Study Tibetan through ANU in 2017, wherever you may be. Learn the language of one of Asia's most vibrant and resilient minority cultures.
Tibetan is the most widely spoken language in the Himalaya; its dialects are used from Baltistan in Pakistan to Sichuan in China. Tibetan was also the target language of one of the largest translation projects in history, in which thousands of Indian and Chinese Buddhist texts were rendered in Tibetan. The results of this project provide scholars with access to texts and traditions not preserved anywhere else.
From 2017, ANU will offer a year-long program of study for Tibetan. Two courses, at introductory and advanced beginner levels, will be offered on-line. The program is based on an electronic textbook, Introduction to the Tibetan Language. This innovative e-text includes audios and videos and interactive activities for students, as well as links to a range of exciting learning aids. In addition to working through the e-text, students will meet weekly in an online virtual classroom with a native speaker Tibetan tutor, the well-known author and translator Chung Tsering. Each course will focus on shared features of colloquial and literary Tibetan with a view to providing a well-rounded introduction to the Tibetan language.
These courses will offer language students an opportunity to study an influential and linguistically hybrid language. They will provide access to the inner workings of Tibetan culture for those involved in field research and NGOs that focus on the region, including Tibet support networks. They will afford an opportunity to learn the source language of the texts used in Tibetan Buddhism. And they will also offer an opportunity to those in the diaspora Tibetan community who have never learnt to read, write and speak central, standard Tibetan.
These courses are open to ANU students, cross-institutional students, and those who want to audit the courses through the Centre for Continuing Education.
How do I enrol?
These courses are open to ANU students, cross-institutional students, and those who want to audit the courses through the Centre for Continuing Education (CCE).
• Current ANU students: students already enrolled in ANU programs can enrol through ISIS. Any queries should be directed to the CAP Student Centre.
• Cross-institutional enrolment: Off-campus students already enrolled at another university, who would like to take Tibetan as part of a degree, first need approval from their home-institution. Download the application form and be sure to submit it to the ANU admissions office before 31 January for semester 1.
• Non-award enrolment: non-award students enrol officially and complete the course without needing to enrol in a degree. Non-award courses can eventually be credited to ANU degrees if students choose to enrol in one at a later date.
• Audit students ‘listen in’ on the course and do not officially receive feedback or final grades. Audit courses cannot be counted to a qualification in the future. For information on fees and how to enrol as an Audit student, please go to the Centre for Continuing Education website.
Check out this short video developed by the program convenors if you want to know a bit more about the course.