Sanskrit

Learn Sanskrit — Online Courses

Sanskrit is one of the oldest languages in existence, dating back over 2,500 years. It is the classical language of ancient India and features in religious texts of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.

Sanskrit is part of the Indo-European language family, meaning that it has influenced several western languages including English. Some words of Sanskrit origin that appear in English conversation include avatar, cheetah and karma.

Learn Sanskrit at City Lit in Covent Garden. Our courses will give you an overview of Sanskrit grammar and develop your skills for translating ancient Sanskrit texts. Our courses range from beginner to advanced levels and you can further expand your knowledge with courses in Vedic chanting.

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

Browse our Sanskrit courses below and enrol today!

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  1. Sanskrit level 1: module 1
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 27 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sabrina Osborne
    Learn the basics of Sanskrit. By the end of this module you will be able to read and write in the Devanagari script; understand and apply commonly used noun declensions; identify frequently used verb conjugations; and construct simple sentences in the present tense.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £123.00
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  2. Sanskrit level 2 module 1
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 28 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sabrina Osborne
    By the end of this module you will be able to read and write fairly complex sentences in the present and imperfect tense; understand and apply a range of noun declensions, thematic and athematic verb conjugations in the present system; you would have analysed and translated 15-20 verses from the ancient texts.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £123.00
  3. Sanskrit level 3: module 1
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 11 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Vaughan Pilikian
    By the end of this module you will be able to read and write fairly complex sentences in Sanskrit using the entire present system, the past imperfect and past perfect. You will be ready to approach original Sanskrit texts such as the Hitopadesha, the Bhagvad Gita and the Sanskrit epics.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £123.00
  4. Sanskrit level 1: module 2
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 17 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sabrina Osborne
    In this second module you will expand your vocabulary and continue to learn the basics of Sanskrit grammar.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £123.00
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  5. Sanskrit level 3: module 2
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 17 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Vaughan Pilikian
    By the end of this module you will be able to read and write fairly complex sentences in the present and imperfect



    tense; understand and apply a range of noun declensions; thematic and athematic verb conjugations in the present



    system including at least two moods; introduction to sandhi.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £123.00
  6. Sanskrit level 2: module 2
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 18 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sabrina Osborne
    In this second module you will expand your vocabulary and continue to learn the basics of Sanskrit grammar.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £123.00
  7. Sanskrit Vedic chanting
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 18 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rohini Bakshi
    Learn how to chant in the authentic way, following the Taittiriya School of the Yajur veda.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £109.00 Concession £71.00
  8. Sanskrit: an introduction for absolute beginners
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 10 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Maddalena Italia
    This four-week course, presented in partnership between the British Museum and City Lit, uses British Museum objects related to ancient South Asia to provide a foundation in the sacred language of Sanskrit.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £84.00
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