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.

For first-year/new students the fall semester starts on August 17, 2022 with orientation and classes commencing on August 29.  The Fall Semester runs from August 17 – December 16, 2022. You can find all important dates related to the institute on our calendar.

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

To support students who are unable to return to campus in Fall 2022/Spring 2023, we are offering the first-year live online classes shown below. Please see this link to the classes available for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year students.

In order to register for classes, you first need to apply and be accepted into a program at RYI. Program applications close on July 1 for the Fall semester start.

Non-credit courses: Please submit a program application for Non-Degree program . Students enrolled in the Non-Degree program are by default registered not-for credit and always receive an NC grade. Select Non-Degree if you are not aiming to earn a degree. Note: Non-Degree students studying on campus are not eligible for a study visa through RYI.

First-year Live Online CoursesFall Class Timings (NPT)
Buddhist Traditions: History and Culture IT, Th 7:45p-8:45 p
Nepali I Master class 2
Nepali 1 Conversation class
M, W 8:00- 9:00 p
T, Th 7:00- 8:00 a OR 7:45- 8:45 p
Colloquial Tibetan I – Master class 1
Colloquial Tibetan I MC 1 Conversation class
Colloquial Tibetan I Boost Class
M, W 2:00- 3:00 p
T, Th 2:00- 3:00 p
F: 7:00- 8:00 a OR F 5:00- 6:00 p
Colloquial Tibetan I- Master Class 2
Colloquial Tibetan I- MC 2 Conversation Class
Colloquial Tibetan 1- Boost class
M, W 7:45-8:45 p
T, Th 7:00-8:00 a OR T, Th 6:15- 7:15 p
F 7:00- 8:00 a OR F 5:00- 6:00 p
TSTD 101 The Way of the Bodhisattva, Master Class
TSTD 101The Way of the Bodhisattva Review Class
M,-F, 11:30- 1:00 p
F 2:00- 3:00 p OR F 7:45- 8:45 p
Classical Tibetan I
Classical Tibetan Boost class
M, W 3:15p-4:15 p or T, Th 9:00-10:00 p
F 7:00-8:00 a or F 5:00-6:00 p
Sanskrit I Grammar – Lecture 2
Sanskrit I Grammar – Lecture 3
Sanskrit I – Traditional class 2
Sanskrit I –  Traditional class 3
M, W 6:15-7:45p
M, W 9:00 – 10:00 p
F 7:00-8:00 a
F 4:45-5:45 p
*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.

NPT – Nepal Standard Time. Click here to check your time zone.

Please see our First Year Course Catalog for more details.

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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