Non-Degree Program

As an institution of higher learning committed to helping students to deepen their understanding of Buddhist philosophy and practice, we are happy to welcome students into our classes who wish to supplement their practice, personal or professional development.

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

Applications are accepted between March 15 and July 1, 2022.
Late applications will be received after July 1, but a late fee will apply.

All of our classes are open to non-degree students barring eligibility requirements. To support students who are unable to return to campus in Fall 2022/Spring 2023, we plan to offer the following courses live online, timed for students living outside of Asia:

Live Online BA CoursesFall 2022Spring 2023
Buddhist StudiesBSTD 101BSTD 102
Buddhist StudiesBSTD 205BSTD 207
Textual StudiesTSTD 101TSTD 102
Classical TibetanTLAN 101TLAN 102
 TLAN 201TLAN 202
Colloquial TibetanTLAN 103TLAN 104
 TLAN 203TLAN 204
SanskritSLAN 101SLAN 102
 SLAN 201SLAN 202
NepaliNLAN 101NLAN 102
*Given the continued uncertainties in the world, all courses are subject to change. We appreciate your patience as we work to serve students in the best way that we can. Please see our refund policy in case of unforeseen changes.

Please see our Course Catalog for more information.

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.

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

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).

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 linked on the right hand side of this page (at the end of the page if you are on mobile) under the heading “Tuition Fee List.”


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