Non-Degree Students

In light of the current situation around the world, and in order to ensure the best possible conditions for students and staff to remain safe and healthy, RYI will offer all of its Fall Semester 2021 and Spring Semester 2022 classes online.

If want to take any of our language courses or Traditional Textual Study ( TSTD) courses you can do so by using RYI's Single Course Registration which is a quicker process and the application fee is waived. This registration option is only available for international students. Nepali and SAARC students can sign up for these non-credit courses by applying to the Non-Degree program on this page. International students can visit our non-credit Single Course page here, to register for these courses. If you want to take courses other that the language and TSTD courses listed on the Single Course Registration page, you can do so by applying to the Non-Degree program on this page. For Undergraduate course list and schedule for Fall 2021, please check the right hand side of this page (at the end of the page if you are on a mobile device) under the section "Undergraduate Courses For Fall 2021".

The Fall Semester runs from August 23 - December 17, 2021.

No classes for reading week from October 11 to October 15, 2021.

Applications closing July 31.

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Students can apply for non-degree study at Rangjung Yeshe Institute. Non-degree students have the option of taking a variety of classes from the BA program, including classes in Buddhist Studies, Spoken and Classical Tibetan, Sanskrit, and Nepali, subject to their own academic qualifications and in accordance with the prerequisites for the class.

The Buddhist philosophy courses are taught by Tibetan professors (Khenpos and Lopons) and translated into English. Here the classics of the great philosophical thinkers of Buddhism, such as Nāgārjuna, Asańga, Candrakīrti, and Śāntideva, are studied and analyzed, with an eye toward both intellectual and spiritual growth. Other philosophy courses are taught by international professors who approach the material from a contemporary academic perspective, examining the historical developments of the Buddhist traditions and schools of thought and helping students learn critical thinking and interpretive skills.

Modern spoken Tibetan and classical Tibetan are offered from the first year of the program. Sanskrit classes are also available, thereby giving students a broad introduction to two important Buddhist languages, while Nepali is offered to enable students to participate more fully in the life and culture of Nepal.

Non-degree students do not receive academic credit for their studies, nor are they eligible for student visas. This means that study will be limited to one academic year (September through April) for international non-degree students.

For a complete listing of available courses please click here.

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."