Certificate Course in Buddhist Studies

Certificate Course in Buddhist Studies

The Centre for Buddhist Studies now offers a Certificate Course in Buddhist Studies for students who want to devote one or two semesters to learning more about the Buddhist tradition as it is studied in Tibetan monasteries and in universities, along with the possibility of studying the Tibetan, Sanskrit, or Nepali languages.

This is a non-degree, not-for-credit course, which, while offering the same rigor as our degree programs there is less pressure in terms of assessment and exam results. It is up to the student to determine how much they want to focus on tests and grades. This gives you more flexibility. For example, you may wish to take time out of the semester for a short retreat or to attend other teachings given outside of RYI without having to worry about how that will affect your grades.  The option of studying for one or two semesters means you can choose to study for a period of four or eight months depending on your circumstances.

Students can choose their emphasis in the course (traditional study, academic Buddhist studies, languages), and may take any of RYI’s classes for which they are academically prepared. If you’ve already studied Tibetan, Sanskrit or Nepali and want to join a higher-level class, advanced placement exams will be used to assign you to the proper class. Students who study in the fall semester have the option of attending Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche’s annual November seminar, which is an opportunity to study with a highly realized master of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

To earn the Certificate in Buddhist Studies, students must take at least 9 credits per semester during their study time. Certificate Course students have the chance to develop a good basic knowledge of the Indo-Tibetan Buddhist tradition, its historical and philosophical development, and its languages, and to have a first-hand experience of key aspects of Buddhist training.

Application and Admission

Students who have completed Higher Secondary School (through grade 12) 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 Certificate study in the Application Essay if you wish to be considered for this exception.

For more information, please refer to the Eligibility Requirements and Admissions Process for the Certificate 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 should submit documentation establishing their English language proficiency. TOEFL and IELTS exam results are acceptable. For admittance to the BA 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. Please note that alternate proof of English proficiency may be acceptable for the Certificate Course. In this case, please describe your situation in your application essay and it will be considered.

Fee Request

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.

Fee Request