Course Description

Intensive Nepali and Tibetan Language and Community Engaged Learning Program

Summer 2018 classes will be held between 30 April – 11 May 2018. Registration details will be posted in early 2018.
For more information on the student experience in the immersive, community-engagement portion of our courses, please visit our Student Experience page.
Course Description

In 2016, the UBC Himalaya Program launched an intensive summer language program, offering a one-credit week of Nepali and Tibetan language instruction for students from UBC and beyond.

In 2017, this program was expanded to two credits over two weeks. The first week was reserved for intensive classroom-based language instruction, while the second week was based on a community-engaged language learning model. During the second week of the program, students enrolled in the separate Nepali and Tibetan sections had the opportunity to visit sites of significance to the Nepali and Tibetan communities of Greater Vancouver. This gave students the experience of being culturally immersed while also practicing their language skills with native speakers of their studied language. Programming included visits to local temples, businesses and charity organizations, a behind-the-scenes tour of a locally-based Tibetan artist’s studio, and a meal with a Nepali or Tibetan host family.

The UBC Himalaya Program is pleased to continue offering instruction in Nepali and Tibetan each summer.

Summer 2017 classes were held between May 1-11, 2017. The next classes will be held in Summer 2018, sign up for our mailing list for more information on the upcoming courses, and to be notified when course dates are confirmed!

Promotional posters for the 2017 Intensive Language and Community Engaged Learning Courses.


ASTU 204 H – Level 1

Dates: Monday-Thursday, May 1-4, 2017

Time: 9am-12:15pm each day

Section 001 Nepali Instructor: Mr. Binod Shrestha
Section 002 Tibetan Instructor: Mr. Sonam Chusang
One credit offered (4 days x 3.25 hours = 13 hours = one credit)
For this course, no previous experience with the language is required. Learning objectives include basic vocabulary, learning cultural context through language role plays, basic greetings, and conversation.

ASTU 204 I – Level 2 (Community-engaged course taught off-campus)

Dates: May 8-11, 2017

Time: 9am-3pm each day (including travel time to/from community sites)

Section 001 Nepali Instructor: Mr. Binod Shrestha
Section 002 Tibetan Instructor: Mr. Sonam Chusang
One credit offered
Prerequisite: ASTU 204H or other equivalent previous experience with the language of study. This is a community-engaged course that takes place off-campus. Each day students will gather at a different site to meet with members of the Nepali or Tibetan community in Vancouver, such as religious sites, charities, shops, and restaurants. Language learning objectives will be thematically focused around each day’s activity. Students must be willing to travel to different parts of Vancouver (usually accessible by public transit) and commit the additional time beyond the formal 13 credit hours. It will be a very rewarding experience!

Please join the Himalaya Program mailing list to receive detailed registration information for 2018 when it becomes available in Spring 2018:


Each one-week course carries one credit from the UBC Faculty of Arts. Registered UBC students will pay the standard one-credit fee for each week (approximately $170 per credit/week, or $340 for two credits/weeks). Please note that to register for the courses on the SSC you must search in the listing for the 2018 Summer session (select this option in the drop-down button located in the upper right-hand corner of the SSC after it becomes available in Spring 2018). Non-UBC students may register via Access Studies before March 15:
These courses are supported by the Faculty of Arts Dean’s Office, a Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund grant, and a grant from the Centre for Community Engaged Learning.