Language Learning

In accordance with UBC’s decision to move 2020 Summer Term 1 courses online, the Department of Asian Studies and the Himalaya Program are offering Nepali and Tibetan Community-Engaged Language courses online from May 11-22, 2020. Sign up to our mailing list (here) to receive further details.

To learn about student experiences in Nepali and Tibetan community-engaged language courses at UBC, please view the videos below!

Summer 2019: Nepali Language Course Video

Summer 2018: Tibetan Language Course Video

 

The UBC Himalaya Program offers intensive Nepali and Tibetan language & community-engaged learning opportunities each summer, now in collaboration with the Department of Asian Studies. The upper 300-level courses have no prerequisites.

This year, courses will be offered online from May 11 – May 22, 2020.

Following UBC’s decision to move all Summer Term 1 courses online in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Himalaya Program and Department of Asian Studies are moving our jointly offered courses in Nepali (NEPL 390) and Tibetan (TIBT 390) language online. While the courses will necessarily be adapted for an online format, we are committed to offering a community-engaged experience and immersive language learning in the relevant cultural context. There will be ample person-to-person, synchronous video instruction, as well as asynchronous individual and small group assignments. Both of these components will involve community engagement with our local partners. We are working hard with our language instructors and community partners to ensure the education accessed online will be just as high quality as in-person instruction.

Click on the sections below to learn how to register and to view course descriptions:

NEPL 390 (Nepali)

2020 course dates are May 11 to May 22, 2020.

Please click here to access the registration link on the UBC Course Schedule.

A two-week intensive introductory Nepali language course. This is a community-engaged course that blends classroom instruction with community engaged experiential learning with the Nepali community of the Lower Mainland. Online class times will remain between 9am-12:30pm (Mon-Thurs) and 9am-2:30pm (Fri), with necessary breaks to accommodate the online format. Community engaged activities will be held online each Friday afternoon, and during various other class times on Monday to Thursday. The instructor of this unique program is Mr. Binod Shrestha.

TIBT 390 (Tibetan)

2020 course dates are May 11 to May 22, 2020.

Please click here to access the registration link on the UBC Course Schedule.

A two-week intensive introductory Tibetan language course. This is a community-engaged course that blends classroom instruction with community engaged experiential learning with the Tibetan community of the Lower Mainland. Online class times will remain between 9am-12:30pm (Mon-Thurs) and 9am-2:30pm (Fri), with necessary breaks to accommodate the online format. Community engaged activities will be held online each Friday afternoon, and during various other class times on Monday to Thursday. The instructor of this unique program is Mr. Sonam Chusang.


Not a UBC Student?

Non-UBC students interested in enrolling must apply through UBC’s Access Studies portal by March 15. Non-UBC students must first receive acceptance to UBC through Access Studies, so please apply as soon as possible.

Questions? Please email us at himalaya.arts@ubc.ca.


Testimonials

To read more about the unique student experience in these immersive, community-engagement portion of our courses, please visit our Student Experience page.

These courses are supported by the Faculty of Arts Dean's Office, a Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund grant, a grant from the Centre for Community Engaged Learning, the Khyentse Foundation, UBC Go Global, and the Department of Asian Studies.