Sanskrit

For Fall Semester 2021 and Spring Semester 2022, Rangjung Yeshe Institute will continue to hold all classes online.

The following courses are non-credit that you can directly register for without having to apply through one of RYI's undergraduate programs or non-degree program. This easy registration means a more direct application process without having to submit documentation that would generally be required for RYI's undergraduate programs and non-degree program, plus the application fee is waived. If you are interested in taking these courses for-credit you can do so by signing up to any of our undergraduate degree programs here. All undergraduate and non-degree courses for Fall semester 2021 are listed on the right hand side of this page (the end of the page if you are on a mobile device).

The Fall Semester runs from August 23 - December 17, 2021.

No classes for reading week from October 11 to October 15, 2021.

Application deadline August 9.

Sanskrit

The Sanskrit courses are designed for anyone wanting an in-depth introduction to the Sanskrit language. In addition to the study of the written language, which is the typical approach to the study of Sanskrit in most Western Universities, the Sanskrit courses include the study and recitation of traditional Sanskrit verse, offering students a different way to absorb the language than provided by study of the written language alone. Students who successfully complete the Sanskrit summer courses will have begun (or progressed upon) their journey into the study of the vast body of Sanskrit literature. 

SLAN 101: Sanskrit I

This class is for students with no prior study of Sanskrit who want to learn to read texts and who are also curious about the system behind the chanting of Sanskrit verses and the use of Sanskrit as a spoken Language. The class introduces students to the Devanāgarī script and its pronunciation, basic vocabulary, and grammar along with discussion of the historical, cultural, linguistic and religious contexts of the language. Students learn to recognize and understand many common grammatical features of Sanskrit (e.g., case, number and gender of nouns; person, number and tense of verbs; and so on) and gain a basic understanding of how to read Sanskrit. You can choose from either class time; "Lec 1" or "Lec 2", depending on your timezone. 

Syllabus and Schedule available here.

This registration option is only available for international students. Nepali and SAARC students can sign up for these non-credit courses through the non-degree program.

SLAN 201: Sanskrit III

This class is for students who have at least two semesters’ study of Sanskrit. The class begins with a review of the grammar covered in the first two semesters and introduces any remaining grammar points so that students are ready to begin to translate texts on their own. They will learn about various resources, both print and electronic, that will to aid their understanding and translation of Sanskrit texts. Discussions of the historical, cultural, linguistic and religious contexts of the language also continue, adding depth to students’ understanding of the language. By the end of the course, students will be able to recognize and understand all of the common grammatical features of the Sanskrit language and will be capable of beginning their own translations of texts. The class introduces texts from a variety of genres, such as poetry, epics, and philosophical discourse, with additional emphasis placed on Sanskrit Buddhist literature. You can choose from "Lec 1" or "Lec 2" for the grammar class, and you should then also choose a class time for the Traditional portion of the class, "T1" or "T2", which is scheduled independently of the main "Lec 1" or "Lec 2" classes. 

Test your level here.

Syllabus and Schedule available here.

This registration option is only available for international students. Nepali and SAARC students can sign up for these non-credit courses through the non-degree program.

SLAN 301: Sanskrit V

These course focuses on furthering the ability to read classical Sanskrit texts with an emphasis on Buddhist literature. In reading from a spectrum of literary genres such as that found in poetry, dramatic literature, epics, and philosophical discourse, students gain familiarity with the variety of style and grammar used in written Sanskrit. Through in-depth analysis of the grammatical systems employed in this literature, the courses increasingly consolidate the understanding of Sanskrit grammar gained in Sanskrit I-IV. 

Test your level here.

Syllabus and Schedule available here.

This registration option is only available for international students. Nepali and SAARC students can sign up for these non-credit courses through the non-degree program.

Eligibility Requirements

Not-for-credit applicants

Not-for-credit applicants are expected to have completed high school (through grade 12) in order to be prepared for university-level study. However, you are not required to submit a high school diploma or transcript.

Course Fee

You will find the price list for all courses and programs linked on the right hand side of this page (at the end of the page if you are on a mobile device) under the heading "Tuition Fee List."