Summer Nepali Language Study

Summer Program 2021

Orientation sessions start from 9 June 2021, and classes run from 14 June to 6 August 2021 (eight weeks).

Please note that the information below relates to the online Summer Program 2020. More information regarding the Summer Program 2021 will be available in January 2021. 




Summer Nepali Course

Orientation sessions start from June 10, and classes run from June 15 to August 7 (eight weeks)

The Nepali summer program is offered at beginning. The level of intensity of the program is high and students are expected to invest considerable time and effort in order to meet class requirements and academic expectations. Students who successfully complete this course will be well on their way towards a high degree of proficiency in Nepali.

Beginning Nepali

This program is offered for beginning students with no prior study of Nepali. It is designed to both facilitate and accelerate the study of colloquial Nepali for students and researchers in Nepal, and for anyone simply wishing to communicate directly with the Nepalese people. The course begins with basic grammatical structures and situational vocabulary to develop simple conversational ability as quickly as possible. Students also learn to read and write using the Devanāgari alphabet. The course features classroom lectures, drill sessions, and daily individual practice sessions with native Nepali speakers. The eight-week program provides students with a basic command of spoken Nepali and elementary reading skills. It also provides an essential foundation for further independent studies and research.

For more information, please download the detailed course syllabus.

Closing date for applications is June 7, however it is advised to book before then as classes may reach maximum capacity before June 7.


Nepali Home-Stay (This is not applicable for the online format that RYI will offer this summer).

As an integral part of the Nepali courses, participants live with local Nepali families that have been carefully selected by the Centre for Buddhist Studies. This provides students with intensive exposure to Nepali language and a chance to experience life among people in the local community. Families provide breakfast and dinner to the students.

Admission Criteria

All applications for the Nepali programs are subject to approval by the Centre for Buddhist Studies.

Students applying to the Intermediate program must present documentation of prior Nepali language studies at a university or from a similarly recognized program. In addition, at the beginning of the program, intermediate students may be given a language placement test to verify their course level.

For more information, please refer to the Eligibility Requirements and Admissions Process for the summer program.


The beginning Nepali course is accredited at the Centre for Buddhist Studies for Nepali I and Nepali II (six credits total).

The intermediate Nepali course is accredited at the Centre for Buddhist Studies for Nepali III and Nepali IV (six credits total).

Fee Request

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The fees listed in the price list include the 50% discount.