with Dr. Antonia M. Ruppel
Join renowned teacher Dr. Antonia M. Ruppel, and a global cohort of students, for this unique opportunity to study and receive world-class training in Classical Sanskrit—from the comfort of your own home.
This is the third term of our online Elementary Sanskrit program with Dr. Antonia Ruppel. After the break, we will be picking up right where we left off in SKT 102.
For students who have not taken SKT 102 but are interested in enrolling in SKT 103 directly, you will be asked to take our online placement exam.
In this three-term sequence spanning 9 months, you will be introduced to all regular Sanskrit grammar, will acquire a vocabulary of around 500 words, and will gather plenty of experience reading original Sanskrit texts.
The SKT courses will have a dual emphasis: they will help you memorize what you need to know, but more than that, they will help you understand the many structures behind the Sanskrit language, thus minimizing the need for rote learning as much as possible.
The courses will follow The Cambridge Introduction to Sanskrit (2017), written by the instructor herself, and will progress at around one chapter per week. Using the book’s various supplementary resources (a dedicated video per chapter, electronic flash-cards for all verb and noun forms, vocabulary introduced by the book, and various other downloads), students will get to know each week’s new materials through a variety of pedagogical approaches.
There will be weekly written homework, optional quizzes to test yourself, as well as a “take-home” mid-term and a final.
The grading will be such that anyone who puts a regular solid effort into the weekly homework will pass; those aiming for a B or an A will also need to perform accordingly on the two exams.
Dr. Antonia M. Ruppel i
Lecturer in Sanskrit, Institute of Indology and Tibetology, LMU, Munich, Germany
Antonia Ruppel is a Classicist by training who came to Sanskrit through a series of fortunate accidents. She learnt the language as an autodidact, and one of her reasons for writing her textbook, The Cambridge Introduction to Sanskrit (2017), was to make the experience of studying Sanskrit easier and more pleasant for others. She has recently published the followup volume, An Introductory Sanskrit Reader: Improving Reading Fluency (2021), designed to help students gain reading fluency in an enjoyable and straightforward way.
Language pedagogy is at the heart of her life. She has been teaching Sanskrit for 15 years at universities such as Cornell, Oxford and now the LMU in Munich, Germany, as well as offering courses in variety of formats online.
Shanti Bhavan is a U.S. 501(c)(3) and India 80-G non-profit organization based in Bangalore, India, that operates a pre-K-12 residential school in Baliganapalli, Tamil Nadu.
Shanti Bhavan empowers children from India’s lowest socioeconomic class to break the cycle of generational poverty through education, leadership, and compassion.
Yogic Studies is proud to be able to support their efforts.LEARN MORE
Yes. Students must have taken SKT 101 + 102 with Dr. Ruppel or its equivalent elsewhere. Students should possess competency through the first 24 chapters of the textbook, The Cambridge Introduction to Sanskrit.
Students who wish to be considered for SKT 103, who have not taken SKT 101 + 102, may take our online placement exam, at any time: https://www.yogicstudies.com/sanskrit-placement
Not to worry! All live sessions with Dr. Ruppel will be recorded and posted to the course website within 24 hours. Students will have lifetime access to them.
So while live attendance is strongly encouraged to get the most out of the course, you can still participate by watching the recordings.
You are also encouraged to participate in the online Community forum, and have the opportunity to send questions in ahead of time, especially if you cannot attend live.
No not necessarily. You are welcome to only register for a single course and see if the program is right for you, before committing to the full 9-month curriculum.
However, you will only be able to proceed to SKT 102 and 103 if you have completed SKT 101, or successfully taken the SKT 102 or 103 placement test.
Yes, we will be using The Cambridge Introduction to Sanskrit (Cambridge University Press, 2017), written by our instructor, Dr. Antonia M. Ruppel herself!
Each student will be responsible for purchasing a copy of this textbook. No other texts or purchases are necessary.
Dr. Ruppel will be utilizing a variety of pedagogical approaches to make Sanskrit learning fun and tangible for online students.
Each week students will utilize the textbook’s various supplementary resources (a dedicated video per chapter, electronic flash-cards for all verb and noun forms, vocabulary introduced by the book, and various other downloads).
We will then gather twice a week on Zoom to discuss the grammatical material, go over questions, and further examples together.
Unfortunately, SKT 101-103 are the only courses that are NOT included in the YS Membership Program. The reason behind this is we need to open/close enrollment at set dates and create unique Sanskrit cohorts to better serve the learning environment for both instructor and students.
However, both SKT 100a | The Devanāgarī Seminar and SKT 100b | Sanskrit for Yogis are available to students in the YS Membership Program.
Yes! Upon completion of each SKT course in the series, you will be eligible for an official Yogic Studies certificate of completion.
Upon completion of the entire Elementary Sanskrit series, you will be eligible for an additional certificate.
Each course also earns you 5 credits towards the Yogic Studies Advanced Certificate Program (YSACP).