We are happy to announce that we will open our campus again in Fall 2022 and Spring 2023. We will offer the full range of BA and MA programs on campus and a selection of additional courses live-online (see below).

Fall 2022 Calendar:

  • August 17th New Student Orientation
  • August 24th Returning Students Orientation
  • August 29th Lectures Begin

Live-Online Programs

In order to serve students who are unsure about or unable to return to Nepal, we will also offer the following program live-online for students outside of Asia in Fall 2022 and Spring 2023. BA students need to be prepared to attend classes on-campus in Nepal in subsequent academic years since there is no guarantee that RYI will offer the full degree online in the future.

Students who want to take one or more non-credit courses should apply to the Non-Degree Program first and then register for classes.


Centre for Buddhist Studies at Kathmandu University

Through a partnership between Kathmandu University and Rangjung Yeshe Institute, the Centre for Buddhist Studies (CBS) was established in 2001 to provide formal study opportunities in Buddhist Philosophy and Himalayan Languages (Tibetan, Sanskrit, and Nepali). CBS currently offers a four-year BA, two MA degrees, a Certificate Course in Buddhist Studies, and a three-year research PhD degree program.

All courses taught in degree programs earn academic credit which may be applied to CBS’s own BA or MA programs or towards degrees offered by other institutions. Visiting students may transfer credits earned at CBS to their home institutions subject to the requirements of their home institutions.

All students enrolled in CBS degree programs are eligible for official student visas.

Buddhist Philosophy at CBS

The faculty at RYI consists of senior monastic professors (khenpos) and junior monastic professors (lopons) and international instructors trained in modern academic disciplines. As a crucial element of the training in Buddhist philosophy, courses taught by monastic professors on classical Buddhist scriptures follow the format and curriculum of a traditional Buddhist monastic education. Courses taught by international instructors follow the approach of the modern academy including use of historical-critical methodology and secondary sources. CBS is currently the only institution offering this traditional form of education as an integral part of long-term academic studies.

Undergraduate Studies

Undergraduate studies are for those who have completed Higher Secondary School (10+2) but have not earned a Bachelor’s degree, or for those who have completed a Bachelor’s program in a different discipline and now want to join a program of Buddhist Studies. Read more…

Graduate Studies

Graduate studies are for those students who have already obtained a Bachelor’s degree and wish to study in our MA program, or for those who have obtained an MA degree and wish to study in our PhD program or undertake independent research. Read more…


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