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Jerusalem Studies

One Year Program in JERUSALEM STUDIES

Overview

The objective of this new one-year graduate program is to appreciate Jerusalem in its cultural, historical, and linguistic diversity.  Students will spend considerable time in direct contact with various communities in order to gain a firsthand understanding.  This will include overseeing socio-linguistic questionnaires, recording interviews, visiting historically significant sites, and meeting with representatives of Jerusalem communities.

The program is especially suitable for professional development in the fields of tourism, journalism, diplomacy, or international cooperation, and may also be of interest to students of cultural studies or socio-linguistics who desire a deeper understanding of the complexities surrounding modern-day Jerusalem.

Considering that language is an integral part of understanding culture, the Jerusalem Studies program includes a language studies option for students who wish to improve their skills in Hebrew (Biblical and Modern), Arabic (Spoken and MSA), Ancient Greek, Classical Syriac, or Bohairic Coptic.

Enrollment

Open

Program Dates

Sep 1, 2022 – Jun 29, 2023

Program Length

1 Year

Location

Jerusalem

Courses

Mandatory Courses

Language CoursesECTS
Spoken Arabic
Modern Standard Arabic
Biblical Hebrew
Classical Syriac5.0
Coptic
Latin
Ancient Greek

Mandatory Languages: 150 academic hours To choose among all the language levels offered at Polis. The student can take a placement test if they have previous knowledge

Theoretical & Practical CoursesECTS
Holy City: Jerusalem's Sacredness through the Ages3.0
Bible and Shovel: Biblical Archaelogy of Jerusalem and Environs2.0
Ancient Maps of Jerusalem and the Holy Land2.0
Jerusalem Codices and Communities in the Middle Ages2.0
Sharing the Holy: Religious Communities in Contemporary Jerusalem2.0
Languages of Jerusalem (theoretical course and practicums)1.5
Christian Arabs: History, Culture and Art2.0
Jerusalem and Babylon1.0
The Names of Jerusalem0.6
Sources on Jerusalem Pt. 12.0
Sources on Jerusalem Pt. 22.0
Epigraphy, Codicology and Paleography I2.0
Epigraphy, Codicology and Paleography II2.0
The Haredi Sector in Jerusalem and Israel1.5
Jerusalem Communities1.0
Historical Geography1.5
History of the Near East I2.0
Lectures and Workshops1.0
PRACTICUM: Final Project10.0

Mandatory Languages

150.0

Mandatory Courses

295.0

Elective Courses

92.0

Practicum

100.0

Total

600.0

Elective Courses

Students should choose up to 200 academic hours, including additional language courses. Any extra courses over 200 academic hours may be subject to a fee

Language CoursesECTS
Additional language courses
Theoretical & Practical CoursesECTS
Jewish Feasts0.5
History of the Near East II2.0
Qumran Hebrew Readings (taught in Hebrew)2.0
Mishnaic Hebrew Readings (taught in Hebrew)2.0
Biblical Hebrew Readings3.0
NOTE: This program is eligible to the Spouse Discount
Entry Requirements
How to Apply
Scholarships
Fees

Entry Requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree or equivalent from a recognized university is required.
  • Students are expected to be fluent in English.

Admissions

Please prepare the following documents in order to apply. Application can be submitted online or by mail.

  • A filled application form
  • A letter of motivation
  • Two academic letters of recommendation
    Letters of recommendation must be sent directly by each reference (both through email or post).
  • A copy of your B.A. diploma or equivalent with description of courses and grades
    Transcripts must be sent directly from each university
  • An official copy of your B.A. transcript and other relevant transcripts
  • CV or résumé
  • A copy of the main page of your passport, with Israeli stamps if applicable
  • Two passport photographs
  • Application Fee of 500 NIS

All documents must be submitted as PDF. Files should include the candidate’s family name followed by the item name (ex: Rodriguez passport copy). Documents can be sent individually.

Applications are examined by the Academic Board, which decides on the admission in the weeks following the submission of the full application.

Scholarships

Callimachus

Full tuition | One Academic Year | 15 hrs/wk of volunteer work

Callimachus is a full tuition scholarship discount for one academic year. The recipient of this scholarship will be required to fulfill 15 hours of volunteer work per week during the academic year.

The recipient will maintain the Polis Academic Library collection and catalogue, as well as supervise fellow student
volunteers in the various tasks necessary for the successful operation of the library.

Prerequisites: Applicants should be registered students at Polis. Candidates should also have previous library experience and at least a Bachelor’s degree, preferably in one of the fields of Humanities.

NB: This grant is subject to the General Requisites of the Grant Fund, which can be found on the application form and upon request from the Administrative Office. These policies are in effect for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Deadline: March 15, 2022

Demetrius

Full tuition + Stipend | One Academic Year | teaching Ancient Greek

Demetrius scholarship recipients are expected to teach a certain number of academic hours of Ancient Greek in the 2022-2023 academic year. Recipients of this grant will receive a tuition discount and a stipend.

Prerequisites: Candidates should have a BA in one of the fields of Humanities. They should have reading and speaking fluency in Ancient Greek and the experience to teach the language through immersive methods. Only candidates with demonstrable knowledge and experience will be considered for this scholarship.

NB: This grant is subject to the General Requisites of the Grant Fund, which can be found on the application form and upon request from the Administrative Office. These policies are in effect for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Deadline: March 15, 2022

Hierosolyma

13 000 NIS | One Academic Year | 10 hrs/wk of volunteer work

Hierosolyma is a 13,000 NIS scholarship in the form of a tuition discount for one academic year. Students who receive this grant will be required to fulfill 10 hours of volunteer work per week during the academic year.

Prerequisites: All applicants should be students of the MA, One Year, or Fluency program at Polis or have begun the application process for the program. All applicants will be required to submit a writing sample once the application form and other documents have been submitted.

NB: This grant is subject to the General Requisites of the Grant Fund, which can be found on the application form and upon request from the Administrative Office. These policies are in effect for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Deadline: March 15, 2022

Origen

6 000 NIS | One Academic Year | 7 hrs/wk of volunteer work

Origen is a 6,000 NIS scholarship in the form of a tuition discount for one academic year. Students who receive this grant will be required to fulfill 7 hours of volunteer work per week during the academic year.

Prerequisites: All applicants should be students of the MA, One Year, or Fluency program at Polis or have begun the application process for the program. All applicants will be required to submit a writing sample once the application form and other documents have been submitted.

NB: This grant is subject to the General Requisites of the Grant Fund, which can be found on the application form and upon request from the Administrative Office. These policies are in effect for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Deadline: March 15, 2022

Plato

19 500 NIS | One Academic Year | 12 hrs/wk of volunteer work

Plato is a 19,500 NIS scholarship in the form of a tuition discount for one academic year. Students who receive this grant will be required to fulfill 12 hours of volunteer work per week during the academic year.

Prerequisites: All applicants should be students of the MA, One Year, or Fluency program at Polis or have begun the application process for the program. All applicants will be required to submit a writing sample once the application form and other documents have been submitted.

NB: This grant is subject to the General Requisites of the Grant Fund, which can be found on the application form and upon request from the Administrative Office. These policies are in effect for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Deadline: March 15, 2022

Virgilius

Full tuition | One Academic Year | 20 hrs/wk of volunteer work

Virgilius is a full tuition scholarship discount for one academic year. Students who receive this grant will be required to fulfill 20 hours of volunteer work per week during the academic year.

Prerequisites: All applicants should be fluent in Latin and students of the MA, One Year, or Fluency program at Polis or have begun the application process for the program. All applicants will be required to submit a writing sample once the application form and other documents have been submitted.

NB: This grant is subject to the General Requisites of the Grant Fund, which can be found on the application form and upon request from the Administrative Office. These policies are in effect for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Deadline: March 15, 2022

Fees

Application Fee

ILS 500

For processing the application

Registration Fee

ILS 4000

Students who have been accepted to a program will be asked to confirm their attendance by paying the registration fee which is part of the total tuition fee for the academic year when they begin their studies.

Self-Financed Student Discount

ILS 7000

Discount is available for students who are financing their studies from their own resources or loans or their close family.

Early Registration Discount

ILS 2000

Discount is available for students who register and pay in full by June 1, 2022.

Tuition Fee

ILS 27 000 to 36 000 / year