Summer Nepali Language Study

Summer Nepali Courses

The Nepali summer program is offered at beginning. The level of intensity of the program is high and students are expected to invest considerable time and effort in order to meet class requirements and academic expectations. Students who successfully complete this course will be well on their way towards a high degree of proficiency in Nepali.

Please note that, on each day of classes for your Summer Program course, the same live masterclass is delivered at two different time slots. At RYI these two schedules for the same course are called ‘Sections’. You can choose from either Section 1 (S1) or Section 2 (S2) based on your time preferences. To find out the class times for each Section of your course, please refer to the syllabus.

Beginning Nepali

This program is offered for beginning students with no prior 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. Students also learn to read and write using the Devanāgari alphabet. The course features classroom lectures, drill sessions, and daily individual practice sessions with native Nepali speakers. The eight-week program provides students with a basic command of spoken Nepali and elementary reading skills. It also provides an essential foundation for further independent studies and research.

Syllabus and schedule/course structure.

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Orientation sessions start from 9 June to 11 June 2021, and classes run from 14 June to 5 August 2021. This year the Summer Program will be offered online.

Early Applications close May 23. Late applications are accepted between May 24 – May 30, however a late application fee of 10% applies. No applications will be accepted after May 30.  

Nepali Home-Stay (This is not applicable for the online format that RYI will offer this summer).

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."