Sanskrit, the classical language of India, opens new worlds into timeless Hindu and Buddhist traditions and is critical for those interested in yoga and meditation.

Sanskrit’s cultural impact can be found across the globe from Bali in the east to Pakistan in the west and from Sri Lanka in the south to Mongolia in the north.

As one of the main cultural languages of South Asia, Sanskrit provides a useful foundation for other Asian languages including Indonesian, Thai, Urdu, Lao and Pali.

Sanskrit has a treasure trove of synonyms, for example while English only has one word for love, Sanskrit has 96! Despite its ancient origins, because the language is systematic and technical, today it highly compatible with the creation of coding and algorithms.

Program Aims

Sanskrit learning at ANU is not simply about acquiring a linguistic tool but helps students gain a deep understanding of ancient literature, spirituality and philosophy.

ANU is the only university in Australia to offer a full three-year Sanskrit major which means our award-winning online Sanskrit program has students enrolled from across the globe.

Sanskrit at ANU follows a holistic curriculum – balancing traditional practice in reading and grammar with speaking, chanting and singing. Students will join a vibrant community of like-minded language-learners and can expect innovative teaching methods.

Career opportunities

Sanskrit provides access to ancient and internationally-revered manuscripts like the Vedas and the Upanishads, honoured by millions across the globe. This means Sanskrit graduates can be found in unique industries such as:

  • Academia
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Computer coding
  • Consulting
  • Interpreting and translation
  • Linguistics
  • Literature
  • Meditation
  • Museums
  • The Arts
  • Theology
  • Yoga

Courses on Offer

SKRT1002         Sanskrit 1

SKRT1003         Sanskrit 2

SKRT2103         Sanskrit 3

SKRT2104         Sanskrit 4

SKRT3004         Sanskrit 5

SKRT3005         Sanskrit 6

Study Online

The six Sanskrit language courses are offered both on-campus and online. Sanskrit can be studied as part of an ANU degree, as a non-award subject or cross-institutionally, and is taught online through Open Universities Australia.

Online classes are not self-paced, and students will need to log in to a weekly online classroom to attend a minimum of 1.5 hours of classes. All students will need access to a computer, camera (inbuilt or external), a headset with microphone, reliable internet and a smartphone or scanner.

Interested in learning more about the program or how to enrol? We would love to hear from you! Get in touch using our languages enquiry form.

Global Learning Options

Students have multiple opportunities throughout their studies to study in India. Students are encouraged to have that immersive experience to complement their language learning through the short programs that ANU offers.

Most short programs are supported by the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan, with grants provided to students to assist with travel and/or living costs. Please contact the College Student Centre for more information or visit the global programs website.

Updated:  24 April, 2017/Responsible Officer:  Dean, ANU College of Asia & the Pacific/Page Contact:  CAP Web Team