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Summer School Colloquial Tibetan

Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe", Heidelberg University
August 04
– 27, 2014

The Chair of Buddhist Studies at the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe" announces a Summer School for Colloquial Tibetan. Guided by experienced teachers, students will be introduced to a fascinating culture with a rich heritage

Course (6 ECTS points)

The intensive course aims to introduce students to the basics of conversation and to develop the skills necessary for smooth communication. The focus will be upon the Central Tibetan dialect, knowledge of which will enable the participants to connect to a vast number of speakers in Tibet, as well as those in Tibetan communities in exile. Classes will combine theoretical explanations as well as practical application of the content just learned. Successful participation earns six credit points according to ECTS standards.


The principal teacher of the summer school is Jonathan Samuels (Geshe Sherab Gyatso), an instructor of Tibetan language of many years experience, including as the main teacher of the Lotsawa Rinchen Zangpo Translator Programme, Dharamsala, India, 1996–2004. He works at the Cluster as research associate and language teacher and is currently completing his PhD at Oxford University. His textbook on Colloquial Tibetan was just published within Routledge's Colloquial Series.

Conversation Partner

Lobsang Chodak, born in Rebkong, Tibet, will assist the course as a conversation partner. After his studies in Tibetan Buddhist doctrine at Ganden Monastery in South India he worked for Tibet Times and also acted as a tutor and conversation partner for various institutions.


Classes run from 09:00 to 17:00, including lunch and coffee breaks, from Monday to Friday.


A reasonable knowledge of English – the medium of the classes – is a prerequisite for prospective participants. They should also, by the start of the course, be familiar with the Tibetan sound and writing systems (using, for example, the following material).

Study Material

The course will be based on Jonathan Samuels' textbook Colloquial Tibetan, published wihin Routledge's Colloquial Series. Students are requested to obtain a copy of the textbook prior to entering the course.


The Summer School is conducted at the Cluster of Excellence "Asia & Europe." As part of Germany's oldest university, it provides not only a vibrant and highly international study environment, but also a convenient location to spend some weeks in the beautiful and historic town of Heidelberg.


In order to apply for the summer school, please use the following application form:
Application form
Completed forms, along with a short letter of motivation, should be send to:

Deadline: May 15, 2014

Number of seats is limited to 20 participants


Course fee, including side program: 450 Euros.

Money must be paid by June 15, 2014, at the latest, by cheque or transfer to the following account:

Account holder: Universität Heidelberg
Bank: Baden-Württembergische Bank, Kleiner Schlossplatz 11, 70173 Stuttgart
IBAN: DE69600501017421500436
Purpose: 7812652 – Summer School BS

Fees should be paid only after the organizers have confirmed admission to the course. Fees are not refundable.


Accommodation in the university students' hostel can be organized upon request, for an extra fee of 250 Euros, for the entire August. Money must be paid by June 15, 2014, at the latest, by cheque or transfer to the account mentioned above.

Accommodation, once booked, cannot be cancelled. The respective fees are not refundable.



Dr. Markus Viehbeck

Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe"

Karl Jaspers Centre

Voßstraße 2, Building 4400

D-69115 Heidelberg


Tel. +49(0)6221-54-4003

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