Learn Sanskrit at City Lit in London and Online

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. Discover Sanskrit

    Course Date: Thu 10 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Get a taste of one of the most ancient Indo-European languages in the world.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £10.00
    Senior fee: £10.00
    Concession: £10.00

  2. Sanskrit Vedic chanting beginners: module 2

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 13 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to chant in the authentic way, following the Taittiriya School of the Yajur veda.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £66.00

  3. Sanskrit Level 2: module 2

    Course Date: Mon 18 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    In this second module you will expand your vocabulary and continue to learn the grammar forms, starting to read prose passages appropriate to the level.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £103.00

  4. Sanskrit level 3: module 2

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 18 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Using material from ancient Sanskrit this course focuses on intermediate grammar, enabling the student to read and construct fairly complex prose.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

  5. Sanskrit level 1: module 2

    Course Date: Tue 19 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    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: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

  6. Sanskrit level 1: module 1

    Course Date: Tue 19 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    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: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £103.00

  7. Introduction to the Bhagavad Gita

    Course Date: Tue 19 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Discover the importance of the Bhagvad Gita and learn why it continues to be one of the most important and most widely read ancient Hindu text.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £48.00

  8. Sanskrit: an introduction for absolute beginners

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 12 Feb 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    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. The class will be held at the British Museum.

    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: £79.00

  9. Sanskrit Level 2: module 3

    Course Date: Mon 12 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Continue to develop your knowledge of Sanskrit, expanding your vocabulary and becoming more familiar with its grammar features.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £103.00

  10. Sanskrit level 3: module 3

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 12 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Using material from ancient Sanskrit this course focuses on intermediate grammar, enabling the student to read and construct fairly complex prose.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

  11. Sanskrit level 1: module 3

    Course Date: Tue 13 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Using material from ancient Sanskrit this course focuses on intermediate grammar, enabling the student to read and construct fairly complex prose.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

  12. Sanskrit Vedic chanting beginners: module 3

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 14 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to chant in the authentic way, following the Taittiriya School of the Yajur veda.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £66.00

  13. Sanskrit: an introduction for beginners

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 12 Jul 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn about one of the most ancient Indo-European languages in the world. Get a taste of its grammar and begin to access the Bhagavad Gita, epics and yoga texts in the original language of their composition.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

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