Summer Nepali Language Study

The summer intensive language courses are rigorous but students also progress very quickly. Completing the equivalent of two semester’s worth of coursework over the span of 8 weeks, students are well on their way towards a high degree of proficiency in Nepali.

Applications due May 30, 2022
Apply by May 23, 2022 to avoid a late fee

Class Structure:

All classes meet Monday through Friday for 3 hours per day and include a Master Class, daily conversational sessions with a native speaker and access to virtual office hours for additional support. See each individual class schedule below. In order to progress students are expected to attend daily classes for the duration of the course. The level of intensity of the courses is high and students are expected to invest considerable time and effort in order to meet class requirements and academic expectations.

The Master Classes will introduce students to basic sentence structures and a breadth of Nepali situational vocabulary. The instructor will teach grammar and vocabulary that will be internalized through practice in the conversation classes with assistant language instructors.

The Conversational classes will be facilitated by Nepali-speaking Assistant Language Instructors. The specific vocabulary and grammatical structures introduced in the Nepali grammar Class will be emphasized in these conversations so that students gain more familiarity and practice with what they learn in that class, as well as becoming more comfortable speaking with a variety of Nepali speakers. 

Class Materials:

To take part in the course you will need to have access to a PC, Mac or Linux computer capable of running Microsoft Teams, which you can download free of charge.

  • Access to RYI’s Microsoft Teams environment
  • PDF textbook, texts and supplemental materials
  • Pre-recorded videos


The Nepali language courses are university-level courses and can be taken for academic credit through Kathmandu University’s Centre for Buddhist Studies.

These courses may also be taken on a non-credit basis.

2022 Academic Calendar

  • June 8 Online Orientation 
  • June 13 Classes begin  
  • July 8-11 Midterm break  
  • August 4 Final exams  

Beginning Nepali (NLAN 120) 6 Credits

This course is offered for beginning students with no prior formal study of Nepali. It is designed to both facilitate and accelerate the study of colloquial Nepali for students and researchers in Nepal, and for anyone simply wishing to communicate directly with the Nepalese people. The course begins with basic grammatical structures and situational vocabulary to develop simple conversational ability as quickly as possible. The course also teaches the Nepali alphabet (Devanagari), and students will begin to read and write simple Nepali sentences. The course features classroom lectures, drill sessions, and daily individual practice sessions with native Nepali speakers.

Beginning Nepali, NLAN 120  Hours per week Section 1 
(Nepal Time)  
Section 2 
(Nepal Time)  
Master Class  Five 1-hour classes per week Monday-Friday
Group Conversation classesOne 1-hour class per week Friday
Assistant Language Instructor (ALI)  One-on-one classes Ten 1-hour classes per week (2 per day) Monday-Friday
Individually Allocated
Individually Allocated
*Also includes a library of prerecorded videos for study and review prior to the live classes.
*Plus access to virtual 1:1 office hours
Nepali Home-Stay (NA as we are Live Online)

Not available in 2022 as we are Live Online. As an integral part of the Nepali courses, participants live with local Nepali families that have been carefully selected by the Centre for Buddhist Studies. This provides students with intensive exposure to Nepali language and a chance to experience life among people in the local community. Families provide breakfast and dinner to the students.

Admission Criteria

All applications for the Nepali programs are subject to approval by the Centre for Buddhist Studies.

Students applying to the Intermediate program must present documentation of prior Nepali language studies at a university or from a similarly recognized program. In addition, at the beginning of the program, intermediate students may be given a language placement test to verify their course level.

For more information, please refer to the Eligibility Requirements and Admissions Process for the summer program.


The beginning Nepali course is accredited at the Centre for Buddhist Studies for Nepali I and Nepali II (six credits total).

Fee Request

In accordance with University guidelines, RYI course fees are determined by each student’s home base and nationality. A three-tier system is in effect which covers (i) Nepali students, (ii) SAARC students and (iii) other international students. Please select below to find out the fees structure for your particular circumstances.

You will find the Tuition Fee List for all programs, including the Summer Program, linked on the right hand side of this page (at the end of the page if you are on a mobile device) under the heading “Tuition Fee List.”


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