Certificate Course in Buddhist Studies
The Centre for Buddhist Studies offers a Certificate Course in Buddhist Studies. Students are introduced to both classical and modern Buddhist scholarship and meditation. The courses fall within two main areas of study: Buddhist philosophy, history, and culture, and Himalayan language, with the majority of classes in Buddhist philosophy, history, and culture. Students also study either Tibetan, Sanskrit, or Nepali.
By the end of the Certificate Course in Buddhist Studies, successful students will have good basic knowledge about the Indo-Tibetan Buddhist tradition, its historical and philosophical development, and a first-hand experience of key aspects of Buddhist training.
For a detailed description of the program, including admission requirements, please download the Certificate Course in Buddhist Studies Program Description.
Application and Admission
Candidates who have completed Higher Secondary School (10+2) are eligible to apply for the program and should visit the Admissions Section of this website before applying.
Please note that applications for the Certificate Course in Buddhist Studies program are only accepted for a Fall semester start.
English Language Proficiency
International applicants who do not hold a BA degree from an English-medium university should submit documentation establishing their English language proficiency. TOEFL and IELTS exam results are acceptable. For admittance to the Certificate Course program, applicants must have a TOEFL score of at least 550, or a score of 80 on the iBT. Alternatively students may submit an IELTS result with an overall score of 6.0 and no score lower than 5.0 on any one band.
Local Nepalese and Tibetan students should plan to take an English language proficiency exam at the RYI office. Check the dates for this year’s exam here.
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.