As an institution of higher learning committed to helping students to deepen their understanding of Buddhist philosophy and practice, Rangjung Yeshe Institute is happy to welcome students into our classes who wish to supplement their practice, personal or professional development. Although students do not receive credit for for these courses they are still subject to the academic requirements and prerequisites for each course as stated below.
Current courses that are available to non-degree students are:
- All courses offered in the Summer Intensive Program
- All courses that are offered in the BA program:
- Fall Semester Courses: 2022 (Coming soon)
- Spring Semester Courses: 2023 (TBD)
- The Certificate Course in Buddhist Studies
- The Translator Training Program
- A growing catalog of self-paced online learning courses
Non-Degree Student Application and Admission
Students who have completed Higher Secondary School (through grade 12) and students from Nepali high schools with a minimum score of second division/45 percent are eligible to apply for the program at the admissions section of this website. In rare cases, we may accept students for non-degree study who have not completed Higher Secondary school or the equivalent. Please explain your qualifications for non-degree study in the Application Statement of Purpose if you wish to be considered for this exception.
English Language Proficiency
All applicants who are not native speakers or do not hold a BA degree from a university in an English-speaking country must have a TOEFL score of at least 550, a score of 80 on the iBT, CEF/CERF/GeR level in English is B2 or higher, or IELTS score of at least 6.0 and no score lower than 5.0 on any one band.
The one exception is for applicants who wish to take only courses taught by our lopons and khenpos (TSTD classes). In this case, an international test of English language proficiency is not required, although applicants must have sufficient English (or Tibetan) to understand the translator (English) or the lopon or khenpo (Tibetan).