Summer Nepali Language Study

Summer Program 2020

RYI’s Executive Committee and Special Committee on Covid-19, in consultation with Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, have decided that the RYI Summer Program will not go ahead as planned this year. Naturally, this decision is tremendously disappointing for all those due to participate in the 2020 Summer Program. The good news is that the Program is planned to go ahead for Summer 2021. You can still study with RYI over the summer or, indeed, at any time, from the comfort of your own home with our online courses. To find out more about the Institute’s range of online learning courses please click here.

Please click here for a full details on the cancellation of the summer program.

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Please note the information below is not applicable for this summer due to the cancellation of the Summer Program.

Summer Nepali Course

June 10 - August 6, 2020 (Eight weeks including four days of orientation)

The Nepali summer program is offered on two levels: beginning and intermediate. 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.

This program has the unique advantage of a full immersive language experience. You will live in the heart of a community of native speakers with whom you interact with on a daily basis.  The program also has a strong cultural component and includes fields trips to some of Kathmandu's most culturally rich sites such as Gokarna, Sundarijal, Chobhar, Budhnilakantha, Pashupati, Kasthamandap, and Bhaktapur.

You will learn about Nepal's unique customs and traditions with some of the classes focusing on fun activities such as how to wear the traditional Nepali sari, listening to Nepali music, drama and improvisation and learning about traditional Nepali dishes. 

Other activities include hiking to Chisapani, Shivapuri National Park, Changunarayan with the Nepali teachers which gives students the opportunity to see the wonderful landscape of Nepal.


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, research, and field visits.

For more information, please download the detailed course syllabus.

Intermediate Nepali

Intermediate Nepali is for students with two semesters of prior study of Nepali. The course continues to build on the students' foundation of Nepali grammar while emphasizing the development of a rich and active vocabulary. The course covers increasingly more complex sentence structures while emphasizing practical language use and application so that students become more and more comfortable and fluent with their spoken Nepali. The course features classroom lectures, drill sessions, and daily individual practice sessions with native Nepali speakers.

For more information, please download the detailed course syllabus.


Nepali Home-Stay

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

The Nepali programs each have a maximum enrollment of twenty students and all applications 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).

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