Bachelor (BA) in Buddhist Studies | Kathmandu University

Bachelor (BA) in Buddhist Studies offered by Kathmandu University (KU) is a four year program. Kathmandu University is a Center for Buddhist studies. This program of Kathmandu University (KU) is taught in Rangjung Yeshe Institute (RYI). Rangjung Yeshe Institute (RYI) has worked in close partnership with Kathmandu University (KU) to manage the KU Centre for Buddhist Studies since 2001. The Bachelor program for Buddhist studies is mainly divided into two portions. They are:

  1. Core knowledge Buddhism
  2. Language Study.

In this undergraduate program, students get to study courses associated with values and beliefs of Buddhism as well as languages like Sanskrit, Nepali, Tibetan, etc. However, students can choose philosophy over language. This bachelor level program helps student to understand the deeper knowledge of the India-Tibet Buddhist practices and its development from the history as well as the Tibetan approach to Buddhist philosophical study. Students will also be familiar with Tibetan Language, Nepali language, and with their Script as well. The students will be able to read classical Tibetan and Sanskrit, and the graduates will also be able to follow teachings profession.

List of Bachelor (BA) in Buddhist Studies Colleges

Below is the list of colleges for Bachelor (BA) in Buddhist Studies program under Kathmandu University in Nepal.

Objectives of Bachelor (BA) in Buddhist Studies


The major objectives of this program are as follows:

  • To familiarize students with philosophy of Buddhist and to foster qualities of wisdom and compassion through study of it.
  • To produce efficient graduates who can deliver modern and traditional Buddhist philosophy through teaching, translation, publication, research, and practice
  • To make students realize the importance of divinity and spiritual practice and pursuit in the day to day life and changing the world through it
  • To preserve and protect the Buddha’s principle and use his glorious teachings for the benefit of humanity and living beings at large

Admission Requirements in Bachelor (BA) in Buddhist Studies


  • Students must have to complete Higher Secondary School i.e. 10+2 from any stream are eligible to apply for the program
  • The applicants, who don’t have English as their native language and the applicants who don’t have BA degree from an English-medium university, must have to give TOEFL examination have to obtain minimum score of at least 55


  • Students have to obtain minimum score of 80 on the IBT, or have to obtain IELTS score of at least 6.0 and no score lower than 5.0 on any one band.
  • English Language Proficiency Exam (ELPE) is necessary for any candidate living in Nepal and not having satisfactory TOEFL or IELTS result and also not having 10+2 diploma or bachelor's degree from an English-speaking country
  • If the score is satisfactory, the applicant will be admitted to this bachelor level program
  • If the score is average, the applicant should pass Academic English and Advanced Study Methods Course

Below is the detailed K.U Bachelor (BA) in Buddhist Studies Syllabus.

1st Year

  • BS 421: History of Buddhism
  • BS 422: Buddha and His Teacliings

Below is the detailed K.U Bachelor (BA) in Buddhist Studies Syllabus.

2nd Year

  • BS 423: Buddhist Literatures
  • BS 424: Buddhist Philosophy and Logics

Below is the detailed K.U Bachelor (BA) in Buddhist Studies Syllabus.

3rd Year

  • BS 425: Buddhist arts, Architecture and Archaeology
  • BS 410: Introduction to Buddha and Buddhism

Below is the detailed K.U Bachelor (BA) in Buddhist Studies Syllabus.

4th Year

  • BS 426: Buddhist Cultures and Traditions in Nepal
  • BS 427: Research Methodology, Academic Writing and Art of Translation

Scope and Career Prospects

In today's showy world people are guided by physical pursuit and lust. People have left over divinity and spirituality. As a result, people are in illusion and darkness. People are exploited and misguided by this glamorous world, materialistic lifestyle, other people and by themselves as well. So, in order to walk in the path of virtue and righteousness, this degree is vital as well as integral. Undergraduates can become teachers, gurus, guides, and preacher in this field. Moreover, mediation has become one of the major attractions for the people all around the world; students can also find their careers in this field. They can be very good guides for helping in meditation. Apart from this, institutions and organizations working in the field of human psychology and mental health can hire these graduates. The prospects of students doing well in their career and study through Buddhist study lies beyond the country to international level.

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