Summer Sanskrit Language Study

Summer Sanskrit Language Study

Summer Sanskrit Courses

The Sanskrit summer program is offered at the beginning, intermediate and advanced 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. 

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.

Advanced Sanskrit

This summer intensive is offered for advanced-level students with a minimum of two years of prior study of Sanskrit. Students read texts with a scholar who is an expert in the topic at hand, so as to advance their knowledge of both the language and the philosophical, doctrinal, or historical issues under study. The course focuses on reading both classical and Buddhist Sanskrit literature with the aim of improving students’ reading and research skills and developing their ability to independently read and translate Sanskrit texts. To that end, the students will be expected to prepare and discuss the relevant Sanskrit texts during weekly meetings. 

Orientation starts June 8 to June 10, 2002. Classes will run from June 13 to August 4, 2022 (Monday to Friday for eight weeks). There will be a short mid-term from July 8 to July 11, 2022. 

The decision as to whether the Summer Program will be on campus or online will be announced on February 1, 2022.

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).

The Advanced Sanskrit course is accredited at the Centre for Buddhist Studies for Sanskrit V and Sanskrit VI (6 credits total).

Fee Request

In accordance with University guidelines, RYI course fees are determined by each student’s home base and nationality. A three-tier system is in effect which covers (i) Nepali students, (ii) SAARC students and (iii) other international students. Please select below to find out the fees structure for your particular circumstances.

You will find the Tuition Fee List for all programs, including the Summer Program, 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.”

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