Classical Tibetan is the language of the two Tibetan Buddhist canons, containing more than four thousand texts which were translated mainly between 700 and 1300 CE, and the extensive literature that developed around that in Tibet in these and the following centuries. The course offers a theoretical introduction to and practical training of translating simple sentences in classical Tibetan.
Elementary knowledge of and insight into the grammar of classical Tibetan.
Basic skills in translating simple sentences in classical Tibetan.
The timetables are available through My Timetable.
Mode of instruction
Attendance and participation are obligatory for seminars. Students are required to attend all sessions. The convenors need to be informed without delay of any classes missed for a good reason (i.e. due to unforeseen circumstances such as illness, family issues, problems with residence permits, the Dutch railways in winter, etc.). In these cases it is up to the discretion of the convener(s) of the course whether or not the missed class will have to be made up with an extra assignment. Being absent without notification can result in a lower grade or exclusion from the term end exams and a failing grade for the course.
Mid-term written exam
Final written exam
Mid-term written exam (30%)
Final written exam (70%)
The course is an integrated whole. All categories must be completed in the same academic year. No partial marks can be carried over into following years.
Inspection and feedback
How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organize
- Hahn, Michael (Ulrich Pagel translator) 2005. A Textbook of Classical Literary Tibetan. London: SOAS (Lehrbuch der Klassischen Tibetischen Schriftsprache).
Further literature will be supplied in digital form during the course.
Enrolment through MyStudyMap is mandatory.
For substantive questions, contact the lecturer listed in the right information bar.
For questions about enrolment, admission, etc, contact the Education Administration Office de Vrieshof.