Indian and Subcontinental Studies program overview

The Department of Indian Subcontinental Studies Program offers a major in Sanskrit that can be included in many degrees offered at the University of Sydney. The Department also administers the Buddhist Studies Program. Depending on your year of enrolment the requirements for completing the major may be different. Select from the options below to see the requirements relevant to you.

I started my degree before 2014

Students who wish to major in Sanskrit must complete 36 senior credit points in Sanskrit units of study including both Sanskrit Research Preparation units (SANS2612 and SANS3612).

I started my degree in or after 2014

A major in Sanskrit requires 36 senior credit points including at least 6 credit points at 3000 level.

The units of study for the major can be found in the Table A unit of study table for Sanskrit. The table shows units of study on offer in the current handbook year. You may find information regarding a full list of units of study available to the major on the departmental website.

For more in-depth information on the Sanskrit major, including tables and descriptions of the units of study available, for current year enrolments go to

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Undergraduate Handbook - Sanskrit

For previous year enrolments: Handbook archive.

Unit of Study prerequisites are also reviewed from time to time. The prerequisites listed for units in your year of enrolment are valid for the duration of your candidature.


Academic policies and procedures

The Department follows the policies and procedures set out by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences – for information, follow these links to the requisite Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences pages:

Policies webpage for information on:
- Plagiarism - Satisfactory progress - Late Work - Attendance

Student Administration Manual contains procedures, and the necessary forms, for amongst others:
- Applying for credit
- Applying for a DNF after the semester deadline
- Applying for Honours
- Applying for a suspension for one or two semesters
- Appealing against a result

Special Consideration webpage for information on:
- Special Consideration - for serious illness or misadventure
- Special Arrangements - for essential community commitments
- Extensions on assessments - for minor illness or misadventure