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Languages at UW-Madison



For more than 2000 years, Sanskrit was the medium of classical Indian literature. Knowledge of Sanskrit provides a key to a first-hand understanding of classical religious and philosophic texts in South Asia and is especially important for the study of Hinduism and Buddhism. There is also a large body of poetic and scientific texts in Sanskrit. UW-Madison provides regular instruction in Sanskrit, including 4 semesters of language courses and an advanced reading course. 

Majors & Certificates 

South Asian Studies Certificate; visit the Majors & Certificates page for more information.


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Study Abroad 

You can study Sanskrit in India. Contact International Academic Programs for more information.

Student Organizations 

Browse the Wisconsin Involvement Network for more information.