United Kingdom, London

Sanskrit for Beginners

when 20 July 2020 - 7 August 2020
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 15 EC
fee GBP 1750

This course is for students interested in an immersive and intense introduction to the Sanskrit language. Sanskrit has a strongly inflected and complex grammatical structure which often hinders beginner students from reading original texts. The aim of this course will be to introduce students to the devanāgarī script and the basic grammar needed for reading comprehension while providing them with the tools and strategies necessary in reading the many genres of Sanskrit texts as cultural documents and empowering them to continue their Sanskrit education independently.

Course leader

Dr Lidia Wojtczak

Target group

You will have completed one year of undergraduate study at the time of joining the Academic Summer School. Professional experience can be acknowledged as equivalent to a university qualification.

Course aim

On successful completion of the course, a student should be able to demonstrate the ability to:
- Understand the meta-linguistic aspects of language learning and show a broader understanding of grammatical structure and function in general;
- read the devanāgarī script with some ease; recognise Sanskrit verbal forms belonging to the ‘Present System’ and understand the process of inflection;
- grasp the use of case in Sanskrit and recognise the most common declensions: in short -a (masc. & ntr.) and in long -ā (fem.); read simple prepared texts with the help of a glossary and annotation;
- understand the strategies for reading Sanskrit texts in the original; realise the challenges of different genres of Sanskrit literature. Upon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to join Sanskrit Language 1B at SOAS.

Credits info

15 EC
Courses are worth 15 SOAS credits, which is equivalent to 4 credits in the US system and 7.5 ECTS in the European system. If you intend to transfer credit to your home institution, please check the requirements with them before you apply. We will be happy to assist you in any way we can, however please be aware that the decision to transfer credit rests with your home institution.

Fee info

GBP 1750: Credit assessed - if you have opted to study for credit, you will be required to complete all course assessments. Should you complete the assessments with success, you will receive a transcript confirming your marks and credits.
GBP 1600: Non-assessed - if you have not chosen to study for credit, you will be exempt from any course assignments and not receive a mark.

There is a 10% early bird discount for applications received by 31st March 2020.


The SOAS Academic Summer School is delighted to offer four tuition-fee waiver scholarships to passionate students with a desire to make a difference in the world.

The scholarships will cover the tuition fee for one Academic Summer School course in 2020

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