Study Online

Welcome to RYI Study Online 

Rangjung Yeshe Institute offers a variety of online study opportunities: 

1: Take RYI Online Learning courses through Moodle (an open-source e-learning platform) and learn at your own pace. 

2: Enroll in regular semester courses at RYI that are streamed live.

3: Listen to free recorded seminars and lectures.

1: RYI Online Learning Courses through Moodle 

RYI Online Learning courses are offered in three distinct formats: Interactive For-Credit, Interactive Not-for-Credit, and Self-study. Details about the course content are given in the course descriptions.

What are the three formats of RYI Online Learning through Moodle? 

Interactive For-Credit 

In RYI Online Learning Interactive For-Credit courses, a moderator guides you through your studies. The courses comprise pre-recorded lectures, accessible through Moodle (an open-source e-learning platform), weekly online office hours with your moderator, periodic quizzes and written assignments to enhance your understanding, and the opportunity to communicate at any time with your moderator on the chat forum. For-credit students need to complete all course assignments and receive grades for their coursework. 

Course moderators are available for live online office hours from September 15 – May 15. During the summer, communication is limited to written correspondence. For those taking a course for credit, it is recommended to start before February 1 to take advantage of live online guidance from the moderators. 

Please visit our admissions page “Moodle Online Learning” for application details.

Interactive Not-for-Credit 

In RYI Online Learning Interactive Not-for-Credit courses, a moderator guides you through your studies. The courses comprise pre-recorded lectures, accessible through Moodle (an open-source e-learning platform), weekly online office hours with your moderator, periodic quizzes and written assignments to enhance your understanding, and the opportunity to communicate at any time with your moderator on the chat forum. 

Course moderators are available for live online office hours from September 15 – May 15. During the summer, communication is limited to written correspondence.  

You will not earn academic credit.

Self-Study

Self-Study courses are self-paced and do not include a course moderator. They comprise pre-recorded lectures, accessible through Moodle, an open-source e-learning platform, and quizzes. Self-study courses are offered only on a not-for-credit basis.


2: Regular Semester Courses, live-streamed 

Several of our regular semester courses are available for online study. These courses run approximately fifteen weeks, are live-streamed, and provide class recordings available to students on Microsoft Teams.  

Summer 2024: The summer program runs from June 12 to August 8, 2024. You can find the list of courses offered as summer intensives  here

Fall 2024: The fall semester runs from August 21 to December 20, 2024. You can find the courses offered here.


3: Free Online Resources 

Listen to seminars and conference presentations here: https://ryi.org/free-online-resources  

Listen to RYI’s rich selection of guest lectures on a variety of topics on:

Soundcloud and Youtube


How do you earn academic credit? 

To earn academic credit, you must be enrolled in a university program, either at Kathmandu University or elsewhere. 

Interactive For-Credit students registered with Kathmandu University (KU) who wish to receive credit for a RYI Online Learning Moodle course must register through their RYI portal account.  KU students must adhere to RYI’s academic year registration dates and deadlines and complete the course within the specified time. Credits earned from RYI Online Learning Moodle courses are applicable towards a KU degree if the student is currently enrolled with KU. 

Students at other universities wishing to earn academic credit for an online course must enroll via the admissions page “RYI Study Online through Moodle.” Credits earned from these courses are recognized by other universities at their discretion.

A limited number of The Horst Koch Memorial Scholarship is available for interactive courses. For more information on this scholarship please click here. 

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