Autodidacticism (also autodidactism) or self-education (also self-learning and self-teaching) is education without the guidance of masters (such as teachers and professors) or institutions (such as schools). Generally, an autodidact is an individual who chooses the subject they will study, their studying material, and the studying rhythm and time. An autodidact may or may not have formal education, and their study may be either a complement or an alternative to it. Many notable contributions have been made by autodidacts.


The term has its roots in the Ancient Greek words αὐτός (autós, lit. 'self') and διδακτικός (didaktikos, lit. 'teaching'). The related term didacticism defines an artistic philosophy of education.

Other Languages
Afrikaans: Outodidak
Alemannisch: Autodidakt
العربية: تعلم ذاتي
български: Автодидактизъм
čeština: Samouk
Cymraeg: Hunanaddysg
dansk: Autodidakt
Deutsch: Autodidakt
eesti: Autodidakt
español: Autoaprendizaje
Esperanto: Memlernanto
فارسی: خودآموزی
français: Autoformation
Frysk: Autodidakt
हिन्दी: स्वयंपाठी
Bahasa Indonesia: Otodidak
italiano: Autoformazione
latviešu: Autodidakts
magyar: Autodidakta
മലയാളം: സ്വയംപഠനം
Nederlands: Zelfstudie
日本語: 独学
norsk: Autodidakt
norsk nynorsk: Autodidakt
português: Autodidata
русский: Самоучка
Simple English: Autodidact
српски / srpski: Samoobrazovanje
svenska: Autodidaktik
Türkçe: Özeğitimcilik
українська: Самовиховання
Tiếng Việt: Chủ nghĩa tự học
中文: 自主學習