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Summer School in Spoken Sanskrit 2020

August 3rd to 28th 2020

Due to the Corona crisis we must cancel the Sanskrit Summer School this year.

In this course, the students will learn how to converse in Sanskrit on topics of daily life by using classical and modern vocabulary. Active participation of the students and modern multi-media tools will facilitate the learning process in the interactively designed course. Thus, the students and scholars will be able to overcome the perception of Sanskrit as a written-only, “dead” language, and increase their confidence in actively using this language. The study of Sanskrit will become a lively and creative experience for the students and will also contribute to their understanding of the written language. The course is a unique opportunity to learn and practice spoken Sanskrit in a dynamic environment.

Organized by:

- Spracheninstitut an der Universität Leipzig e.V.,
- Ritterstr. 12,
- D-04109 Leipzig,
- Germany,
- Tel.: +49(0)341-9730281
- Mail:


  • Leipzig University
  • Institute of Indology and Central Asian Studies
  • Schillerstr. 6
  • D-04109 Leipzig
  • Germany



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Dr. Sadananda Das is widely known as an excellent speaker and experienced teacher of spoken Sanskrit. He has taught seventeen summer school courses in spoken Sanskrit at Heidelberg University, three at Lausanne University, and three at the Australian National University, besides five courses in advanced spoken Sanskrit at Florence University, at the Centre of Sanskrit Studies in Barcelona, at the Jñāna Pravāha Centre for Cultural Studies in Varanasi and at the Śādvala Centre for Sanskrit Studies in Goa. This year’s course will take place at Leipzig University for the fifth time. In the past eighteen years the course has attracted students and scholars of Indology and related fields from across the globe.

Prerequisites: Knowledge of English and basic knowledge of Sanskrit (at least 4 semesters) as well as the ability to read Devanāgarī script. The course will be taught in Sanskrit.

Timetable: Classes from 09:00 to 16:30 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 09:00 to 12:30 on Wednesday and Saturday.

Application: Please download the application form.

Number of participants limited to 20. 

Deadline: 31st of May.

Course fee: 390,- EUR. This includes 150 units  (45 minutes each) of instruction, teaching materials, welcome and farewell dinners, guided city tour as well as tea, coffee and snacks.

The course fee must be paid in full by 31st of May 2020, by bank transfer to the following account:

  • Bank: DKB
  • IBAN: DE97 1203 0000 1005 3728 32
  • BIC: BYLADEM1001


  • After you have applied for the course, the instructor, Dr. Sadanada Das, will inform you whether you are accepted.
  • You transfer the course fee to our account.
  • Please note that your registration is valid only when we have received your payment by 31st of May.
  • You'll be informed by 7th June whether the course will take place.
  • Should we have to cancel the course for lack of participants, we'll refund the course fee by 30th of June 2020.


Please seek out your own private room (see our list of budget accommodations). If you don‘t find housing in the city center itself, where the summer school venue will be, you should also plan on needing a monthly ticket for public transport in Leipzig (78.90 €).

Food and Drink: upon request, you can get a student restaurant card for the central canteen 'Mensa am Park'. The card itself is free of charge. The price category on the menue is the one given in the middle:

Budget accomodation options in Leipzig:

Youth Hostels

Globetrotter Hostel
Hostel Sleepy Lion (dorms, single rooms & apartments)
A&O Hostel (dorms, single & double rooms)
Campus & Space Hotel (dorms, single & double rooms)

Single rooms and apartments

HC 24
Trinom Business Apartments
 Missionswerk Leipzig

Private Sublets
WG gesucht

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