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Sanskrit Beginners Course

3 terms, 10 weeks per term, 2 hours per week. Each term classes are subject to quorum requirements.

2018 Entry requirements

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Mode of Attendance: Part-time

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.


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.

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