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 Courses||Fall 2022||Spring 2023|
|Buddhist Studies||BSTD 101||BSTD 102|
|Buddhist Studies||BSTD 205||BSTD 207|
|Textual Studies||TSTD 101||TSTD 102|
|Classical Tibetan||TLAN 101||TLAN 102|
|TLAN 201||TLAN 202|
|Colloquial Tibetan||TLAN 103||TLAN 104|
|TLAN 203||TLAN 204|
|Sanskrit||SLAN 101||SLAN 102|
|SLAN 201||SLAN 202|
|Nepali||NLAN 101||NLAN 102|
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.
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).
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.”