Tibetan Language Summer School


A unique chance to experience Tibetan culture through its language at Oxford University

VENUE: Faculty of Oriental Studies, Oxford University
LENGTH: Two Weeks (22 July to 2 August)
LEVEL: Elementary
MINIMUM AGE: 18 years old
HOURS: 2-hour lessons (two lessons per day with an additional hour-long evening lesson on Buddhism and culture)  
SIZE: Average 10, maximum 15 students.
TIMETABLE: Monday-Friday, morning and afternoon.
FEE: £375    

We need at least ten people. If by Monday 8 July we have less, this course cannot proceed, so please book soon.

This course is for beginners with additional evening classes focusing on Tibetan Buddhism, culture, and history.


The beginner’s course teaches students the Tibetan alphabet, grammar, and vocabulary to hone basic reading skills. At the end of the course, students will be able to read the Tibetan script and be familiar with the basic vocabulary and grammar. We can arrange an intermediate course, if students want. Please let us know, as we will need ten students to proceed.

The beginner’s class follows the Manual of Authentic Tibetan by Klara Hendrychova and Tenzin Choephel – this course’s teacher.

Two language classes daily:

9:00 - 11:00
13:00 - 15:00


Since the Tibetan language exists in its unique, precious culture, this class introduces Tibetan culture through the basic features of Buddhism, meditation, history, and civilization. For this class, related scholars and Lamas may come to teach a wide-range of topics.

One culture class daily:
16:00 - 17:30


Oxford is a rich, vibrant, historic city in the shadow of Oxford University, one of the world’s greatest institutions. There’s the option for students to tour Oxford, visiting its treasures including the Pitt Rivers and Ashmolean museums. These museums house exceptional Tibetan art like objects from the Younghusband Mission to Lhasa in 1904. The University is made up of 39 colleges, each with its distinct architecture, gardens, and history – we will organise tours of some of these colleges including Christ Church – the home of Harry Potter!   


The fee excludes meals, but Oxford has many restaurants and an international food market at reasonable prices.


We provide no accommodation but can help you find lodging in the colleges and private houses.

Please check University Rooms, or The Department of Education, AirBnB, HomeAway, to book your accommodation.

Please contact us for more details:
Email: loplao.academy@gmail.com / tenchoe135@gmail.com
Phone number: 07511095166

About the Instructor

Tenzin Choephel

Tenzin Choephel was born and raised in Tibet and then subsequently travelled to India to receive further education. In total Tenzin spent ten years of his life as a Buddhist monk which gave him the opportunity to study the Buddhist philosophy deeply.

He received a BA in Tibetan Studies from the College for Higher Tibetan studies. Tenzin's goal at present is to preserve the beautiful Tibetan Language by teaching the language to others.

Tenzin was a Tibetan grammar and Culture Teacher at the College for Higher Tibetan Studies and also spent two years designing and delivering the Tibetan Language class at Thosamling Institue in India. He has also composed a Tibetan Language book called the Manual of Authentic Tibetan which is what he uses as a basis for delivering his Tibetan Language classes at present.

At present, he is currently studying for an MPhil degree in Tibetan and Himalayan Studies at the University of Oxford.