Sanskrit Library Courses

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The Sanskrit Library offers courses in two formats as indicated by the first letter of the course number:

  1. Continuing education courses (C)

    Continuing education courses are intended for casual learning. They require no preparation on the part of the students and involve no homework. These courses consist of ten one-hour classes, usually one per week, in which the teacher lectures for about forty-five minutes and then entertains questions for the last fifteen minutes. Enrollment fees vary from $300 to $500 as indicated in the course description.

  2. University equivalent courses (U)

    University equivalent courses are structured to fit the American University semester sytem. They consist of three one-hour classes per week for thirteen weeks followed by a week of review and a week of examinations. Although The Sanskrit Library is not at present an accredited academic institution, each course should be equivalent to a one semester three or four credit course at the undergraduate or graduate level. Enrollment fees vary from $1,500 to $2,500 as indicated in the course description

Courses are of three types as indicated by the second letter of the course number:

  1. General (G)

    General courses are taught in variety of literary and scientific topics and are taught in English. General continuing education courses provide an introduction to practical as well as literary and scientific topics, while general university equivalent courses provide more in depth investigation of literary and philosophical topics.

  2. Sanskrit (S)

    Sanskrit courses instruct the Sanskrit language at all levels from beginning to advanced and include specialized instruction in a variety of disciplines including classical Sanskrit literature, philosophy, particularly {s}ANKya, {y}oga, and {v}edAnta, Vedic, {v}yAkaraRa, and {A}yurveda.

  3. Pandit training (P)

    Pandit training courses are university equivalent courses conducted in the Sanskrit medium that train students employing traditional oral methods. They are also offered in a variety of disciplines.