International Theravada Buddhist Missionary University (ITBMU)

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The International Theravãda Buddhist Missionary University was opended on December 9, 1998, with a total of students- 12 from inside the country and 42 from abroad- -attending its diploma course.
The University has the following objectives:-
  1. To propagate pure Theravãda Buddhism throughout the world.
  2. To teach Theravãda Tipitaka Pãli texts as approved by the six Buddhist Councils and to put them into practice.
  3. To abstain from evil deeds and perform good deeds.
  4. To promote the four modes of sublime living (Brahma-vihãra) which would lead to the establishment of a peaceful and prosperous world.
  5. To train more missionaries who are well versed in Tipitaka texts and endowed with high morality.

Historical Background of the ITBMU

With the permission of the State Peace and Development Council, according to the decision (22/98) of the meeting of the Government of the Union of Myanmar held on 5th June 1998, the ITBMU was officially established with the organization of new set up including 327 officer posts and 426 ordinary staff-member posts.
By the order of the Ministry of Religious Affairs (Minister' s office), 69 officer posts and 145 empoyees totalling 214 posts were allowed to be appointed on 9th July 1998 in 1998-99 financial year as the first phase. The ITBMU is located near the Tooth Relic Pagoda (Yangon) on Dhammapala hill, Mayangone Township, Yangon.
The grand inauguration ceremony was held on 6th waxing moon of Nadaw, 1360 ME (9th December, 1998), Wednesday, at the Mahã Pãsãna Cave on Kaba-Aye Hill, Mayangon, Yangon.

At the ITBMU, there are four faculties comprising the following departments.
Faculty of Pariyatti
Department of Vinaya Studies
Department of Suttanta Studies
Department of Abhidhamma Studies
Department of Buddhist Culture and History
Department of Myanmar Language
Department of Pāḷi Language

Faculty of Paṭipatti
Department of Vipassanā Studies
Department of Samatha Studies
Department of Dhammãnuloma Studies
Faculty of Religious and Missionary Works
Department of World Religions
Department of Research
Department of Missionary

Faculty of Languages and Translation
Department of Chinese
Department of English
Department of French
Department of German
Department of Japanese

Education Requirement for Diploma
As regards academic qualification for Diploma course, the applicant must have passed at least the Matriculation (degree) for Myanmar nuns, Myanmar lay men and women, and foreigners, or Dhammacariya examination for Myanmar monks.
Myanmar monks and nuns who apply for Diploma course must not be younger than 18 and not older than 45.
Age limit for students who apply for the one-year Diploma course only will be given special consideration.The Selection Board reserves the right to decide whether a particular applicant has met the requirements or not.

Entrance Examination for Diploma
Foreign candidate are required to sit for the written examination at the Embassy of Myanmar in the country of their residence, or at this university in Yangon, Myanmar. There will be two question papers, namely, one on English proficiency and the other on general knowledge relevant to Buddhism. The closing date for submitting application form for Diploma course is 15th December each year.
Personal interview at ITBMU, or Embassy of Myanmar in the country of their residence before joining the University.  The exam will be at 9th and 10th January (or 10th -11th January) each year.

The admission policy of the University is liberal and flexible enough to get the qualified students for Diploma course. Priority will be given to foreign students.

Optional: The students who join the University are required to bring a proper medical certificate recently taken from any recognized medical authority showing physical and mental fitness.

When you write your name, Regarding the passport number, please include the date of issue and its expiry date. Your passport must be valid before joining the University. Once you are admitted to the Diploma course, Ministry of Religious Affairs will take care of visa application and its extension.

The Selection Board reserves the right to decide whether a particular applicant has met that requirement or not. In order to make the assessment easier, you should attach the true copies of your certificate (photocopy), i.e. diploma/bachelor, and grading certificate.

For language proficiency you should mention specially your English language skill.
Students are expected to be proficient in English as most the lectures are conducted in English.

Click here to download the application form for diploma in 1) Word, 2) PDF File
Please send the form together with two colored photos to: 
International Theravada Buddhist Missionary University.
Dhammapala Hill,
Mayangone P.O 11063,
Yangon, Myanmar.

Tuition and Studying free
There is no tuition and studying fee. Lecture notes are given free by the lecturers. The students do need to buy certain books for their subjects, like Pali made easy for Pali course, Vinaya books, Samatha books. These can be purchased in register room in the ground floor of the academic main building.
If the students like to study extra subject by their own, they need to buy books by themselves. Most books can be purchased in the photostat shops in the Shwedaw Pagoda. The students can borrow books from the library.

Morning and lunch are given daily. Vegetarian food will be provided as well. For lay students, dinner will be provide as well. Breakfast is about 6.15am and lunch is around 11am. Dinner will be around 4.30 pm.
During the holiday, the students are encouraged to go to meditation centre to meditate.
Food will not be provided during the semester break (i.e. holiday) for undergraduate students (i.e. those attending diploma, bachelor first and second year).

Accommodation for foreign students (monks, nuns, lay men, lay women) are free by the University.
Accommodation for Myanmar monks is provided from June 2016 onwards.

Once a foreign student is admitted to the Diploma course, the Ministry of Religious Affairs will take care of visa application and its extension.
The students need to fill in an application for the visa in June, and submit together with their passport. The passport should be valid for another one year.
Then the students will obtain Gratis (free of charge) visa that is valid for one year.

Travelling fee
Travelling expenses i.e. air ticket for joining the University will not be borne by the University. Returning ticket to own country will not be provide too.
During the stay in ITBMU, students are expected to take care of own personal expenses and transport fee for sightseeing.

Academic Term:
Actual academic year starts from 1st June and ends in 30th Mac.
There are two semesters (terms).
First Semester: June to September.
Second Semester: November to March
Holidays: April and May, and October and November.
During the holiday, the students are encouraged to go to meditation centre to meditate.
Exam time will be in around 15th October and 15th Mac. Before the exam time, two weeks study week will be even in beginning of October and beginning of Mac.

Academic Year
Anyone regardless of gender, race, religion, and creed, having educational qualifications prescribed by the University, can apply for admission to the University. However students are required to sit for the entrance examination as prescribed by the University to fulfill the requirements before joining the University.
Direct entrance to Bachelor, Master and Ph.D are not allowed.

One diploma and three kinds of degree are offered for under-graduate and post-graduate students. They are as follows:
1. One-year diploma course, Diploma in Buddha Dhamma, Dip. 
2. Two-year ordinary degree course, Bachelor of Arts in Buddha Dhamma
3. Four-year M.A. course, Master of Arts in Buddha Dhamma
4. Four-year Ph.D. course, Doctor of Philosophy in Buddha Dhamma, Ph.D.

Normally there will be three lectures for a week. Each lecture will last for 45 minutes. Class time is 8.00am to 11.00am and 1.00am to 3.00pm.
Subjects in Diploma:
1. Pāḷi
2. Abhidhamma
3. Vipassanā
4. Suttanta
5. Samatha and Samatha
6. Vinaya
7. Buddhist culture and History (for foreigners)
8. Missionary work(for Myanmar citizen)
9. Burmese (for foreigners), English (for Myanmar citizen).

Subjects in Bachelor degree (for two years):
1. Pāḷi
2. Abhidhamma
3. Vipassanā
4. Suttanta
5. Samatha
6. Vinaya
7. Burmese (for foreigners), English (for Myanmar citizen).
8. Buddhist Culture and Myanmar history (only for first year).
9. Religions (for Myanmar citizen).

To qualify for the master degree, the students need to achieve 75% mark for all subjects, and of good behavior. When they reach master class, they can choose to their specialization such as
1. Vipassanā
2. Abhidhamma
3. Suttanta
4. Vinaya
5. Pāḷi

General class:
1. Research Methology
2. Kaccāyana (A Pāḷi grammar book) and Pali samvannana (Pali commentary)
3. Pāḷi Philology.
The students have to attend their specialized class and also attend general class.
Normally there will be two classes for each subject. Though the classes are less, the assignment and thesis take up most of the time. The students are expected to be independent to conduct own study and research. They are suppose to meet their supervisors once a month to submit their research paper for them to check and give comment.

Attendance and Paper writing
During the diploma, bachelor (two years) and masters (two years) course, the students suppose to attend at least 70 percent of the classes. They have to submit two assignments.
There is no class for masters third year.

Master thesis
At the end of first year of Master course, the students need to write a term paper of 25 pages. At the end of second year, the students have to submit a paper of 50 pages. This work can be extended to 100 pages for the third year.
During the third year, the students have to write 100 pages of thesis. At the end of this year, the students have to submit this thesis to the academic board.

Then the viva/interview will be at the fourth year around January/February. The graduation ceremony will be in July. Then there is one year waiting period for the student to get ready to sit for Ph.D entrance exam. At this stage, the student is considered as Ph.D preliminary candidate.

Ph.D is four years, and the students have to submit a thesis of 200 pages.

Thus, it will take 12 years to finish Ph.D from diploma in ITBMU.

After three months of studying, there will be one/two week holiday and then two weeks examination - one written examination for each subject in three hours time. The examination is as such:

B.A (1st year)

B.A (second year)

                                           M.A (1st and 2nd year)


Second Main Gate

Main Building consisting of registrar, library, meditation hall and others.

Second Main Gate which is direct in front of the ShweDaw (Tooth Relic Pagoda)'s main gate.

This is main building (Academic Building)

The main road (Shwedaw Myat road) and part of the main building

Part of Main Building. At the second floor, there is a big meditation hall and also conference hall.
This is the big meditation hall that acts as ceremony hall as well. This is the graduation ceremony of a class.
This is hostel for Myanmar monks. There are 80 rooms, with ceiling fans provided.

Gate 7 leading to the lecture building.

The ITBMU's main building is on the right side of this Shwedaw Myat Road. The Shwedaw Pagoda is on the left side. 
                                  Gate 3 (leading to main building)

                     This is the teachers' building. Gate 7 is at the right side.

Guest quarters that is opposite of teachers' building.

 This is the road leading to the academic buildings (on the left) and also to Rector's building (in the centre).

This is a small path leading to academic block. The building in front is the lecture halls of diploma and Bachelor-1st year.
This is a winding road leading to academic block. The building in front is the building consisting of lecture halls for diploma and Bachelor-1st year

Faculty of Languages and Translation
A long corridor linking between Faculty of Foreign Language and Translation with the Diploma Building.

The diploma lecture hall is at the left. Next to it is the office and teachers' waiting room.

       Lecture hall will be used as an examination hall during the exam time.

A short pathway leading between different faculties.

Canteen on the left and Rest room on the right.
Patipatti Faculty

This is a roundabout driveway. The patipatti faculty is on the left. The building behind the trees is the rector's place.

The roundabout driveway is on the left. The Shwedaw pagoda is in the background (in the middle).
Faculty of Patipatti (Practice)

                          This is the road leading back to the main road Shwedaw Myat. The academic buildings are on the right side. The teachers' building is on the left side.

The winding road leading to academic block.

The lecture hall for Bachelor-second year is at the upper storey of the left building.
The Patipatti faculty is the building on the right.

The lecture hall for Bachelor-second year is at the upper storey of the left building.
The Patipatti faculty is the building on the right.

The main road leading the academic building.

The teacher's building.

Teachers in ITBMU

Shwedaw (Tooth Relic) Pagoda 

This beautiful pagoda is within walking distance from the ITBMU. The students are lucky indeed, when they are tired of study, they can go there for a walk. They are many shops selling food, selling books, or do photocopying service, phone cards etc. 

                                     A wide road leading to the pagoda.
 Big and wide platform

Shops inside the pagoda compound.