Summer Intensive Language Program

Learn Sanskrit and Tibetan over the summer at one of Canada’s premier universities, located in the heart of Montreal, a multilingual, culturally diverse and dynamic city. Through the McGill Summer Language Institute, the School of Religious Studies offers intensive first-year Sanskrit and intensive first-year Colloquial Tibetan. Students may register in one or both courses. Each course prepares students to enter intermediate level courses in the fall term.

The intensive Sanskrit and Tibetan Summer language programs are ideal for students entering university who wish to get a head start on languages for their undergraduate program, and for more advanced students who plan to apply to graduate school or are currently in a graduate program and seek to expand their knowledge of Asian languages.

Sanskrit Summer Intensive Language Program Poster

Courses and dates

May 6-June 7, 2019: Colloquial Tibetan (RELG 269; 6 credits)

June 10-July 17, 2019: Intensive Introductory Sanskrit (RELG 257; 6 credits)


Information for registering for Summer Studies at McGill can be found here.

Summer 2019 registration opens on the following dates (tentative only, check back for final dates):

  • March 5, 2019: For U3 and U4 McGill students
  • March 7, 2019: U2 and U1 McGill students and all Special and Visiting Students
  • March 14, 2019: McGill Graduate students

Class size is limited, be sure to register early!

Tuition and fees

McGill students pay regular tuition rates. Visiting students from Quebec may qualify for the Quebec Inter-University Transfer tuition rates. Special and Visiting Students will pay a special tuition rate (including registration fees and insurance): $3699CAD (Canadian students), $4064CAD (International students) per course. Visiting students will be asked to make a deposit of $350 (non-refundable; for directions, see below).

Instructions for making your deposit

Once you have submitted your application and received your McGill ID number you can initiate the deposit payment of $350.00.

  • Make the payment using one of the payment methods found on our website.
  • Once you have paid, send an email to student.accounts [at]
  • The subject of the email should read “Deposit for Summer Language Institute”.
  • In the body of the email indicate your name, and McGill ID number.


Campus housing options are available. Click here to learn more about summer accommodations on campus.

For further inquiries on the Summer Intensive Language program, contact Prof. Hamsa Stainton at hamsa.stainton [at]

Other course offering

RELG 317 Special Topics in Religion 2: Mythologies: from Homer to AI (3 credits).

The course will run from June 4-July 5, 2019.

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