Admissions

You want to study at Kathmandu University, Centre for Buddhist Studies at RYI?  Here are some guidelines to follow.

  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 
Bachelor of Arts in Buddhist Studies with Himalayan Language August 16, 2023January 1 – July 1, fall semester
Non-Degree Program January 16, 2023 and August 16, 2023January 1 –  July 1, fall semester  
September 1 to November 30, spring semester 
Master of Arts, Preparatory ProgramJanuary 16, 2023 and August 16, 2023January 1 –  July1, fall semester  
September 1 to November 30, spring semester 
Master of Arts, Buddhist Studies August 16, 2023December 1 – March 1 
Master of Arts, Translation, Textual Interpretation, and Philology August 16, 2023December 1 – March 1 
Translator Training Program June 7, 2023December 1 –  March 30 
Summer Program June 7, 2023December 1 –  May 1 
Study Abroad ProgramJanuary 16, 2023 and August 16, 2023January 1 –  July 1, fall semester
September 1 –  November 30, spring semester
*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 in the section below. All applications must be submitted online through the RYI Portal.  
  1. 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 FeeRegular ApplicationLate Application
NepaleseNPR 500NPR 1,000
SAARCUS$35US$70
International (others)US$50 – Pay now via Paypal US$125 – Pay now via Paypal
  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 are required to 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 offer of admission.   
  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-degree studies are not eligible for deferral. 
Bachelor of Arts in Buddhist Studies with Himalayan Language

The next program starts on August 16, 2023.

Applications are accepted between January 1 and July 1.

Late applications may be accepted and are subject to a late application fee.

Non-Degree Program

The next program starts on January 16, 2023 and August 16, 2023.

Applications are accepted between September 1 and November 30 for the spring semester and January 1 and July 1 for the fall semester.

Late applications may be accepted and are subject to a late application fee.

MA Preparatory Program in Buddhist Studies with Himalayan Language

The next program starts on January 16, 2023 and August 16, 2023.

 Applications are accepted between September 1 and November 30 for the spring semester and January 1 and July 1 for the fall semester.

Late applications may be accepted and are subject to a late application fee.

MA Program in Buddhist Studies

The next program starts on August 16, 2023.

Applications are accepted between December 1 (new applicants) and January 1 (current and returning students) – March 1 with decisions made by March 30.

Late applications may be accepted and are subject to a late application fee.

MA in Translation, Textual Interpretation, and Philology

The next program starts on August 16, 2023.

Applications are accepted between December 1 (new applicants) and January 1 (current and returning students) – March 1 with decisions made by March 30.

Late applications may be accepted and are subject to a late application fee.

Translator Training Program

The next program starts on June 7, 2023.

Applications are accepted each year between December 1 and March 30.

Late applications may be accepted and are subject to a late application fee.

Summer Program

The next program starts on June 7 and ends on August 3, 2023.

Applications are accepted each year between December 1 (new applicants) and January 1 (current and returning students) – March 1 with decisions made by May 1.

Late applications may be accepted and are subject to a late application fee.

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

  • Fill in personal and contact details. Upload a recent portrait photo of yourself and a copy of your passport/ID card.
  • Fill in details of your education history.
  • Upload a statement of purpose: The Statement of Purpose describes in 350 to 500 words the applicant’s intentions for studying in the Summer Program. It should describe the applicants’ general background, academic interests and reasons for applying. It may list academic honors, extracurricular activities, and personal interests.  
  • Upload your Higher secondary School (grade 11 and 12) transcript or University transcript with official English translations where applicable. 
  • Upload proof of English language proficiency:  Applicants whose native language is not English and who do not have an undergraduate or graduate degree from a university in an English-speaking country must submit results of an English proficiency test or other proof of English language proficiency. 
  • Pay the application fee. 
Study Abroad

The next program starts on January 16, 2023 and August 16, 2023.

Applications are accepted between September 1 and November 30 for the spring semester and January 1 and July 1 for the fall semester.

Late applications may be accepted and are subject to a late application fee.

Research Affiliation

Researchers may begin their association with RYI at any time during the academic year.
Applications are accepted year-round for this program.

PhD Program

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 accepted at any time during the academic year. Click here for application instructions.

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Important Notice: Admissions for the Masters, Translator Training, and Summer Programs will be accepted starting on December 1 for new applicants, and on January 1 for returning and current students.