Plan | Schedule | Cost | Registration | Admission requirements | Teachers |
Daily schedule | Module 0 | Language Tutor Classes |
Listening Comprehension Exercises | Language Assessment |
Project Based Learning | Visa | Interpreters Training | FPMT Affiliated Students |


The Lotsawa Rinchen Zangpo Translator Program (LRZTP) is a specialized two years and four months Tibetan language program which provides students with a broad knowledge of colloquial, literary as well as knowledge of dharma terminology and interpreter training.

The LRZTP8 program will differ a little from the previous LRZTP programs – It will be divided into two parts. The first part of the program will last two years and focus on Tibetan language with special attention to Dharma. The second part is intended for those individuals who wish to  pursue a career as interpreters. It will last four months and will focus on interpreter training. The LRZTP together with FPMT will assist he FPMT affiliated graduates of the interpreters course to find a center to start their training as interpreter.

The two years course will be using pedagogical method of “Student Based Learning”. In this method there is an emphasis on the active role of the student in the process of study. The learning process is divided into five aspects which will be implemented and evaluated. the five aspects are: Foundational Knowledge & Application, Integration, Human Dimension, Caring, Learning How To Learn.

Please click here to read more about the learning goals for LRZTP 8 and the topic >

There will be the opportunity for external language students to join LRZTP for the second year (provided there is space) and/or the four month intensive program, provided they pass the LRZTP entrance exam prior.


So, What will we have in LRZTP 8?

The course will include daily classes in the morning with the teachers, one-on-one classes for colloquial training with Tibetan native speakers language tutors at the afternoons, classes held together at the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives which include Project Based Learning (PBL), daily listening comprehension exercises, self assessment exercises.

For student who don’t have any background  in Tibetan language we offer module zero – two and a half weeks of study before the program will start.

During the two years of the course we will have visiting teachers coming to LRZTP. The teachers will give Dharma talk, questions and answers sessions and workshops.


Course Schedule

The dates are as follows:

LRZTP8 two years course:
March 14 2018 until February 21 2020
(start date 26/02/2018 for students who will do module zero)

The two year program will be divided into ten modules, five per year.

Interpreter training:
March 23, 2020 until July 15, 2020

The interpreters training will be divided into two modules.

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Course Fees 

The payment is calculated in dollars but will be done in Rupees. If you have any questions about payment please contact us at –

Two years course  – (approximately*) 546,000 INR/ 8,400 USD (the registration fees are included)

Interpreters course:

FPMT affiliated students – 117,000 INR / 1800 USD

Freelance                        – 162,500 INR / 2500 USD  (What is the difference? read here>)

Course fees inclusive of administration costs, teacher support, language tutor support, lunch and one-on-one conversation classes. They don’t include housing and fees for the classes in the LTWA.

If the course will not open due to any reason we hope will not happen – the registration fees will be refunded. otherwise the registration fees are non refundable.

*We are working on reducing the price of the course so it will be more affordable therefore the price might change by the beginning of the course.

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How to Register?

Registration for LRZTP8 is only successful once you have completed the following

  1. Filled in the registration form completely  (not leaving any section blank)
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  2. Send to two passport pictures, passport copy, two recommendations letters from Dharma related persons.
  3. Signed the LRZTP student agreement.
  4. Paid the deposit of 26,00 INR /400 USD. This deposit is non-refundable should the applicant decide to cancel. If the course will not open the deposit will return to the applicant.

There are only 20 places in LRZTP8. Any applicants who apply after these 20 positions are filled will be placed on a waiting list.

Please apply by 01 February, 2018


Admission requirements to join LRZTP 8:

  1. Have student visa for staying in India (for non-Indian students) please note that LRZTP is not applicable for student visa. please contact us for visa related questions at:
  2. All students will have a computer or tablet that will allow them to write and read in Tibetan, use the Anki software and be able to navigate a learning management system (LMS) to download content and take exams.
  3. Follow the ethical agreement of FPMT between the school and the students
  4. Fill in the medical form before their arrival at the school
  5. Have a level of active as well as passive English which permits them to follow classes, perform tasks, write essays, do study-related research in English

Students with prior Tibetan knowledge have to present an entry exam to prove their reading skills – if they do not pass or do not have any prior knowledge, they will enroll into the first two weeks of Module 0.

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LRZTP 8 Teachers

First year Teachers: Geshe Tenzin Wangdak and Franziska Oertle

Second year teachers: Geshe Tenzin Wangdak (second teacher will be decided in the future)

for more information about the teachers visit here >


LRZTP 8 Daily schedule

During the first year, students will have daily:

  • Meditation and prayer session
  • Two hour language class with our experienced Tibetan co-teachers, Geshe Tenzin Wangdak and Franziska Oertle
  • Wednesday – Self study time
  • One-on-one conversation class with skillful native Tibetan speakers (4 times a week, two 50 minute sessions per day)
  • A delicious and healthy vegetarian lunch
  • Project based sessions – classes collaborated with Library of Tibetan Works and Archives
  • Daily self study and assessment using self study materials provided by LRZTP

The second year daily schedule will be similar:

  • Meditation and prayer session
  • Two hour language class with our experienced Tibetan co-teachers, most of which will focus on tibetan dharma terminology.
  • One-on-one conversation class with skillful native Tibetan speakers (4 times a week, two hours each)
  • A delicious and healthy vegetarian lunch
  • Project based sessions 
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Module 0 – Introduction to the Course 

The students of LRZTP often have varied backgrounds. Some have studied Tibetan while others have had no exposure to the language at all. To ensure there is some common ground between all students, LRZTP is offering Module 0.  It is mandatory for students who have no foundation in Tibetan.

Beginning prior to the first official Module of LRZTP8, Module 0 is divided in two parts: the prerequisite lessons and the course induction lessons. It will take three weeks before the start of the program and the classes in the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives.

In the prerequisite lessons students who do not have any background in Tibetan language will, during a two week period, learn the Tibetan alphabet and how to read it.  The prerequisite lessons are mandatory for all students who are not familiar with the language.

And the induction during four days includes: official opening ceremony with all the students, introduction to the course, settling into Dharamshala area for those who have just arrived, detailed discussion of the objectives, syllabus, technical supports, Wylie, introduction to the language tutor classes, etc.

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Language Tutor Classes 

Daily classes of two hours will support the student’s development in spoken Tibetan. Students will work one-on-one with native Tibetan speakers (language tutors) using material from the main teaching class.

All language tutors undergo specialized training before the commencement of LRZTP8.  In addition, they receive refresher workshops during the program itself.


Listening Comprehension Exercises

Listening comprehension will support the LRZTP student in understanding and making sense of the spoken language. They will learn to recognize speech sounds, understand the meaning of individual words and the syntax of sentences in which they are presented as well as enhance memory and retention skills.

The exercises will be delivered through an online platform and include audio material by native Tibetan speakers. The audio material will be in accordance with module topics. The students will engage with these during their personal study time, outside of class hours.

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Language Assessment

Exams and assignments are another method of support we provide for our students.  The objective of LRZTP assessment is to allow the students to realistically gauge their  language abilities. Saying this, students must display that they have attained the learning objectives for each module to a accomplished level.

At the conclusion of each module, students are tested on their listening and speaking skills within the context of the specific module topic.

There will also be weekly formative evaluation activities designed to support the student’s progress throughout each module.

Students are required to successfully undertake both final year and interpreter training exams in order to be accepted for an apprenticeship  in a dharma center after LRZTP8.


Project Based Learning (PBL)

Social sciences has investigated upon and proved that an active and experiential rather than passive and information recipient learning process is more conducive to the acquisition of new knowledge. Therefore we would like for our students to have the opportunity to learn in such way.

These learning sessions are proposed to develop following a particular PBL (project-based learning) approach. This means that the students are committed to work in groups with members with different skills on a (minimum) 1-2-weeks long project.

The PBL lessons will be held together with the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives (LTWA).

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LRZTP8 students will only be accepted if they are on a valid visa which permits them to study for the length of the course or if they are local students. As for now, the LRZTP is not recognized educational institute for student visa application. In the past, the students of LRZTP also studied at the Library of Tibetan Works and Achieves which is recognized recognized educational institute for student visa application.

You are welcome to contact LRZTP for information about the application of your student visa at


Interpreters Training 

Students have the option of committing to the two year program, or the entire two years combined with the interpreter training. Students eligible to join the interpreter course after completing the following:

  • Passing the entrance exam or achieving 70% in the end of two years exam
  • Have recommendation of LRZTP director
  • Do the registration process

For student who didn’t enroll for the two years course joining the Interpreters course will be done based on available seats and the following:

  • Passing the entrance exam
  • Finish the registration process

Those students who graduate the interpreter training will be ‘trainees’ who qualify for opportunities to complete a two year interpreter apprenticeship in an FPMT Dharma Center. LRZTP will assist FPMT affiliated students to find a center to work at the end of their training.

It’s important to note that the availability of FPMT Center positions varies from year to year.  Those students who wish to work at a FPMT center will attend the LRZTP program as FPMT affiliated students.

Those who do not wish to to work at an FPMT Center will be known as freelance students.

Both FPMT affiliated students and freelance students are required to abide by the ethical policy of FPMT, keeping the five precepts  and any student who engages in the practice of Shugden is not permitted to attend LRZTP.

Please note that LRZTP will only certify students as interpreter trainees if they complete the four month intensive program.

Interpreter training date:
March 23, 2020 until July 15, 2020

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FPMT Affiliated Students

There are two ways of participating in LRZTP interpreter training  – either as an FPMT affiliated student or as a freelance student.

FPMT affiliated students must commit to work in an FPMT center for two years after successfully graduating from both the two year language program and the six month translation/interpretation program. Freelance students do not have this obligation.

Course fees are subsidized for FPMT affiliated students.

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