Non-Degree Program

As an institution of higher learning committed to helping students to deepen their understanding of BAs an institution of higher learning committed to helping students deepen their understanding of Buddhist philosophy and practice, we are happy to welcome students into our classes who wish to supplement their practice, or for personal or professional development. Students who wish to study without earning credit should submit a program application for the Non-Degree program.

Visit our admissions page for application details and program-specific dates

All of our undergraduate language classes are running both online and on campus, although students planning to join during a spring semester should note that, except for Nepali, our first-semester language classes are offered only in the fall, so if you are a beginner in Tibetan or Sanskrit, you won’t be able to start those languages until the Summer Program or during the upcoming fall semester. Non-degree students may take any undergraduate course for which they have the proper prerequisites.

Students enrolled in the Non-Degree program are by default registered noncredit and always receive an NC grade. Non-Degree students studying on campus are not eligible for a study visa through RYI.

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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