SOAS University of London

South Asia Section, School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics

Languages of South Asia at SOAS: Nepali

Nepali is the national language of Nepal, spoken as a mother-tongue by over 50% of Nepal’s 20 million people, and as a second language by almost all other Nepalis. It is the official language of Sikkim and the Darjeeling district of West Bengal, and is also the dominant language of southern Bhutan.

Nepali is used as a lingua franca by large Nepali communities all over Himalayan India; it is closely related to Hindi and the other languages of north India, and possesses a rich body of modern literature.

See the article in the Nepali Times, by Professor Michael Hutt, on the learning and teaching of Nepali at SOAS.

We offer courses in Nepali language and literature at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, both as part of degree programmes within the Department, and as minor or open options on a wide variety of SOAS degrees.  A selection of those programmes, as well as a list of Nepali courses, are listed below.


Professor Michael Hutt (, or Mr Krishna Pradhan (; or the Language Centre (

Degree Programmes

Module Options

Nepali modules are taught in the South Asia Section of the School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics. Please note not all modules run every year.

Language Centre

  • Nepali Language Courses

Other Resources

Suggested reading

  • M. J. Hutt and A. Subedi, Teach yourself Nepali, London 1999.
  • M.J.Hutt, Himalayan voices: an introduction to modern Nepali literature, Berkeley, 1991.
  • D.J. Matthews, A course in Nepali, London 1984.
  • J. Whelpton, Nepal, Oxford 1990.

Please Note: Not all modules and programmes are available every year