, currently attend an HBCU, and demonstrate strong financial need.