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RTC welcomes international students! The College believes that a multicultural environment contributes to the breadth of opportunities for all students ,and is a substantial benefit to all students in terms of cross-cultural learning. International students are encouraged to play an active part in college life and to take full advantage of the academic and social facilities available. Bhutan is a peaceful and stable country, renowned for its pristine environment and breathtaking scenery. RTC students enjoy a tranquil yet well-equipped campus, an ideal setting in which to pursue higher education learning in security and without disruption. Thimphu's climate is typically pleasant for the 9 months of the year during the academic semesters. The city centre is 25 minutes from the campus and only one hour's drive from Paro international airport.IS CC Jpeg 476

Once you arrive, our academic and administrative staff will do all they can to help you settle in. Comfortable accommodation is available on campus. All the necessary services for daily academic life are also available to all students. Social activities and excursions are also frequently organized.


Enrollment Options for International Students

Contact us early if you are interested in credited short-term, semester abroad, or "gap year" studies! For more information, please e-mail RTC International Relations at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For full-degree enrollment in RTC's 3-yr degree programmes, the admission process and requirements for international students are the same as for Bhutanese students. We select for academic ability and academic potential, as judged by secondary school results (examination results), a personal statement and, if required for the subject, an interview, admissions test or written work.

Once admission has been granted, the college will assist with visa formalities and any other aspect of preparing to study at RTC.

There are limited numbers of seats for the various programmes. Interested applicants are requested to apply early to secure seats for programmes of their choice. You can apply to RTC by e-mail or by post.


International Institutional Linkages

Royal Thimphu College is host to the award-winning study-abroad program "Wheaton in Bhutan" conducted in partnership with Wheaton College, Massachusetts, USA.

Additionally, student exchanges regularly occur as a part of the academic partnership between the Royal Thimphu College and SEISA University of Japan, and with Pitzer College, California, USA.

RTC currently has international partnerships with:



  • Wheaton College, Massachusetts
  • Texas A&M, Kingsville, Texas
  • Pitzer College, California
  • University of California, Davis, California
  • University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma
  • Middlebury Institute of International Studies, Monterey, California
  • Linfield College, Oregon
  • Westminster College, Utah
  • University of Idaho
  • Centre College, Kentucky
  • Academic Programs International (API), Texas


  • Quest University, Squamish, British Columbia


  • SEISA group
  • Kyoto University, Kokoro Research Centre
  • Kansai University
  • University of Fukui
  • Osaka University of Economics and Law


  • Edith Cowan University
  • Murdoch University
  • University of New England


  • Kathmandu University
  • Tribhuvan University


  • Sikkim University
  • TERI University


  • Jember University
  • Szent Istyan University, Hungary
  • Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary
  • University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic
  • Metropolitan University of Prague, Czech Republic
  • Palacky University in Olomouc, Czech Republic
  • Thomas Bata University, Czech Republic
  • University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Poland
  • WSB Poznan, Poland
  • WSPA Lublin, Poland
  • Vilniaus Kolegija University of Applied Sciences, Lithuania
  • CEFAM International School of Business and Management, Lyon, France
  • University of Koblenz, RheinAhrCampus, Germany
  • SRH University Heidelberg, Germany
  • Ravensburg University of Cooperative Education, Germany
  • HWZ Zurich University of Applied Sciences in Business Administration, Switzerland
  • University of Cadiz, Spain
  • University of Huelvo, Spain
  • University of Oviedo, Spain
  • EASD Vitoria, Spain
  • Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain
  • University of Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal
  • University of Liechtenstein
  • Vrije University, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • VIVES University of Applied Sciences, Belgium
  • Polytechnic in Pozega, Croatia
  • Vasile Goldis Western University of Arad, Romania
  • Varna University of Management, Bulgaria
  • Tartu University, Estonia
  • Ljubljana School of Business, Slovenia


RTC hopes to keep expanding such collaborations so as to provide enriching opportunities for both Bhutanese and international students. Institutions interested in pursuing linkages with RTC may contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.

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