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Advanced Summer School in Spoken Sanskrit

September 3rd to 21th 2018

The Summer School will take place. Registrations are still possible.

In the course, participants will train in how to converse in Sanskrit on topics of daily life with the help of classical and modern vocabulary and advanced-level grammar. Special attention will be given to topics such as the use of dual forms, passive constructions, prepositions and verbs with specific cases (vibhaktis) and so on. Participants are kept engaged throughout the course with an active approach: in addition to conversation, exercises include recitation and memorization of grammar-related subhāṣitas as well as composition and narration of stories in Sanskrit. The course is designed to not only enhance participants' level of grammatical knowledge but also give them confidence in the active use of the language, both orally and in writing.

Organized by:

- Spracheninstitut an der Universität Leipzig e.V.,
- Ritterstr. 12,
- D-04109 Leipzig,
- Germany,
- Tel.: +49(0)341-9730281
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  • Leipzig University
  • Institute of Indology and Central Asian Studies
  • Schillerstr. 6
  • D-04109 Leipzig
  • Germany


Dr Sadananda Das is widely known as an excellent teacher of Sanskrit language in general and of spoken Sanskrit in particular. In addition to twenty-seven beginners' summer schools — in Heidelberg, Canberra, Lausanne, Leipzig, Tübingen, Bern and London — Dr Das has taught five advanced summer schools in Florence, Varanasi, Barcelona and Goa. Both levels have consistently attracted a diverse body of motivated students and scholars from across the globe throughout the years. At the request of numerous participants from previous sessions, another advanced course is being organized this year at Leipzig University.

Prerequisites: Knowledge of English and basic knowledge of Sanskrit (at least 4 semesters) as well as the ability to read Devanāgarī script. The participant must also have attended a beginners' course of spoken Sanskrit or otherwise already have the ability to converse in simple 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: The application form will follow shortly.

Number of participants limited to 15. 

Deadline: 11th July 2018.

Course fee: 400,- EUR. This includes 109 units  (45 minutes each) of instruction, teaching materials, welcome and farewell dinners, and refreshments during the break.

The course fee must be paid in full by 31st of July 2018, by bank transfer to the following account:

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

Accommodation: A limited number of rooms is reserved for you at the guesthouse  of the "Missionswerk Leipzig", Paul-List-Str. 19. Further information about prices, conditions, and booking will follow soon. Alternatively, you may wish to book an accomomdation yourself. Please find our list of budget accommodation options in Leipzig below. 

Please note that a monthly ticket for public transportation in Leipzig costs about 76 € (57 € for students). Renting a bicycle is an attractive alternative, especially in August. 

Food and Drink: upon request, you can get a student restaurant card for the central canteen 'Mensa am Park'. The card is free of charge. The price category on the menue is the one given in the middle: https://www.studentenwerk-leipzig.de/en/mensa-menu

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

Freie Zimmer Leipzig
HC 24
Trinom Business Apartments
 Missionswerk Leipzig

Private Sublets

WG gesucht