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Tibetan Course Catalogue: Descriptions & Fees

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Course catalogUE: descriptions & fees

  • All our private courses are listed below.
  • Group courses are arranged upon request.

Course LISTING

The basic information for each course is listed in the chart below, including:

Course Title
– Total Class Hours
– Hourly Rate
Course Fee

COURSE TITLETOTAL CLASS HOURSHOURLY RATECOURSE FEE
One-hour Tibetan Lesson1 hr.USD $75/hr.USD $75
Tibetan Mini-Courses5 hrs.USD $70/hr.USD $350
Brief Tibetan Courses10 hrs.USD $65/hr.USD $650
Foundations in Tibetan Topics Courses25 hrs. USD $60/hr.USD $1500
Short-term Intensive Tibetan Training Courses50 hrs. USD $55/hr.USD $2750
Medium-term Intensive Tibetan Training Courses75 hrs.USD $50/hr.USD $3750
Long-term Intensive Tibetan Training Courses 100 hrs. USD $45/hr.USD $4500

Course Fees

One-Hour Lesson: USD $75 ($75/hour)

Tibetan Mini-Course (5 class hours): USD $350 ($70/hour)

Brief Tibetan Course (10 class hours): USD $650 ($65/hour)

Foundations in Tibetan Topics Course (25 class hours): USD $1500 ($60/hour)

Short-term Intensive Tibetan Training Course (50 class hours): USD $2750 ($55/hour)

Medium-term Intensive Tibetan Training Course (75 class hours): USD $3750 ($50/hour)


Long-term Intensive Tibetan Training Course (100 class hours): USD $4500 ($45/hour)

COURSE TITLETOTAL CLASS HOURSHOURLY RATECOURSE FEE
One-Hour Tibetan Lesson1 hrs.USD $75USD $75
Tibetan Mini-Course5 hrs.USD $70USD $350
Brief Tibetan Course10 hrs.USD $65USD $650
Foundations in Tibetan Topics Course25 hrs.USD $60USD $1500
Short-term Intensive Tibetan Training Course50 hrs.USD $55USD $2750
Medium-term Intensive Tibetan Training Course75 hrs.USD $50USD $3750
Long-term Intensive Tibetan Training Course100 hrs.USD $45USD $4500

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BEGIN YOUR STUDIES WITH TRIKĀYA TIBETAN LANGUAGE ACADEMY.

To register for a course, get in touch with us and we’ll arrange everything with you.

Email: tibetan@tibetantranslations.com

Trikāya Tibetan Language Academy
offers both online private courses and online group courses.

If you’d like to arrange a group course, please get in touch with us.

Payment Details

  • All courses are to be prepaid in full.

    No exceptions can be made under any circumstances.
  • Courses are to be prepaid before starting classes. 

    Payment must be sent in advance by at least 2 days before the beginning of the first class for each course, and ideally 3-4 days in advance.
  • PayPal is the preferred mode of payment. 

    Contact us for Paypal payment details.
  • Other methods of payment (non-Paypal), such as Wise or direct bank transfer, are also possible. 

    Please contact us for other payment options.
  • Payment should be made in the currency of United States dollars (USD). In some cases, the equivalent amount in Romanian Lei (RON) and Euros (EUR) may be accepted.
  • Please make sure to cover all transfer fees. For PayPal payment, in order to avoid transfer fees, please select “For Friends and Family” before sending payment. Doing this usually eliminates transfer fees. 

    If this is not possible, please include an extra 5 percent of the total bill in order to cover transfer fees.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
About Online Tibetan Courses

  • How long does each course take to complete?

    How long each course takes to complete is primarily determined by the number of classes per week. For example, with 4 classes per week, students can complete any given course much faster than with only 2 classes per week. It all depends on how many classes are taken on a regular basis.
  • How many classes do you recommend taking per week?

    No fewer than 2 classes per week (or 2 hours per week) is recommended for most students. Ideally, 3 or 4 classes per week is best for optimizing one’s study. Most students take 2 to 4 classes per week.
  • How many classes am I allowed to take per week?

    Students may choose to take up to 5 classes per week, depending on the teacher’s schedule.
  • How many total hours should I take per week?

    For more intensive study, 3 to 6 class hours per week is ideal.

Suggested Courses

Most Popular
Short-term Intensive Tibetan Training Course (50 hours)
  • Many students choose to study with Trikāya Tibetan Language Academy in the best-selling Short-term Intensive Tibetan Training Course (50 class hours).

  • Perfect for students who want to make significant progress in their studies.

  • Provides students with a workable basis in Tibetan language, by establishing general proficiency in grammar and vocabulary, thus helping build a strong foundation in Tibetan. From there students can then proceed to further studies in the more specialized context of their choosing. 

  • Designed to be equivalent to one semester of Tibetan language taken at a university, but even more effective, in terms of amount of material covered and the level of proficiency gained during one’s study.
Teacher’s recommendation
Long-term Intensive Tibetan Training Course (100 hours)
  • Erick Tsiknopoulos recommends students consider taking the Long-term Intensive Tibetan Training Course (100 hours).

  • Designed to be equivalent to two semesters of Tibetan language taken at a university, but even more effective, in terms of amount of material covered and the level of proficiency gained during one’s study.

  • Ideal for those working toward a specific learning goal, such as improving their Tibetan for the sake of conducting research in a university program, staying at a monastic institute, studying under Tibetan teachers, doing spiritual retreat or traveling in Asia.

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Course Descriptions

Foundations in Tibetan Topics Courses (25 hours)

Foundations in Classical Tibetan Course (25 hours)

  • The emphasis in this Foundations course is on Religious & Historical Readings.

  • Designed for those wishing to get a good foundation in Classical Tibetan in a short amount of time.

  • 25 to 50 hours of personal study time outside class is recommended for these courses.

Foundations in Colloquial Tibetan Course (25 hours)

  • Available in 2 possible dialects: Ü-Tsang Dialect (Central Tibetan) and Exile Dialect (Refugee Tibetan).

  • Designed for those wishing to get a good foundation in Colloquial Tibetan in a short amount of time.

  • 25 to 50 hours of personal study time outside class is recommended for these courses.

Foundations in Modern Literary Tibetan Course (20 hours)

  • The emphasis in this Foundations course is on Biographical & Poetic Readings.

  • Designed for those wishing to get a good foundation in Modern Literary Tibetan in a short amount of time.

  • 25 to 50 hours of personal study time outside class is recommended for these courses.

Foundations in Reading Buddhist Texts in Tibetan Course (25 hours)

  • The emphasis in this Foundations course is on Special Readings in Selected Buddhist Scriptures.

  • Texts are selected at the recommendation of the teacher and according to the requests of the student.

  • 20 to 40 hours of personal study time outside class is recommended for these courses.
Short-term Intensive Tibetan Training Courses (50 hours)
  • Perfect for students students looking for focused but brief studies.

  • 50 to 100 hours of personal study time outside class is recommended for these courses.

Medium-term Intensive Tibetan Training Courses (75 hours)
  • Popular with many students who wish to make significant progress in Tibetan, who prefer these courses because they find them suitable for their immediate learning goals.

  • Provide a firm foundation for more advanced future studies.

  • 75 to 150 hours of personal study time outside class is recommended for these courses.
Long-term Intensive Tibetan Training Courses (100 hours)
  • Long-term Intensive Tibetan Training Courses are designed to be equivalent to two semesters of Tibetan language taken at a university, but even more effective in terms of material covered and the level of proficiency gained during one’s study.

  • 75 to 150 hours of personal study time outside class is recommended for these courses.

A Note on the Tibetan Alphabet & Script

  • Students who are absolute beginners at Tibetan language are strongly encouraged to learn the Tibetan alphabet and be able to read the Tibetan script before starting classes with Trikāya Tibetan Language Academy, prior to the commencement of the course.
  • Until the student has learned how to read the Tibetan script to a basic level, it is difficult to properly conduct more than 5 to 10 classes maximum.
  • Learning the Tibetan alphabet and gaining the ability to read the script can be done in as little as 10 hours, and should not take more than 20 hours of focused study.
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