Tibetan

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Barnard College

Levels: Elementary (1st year), Intermediate (2nd year), and Advanced (3rd year and beyond)

Frequency: 

Distance/Online: No

Department/Program: Department of Asian & Middle Eastern Cultures – East Asia Track

URL: https://amec.barnard.edu/

Tuition/Fees: https://barnard.edu/bursar/tuition-and-fees

Additional Info: 

California Institute of Integral Studies

Levels: Elementary (1st year), Intermediate (2nd year), and Advanced (3rd year and beyond)

Frequency: Yearly

Distance/Online: No

Department/Program: PhD in Philosophy and Religion Program

URL: https://www.ciis.edu/

Tuition/Fees: https://www.ciis.edu/admissions-and-financial-aid/2017-18-tuition-and-fees

Additional Info: Classical Tibetan

Columbia University

Levels: Elementary (1st year), Intermediate (2nd year), and Advanced (3rd year and beyond)

Frequency: Fall and spring semester/Yearly

Distance/Online: Yes, see additional info

Department/Program: Language Resource Center – Shared Course Initiative

URL: lrc.columbia.edu/sci

Tuition/Fees: http://sfs.columbia.edu/tuition

Additional Info: Course taught at Columbia, but available to Cornell and Yale University students through Shared Course Initiative as distance courses. Modern/Colloquial Tibetan courses available at elementary, intermediate, and advanced levels. Classical Tibetan courses available at elementary and intermediate levels. 

Cornell University

Levels: Elementary (1st year), Intermediate (2nd year)

Frequency: Fall and spring semester/Yearly

Distance/Online: Yes, see additional info 

Department/Program: Department of Asian Studies

URL: http://asianstudies.cornell.edu/

Tuition/Fees:  http://finaid.cornell.edu/cost-attend

Additional Info: Course taught at Columbia University, but available to Cornell students through Shared Course Initiative. Modern and Classical Tibetan courses available at elementary and intermediate levels. 

Duke University

Levels: Elementary (1st year), Intermediate (2nd year), and Advanced (3rd year and beyond)

Frequency: Yearly

Distance/Online: No

Department/Program: Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

URL: https://asianmideast.duke.edu/

Tuition/Fees: http://admissions.duke.edu/application/aid

Additional Info: Modern Tibetan

Emory University

Levels: Elementary (1st year)

Frequency: Fall and spring semester/Yearly 

Distance/Online: No

Department/Program: Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies

URL: http://mesas.emory.edu/home/

Tuition/Fees: http://apply.emory.edu/apply/tuition.php 

Additional Info: Modern/Colloquial Tibetan 

Five College Consortium

Levels: Elementary (1st year), Intermediate (2nd year), and Advanced (3rd year and beyond)

Frequency: Independent study/offered by request

Distance/Online: No

Department/Program: Five College Center for the Study of World Languages

URL: https://www.fivecolleges.edu/fclang

Tuition/Fees: See institution’s tuition (Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, University of Massachusetts – Amherst) 

Additional Info: Consortium offers independent language study through five colleges (Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, University of Massachusetts – Amherst) 

Harvard University

Levels: Elementary (1st year), Intermediate (2nd year), and Advanced (3rd year and beyond)

Frequency: Yearly

Distance/Online: No

Department/Program: Department of South Asian Studies

URL: https://sas.fas.harvard.edu/

Tuition/Fees: https://college.harvard.edu/financial-aid/how-aid-works/cost-attendance

Additional Info: Colloquial and Classical Tibetan courses available. Colloquial Tibetan is offered at elementary, intermediate, and advanced levels. Classical Tibetan offered at elementary and intermediate levels. 

Indiana University

Levels: Elementary (1st year), Intermediate (2nd year), and Advanced (3rd year and beyond)

Frequency:Yearly/Fall and Spring semesters

Distance/Online: All three levels of modern Mongolian distance possible depending on student access to required technology.

Department/Program: Department of Central Eurasian Studies

URL: http://www.indiana.edu/~ceus/language/  

Tuition/Fees: https://admissions.indiana.edu/cost-financial-aid/tuition-fees.html

Additional Info: Courses available in both Modern Tibetan and Imperial Old Tibetan. Imperial Old Tibetan only offered at the elementary level.  Modern Tibetan offered at elementary, intermediate, and advanced levels. 

Maitripa College

Levels: Elementary (1st year), Intermediate (2nd year), and Advanced (3rd year and beyond)

Frequency: 

Distance/Online: No

Department/Program: Academic Programs

URL: https://maitripa.org/classical-tibetan-langauge/

Tuition/Fees: https://maitripa.org/tuition-funding/

Additional Info: Classical Tibetan taught through elementary and intermediate language courses. Literary Tibetan course also available. 

Naropa University

Levels: Elementary (1st year), Intermediate (2nd year), and Advanced (3rd year and beyond)

Frequency: Yearly

Distance/Online: No

Department/Program: Religious Studies

URL: http://catalog.naropa.edu/current/programs/undergraduate/majors/religious-studies/index.php

Tuition/Fees: http://www.naropa.edu/admissions/affording/graduate-costs-aid/index.php

Additional Info: Modern Tibetan 

Nyingma Institute

Levels: Elementary (1st year), Intermediate (2nd year)

Frequency: 

Distance/Online: No

Department/Program: 

URL: http://nyingmainstitute.com/tibetan-language/

Tuition/Fees: https://nyingmainstitute.com/courses/

Additional Info: 

Palden Sakya Center

Levels: Elementary (1st year), Intermediate (2nd year), and Advanced (3rd year and beyond)

Frequency: Tailored course/available upon request

 Distance/Online: Yes

Department/Program: 

URL: vikramasila.org

Tuition/Fees: Available as customized classes.  

*$25/hour for one-to-one instruction *$15/hour per person for two or more students

Additional Info: Classical and Modern Tibetan courses available. Both Classical and Modern Tibetan courses available at elementary, intermediate, and advanced levels. 

Rice University

Levels: Elementary (1st year), Intermediate (2nd year), and Advanced (3rd year and beyond)

Frequency: Yearly

Distance/Online: No

Department/Program: Department of Religion

URL: https://reli.rice.edu/

Tuition/Fees: http://financialaid.rice.edu/coa.aspx

Additional Info: 

Stanford University

Levels: Elementary (1st year)

Frequency: Yearly

Distance/Online: No

Department/Program: Stanford Language Center

URL: https://language.stanford.edu/

Tuition/Fees: https://registrar.stanford.edu/students/tuition-and-fees

Additional Info: 

Tibetan Language Institute

Levels: Elementary (1st year), Intermediate (2nd year)

Frequency: 9-10 week courses offered regularly

Distance/Online: Yes, see additional info

Department/Program: 

URL: http://www.tibetanlanguage.org/

Tuition/Fees: See respective course info/price. Course fees range from $150-175 for 9-10 weeks of coursework. Additional fees for course books. 

Additional Info: Three course levels and a reading course are available. Courses taught via teleconference/weekly phone calls.

University of California - Berkeley

Levels: Advanced (3rd year and beyond)

Frequency: Fall and spring semester/Yearly 

Distance/Online: No

Department/Program: Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies

URL: http://sseas.berkeley.edu/

Tuition/Fees: http://admissions.berkeley.edu/tuition

Additional Info: Only Tibetan readings class available. 

University of California - Santa Barbara

Levels: Elementary (1st year), Intermediate (2nd year), and Advanced (3rd year and beyond)

Frequency: Yearly

Distance/Online: No

Department/Program: Religious Studies Department

URL: http://www.religion.ucsb.edu/

Tuition/Fees: https://www.finaid.ucsb.edu/cost-of-attendance

Additional Info: Elementary and intermediate language courses available, as well as Tibetan literature courses. 

University of Chicago

Levels: Elementary (1st year), Intermediate (2nd year), and Advanced (3rd year and beyond)

Frequency: Yearly

Distance/Online: No

Department/Program: South Asian Languages and Civilizations

URL: http://salc.uchicago.edu/

Tuition/Fees: https://financialaid.uchicago.edu/current-students/costs

Additional Info: Elementary and intermediate courses lay heavy emphasis on Modern and Literary Tibetan. Advanced coursework increasingly focuses on Classical Tibetan. 

University of Colorado Boulder

Levels: Beginning

Frequency: Yearly/Every semester

Distance/Online:

Department/Program: Anderson Language Technology Center (ALTEC) (Nepali, Tibetan, Indonesian, Thai)

URL: https://altec-secure.colorado.edu/languageclasses/

Tuition/Fees: Non-credit courses for $200 per course

Additional Info: Open to Post-Secondary, non-credit and for enrichment only

University of Kansas

Levels: Elementary (1st year), Intermediate (2nd year), and Advanced (3rd year and beyond)

Frequency: Fall and spring semester/Yearly

Distance/Online: No

Department/Program: Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures

URL: https://ealc.ku.edu/

Tuition/Fees: http://affordability.ku.edu/costs

Additional Info: 

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Levels: Elementary (1st year), Intermediate (2nd year), and Advanced (3rd year and beyond)

Frequency: Yearly

Distance/Online: No

Department/Program: Department of Asian Languages and Cultures – South Asian Language Program

URL: https://lsa.umich.edu/asian/language-and-academic-programs/south-asian-programs.html

Tuition/Fees: http://ro.umich.edu/tuition/

Additional Info: Modern Tibetan and Classical Tibetan courses offered. Classical Tibetan offered upon request. 

University of Pennsylvania

Levels: Elementary (1st year), Intermediate (2nd year)

Frequency: Fall and spring semester/Yearly 

Distance/Online: No

Department/Program: South Asia Studies Department

URL: https://www.southasia.upenn.edu/

Tuition/Fees: http://www.sfs.upenn.edu/paying/cost-of-attendance.htm

Additional Info:  

University of Virginia

Levels:Elementary (1st year), Intermediate (2nd year), Advanced (3rd year and beyond) and Literary Tibetan V, VI, VII, VIII

Frequency: Annually

Distance/Online: No

Department/Program:Modern housed in Department of East Asian Languages, Literatures and Cultures; Literary housed in Department of Religious Studies

URL: http://uvatibetcenter.org/

Tuition/Fees: https://sfs.virginia.edu/tuition

Additional Info:  N/A

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Levels: Elementary (1st year), Intermediate (2nd year), and Advanced (3rd year and beyond)

Frequency: Fall and spring semester & summer institute/Yearly 

Distance/Online: Yes, see additional info 

Department/Program: Department of Asian Languages & Cultures, South Asia Summer Language Institute

URL: https://alc.wisc.edu/

            http://sasli.wisc.edu/

Tuition/Fees: https://registrar.wisc.edu/tuition/

                              https://sasli.wisc.edu/tuition-and-fees/

Additional Info: Distance courses available during the academic year, as well as during the intensive summer institute upon request. The academic year offers elementary, intermediate, and advanced levels of Modern Tibetan. The summer institute only offers elementary and intermediate courses. Students from participating BTAA universities (https://www.btaa.org/about/member-universities) may take academic year classes through exchange agreement. 

Yale University

Levels: Elementary (1st year), Intermediate (2nd year)

Frequency: Fall and spring semester/Yearly

Distance/Online: Yes, see additional info 

Department/Program: South Asian Studies Council

URL: http://southasia.macmillan.yale.edu/

Tuition/Fees: https://finaid.yale.edu/costs-affordability/costs

Additional Info: Course taught at Columbia University, but available to Yale students through Shared Course Initiative. Modern and Classical Tibetan courses available at elementary and intermediate levels.