Education in Nepal

Requirements for International Students to Study in Nepal

An international student who is traveling to Nepal for higher studies must carry the following documents:

  • Originals and photocopies of school board examinations and any other award certificates.
  • Valid passport.
  • Documents which prove the identity of the student; for instance the photocopies of the passport page that lists the name and the postal address of the student.
  • Student visa.

List of Top Colleges in Nepal

Name of the College Courses Offered
Kathmandu Model College Bagbazar, Kathmandu
  • BA in English, Journalism, Rural Development, Economics and Sociology
  • Bachelor and Master of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Business Studies
  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • MA in English
  • BE in Computer, Civil and Electronics & Communication
  • Bachelor of Architecture
  • B.Sc in Computer Science & IT
Himalaya College of Engineering
  • BE in Computer, Civil, Electronics & Communication and Architecture
United Academy Kumaripati, Lalitpur
  • BA in English, Nepali, Sociology, Anthropology and Journalism & Mass Communication
  • Bachelor of Business Studies
  • Masters of Business Studies
Reliance International Academy, Chabahil, Kathmandu
  • BA in Journalism & Mass Communication
  • Bachelor of Business Studies
Kathmandu College of Management
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Bachelor in Management Information System
Manipal College of Medical Sciences
  • MBBS
Kantipur Engineering College
  • BE in Computer, Civil and Electronics
Institute of Engineering in Nepal
  • Bachelor, Masters and Diploma programs in Engineering
Kathmandu Medical College
  • MBBS
Nepal College of Management
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Bachelor in Hospitality & Tourism Management

List of Top Universities in Nepal

Name of University Courses Offered
Kathmandu Vishwavidyalaya
  • Bachelor and Master Degree programs in Humanities, Business & Social Sciences, Engineering, Science & Technology and Medicine & Health
  • Doctorate programs in Humanities and Medicine & Health
Pokhara Vishwavidyalaya
  • Bachelor Degree courses in Humanities, Engineering, Business Studies, Social Sciences, Science & Technology and Medicine
Tribhuvan Vishwavidyalaya
  • Bachelor Degree courses and Certificate programs in Engineering, Medicine, Science, Social Science, Business Studies and Humanities
Purbanchal University
  • Bachelor Degree courses in Business Administration, Travel & Tourism Studies, Commerce, Fashion Design, Hotel Management and Hospitality & Catering Management
  • Postgraduate courses in Public Administration
  • Executive MBA
Kathmandu University Centre for Buddhist Studies
  • BA in Buddhist Studies with Himalayan language
  • MA in Buddhist Studies
  • Short Term courses in Nepali, Tibetan and Sanskrit
  • Research programs in Buddhist Studies
Nepal Sanskrit University
  • Intermediate, Bachelor and Doctoral programs in Ayurveda and Ayurvedacharya

Students Visa

An international student must visit the Consulate or Embassy of Nepal in his own country to obtain the student visa to study in Nepal. Identity verifications like the biographic page of a passport must be produced in the Consulate of Embassy of Nepal while applying for a student visa. The student needs to obtain the visa before applying to the college and university study program.

Education System of Nepal

The education system of Nepal is categorized into six stages. They are:

  • Primary school stage – comprises five years of study from the 1st to the 5th grade
  • Secondary school stage – comprises two years of study from the 6th to the 7th grade
  • Upper Secondary school stage – comprises three years of study from the 8th to the 10th grade
  • Higher Secondary school stage – comprises two years of study from the 11th to the 12th grade
  • College education – bachelors degree which can extend from three to five years of study
  • University education – masters degree which extends from two to three years of study

Fast Facts

Formal education for the general people of Nepal was introduced in the year 1951 when autocracy was replaced by a democratic system of government.

The census report of 2010 has recorded the male literacy rate at 62.2% and the female literacy rate at 34.6%.

Resource crunch has been one of the chief disadvantages of education in Nepal. However, the present schools and colleges of Nepal are recruiting the best faculty. The government has allocated funds for education in order to introduce technologically advanced classrooms.