Resources for Learning Sanskrit

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Books and Other Self-Study Aids


Intensive Courses and Other Special Programs


Formal Academic Study

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Formal Academic Study - USA


The Big Schools: Title VI Universities

Title VI grants are given by the US Government to "institutions of higher education to establish, strengthen, and operate comprehensive and undergraduate language and area/international studies centers that will be national resources"



Brown University

The Department of Classics at Brown University offers a graduate program leading to the degrees of M.A. and Ph.D. in Classics, as well as undergraduate concentrations in Classics, Greek, Latin, Greek and Latin, and Classics and Sanskrit.



The University of Iowa

The Department of Asian Languages and Literature offers undergraduate and graduate programs in languages and literatures of East and South Asia, with a focus on either China, Japan or South Asia (the Indian subcontinent) .


Harvard University

The Department of Sanskrit and Indian Studies provides students with an opportunity to study the civilizations of South Asia and of related cultures by developing competence in Sanskrit or another South Asian language, and by examining the literature, the religious and philosophical traditions, the aesthetic and artistic traditions, and the moral and social traditions of that civilization.



Maharishi University of Management

Maharishi University of Management offers an officially accredited MA and PhD in Maharishi Vedic Science which emphasizes reading Vedic texts in Sanskrit in light of the teachings of His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi founder of the Transcendental Meditation (TM) and TM-Sidhis Programs



Other Sanskrit Programs


 American Sanskrit Institute (Vyas Houston)

The American Sanskrit Institute was created by Vyaas Houston M.A. in 1989 with a vision of Sanskrit as a universal sacred language. ASI courses emphasize the ease and joy of learning Sanskrit through an immersion experience, the enjoyment of making the sounds, fluently reading the original Devanagari script, and directly reading, chanting and understanding sacred literature.



Formal Academic Study – India


Banaras Hindu University (Varanasi)


University of Pune


Sampurnanand Sanskrit University (Varanasi)




Formal Academic Study – Canada



Formal Academic Study – Europe



Formal Academic Study – Australia



Formal Academic Study – Asia



Formal Academic Study – Latin America