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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.

Please note that the degree is awarded by a third-party university and not by Polis.

Enrollment

Open

Start Date

Aug 24, 2021

Program Length

2 Years

Tuition

ILS 26 500 to 33 000 / Year

Location

Jerusalem

Courses

Mandatory Courses

First Year: 2021-2022
Second Year: 2022–2023
Language CoursesECTS
Hebrew20.0
Modern Standard Arabic20.0
Spoken Arabic24.0

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 in order to qualify for higher levels.

Theoretical & Practical CoursesECTS
Arabic Philosophy1.5
Historical Geography I/II2.0
History of the Near East III/IV2.0
Lexicon, Code, and Interaction2.0
Syntax of Natural Languages2.0
Issues in Semitic Languages1.5
Introduction to Jewish Sources1.5
Introduction to Arabic Philology1.5
Language CoursesECTS
Hebrew20.0
Modern Standard Arabic16.0

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 in order to qualify for higher levels.

Theoretical & Practical CoursesECTS
Phonetics and Phonology2.0
Derivational Morphology2.0
History of the Near East I/II2.0
Historical Geography III/IV2.0
Applied Philology Seminar 2: Arabic in Media1.5
Introduction to Arabic Literature2.0
Introduction to Hebrew Literature1.5
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

43.0

Language ECTS:

100.0

Total Required ECTS

143.0

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
Biblical Hebrew41.0
Classical Syriac5.0
Coptic6.0
Latin28.0
Modern Hebrew40.0
Spoken Arabic28.0
Speech in Arabic or Hebrew6.0
Theoretical & Practical CoursesECTS
Historical Geography4.0
History of the Near East4.0
Phonetics and Phonology2.0
Derivational Morphology2.0
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
Applied Philology Seminar 1: Arabic Folklore & Popular Stories1.0
Arabic Readings4.0
Jewish Feasts0.5
Selected Near Eastern Language4.0
Modern Arabic Literature: Politics, Identity and Gender2.0
The Genre of Parables in Gospels and Early Jewish Texts1.5
The Notion of God According to the Tanakh, Christian Bible and Qur'an2.0
Islamic Modernity in Modern and Contemporary Arab Thought1.5

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
Issues in Teaching Ancient Languages1.5
Workshops3.0
Assistant Teaching4.0
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

Full tuition + 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, 2021

Callimachus

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

This scholarship will cover 100% of tuition for one academic year, in the form of a tuition discount. 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 2020-2021 academic year.

Deadline: March 29, 2021

Demetrius 1

Full tuition + Stipend | One Academic Year | 400 academic hrs of teaching Ancient Greek

Task Description: The recipient of this scholarship will teach 400 academic hours of Ancient Greek in the 2021-2022 academic year, with 10 hours per week in the fall and spring semesters, and 90 AH over the intensive Greek course in the August - September term. The recipient 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 following the Polis Method.

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 2021-2022 academic year.

Deadline: March 29, 2021

Demetrius 2

Full tuition + Stipend | One Academic Year | 271 academic hrs of teaching Ancient Greek

Task Description: The recipient of this scholarship will teach 271 academic hours of Ancient Greek in the 2021-2022 academic year, with 6 hours/week in the fall and spring semesters, and 30 AH over the intensive Greek course in the August - September term. This candidate may also be asked to coordinate the Greek department and teach a total of 61 AH in the Emphasis in Teaching Ancient Languages track. The recipient 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 following the Polis Method.

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 2021-2022 academic year.

Deadline: March 29, 2021

Demetrius 3

Full tuition + Stipend | One Academic Year | Teaching 2 courses of Ancient Greek

Recipient will teach at least 2 Ancient Greek language courses, over the academic year.

Task Description: - Recipient will teach at least 2 Ancient Greek language courses, over the academic year. - Recipient will have the right to register for free in courses of his choice offered at the institute for up to 12 ECTS. Beyond 12 ECTS, the recipient should pay half the tuition fee. - The schedule may be adjusted according to specific needs of the administration. - The recipient must coordinate their time so that volunteer hours can be completed.

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 following the Polis Method.

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: March 29, 2021

Hierosolyma

13 500 NIS | One Academic Year | 10 hrs/wk of volunteer work

This scholarship will cover 50% of tuition for one academic year, in the form of a tuition discount. 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 2020-2021 academic year.

Deadline: March 29, 2021

Origen

6 500 NIS | One Academic Year | 7 hrs/wk of volunteer work

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 2020-2021 academic year.

Deadline: March 29, 2021

Philo of Alexandria

20 000 NIS | One Academic Year | 12 hrs/wk of volunteer work

This scholarship will cover 75% of tuition for one academic year, in the form of a tuition discount. Students who receive this grant will be required to fulfill 12 hours of volunteer work per week during the academic year.

Prerequisites: Grantees will complete all the possible levels of Greek as well as a special program of readings. If requested by the Greek Department, the grantee would start teaching the third year 6 hours a week (“Greek Lunches” and half of Ancient Greek, Level 1) and the following year 12 hours a week (Ancient Greek, Level 1, Greek Readings, Greek Lunches). The grantee will commit to be available to teach at Polis Institute at the end of the scholarship for at least 3 semesters. All applicants should be students of the MA in Ancient Philology at the Polis Institute or have begun the application process for the program. If the candidate has already an MA, the registration requested could be on the Fluency Program for Ancient Greek. All applicants will be required to submit a writing sample once the application form and other documents have been submitted. All candidates should have at least permanent residence in the country. All candidates are required to hold a BA.

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: March 29, 2021

Plato

20 000 NIS | One Academic Year | 12 hrs/wk of volunteer work

This scholarship will cover 75% of tuition for one academic year, in the form of a tuition discount. 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 2020-2021 academic year

Deadline: March 29, 2021

Virgilius

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

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 2020-2021 academic year.

Deadline: March 29, 2021

Fees

Application Fee

ILS 500

For processing the application

Registration Fee

ILS 3000

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 5000

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

Early Registration Discount

ILS 1500

Discount is available for students who register and pay in full by August 1, 2021.

Tuition Fee

ILS 26 500 to 33 000 / 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). Please note that the ECTS are awarded by the accrediting institutions and not by Polis.

ECTS = European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System

1 ECTS = 10 academic hours