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SOAS Language Centre

Sanskrit Lower Intermediate 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.

This course is intended for those who have taken and completed the Sanskrit Beginners course. It aims to continue with the study of grammar and translation building on the skills acquired at the Beginners level.

Students will commence their study of Sanskrit literature by tackling selected readings from the epics (Mahābhārata or Rāmāyaṇa). An introduction to the history of Sanskrit literature is given in order that students are able to appreciate both the linguistic and cultural aspects underlying the development of the epics.  


Student are expected to be familiar with the devanāgarī script and with the basic concepts of Sanskrit grammar. There will be regular practice in reading and pronunciation of Sanskrit. Class size is normally limited to fifteen to allow intensive practice.




The following has been prescribed as the set text for this course:
Maurer, W.H.(2009) the Sanskrit Language: An Introductory Grammar and Reader (Reviced 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.