Tibetan is the language of a vast region at the heart of Asia and is used in China, Nepal, Bhutan, Pakistan, India, Russia, and Mongolia. It is the language of the historical Tibet, home to Tibetan Buddhism, the source of one of the world’s richest contemplative traditions. Come and explore this uniquely rich and diverse culture, and learn about Buddhist philosophy, contemplation, and other forms of knowledge. This course made possible by the Duke-UVa-Vanderbilt Partnership for Less Commonly Taught Languages. Course taught “live” by UVa instructor Tsetan Chonjore; Duke and Vanderbilt students participate through videoconference / telepresence classrooms. For more information, contact Dean Ingeborg Walther (waltheri@duke.edu)

Placement in a Tibetan language class follows the AMES department placement policy.

General Information

Students who have studied Tibetan Language in the past at home or in any institutions other than University of Virginia should take the placement test in both written and oral interview prior to their registration. Placement tests are conducted once before Fall semester and once before Spring semester. (A day or two before the actual class should be fine.)

Test Format

Placement test are divided into two parts as follows:

  • Written Test: A 2-hour written test (a short essay is included)
  • Oral Test: 30-minute oral interview and a presentation on any topics. 
To schedule a test, please contact:

Tsetan Chonjore (Nepali)
Director of Tibetan Language Studies
243 New Cabell Hall
University of Virginia
Phone: 608 338-5750
E-mail: tn8c@Virginia.edu