Oriental Studies

Oriental Studies at Balliol College

Balliol has only a few students reading Oriental Studies, and suits those who prefer reading the subject within a community that offers them access to others reading a wide range of different subjects in the arts and sciences.

Number of places at Balliol: 2.


The Boden Chair in Sanskrit has been attached to the College since 1880. The College is privileged also to have attached to it in recent years the Numata Chair in Buddhist Studies.

Boden Professor of Sanskrit and Professorial Fellow
Sasha Restifo (photo: Rob Judges)
Asoke Kumar Sarkar Fellow in Classical Indology
Yehan Numata Professor of Buddhist Studies and Professorial Fellow

About the course

Please see the Oriental Institute website and the University’s course pages.

Course requirements and selection criteria

Please see:

How to apply to read Oriental Studies at Balliol College