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Study Abroad Programme For International Students

Bhutan's First and Only A+ Accredited Institution      Inspiring Education in Bhutan

Are you looking for a transformative educational journey? Choose enchanting Bhutan nestled in the heart of the Eastern Himalayas and renowned for its philosophy of Gross National Happiness. Beyond the classrooms, we offer an exploration of our rich cultural tapestry, pristine environment and a unique blend of modernity and tradition. Bhutan will serve as a remarkable backdrop to experience a new culture and traditions while studying abroad. For more details on Bhutan click here: https://bhutan.travel.

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Study Abroad Programme For International Students

International students can pursue a semester/year abroad or a full-degree programme at Royal Thimphu College(RTC). Click here for the eligibility criteria and programme-specific requirements: https://www.rtc.bt/index.php/admissions/eligibility-criteria. To take the semester-long programme, you should be enrolled in a home university. You can take 2-5 modules at RTC or 2 modules with a credited internship programme. 

Our admission for Fall 2024 will open soon for semester-long programmes and full-degree programmes. To begin with the admission process, please send us a brief CV/Statement of Purpose and your recent academic records to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Spring admission for semester study abroad programmes open in August.

  • Fall admission for full degree and semester study abroad programmes open in February.

Learning Beyond Classrooms


The orientation programme is designed to ease the transition of students into their academic and social lives. Students are introduced to campus life, Bhutanese etiquette, academic requirements and other important information that will help them get the most out of their academic and personal experiences during their stay at RTC.

Connecting with the Natural World 

The international study programme at RTC is a treat for environmental enthusiasts. Bhutan’s lush valleys, untouched mountains, and pristine lakes are a testament to the nation’s commitment to environmental sustainability and carbon neutrality. International students explore the deep connection Bhutanese have with the natural world and the world view of interdependence. 

Immersion in the Vibrant Culture

Immersive excursions to cultural sites, festivals, and homestay experiences during their study program connect students with local communities and provide insights into the Bhutanese way of life, hospitality and traditions. International students get to experience how traditional cultures seamlessly intertwine with modernity. Field excursions deepen and broaden the learning of experiences beyond the classroom.

Exploring Bhutanese Culinary and Sporting Tapestry 

Bhutanese culinary and sport is a learning space into the country's vibrant culture and values. Participation in cooking sessions, International Day celebrations, cultural, and sporting events provides a learning space that celebrates and promotes diversity.

Conversing with Experts

We stand as a beacon of academic excellence, fostering an intellectually stimulating environment where students engage with seasoned guest speakers as well as RTC’s knowledgeable faculty. These experts from diverse fields, provide unique insights into Bhutanese culture, society, and global issues. Conversing with RTC experts is not just an academic exercise; it's a cultural and intellectual journey offering a profound insight into Bhutanese wisdom and a nuanced understanding of the world.