Join us in learning Sanskrit.

Sanskrit has had a tremendous cultural influence throughout Asia and the world. Studying Sanskrit is a gateway to learning more about the arts, science, and philosophy of South Asia, as well as the religious streams of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism.

Six professors in the department work with the Sanskrit language, offering students an excitingly wide range of supervision.

Courses: Regular Sanskrit language instruction is offered at three levels:

  • Introductory (Year 1)
  • Intermediate (Year 2)
  • Advanced (Year 3)

The introductory course is divided into in two half courses: RLG260H1: Introduction to Sanskrit I in the Fall semester and RLG263H1: Introduction to Sanskrit II in the Winter semester. Over the two half courses, you will reach a point at which you can read simple texts in the original language. There are no prerequisites for RLG260H1. RLG260H1 is a prerequisite for RLG263H1.

In the intermediate (RLG359H1: Intermediate Sanskrit I and RLG360H1: Intermediate Sanskrit II) and advanced courses you will have the opportunity to read a wide range of texts in a workshop atmosphere. Classes meet over the Fall and Winter semesters. Courses are open both to U of T students and others. For those outside of the U of T community, please see our guidelines on Auditing a Course.

Start: September

For information, please contact Libbie Mills (

Introduction to Sanskrit I (RLG260H1):

PDF icon2022 RLG260H1F Introduction to Sanskrit I Syllabus.pdf

Introduction to Sanskrit II (RLG263H1):

PDF icon2023 RLG263 Introductory Sanskrit II Winter.pdf