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BC in Kathmandu: Center for Buddhist Studies
Kathmandu, Nepal (Outgoing Program)
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Accommodation: Home-stay GPA Requirement: 3.0
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BC Program Deadline: Regular Deadline Program
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*all students who are considering an application needs to meet with Christina Hatzipetros to learn about program details

The Center

The Center for Buddhist Studies is part of Kathmandu University which was established in 1991 as a nonprofit university under the auspices of the King of Nepal. The School of Arts offers a B.A. degree in Buddhist Studies and Himalayan Languages through its Centre for Buddhist Studies.

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The program focuses on in-depth study of Buddhist philosophy and literature, their relation to Buddhist practices of meditation and ritual, and rapid learning of languages both to converse with Tibetan spiritual leaders and laity and to read Buddhist texts with authority.

Courses on Buddhist philosophy and literature are taught by classically trained Tibetan monk-scholars (“khenpos,”) supported by an internationally respected team of Tibetan- English translators. Modern perspectives on Buddhist thought, history, and culture are taught by Western scholars. Courses are taught in English or with English translation. Students are also entered into intensive study of colloquial Tibetan language.

The program is notable for being centered at one of the great monastic study centers in Nepal, Ka-Nying Shedrup Ling, run by one of the most learned Tibetan Lama Abbots: Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche. He is interested in the meeting of modern disciplines and institutions with ancient Buddhist philosophy and meditation methods.

A hallmark of the Centre for Buddhist Studies has been its ability to combine traditional Buddhist monastic learning with crucial aspects of modern academic scholarship. The faculty is comprised of scholars from both of these traditions, thus constituting a unique environment of learning and expertise.

Students who spend a semester at CBS have the rare opportunity to study classical Buddhist philosophy, theology, and either spoken Tibetan or Nepali as well as history and cultural studies from modern scholars in an atmosphere that welcomes modern perspectives and religious pluralism. Additional course offerings include Buddhist ritual and meditation as well as some translation projects.

Students interested in Buddhism, comparative religion, comparative theology, and comparative philosophy come away enriched for future undergraduate or graduate studies in comparative and international disciplines.

On-site Staff

Gregory Sharkey, SJ
On-site Coordinator - BC in Kathmandu

University Address:
Rangjung Yeshe Institute
Boudhanath, Nepal

Academics & Support

Check the academic calendar for dates and holiday information. Review the course offerings

For your benefit, a sample course selection sheet is available here. Please note that course offerings are especially limited in the spring semester and students are encouraged to speak with the OIP advisor to plan in advance. Tibetan language (as well as Tibetan host family accommodations) is only offered during the fall semester. 

  • Fall Term: Starts in mid-August and ends in mid-December.
  • Spring Term: Starts in mid-January and ends in May.

For more information on finances and scholarships, visit OIP’s website.


As an integral part of the program, BC students live with local Tibetan or Nepali families that have been carefully selected by the Centre for Buddhist Studies. This provides students with more exposure to Tibetan or Nepali language and a chance to experience life among people in the local community. Students arrive prior to the start of classes and are housed at a hotel for 3 nights prior to moving in with their host families for the semester. 
Host families provide breakfast and dinner to the students, while lunch is served Monday to Friday at CBS's restaurant.

Cultural Activities

In the fall semester, typically during 'reading week' at CBS, Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche, the abbot of the monastery, offers special teachings in Bodhgaya, India, site of the Buddha's enlightenment. BC Nepal program participants are welcome to join Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche and his students on the Bodhgaya trip. Interested students are responsible for their own travel, accommodations and meals, and can contact CBS to determine the cost of the pilgrimage and make arrangements to participate.

Travel Information

Students are responsible for making their own flight arrangements to Kathmandu and are are strongly advised to sign up for airport pick-up provided by CBS. 

For local transportation, CBS will also provide information regarding local transportation. Students will be expected to use public transportation to commute between their home and classes.

Application Process

Please click on the Apply Now button on this page to submit an online application to OIP. For detailed information on the application process visit the OIP website.


Students with disabilities are encouraged to speak with their OIP Advisors about any concerns or questions they may have about studying abroad.

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