Summer Sanskrit Language Study

Summer Program 2021

Orientation sessions start from 9 June 2021, and classes run from 14 June to 6 August 2021 (eight weeks).

Please note that the information below relates to the online Summer Program 2020. More information regarding the Summer Program 2021 will be available in January 2021. 




Online Summer Sanskrit Course

Orientation sessions start from June 10, and classes run from June 15 to August 7 (eight weeks)

The Sanskrit summer program is offered at the beginning and intermediate levels. The level of intensity of the courses is high and students are expected to invest considerable time and effort in order to meet class requirements and academic expectations. Students who successfully complete the courses will be well on their way towards a high degree of proficiency in Sanskrit.

Beginning Sanskrit


This intensive Sanskrit course is designed for beginning students with no prior knowledge of Sanskrit. The program provides a thorough grounding in the basics of Sanskrit, including a complete introduction to Sanskrit grammar. The course provides a strong foundation for the reading of Buddhist Sanskrit literature.

Grammatical explanations will primarily employ indigenous categories and concepts so that students become immediately familiar with the type of analysis found in the Buddhist commentarial literature. The course will also present grammar classes in such a way that lessons may be directly applied to samples of Buddhist Sanskrit literature. Students are lead through the texts in a detailed and gradual manner so that even complete beginners will be able to access their meaning while building a basic vocabulary and gaining familiarity with the intricacies of Sanskrit grammar. 

For more information, please download the detailed course syllabus.

Intermediate Sanskrit

This intensive Sanskrit course is offered for intermediate-level students with two semesters of prior study of Sanskrit. The course assumes a thorough grounding in the basics of Sanskrit grammar, including experience with reading Buddhist Sanskrit literature, and is designed to increase students' reading proficiency in Sanskrit. Students prepare translations of assigned Sanskrit texts for discussion during class time, and during the course students read from a variety of genres. The course also helps students develop familiarity with online resources for the translation of Sanskrit.

For more information, please download the detailed course syllabus.

Closing date for applications is June 7, however it is advised to book before then as classes may reach maximum capacity before June 7.

Admission Criteria

All applications for the Sanskrit programs are subject to approval by the Centre for Buddhist Studies.

For more information, please refer to the Eligibility Requirements and Admissions Process for the summer program.


The Beginning Sanskrit course is accredited at the Centre for Buddhist Studies for Sanskrit I and Sanskrit II (6 credits total).

The Intermediate Sanskrit course is accredited at the Centre for Buddhist Studies for Sanskrit III and Sanskrit IV (6 credits total).

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The fees listed in the price list include the 50% discount.