• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Sanskrit
  • Areas of interest Asian Languages
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr McComas Taylor
  • Mode of delivery Online
  • Offered in First Semester 2023
    See Future Offerings

Sanskrit, the classical language of India, has long been renowned for its beauty, subtlety and complexity. It is the key to the civilisational treasures of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism, and provides direct access to a vast repository of literary, scientific and philosophical wisdom. In this course students are introduced to the foundations of Sanskrit. The course balances traditional practices of textual reception—reading and grammar—with language production—speaking, chanting and singing.

Sanskrit is a demanding language. It involves the rigorous study of grammar, a considerable amount of memorisation, and high and sustained level of commitment. Previous language learning experience is a distinct advantage. All prospective students are encouraged to make an appointment with the convener to discuss the course before enrolling.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Pronounce all 49 sounds of the Sanskrit alphabet, read aloud simple example sentences, and chant the weekly verses accurately and joyously.
  2. Write all 49 letters of the Sanskrit alphabet correctly, including conjunct consonants; write simple sentences accurately and aesthetically.
  3. Use a vocabulary of 120 items.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding and use of grammatical structures to read short texts and to translate basic sentences into and out of Sanskrit. These structures include: singular, dual and plural verb endings, for active and middle forms; the eight nominal cases; pronouns and adjectives; and the gerund.
  5. Conduct simple conversations on such topics as: common greetings; friends and families; food and drink; and times of day.
  6. Demonstrate a general understanding of the history, origins, status, and uses of Sanskrit.

Other Information

Fees - Students enrolling through Open Universities Australia should refer to the fee schedule published on the OUA website.

On successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to engage at an Introductory level of Sanskrit.

Students with native speaker proficiency (may include cognate languages and dialects) must review the language proficiency assessment site and contact the CAP Student Centre for appropriate enrolment advice. Students with previous “language experience or exposure” are required to undertake a language proficiency assessment to ensure enrolment at the most appropriate level.


Relevant past experience includes:

-       Previous study of the language (both formal and informal, for example but not limited to, at school, or, home, or through online activities, etc.)

-       Being exposed to the language in childhood via a family member or friend

-       Travel or living in a country where the language is spoken

-       The language being spoken in your home (even if you do not speak it yourself)


Students who are not sure if they need to undertake a language proficiency assessment should seek advice from the course or language convenor. Students who intentionally misrepresent their language proficiency level may be investigated under the Academic Integrity Rule 2021 as having failed to comply with assessment directions and having sought unfair advantage. This may results in a penalty such as reduced grades or failure of the course.


Students are not permitted to enrol in a language course below one that they have already successfully completed, except with permission of the language and/or course convenor.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Translation Assignment 1 (20) [LO 2,3,4]
  2. Translation Assignment 2 (20) [LO 2,3,4]
  3. Take-Home Exam (30) [LO 2,3,4]
  4. Spoken Sanskrit Test (10) [LO 1,3,5,6]
  5. Weekly Verses (continuous) (10) [LO 1]
  6. Weekly Exercises (continuous) (10) [LO 2,3,4]

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.


This course requires a total of 130 hrs of work on the following activities.

Each week, students are expected to study as follows: 

1. 30 minutes on weekly verse: Listen to the paradigm and explanation in the e-text. Practice singing the verse. Upload the audio into Wattle. 

2. 30 minutes on Spoken Sanskrit: Listen to the explanation in the e-text. Practice and memorise the forms. Complete the online quiz as required. 

3. 7 hours on grammar and written Sanskrit: Listen to the explanation and read through the grammar notes in the e-text. Complete the written exercises and self-correct your work. Upload your work into Wattle.

4. 2 hours participating in one online class.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

You may not enrol in this course if you have previously completed SKRT6102

Prescribed Texts

The Joy of Sanskrit - https://press.anu.edu.au/publications/joy-sanskrit

T. Egenes, Introduction to Sanskrit, Vols 1 and 2 (2nd edition or later)

A. Ruppel, The Cambridge Introduction to Sanskrit

Preliminary Reading




Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $3960
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $5100
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
ANU Online
2590 20 Feb 2023 27 Feb 2023 31 Mar 2023 26 May 2023 Online View
OUA Online
3766 20 Feb 2023 27 Feb 2023 31 Mar 2023 26 May 2023 Online N/A

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