Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
Ten Incarnations
Closing Ceremony
on Friday, 26 August, 10 am, SAI Z 10
The students performed the play "The cleverness of the thief" als well as songs in Nepali, Sanskrit and Tibetan.
Entire programme

Für die Teilnahme an den Summer School-Kursen wurden an die Heidelberger Studierenden - finanziert aus Studiengebühren - Stipendien in Höhe von je 200 € vergeben.

Next Summer Schools
  • 2012: 6 - 31 August
  • 2013: 5 - 30 August
  • 2014: 4 - 29 August
  • 2015: 3 - 28 August

Summer Schools

Spoken Sanskrit

Sadananda Das
  • This is the 12th consecutive year that this course is being organized in Heidelberg under the guidance of Dr. Sadananda Das, who is a speaker and experienced teacher of spoken Sanskrit. Since its beginning it is attracting students and scholars of Indology from all over the world. This is a unique opportunity to learn and practice spoken Sanskrit in a dynamic fashion.
  • The course

    (6 ECTS points) The course teaches students how to converse in simple Sanskrit on the topics of daily life. The necessary grammar will be introduced and returned to repeatedly to help students internalise it. The students‘ participation in the strong interactive element of the course will be supported by the use of multimedia aids. The course concludes with the performance of a small play in Sanskrit.
  • The teacher

    Dr. Sadananda Das received a PhD from the Centre of Advanced Study in Sanskrit, University of Pune. From 1993 to 2005 he worked as a research fellow in India. He has taught summer schools in spoken Sanskrit in several universities in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain and Australia. Since 2005 he has been working as a lecturer in Sanskrit at the University of Leipzig.
  • Timetable

    Classes from 9:00 to 17:00 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, and 9:00 to 13:00 on Wednesday and Saturday.
  • Prerequisites

    Knowledge of English and basic knowledge of Sanskrit, as well as the ability to read Devanāgarī script. The course will be conducted in Sanskrit medium. Read less
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Nepali Intensive

Laxmi Nath Shresta
  • This course provides a great chance to learn and practice Nepali intensively, in a lively format. Through its success in previous years, the course has become a regular feature of the Heidelberg Summer Schools.
  • The course

    (6 ECTS points)A special feature of this course is that students are en- couraged from the very first day to speak only Nepali. The focus will be on the application of the acquired skills in real-life contexts and will involve practical exercises such as dialogue-training, letter-writing, rehearsing Ne- pali songs, and more. Furthermore, students will also be introduced to the applied geography of Nepal and the diversity of its local customs. The course thus teaches the skills that are necessary for a genuine engagement with Nepalese culture, required for example in the context of fieldwork-related research, work in NGOs, but also of great use during personal vacations.
  • The teacher

    Laxmi Nath Shrestha is an experienced teacher who has taught Nepali to generations of students and researchers. He is well known within the scholarly circle of Nepal ex- perts for his exceptional pedagogical skills. He comes from Kathmandu, where he has taught Nepali for four decades.
  • Timetable

    Classes from 9:00 to 17:00 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, and 9:00 to 13:00 on Wednesday and Saturday.
  • Prerequisites

    A reasonable knowledge of English (the medium of the classes), as well as some familiarity with Nepali or other rela- ted South Asian language(s). Read less

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Saraju Rath
  • Grantha script occupies a major position in South Asia‘s cultural history. It is the only script specially designed to write Sanskrit (and Vedic) texts, including royal records and other documents in the southern states of the Indian subcontinent. It was in use from around 500 CE to the beginning of the 20th century, and a large number of manuscripts in South India are in this script. The students will become familiar with this script and its place in the history of Indian scripts and manuscript culture.
  • The course

    (6 ECTS points)
    • The origin and development of scripts in ancient India
    • Grantha script and its historical and linguistic context
    • Grantha script: its varieties and stages of development
    • Learning Grantha: writing and reading Grantha and the handwriting of ancient scribes: practice in the reading of Grantha palm-leaf manuscripts
  • The teacher

    Dr. Saraju Rath has an MA, M.Phil and PhD in Sanskrit Grammar, and an MA in Manuscriptology (CASS, Pune). From 1998 she gave post-graduate courses and lectures on Ancient Scripts of India and Manuscriptology in Pune and at several universities in Europe. Since 2004 she has been working on Indian manuscript collections as a research fellow of the International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden, Netherlands.
  • Timetable

    Monday-Friday, 9:00 till 17:00. A course day will consist of three hours in the morning, three hours in the afternoon, including writing and reading practice.
  • Prerequisites

    A basic knowledge of Sanskrit. The medium of instruction is English. Read less

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Colloquial Tibetan

Jonathan Samuels
  • This is the very first time that a course of Colloquial Tibetan will be held at the SAI Summer Schools. Guided by an experienced teacher, students will be introduced to a fascinating culture with a rich heritage.
  • The course

    (6 ECTS points)The course aims to introduce students to the basics of conversation and to develop the skills necessary for smooth communication. The focus will be upon the Central Tibetan dialect, knowledge of which will enable the participants to connect to a vast number of speakers in Tibet, as well as those in Tibetan communities in exile.
  • The teacher

    The principal teacher of this course is Jonathan Samuels (Geshe Sherab Gyatso), an instructor of Tibetan language of many years experience, including as the main teacher of the Lotsawa Rinchen Zangpo Translator Programme, Dharamsala, India, 1996 – 2004. He is currently completing his PhD at Oxford Univer- sity, and is a research associate and language teacher at the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe” at Heidelberg University.
  • Timetable

    Six to eight hours of class time and conversation prac- tice per day, Monday to Friday.
  • Prerequisites

    A reasonable knowledge of English (the medium of the classes) is a prerequisite for prospective participants. They should also, by the start of the course, be familiar with the Tibetan sound and writing systems (self-study material can be provided). Read less

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General Information

Contact / Venue

  • Heidelberg University
  • South Asia Institute
  • Cultural and Religious History of South Asia (Classical Indology)
  • Im Neuenheimer Feld 330
  • D-69120 Heidelberg
  • Tel. +49(0)6221 54-8817
  • Fax +49(0)6221 54-6338


  • Last date of application: 31st May 2011
  • Number of seats limited to 20 in each course


  • Course fee, inclusive of teaching materials: 420 Euros.
  • The money must be paid by 15th June 2011, at latest, by cheque or transfer to the following account:
    • Heidelberg University
    • Acc. no. 7421 5004 36
    • Baden-Wuerttembergische Bank Stuttgart, BLZ 600 501 01
    • Re: SAI Summer School 2011, K-Stelle: 97028000
    • Iban: DE69 6005 0101 7421 5004 36


  • Accommodation in the university students’ hostel can be organised upon request, for an extra amount of 220 Euros, for the whole August.
  • The money must be paid by 15th June 2011, at the latest, by cheque or transfer to the account above.
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Previous Summer Schools


  • Summer Schools 2011: News bulletin in Sanskrit from All India Radio about Heidelberg and Barcelona courses broadcast on 12th September 2011:
    (PDF:)  PDF-File
    Audio-File (MP3)
  • Summer Schools 2005: (German:)  Die Korrekt-Zähler (DIE ZEIT, 1.2.2006)

See posters of previous events:

(Email:)   Seitenbearbeiter, Studienberater
Im Neuenheimer Feld 330, D-69120 Heidelberg
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