Studying at Rangjung Yeshe Institute, Nepal
The courses offered at Rangjung Yeshe Institute include a wide variety of topics in Buddhist Philosophy and in Tibetan, Sanskrit and Nepali languages.
Students who are seeking a thorough education in Buddhist Philosophy and Himalayan languages may enroll in formal degree programs at BA, MA and PhD levels or take advantage of specialized non-degree courses including our renowned summer intensive short courses and year-long translator training program.
Students may also study online, from wherever they are in the world.
Through a partnership with Kathmandu University, all degree and some online learning courses may be taken for academic credits for transfer to home Universities. This option is proving particularly popular with the growing number of students from other Universities who visit RYI each year.
Curriculum Structure
RYI's faculty is made up of both monastic professors (Khenpos and Lopons) and highly qualified international instructors trained in modern academic disciplines. As a crucial element of the training in Buddhist philosophy, courses taught by monastic professors follow the format and curriculum of a traditional Buddhist monastic education, while other classes apply contemporary pedagogical approaches. RYI is the only institution in South Asia able to offer this rich mix of traditional and modern learning as an integral part of its formal degree programs.
Non-Degree
For those with a genuine interest in the content of particular undergraduate courses and yet who do not wish to undergo the rigors of intensive academic study and examinations, most BA classes may be studied on a non-degree, non-examination basis.
In Praise of Learning
"Listen to the Buddha's teaching and you become pure,
serene and gentle.
Contemplate and you gain confidence in liberation.
Meditate and you discover your inner natural wisdom.
Therefore, strive hard to listen, contemplate and meditate!"
-Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche
Online Learning
RYI offers a large number of online courses designed for students who wish to study but are unable to attend classes in Nepal. These cover Philosophy, Language and Specialized Studies and may be taken for credit or simply to further personal interests.
Summer Program
The Centre for Buddhist Studies is pleased to announce its 12th Summer Studies Program of intensive language training and Buddhist study courses for international students.
Come and study with us this Summer! The Program begins on June 10th and will run through August 7th, 2015.
Events at RYI
  • Tihar Bhaitika - No classes, office closed
    25 October, 2014
  • Reading Week
    27 October, 2014
  • Opens: Translator Training Scholarship
    1 November, 2014