Students can apply for non-degree study at Rangjung Yeshe Institute. 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.
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.
For example, certain of 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.
For a complete listing of available classes, please download the BA Course Description.
Non-Degree Student Application and Admission
Students who have completed Higher Secondary School (10+2) are eligible to apply for the program at the application 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 Essay if you wish to be considered for this exception.
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 should submit documentation establishing their English language proficiency. TOEFL and IELTS exam results are acceptable. For admittance to the non-degree 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.
The one exception to this requirement is for non-degree students who want to study only with our khenpos and lopons in our specialized textual studies (TSTD) classes. These students need sufficient English (or Tibetan) to understand the teachings, but are not required to take the TOEFL or IELTS exams and are not expected to do writing assignments or take tests and exams.