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Graduate Program

Near Eastern Languages - Third-Party Accredited MA

Overview

The Two-Year Academic Program in Near Eastern Languages consists of intensive and full immersion modern and ancient language courses in Arabic and Hebrew as well as courses in history, philosophy, and literature of the ancient and contemporary Near East. Some of these courses are taught in either Arabic or Hebrew. Students will gain the ability to read moderately difficult narrative texts without the need of a dictionary/translation, save for rare occasions.

This program is ideal for people interested in a career in Semitic philology, journalism, history, languages, or the study of the history of the Near East, Eastern Christianity, Judaism, or Islam. The program is also ideal for students interested in the fields of the Hebrew Bible, Arabic heritage, and manuscript studies.

Graduates of this program, or students registered in the second year, may apply to be streamed into the one-year Emphasis in Teaching Ancient & Modern Languages track, which focuses on preparing the student for a career in teaching languages in an immersive setting. Students gain first-hand experience teaching as well as participating in methodological courses and workshops. This track grants an additional 8.5 ECTS credits free of charge.

This two-year program is also offered as a one-year certificate program. Not sure if you want to do one or two years? No problem! If you start the one-year program you can always get your courses accredited and switch to the two-year program for the following year!

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 University of Navarra (Spain) and not by Polis.

Enrollment

Open

Start Date

Sep 1, 2022

Program Length

2 Years

Location

Jerusalem

Courses

Mandatory Courses

First Year: 2022–2023
Second Year: 2023-2024
Language CoursesECTS
Hebrew20.0
Modern Standard Arabic20.0
Spoken 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
Introduction to Jewish Sources1.5
Introduction to Arabic Literature2.0
Introduction to Hebrew Literature1.5
Language CoursesECTS
Hebrew20.0
Modern Standard Arabic8.0

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
Applied Philology Seminar 1: Arabic Folklore & Popular Stories1.0
Issues in Semitic Languages1.5
Introduction to Arabic Philology1.5
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:

84.0

Total Required ECTS

126.5

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
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 2: Arabic in Media1.5
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
Jerusalem Codices and Communities in the Middle Ages2.0
Jerusalem Communities1.0
Christian Arabs: History, Culture and Art2.0
The Human Person4.0
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

Graduates and students registered in the second year of the program 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
Syllabus

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 (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

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

Disclaimer

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