Rangjung Yeshe Institute Summer Program - Important Update

Impacts of Covid-19 require the cancellation of RYI Summer Program 2020

In light of the current Covid-19 situation in the world and recent travel restrictions, and in order to proactively ensure the safety and wellbeing of our community, 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. However, ensuring the health, safety and wellbeing of our students and staff must and will always take precedence in our decision-making. In addition, the constantly changing picture with regard to travel restrictions and visa requirements in diverse countries, including Nepal, presents obstacles for our students and staff seeking to travel to Nepal that may prove insurmountable as the pandemic progresses. 

Next steps: course fee refund options

Our Finance team will be in touch with you shortly to discuss two options: (1) RYI can issue you with the full refund or, (2) if you intend to join the 2021 Summer Program, RYI can hold your fees for next year’s Program. 

Looking to 2021

The Summer Program is a key fixture in our calendar, providing students with a unique blend of traditional instruction and modern academic approaches in a condensed, intensive format. The good news is that the Program will return in 2021, so we very much hope that you will be able to join us in Kathmandu next summer. Those of you wishing to attend next year should contact the Admissions team at admissions@ryi.org, informing them that you wish your admission to be deferred. The benefits of deferring are that you will not need to repeat the application process or have to pay another application fee for next year’s Summer Program.

Opportunities to study online

Even though the Summer Program will not run as normal this year, you can still study with RYI over the summer or, indeed, at any time, from the comfort of your own home. To find out more about the Institute’s range of online learning courses, please visit https://www.ryi.org/programs/online-learning.  Importantly, the RYI team is also currently evaluating alternative approaches for delivering certain of the Summer courses. We will keep you abreast of our developments in this regard.

If you have any questions about this decision and its implications for you, please do not hesitate to send a message here.

Warmest regards

Philippe Turenne (Principal)

Royston Robinson (Summer Program Manager)