In the degree programs on offer in Indian Studies at Zurich, language acquisition and the communication of foundational knowledge concerning history, society, literature, religion and philosophy play a large role. In the area of language, focus lies on Sanskrit, Pali and Hindi. Sanskrit enables the study of and research into the sources for ancient and medieval India, and thus the literature, history, religion and philosophy of these periods. The knowledge of a Middle Indic language (e.g. Pali) broadens the spectrum of accessible texts, for example with a view to Buddhist literature. Hindi is one of the most important present-day national languages and offers the possibility to explore historical, social and intellectual developments of modern India.