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Graduate Program

MA in Near Eastern Languages

Overview

This program consists of intensive modern and ancient language courses as well as courses in history, philosophy, and literature of the ancient and contemporary Near East. The program is designed for students who wish to take up a career in Semitic philology, journalism, history, languages, or the study of the history of the Near East, Eastern Christianity, Judaism or Islam. This program is ideal for students interested in the fields of the Hebrew Bible, Arabic heritage, and manuscript studies.

MA graduates and students registered in the second year of the MA may apply to the Emphasis in Teaching Ancient & Modern Languages.

The application form is available online and in printable format. Scholarships are also available for this program.

Enrollment

Open

Start Date

Sep 1, 2020

Program Length

2 Years

Tuition

ILS 26,000 / Year

Location

Jerusalem

Courses

Mandatory Courses

First Year: 2020-2021
Second Year: 2021–2022
Language CoursesECTS
Hebrew10.0
Hebrew10.0
Modern Standard Arabic 16.0
Modern Standard Arabic 26.0
Spoken Arabic 1 (Intensive)8.0
Spoken Arabic 28.0
Spoken Arabic 38.0

Students with no prior knowledge of the target language must start with Level I. Students with prior knowledge must complete a written and oral placement test and receive a grade in order to validate a level.

Theoretical & Practical CoursesECTS
Phonetics and Phonology2.0
Derivational Morphology2.0
Historical Geography III/IV2.0
Introduction to Arabic Literature2.0
Introduction to Hebrew Literature1.5
Introduction to Jewish Sources1.5
History of the Near East I/II2.0
Language CoursesECTS
Hebrew10.0
Hebrew10.0
Modern Standard Arabic 36.0
Modern Standard Arabic 46.0

Students with no prior knowledge of the target language must start with Level I. Students with prior knowledge must complete a written and oral placement test and receive a grade in order to validate a level.

Theoretical & Practical CoursesECTS
Applied Philology Seminar 1: Arabic Folklore & Popular Stories1.0
Applied Philology Seminar 2: Arabic in Media1.5
Arabic Philosophy1.5
Historical Geography I/II2.0
History of the Near East III/IV2.0
Issues in Semitic Languages1.5
Research Track
Non-Research Track
Theoretical & Practical CoursesECTS
Master's Thesis20.0
Theoretical & Practical CoursesECTS
Seminar Paper10.0
Extra Mandatory Courses4.0
Speech in Arabic or Hebrew6.0

Theoretical ECTS + Thesis

42.5

Language ECTS:

88.0

Total Required ECTS

130.5

Elective Courses

Elective courses listed here can be chosen over the two years without additional fees. Students may also request to register for elective courses from other programs for additional fees. Elective courses are subject to change.

Language CoursesECTS
Modern Hebrew (Aleph, Aleph+, Beth, Beth+, Gimel, Gimel+)10.0
Spoken Arabic (4, 5, 6)8.0
Spoken Arabic Advanced4.0
Biblical Hebrew I10.0
Biblical Hebrew II10.0
Biblical Hebrew III (Intensive)6.0
Biblical Hebrew IV6.0
Biblical Hebrew V6.0
Biblical Hebrew Readings3.0
Classical Syriac5.0
Bohairic Coptic I3.0
Bohairic Coptic II3.0
Latin I8.0
Latin II8.0
Latin III6.0
Latin IV6.0
Theoretical & Practical CoursesECTS
Historical Geography I2.0
Historical Geography II2.0
Historical Geography III2.0
Historical Geography IV2.0
History of the Near East I2.0
History of the Near East II2.0
History of the Near East III2.0
Issues in Teaching Ancient Languages1.5
Lexicon, Code, and Interaction2.0
Syntax of Natural Languages2.0
Patristic Sources1.0
Rabbinic and Early Christian Literature1.5
Medieval Sources2.0
Semitic Palaeography1.5
Introduction to Biblical Hebrew Philology1.5
Introduction to Ugaritic Language & Literature2.0
Jewish Feasts0.5
The Notion of God According to the Tanakh, Christian Bible and Qur'an1.0

Emphasis in Teaching Ancient & Modern Languages

MA graduates and students registered in the second year of the MA or have the equivalent language level according to the Polis method may apply to the Emphasis in Teaching Ancient & Modern Languages, a track that focuses on the particularities of teaching languages in an immersive setting. Students following this track will gain first-hand experience in teaching and the ability to participate in methodological courses and workshops.​

Registration for the Emphasis track grants an additional 8.5 ECTS free of charge.

Theoretical & Practical CoursesECTS
Assistant Teaching4.0
Issues in Teaching Ancient Languages1.5
Workshops3.0

Concentration in Semitic Philology

Students wishing to focus on ancient Semitic languages may apply to the Concentration in Semitic Philology. Students who choose this Concentration are required to register for Biblical Hebrew to fulfill the Hebrew requirement. This Track includes the following courses, which will replace mandatory courses in the program worth an equivalent number of ECTS:

Theoretical & Practical CoursesECTS
Introduction to Biblical Hebrew Philology1.5
Introduction to Ugaritic Language & Literature2.0
Semitic Palaeography1.5
Entry Requirements
How to Apply
Scholarships
Fees
Disclaimer

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 letters of recommendation - at least one should be from an academic reference
    Letters of recommendation must be sent directly by each reference (either 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
    Passport photos should be sent by post. Candidates who submit their applications after May 1 may submit clear digital passport photos.
  • 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

Archimedes

100% + Stipend | Two Academic Years | 30 hrs/wk of volunteer work

This scholarship will cover 100% of tuition for two academic years, in the form of a tuition discount.

The recipient will receive a stipend up to 3,600 NIS per month. An additional stipend of 5,000 NIS may be awarded by the Management committee based on merit. Failure to fulfill the requirements will result in the revocation of the scholarship and the student will be responsible for paying the tuition in full.

Task Description: Students who receive this grant will be required to fulfill 30 hours of volunteer work per week in promotion during the academic year.

Prerequisites: Candidates should be students of a graduate program at Polis or have begun the application process. Candidates should also have demonstrable experience with Microsoft Office, Photoshop, website design, and social media.

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 2020-2021 academic year.

Deadline: September 1, 2020

Fees

Application Fee

ILS 500

For processing the application

Registration Fee

ILS 3,000

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.

Tuition Fee

ILS 26,000 / year

Disclaimer

This program, offered at the Polis Institute in Jerusalem, is accredited by the University of Navarra (Spain) or the International University of Catalonia (Barcelona).

ECTS = European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System