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SOAS Language Centre

Sanskrit Beginners Course

Duration: One-year course with 3 terms, 10 weeks per term, 2 hours per week


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Mode of Attendance: Part-time

Fees: Course fees quoted are per term of 10 weeks.

The course aims to provide a thorough introduction to Sanskrit which will enable students to read, write and transcribe devanāgarī script. Students will learn essential aspects of Sanskrit grammar (coalescence, word formation, syntax, etc.) in order to understand graded Sanskrit texts. The course is designed to teach Classical Sanskrit and so, from time to time, relevant references will also be made to the linguistic development of the language and to the cultural background of the Sanskrit language and its literature.


The course is taught in English which will assist students in developing their skills in reading, writing and understanding the Sanskrit texts. There will be regular practice in reading and pronunciation of Sanskrit each week. Class size is normally limited to fifteen to allow for personal attention to each student.



The following has been prescribed as the set text for this course:

Maurer, W. H. (2001) The Sanskrit Language: an Introductory Grammar and Reader (Revised Ed.). London: Routledge.

Course materials are not included in the course fee and can be purchased from the SOAS bookshop bookshop@soas.ac.uk. You are advised not to purchase course materials until your course has been confirmed.

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You can view our short course timetables here.

You can enrol:

Not a complete beginner?

If you are not a complete beginner, you will need to complete an assessment for course placement, allowing us to decide which course is right for you.

To apply for an assessment please complete our Needs Analysis Form (pdf; 187kb) and send to the relevant email inbox where a Course Officer will contact you for scheduling.

Course Fees and Discounted Rates

An overview of our Short Course Fees and Discounted Rates.

If you are eligible for a discount, you will not be able to complete your transaction on the Online Store. You will need to bring a paper Application Form (pdf; 35kb) , including your Staff/Student card for us to make a copy of, after which we can process your application at the discounted rate.

Returning students

If you are a returning student, you will have received a letter informing you of the procedures for rejoining prior to the start of the registration period. You can pay using any method indicated above. Returning students, if they are continuing onto the course indicated as the progression course, do not need to be assessed.