SOAS is one of the few higher education institutions to offer an undergraduate degree in Tibetan, and the program is unique in that one can combine Tibetan with the Study of Religions, Social Anthropology, History of Art/ Archaeology or Development Studies. The BA Tibetan is only available as a two-subject degree. The programme can be taken over either 3 years or 4 (including a year at Tibet University in Lhasa). All students on the course are required to obtain an elementary knowledge of both modern and classical Tibetan. In later years they can choose to focus exclusively on either the modern or the classical language and culture.