Prospective Students

Studying at RYI is an unforgettable experience, and for nearly all the right reasons! Nepal is a remarkably diverse and enriching country of outstanding natural beauty that both challenges and rewards students in equal measure. Take a stroll through the ancient Durbar Squares of the Kathmandu Valley and be transported back to a bygone era of outstanding cultural and artistic prowess, or spend vacation days hiking in the Himalayas or white water rafting on the country’s magnificent rivers. Either way, you will be acutely aware of having been transported to an astonishing place.

But it is the opportunity to study Buddhism at the highest possible level in an authentic monastic setting that seems to strike the loudest chord with students. The value of this experience seems to ease many of the frustrations that accompany living in a developing country including those related to frequent power cuts, traffic congestion and the occasional general strike!. In 2012, 90% of students ranked courses taken at RYI as either excellent or very good with levels of student satisfaction in general being very high. Students also talk frequently about the great friendships they make with “kindred spirits” from around the world, the warmth of the Institute’s teachers and staff and the rich potential for personal growth through that arises through intensive study and practice.

The Institute is a friendly place. Just spend one lunchtime at the excellent vegetarian restaurant at Utpala Café and you will know what we mean. The atmosphere is lively and the conversation warm and engaging. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and tea, coffee and excellent cakes throughout the day – Open all week. It’s also a wireless hotspot.

Visa Information

If this is your first trip to Nepal this calendar year, you will most likely arrive on a tourist visa that you obtained either before you left your home country or at your port of entry into Nepal. The visa is valid for the duration you request on the application. Read more…

Living Expenses

To help students calculate their financial needs, the table below shows an estimate of costs for the academic year in US dollars. This allows for a simple-to-average level of comfort, but not luxurious living. Read more…

Medical Insurance

It is a requirement of Rangjung Yeshe Institute that all international students are covered by adequate medical insurance for the full duration of their studies with us. For this reason, all students will be requested to provide details of their health insurance policy during enrollment. Read more…


Although it is not currently possible to stay at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery, a wide range of accommodation is available within a few minutes’ walk of the Institute. Most students rent self contained apartments in Bodhanath but rooms are also available at local guest houses and hotels. Read more…


Some people may feel that attending classes and studying while having children to take care of is an impossible challenge guaranteed to introduce all manner of stresses and strains to family life. Add to these the difficulties of living in a third-world country and this challenge may appear insurmountable. Read more…


Classes are held within the Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery complex, just a few minutes’ walk from the Great Stupa of Boudha in the Kathmandu Valley. Read more…


Have questions? Please check our Frequently Asked Questions. Read more…


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