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Summer School in Spoken Sanskrit

August 3rd to 30th 2018

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
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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 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 second time. In the past seventeen 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: Applications still possible.

Course fee: 480,- 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 30th of June 2018, by bank transfer to the following account:

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

Accommodation: Upon request, we can organize accomodation in the University's student hostel (limited contingent). Alternatively, you may wish to book your own accommodation, for instance, by Airbnb.

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