Bachelor of Arts

We are happy to announce that we will re-open our campus in Fall 2022 and Spring 2023. We will offer the full BA program on-campus as well as the first year of the BA program live online for students outside of Asia (see below).

BA applications are accepted between January 1 and July 1, 2022.
Late applications may be accepted and are subject to a late application fee.

Fall 2022 Calendar

  • August 17th New Student Orientation
  • August 24th Returning Students Orientation
  • August 29th Lectures Begin

BA Program Live-Online: Year 1

In order to serve students who are unsure about or unable to return to Nepal, we will also offer the first year of the BA program live-online for students outside of Asia in Fall 2022 and Spring 2023. BA students need to be prepared to attend classes on-campus in Nepal in subsequent academic years since there is no guarantee that RYI will offer the full degree online in the future.

Live Online CoursesFall 2022Spring 2023
Buddhist StudiesBSTD 101BSTD 102
Buddhist StudiesBSTD 205BSTD 207
Textual StudiesTSTD 101TSTD 102
Classical TibetanTLAN 101TLAN 102
Colloquial TibetanTLAN 103TLAN 104
SanskritSLAN 101SLAN 102
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.

“If you are interested in learning Tibetan language and Buddhist philosophy in general, then I would highly recommend the BA. The teachers are amazing and there is a wonderful atmosphere here where everything is close. It’s a community of students and I think it is an incredible experience.”

Victor Olin (Sweden)

Bachelor of Arts in Buddhist Studies with Himalayan Language

The Centre for Buddhist Studies offers a four-year program in Buddhist Studies with Himalayan Language leading to the degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA). The courses in the BA program fall within two main areas of study: Buddhist Philosophy, History, and Culture, and Himalayan Language. For the BA degree, approximately two thirds of the courses concern Buddhist philosophy while the remaining third consists of courses in Himalayan languages such as Tibetan, Sanskrit, and Nepali, although students can choose to emphasize philosophy over language or vice versa. 

By the end of the BA program, successful students will have developed a broad knowledge of the Indo-Tibetan Buddhist tradition and its historical and philosophical development, and a deep knowledge of the Tibetan approach to Buddhist philosophical study. In terms of language ability, depending on the emphasis placed by each student, he or she will be conversant in modern Tibetan and Nepali, able to read classical Tibetan and Sanskrit, and follow teachings directly in Tibetan, or possess some combination of these skills.

The Centre for Buddhist Studies now offers an option for students who may not be quite ready for the BA in terms of their academic English proficiency. In the first year students focus primarily on English and Buddhist philosophy classes. If by the end of the first year their English has improved to the level required for further BA studies, they may continue to the second year of the BA. For more detailed information please see the information below.

For a detailed description of the program, including Admission Requirements, please see our BA Course Description.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must have a higher secondary school transcript (through grade 12) and students from Nepali high schools should have a minimum score of second division/45 percent.

English Language Requirements

All applicants who are not native speakers or do not hold a BA degree from a university in an English-speaking country should submit documentation establishing their English language proficiency. TOEFL and IELTS exam results are acceptable. For admittance to the BA program, applicants must submit a English proficiency certificate of either a TOEFL score of at least 575, a score of 90 on the iBT, CEF/CERF/GeR level in English is B2 or higher, or IELTS score of at least 6.5 and no score lower than 5.5 on any one band.


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.”

In accordance with Kathmandu 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.

Please see our Admissions Process for more details on applying.


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Please note that due to Dashain festival in Nepal, we will process your application only after 10th Oct, 2022.

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