Yale Himalaya Initiative

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A number of languages that are spoken and used in the Himalayan region are taught at Yale. Courses for credit are offered in Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Sanskrit, and Tibetan.

In addition, Yale’s innovative Directed Independent Language Study (DILS) program gives students the opportunity to study a language not currently taught in a Yale classroom, including Dzongkha and Nepali.

Tibetan and Bengali are currently being offered at Yale through the Shared Course Initiative. Columbia, Cornell, and Yale, through a collaborative arrangement to share less commonly taught languages, offer several languages that are not otherwise taught on campuses, via videoconferencing from a partner institution. Modern and Classical Tibetan will be offered at Yale for credit via videoconferencing from Columbia University. Similarly, Bengali is being taught via videoconferencing from Cornell University.