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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

Overview

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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 but, 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.

Method

The course is taught in English and assists students in developing their skills in reading, writing and understanding basic Sanskrit. There is regular practice in reading and pronunciation each week. Class size is normally limited to fifteen to allow for personal attention to each student.

Materials

Materials

Course materials, if not supplied, are not included in the fee but can be purchased from SOAS bookshop bookshop@soas.ac.uk. Please, see under the syllabus tab for course content and materials.

Language Centre How To Apply

Timetables:

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.