India has always been revered as a land of learning. From ancient sciences to arts, philosophy, and literature, the country has always been a destination for learners from all over the world. Ancient universities and institutes have drawn travelers and philosophers who sought knowledge and wisdom from this rich Asian region. The Nalanda University is one such place that stood as an education hub. Located in the town of Rajgir, in the northern Indian state of Bihar, Nalanda is a postgraduate, research intensive, international university supported by the participating countries of the East Asia Summit. The University has been designated as an “institution of national importance”.


Nālandā University is inviting applications from International students for admission in Two-Year Master’s Program in:

a) Buddhist Studies, Philosophy & Comparative Religions;

b) Ecology & Environment Studies; 

c) Historical Studies.


1 The eligibility criteria for the Master's program  as follows:


(i) A Bachelor’s Degree (any stream) with a minimum of 15 years of prior studies with a GPA of at least 2.2 or above on a 4 point scale or equivalent grade if another grade point scale is used.


(ii) A student who has a background in any stream i.e. humanities/science/ engineering/management or literature can apply to any of the above said Masters' program, which is one of the unique things of the Nālandā University.


2. Age:No age limit


3. English Language proficiency: Courses will be taught in English

The applicants, whose native language is not English shall present the score of any one of the following English Language Tests:

a) TOEFL (Test of English as Foreign Language)

b) IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

c) Any other standard English test used on an international platform or completed a full-time degree-level course entirely taught and assessed in English.


4.  Selection of the International students will be based on the Skype/video interview.


5. The students are requested to submit application form latest by 3rd week of June 2019 as the session starts early August.


6. Students are expected to submit the following documents:

a) A duly filled in application form

b) Scanned copies of mark-sheets

c) Statement of Purpose (The Statement of Purpose should reflect on the following points/questions. (i). Write a note on "The Relevance of the Culture to Education in Today’s World" (ii). Describe the student’s interest in the programme of study. (iii). What motivates the student to pursue an education at Nālandā University?)


The candidate has to submit a duly filled Application Form and a Statement of Purpose (SOP) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and pay an Application Fee of USD8 (Eight US Dollars or equivalent) towards the processing of the Applications through RTGS/NEFT using the details given below. The transaction ID/Details may be shared at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.





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Shortlisted applications will be called for an interview through video conferencing using Skype/ WhatsApp as per the scheduled time as intimated to the candidate. Selected candidates will be recommended for the provisional admissions for the academic year 2019- 21.


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Contact Person: Kishore K. Dhavala, Deputy Dean-International Students Affairs & Assistant Professor, School of Ecology & Environment Studies (SEES)

Rajgir (Bihar)-803116, Mobile No.+91-7091496178,

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