Learn Sanskrit and Tibetan this summer at McGill

The School of Religious Studies introduces the intensive first-year Sanskrit and intensive first-year Colloquial Tibetan summer program

This summer, students within and outside the McGill community have the opportunity to study Sanskrit and Tibetan in Montreal. The first-ever intensive Sanskrit and Tibetan summer language programs are ideal for current or incoming university students who want to jumpstart their language study as part of their undergraduate program, or for students currently in a graduate program seeking to expand their knowledge of Asian languages.

Colloquial Tibetan: May 6 – June 7

This course is a unique opportunity to study the Tibetan language intensively for five weeks and acquire a level of proficiency that will enable students to carry out basic conversations in Tibetan about daily life topics, such as discussing food, bargaining when shopping for basic objects, talking about plans and aspirations, and “emergency” situation interactions.

The main emphasis of this program is to provide students with the necessary tools to build up their conversational skills in modern Tibetan and to learn how to read and write colloquial sentences. Students will leave the course with thorough knowledge of the basic foundations of how the Tibetan language is structured in terms of syntax, nominal and verbal case and non-case particles, verbal expressions, and, of course, vocabulary.

During the course, students will be introduced to the ten lessons of Franziska Oertle’s Heart of Tibetan language, the textbook used as the main resource. Students will learn to both read and write in the Tibetan Uchen script.

Intensive Introductory Sanskrit: June 10 – July 17

Sanskrit is a South Asian language with a literary history beginning as early as the second millennium BCE. It was a lingua franca in pre-colonial South Asia. Its rich corpus of literature includes, but is not limited to, religious and philosophical texts, works of poetry and drama, and sustained meditations on aesthetics, logic, and language.

This five-week course—the only such summer Sanskrit course offered in Canada—is designed to train students in the core skills of the Sanskrit language, thus preparing them to enter into intermediate classes in the fall. During this intensive summer semester, students will master the basics of Sanskrit grammar, develop a working vocabulary, and begin to read texts written in classical Sanskrit.


Through this exciting summer language program, McGill is making it accessible for students to learn influential languages such as Sanskrit and Tibetan in an affordable, multilingual, culturally diverse and dynamic metropolitan North American city during the summer months.

Registration is now open. For more information on the program, visit or contact Professor hamsa.stainton [at] (Hamsa Stainton).



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