Admissions

At Rangjung Yeshe Institute (RYI), our mission is to offer courses and degree programs of the highest quality to those who seek to expand their knowledge of Buddhism. If you are interested in studying at RYI, we encourage you to carefully review the admission procedures and guidelines outlined on this page. 

Current and returning RYI students must log in to the RYI portal and submit their application through the RYI portal. 

New applicants, anyone who hasn’t studied at RYI in the past, start their program application from here: 

  1. Get ready to apply by choosing your program of study. Students are admitted into a program and subsequently select their courses according to the courses available in the given program for the upcoming semester/year. It is necessary that applicants carefully choose which program they apply to, as it is not possible to change to a different program after admission and the application fee is non-refundable. Check our academic programs and course.  
  2. Make sure you meet the admission requirements. Check the eligibility requirements. 
  3. Find out details about all program application deadlines. We encourage you to apply well in advance of the posted deadlines.  
Programs  Next program start Applications Open  Applications Close*
Bachelor of Arts in Buddhist Studies with Himalayan Language  August 21, 2024November 1July 1
Master of Arts, Buddhist Studies  August 21, 2024November 1April 1
Master of Arts, Translation, Textual Interpretation, and Philology  August 21, 2024November 1April 1 
PhD Buddhist Studies PhD students may commence their research once their proposal has been approved by the KU-CBS research panel which meets on an “as required” basis Applications are
year-round. 
Non-Credit StudySpring semester
January 20, 2025
Fall semester
August 21, 2024 
Spring semester
October 1
Fall semester
November 1
Spring semester
November 30
Fall semester
July 1
Master of Arts, Preparatory Program Spring semester
January 20, 2025
Fall semester
August 21, 2024 
Spring semester
November 1
Fall semester
November 1
Spring semester
November 30
Fall semester
July 1
Translator Training Program  June 12, 2024 November 1March 30
Summer Program  June 12, 2024 October 1May 1*
Visiting Student Program Spring semester
January 20, 2025
Fall semester
August 21, 2024 
Spring semester
November 1
Fall semester
November 1
Spring semester
November 30
Fall semester
July 1
Moodle Online Learning For-Credit CoursesAnytime. Course moderators are available from September 15 – May 15. Start the course before February 1 to benefit from the live online guidance of the moderators.Applications are accepted year-round.  
Research Affiliation Researchers may begin their association with RYI at any time during the academic year. Applications are accepted
year-round.  

*Applications are accepted each year between the above-mentioned dates. Late applications may be accepted and are subject to a late application fee. 

  1. Once you know which admission procedure corresponds to your situation you can start applying. You will find all the information on what application material to prepare below.  Current and returning RYI students must log in to the RYI portal and submit their application through the RYI portal.   
  2. After submitting your application, you must pay a non-refundable application fee. Administration processes applications after receiving the application fee.  Read here how to pay the application fee. 
Application Fee Regular Application Late Application
Nepalese NPR 500 NPR 1,000
SAARC US $35
Application Submission ID
US $70
Application Submission ID
International (others) US $50
Application Submission ID
US $125
Application Submission ID
  1. Once your complete application is submitted, it will be reviewed by the admissions committee. The time required to review applications is normally between two and four weeks and you will receive the decision by email.   
  1. Successful applicants are offered a place in the program and are conditionally admitted. You must secure your place in the program by paying the full tuition fee, or a non-refundable admission fee (see individual requirements for each program) within two weeks of receiving the admission offer.   
  1. After paying the tuition fee or admission fee, you may request a one-year deferral of your offer of admission. Deferrals are not guaranteed and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Offers to non-credit studies are not eligible for deferral.  

To apply, please click the appropriate program tab below.

Bachelor of Arts in Buddhist Studies with Himalayan Language

To apply to the Bachelor of Arts program, one must complete the following steps: 

  1. Fill in personal and educational details on the application form.
  2. Upload a copy of your citizenship (Nepali) or a copy of your passport (international) applicants. 
  3. Upload a recent portrait photo of yourself. 
  4. Upload a statement of purpose: The statement of purpose describes in 350-500 words the applicant’s intentions for studying at RYI. It should describe the applicant’s general background, interests, and reasons for applying. It may list academic honors, extracurricular activities, and personal interests relevant to the application. 
  5. Upload your curriculum vitae (CV). 
  6. Education Information: Upload official higher secondary school (Grade 11 and 12) transcript with official English translations where applicable. Additional documents required for applicants from Nepal and India: Grade 10 transcript, character certificate and migration certificates from Grade 10 and high school). Provide all educational information and upload all transcripts or certificates relevant to your application.
  7. Upload proof of English language proficiency. Check the requirements here 
  8. Submit the application.
  9. Pay the application fee. Check your email inbox to get your application submission ID.

Current and returning RYI students must log in to the RYI portal and submit their application through the RYI portal.

Non-Credit Study

To apply for non-credit study, one must complete the following steps:  

  1. Fill in personal and educational details on the application form.  
  2. Upload a copy of your citizenship (Nepali) or a copy of your passport (international) applicants.   
  3. Upload a recent portrait photo of yourself.  
  4. Upload a statement of purpose: The statement of purpose describes in 250-350 words the applicant’s intentions for studying at RYI. It should describe the applicant’s general background, interests, and reasons for applying. It may list academic honors, extracurricular activities, and personal interests relevant to the application.  
  5. Upload your curriculum vitae (CV).  
  6. Education Information: Provide all educational information and upload all transcripts or certificates that are relevant to your application (Optional)  
  7. Upload proof of English language proficiency. Check the requirements here  
  8. Submit the application. 
  9. Pay the application fee. Check your email inbox to get your application submission ID. 

Current and returning RYI students must log in to the RYI portal and submit their application through the RYI portal.    

MA Preparatory Program in Buddhist Studies with Himalayan Language

To apply to the MA preparatory program, one must complete the following steps:  

  1. Fill in personal and educational details on the application form.  
  2. Upload a copy of your citizenship (Nepali) or a copy of your passport (international) applicants.   
  3. Upload a recent portrait photo of yourself.  
  4. Upload a statement of purpose: The statement of purpose describes in 500 to 750 words the applicant’s intentions for studying at RYI. It should describe the applicant’s general background, academic interests, and reasons for applying. It may list academic honors, extracurricular activities, and personal interests relevant to the application.  
  5. Upload your curriculum vitae (CV).  
  6. Education Information: Upload official higher secondary school (Grade 11 and 12) and Bachelor’s transcript with official English translations where applicable. Additional documents required for applicants from Nepal and India: Grade 10 transcript, character certificate, and migration certificates from grade 10 and high school). Provide all educational information and upload all transcripts or certificates relevant to your application.   
  7. Upload proof of English language proficiency. Check the requirements here 
  8. Submit the application. 
  9. Pay the application fee. Check your email inbox to get your application submission ID. 

Current and returning RYI students must log in to the  RYI portal and submit their application through the RYI portal. 

Master of Arts in Buddhist Studies

To apply to the Master of Arts in Buddhist Studies, one must complete the following steps: 

  1. Fill in personal and educational details on the application form. 
  2. Upload a copy of your citizenship (Nepali) or a copy of your passport (international) applicants.  
  3. Upload a recent portrait photo of yourself. 
  4. Upload a statement of purpose: The Statement of Purpose describes in 500 to 750 words the applicant’s intentions for studying at RYI. It should describe the applicant’s general background, academic interests, and reasons for applying. It may list academic honors, extracurricular activities, and personal interests relevant to the application. You may also include your research interests related to a possible MA thesis project. 
  5. Upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV). 
  6. Education Information: Upload official higher secondary school (Grade 11 and 12) and Bachelor’s transcript with official English translations where applicable. Additional documents required for applicants from Nepal and India: Grade 10 transcript, character certificate, and migration certificates from Grade 10 and high school). Provide all educational information and upload all transcripts or certificates relevant to your application.    
  7. Upload proof of English language proficiency. Check the requirements here
  8. Upload a writing sample of 2500-5000 words. The writing sample should be an academic essay on any topic, ideally from the field of Buddhist Studies. 
  9. Reference letters: Applicants should request two letters of reference indicating the applicant’s suitability as a graduate student in Buddhist Studies. These letters should be requested from a college or university professor familiar with the applicant’s academic qualifications. Additional letters from other people familiar with the applicant may be included, but only substituted for one of the academic letters of reference in cases in which the applicant has spent the last five years or more out of school. The reference letter must be printed on letterhead and hold the recommending professor’s signature. The recommending professor should be instructed to scan the letter with his or her signature and send the digital file to admissions@ryi.org.  
  10. Submit the application.
  11. Pay the application fee. Check your email inbox to get your application submission ID. 

Current and returning RYI students must log in to the  RYI portal and submit their application through the RYI portal.   

Master of Arts in Translation, Textual Interpretation, and Philology

To apply to the Master of Arts in Translation, Textual Interpretation, and Philology, one must complete the following steps:  

  1. Fill in personal and educational details on the application form.  
  2. Upload a copy of your citizenship (Nepali) or a copy of your passport (international) applicants.   
  3. Upload a recent portrait photo of yourself.  
  4. Upload a statement of purpose: The statement of purpose describes in 500 to 750 words the applicant’s intentions for studying at RYI. It should describe the applicant’s general background, academic interests, and reasons for applying. It may list academic honors, extracurricular activities, and personal interests relevant to the application. You may also include your research interests related to an MA thesis project.  
  5. Upload your curriculum vitae (CV).  
  6. Education Information: Upload official higher secondary school (Grade 11 and 12) and Bachelor’s transcript with official English translations where applicable. Additional documents required for applicants from Nepal and India: Grade 10 transcript, character certificate, and migration certificates from grade 10 and high school). Provide all educational information and upload all transcripts or certificates relevant to your application.   
  7. Upload proof of English language proficiency. Check the requirements here
  8. Reference letters: Applicants should request two letters of reference indicating the applicant’s suitability as a graduate student in Translation Studies. These letters should be requested from a college or university professor familiar with the applicant’s academic and linguistic qualifications and should jointly address general academic skills, especially skill in classical Tibetan and English composition. The reference letter must be printed on letterhead and hold the recommending professor’s signature. The recommending professor should be instructed to scan the letter with his or her signature and send the digital file to admissions@ryi.org.  
  9. Submit the application.
  10. Pay the application fee. Check your email inbox to get your application submission ID.   

 Current and returning RYI students must log in to the RYI portal and submit their application through the RYI portal.   

Translator Training Program

To apply to the Translator Training Program, one must complete the following steps:  

  1. Fill in personal and educational details on the application form.  
  2. Upload a copy of your citizenship (Nepali) or a copy of your passport (international) applicants.   
  3. Upload a recent portrait photo of yourself.  
  4. Upload a statement of purpose: The Statement of Purpose describes in 350 to 500 words the applicant’s intentions for studying at RYI. It should describe the applicant’s general background, academic interests, and reasons for applying. It may list academic honors, extracurricular activities, and personal interests.   
  5. Upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV).  
  6. Education Information: Upload official higher secondary school (Grade 11 and 12 transcripts with official English translations where applicable. Provide all educational information and upload all transcripts or certificates relevant to your application.   
  7. Upload proof of English language proficiency. Check the requirements here
  8. Reference letter: Provide a letter of reference from a Lama in the Tibetan tradition, evaluating your suitability for the Translator Training Program.  
  9. Recommendation letter: Provided a letter of recommendation from a former language teacher, to help us assess your aptitude for language learning. The letters must be printed on letterhead and bear the signature of the referee/recommender. The referee or recommender should be instructed to scan the letter with his or her signature and send the digital file directly to admissions@ryi.org
  10. Submit the application. Pay the application fee. Check your email inbox to get your application submission ID.

 Current and returning RYI students must log in to the  RYI portal and submit their application through the RYI portal.   

Summer Program

To apply to the summer program, one must complete the following steps:  

  1. Fill in personal and educational details on the application form.  
  2. Upload a copy of your citizenship (Nepali) or a copy of your passport (international) applicants.  
  3. Upload a recent portrait photo of yourself.  
  4. Upload a statement of purpose: The statement of purpose describes in 350-500 words the applicant’s intentions for studying at RYI. It should describe the applicant’s general background, interests, and reasons for applying. It may list academic honors, extracurricular activities, and personal interests relevant to the application.  
  5. Upload your curriculum vitae (CV).  
  6. Education information: Provide all educational information and upload all transcripts or certificates relevant to your application. Applicants, who apply to take a summer program course for-credit must submit their official higher secondary school or university transcript, with official English translations where applicable.   

For intermediate or advanced level applications: Upload all relevant documentation to assess your suitability to join the intermediate or advanced level summer course.    

  1. Upload proof of English language proficiency. Check the requirements here  
  2. Submit the application. 
  3. Pay the application fee. Check your email inbox to get your application submission ID. 

Current and returning RYI students must log in to the RYI portal and in the tab REQUEST FORMS register to one of RYI’s summer 2024 intensive courses

Visiting Student Program

To apply as a visiting student, one must complete the following steps:  

  1. Fill in personal and educational details on the application form.  
  2. Upload a copy of your citizenship (Nepali) or a copy of your passport (international) applicants.  
  3. Upload a recent portrait photo of yourself.  
  4. Upload a statement of purpose: The statement of purpose describes in 350-500 words the applicant’s intentions for studying at RYI. It should describe the applicant’s general background, interests, and reasons for applying. It may list academic honors, extracurricular activities, and personal interests relevant to the application.  
  5. Upload your curriculum vitae (CV).  
  6. Education Information: Upload your official higher secondary school (Grade 11 and 12) and current university transcript with official English translations where applicable. Provide all educational information and upload all transcripts or certificates that are relevant to your application.  
  7. English language proficiency: Check the requirements here  
  8. Submit the application. 
  9. Pay the application fee. Check your email inbox to get your application submission ID. 

Current and returning RYI students must log in to the RYI portal and submit their application through the RYI portal.   

Research Affiliation

To apply for Research Affiliation, one must complete the following steps:  

  1. Fill in personal and educational details on the application form.  
  2. Upload a copy of your citizenship (Nepali) or a copy of your passport (international) applicants.  
  3. Upload a recent portrait photo of yourself.  
  4. Upload a cover letter to request research affiliation with Kathmandu University, Centre for Buddhist Studies. It must include the title of your research project, the start date and the duration in months for which you are requesting affiliation.  
  5. Describe your research project in the RYI research project proposal template and upload this proposal. 
  6. Upload your curriculum vitae (CV).  
  7. Educational Information: Provide all educational information and upload all transcripts or certificates that are relevant for your application.  
  8. Provide a letter of reference from a college or university professor. If you are enrolled in a PhD program, please send a reference letter attesting to your ability to conduct the research described in your proposal. This letter should be from your academic supervisor. The reference letter has to be printed on letterhead and hold the signature of the recommending professor. The recommending professor should be instructed to scan the letter with his or her signature and send the digital file to admissions@ryi.org. If you are a post-doctoral researcher, no letter of reference is necessary.  
  9. Submit the application.
  10. Pay the application fee. Check your email inbox to get your application submission ID.

Current and returning RYI students must log in to the RYI portal and submit their application through the RYI portal.   

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Buddhist Studies

Applications to the PhD program at KU-CBS are accepted throughout the academic year. The admissions process consists of several steps.

Initial inquiry

Students thinking of applying to the PhD program should submit an initial inquiry consisting of the following items:

  1. Statement of Purpose

The statement of purpose should be approximately 500 words long and must include a preliminary Ph.D. thesis research proposal stating the title, the relevant academic disciplines, and research languages. Please indicate the ways in which your prior education prepares you to undertake this research. Explain why KU-CBS is well-suited for the proposed research.

  1. Curriculum Vitae / Résumé

Send these to phd.program@ryi.org The RYI graduate committee will then advise you on your project, verify the eligibility requirements, and answer any questions you might have before making your formal application.

  • Formal Application

Successful candidates will then formally apply to Kathmandu University School of Arts. Guided by the supervisor, the applicant will prepare a proposal of 5-6 pages in length. The necessary details for this step will be communicated at the appropriate time.

RYI Study Online through Moodle – For Credit Format 

RYI offers various online courses on Moodle, an open-source e-learning platform https://moodle.ryif.org/ Read carefully the description of the study formats on https://ryi.org/online-courses To apply for the For Credit Format of RYI Study Online through Moodle, you must complete the following steps:  

  1. Fill in personal and educational details on the application form.  
  1. Upload a copy of your citizenship (Nepali) or a copy of your passport (international) applicants.   
  1. Upload a recent portrait photo of yourself.  
  1. Upload a statement of purpose: The statement of purpose describes in 250-350 words the applicant’s intentions for studying at RYI. It should describe the applicant’s general background, interests, and reasons for applying. It may list academic honors, extracurricular activities, and personal interests relevant to the application.  
  1. Education Information: Provide all educational information and upload all transcripts or certificates that are relevant to your application. 
  1. Submit the application. 
  1. Pay the application fee. Check your email inbox to get your application submission ID 

Current and returning RYI students must log in to the RYI portal and submit their application or course registration through the RYI portal. 

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