Western Civilization has developed around two principal sources: the Judeo-Christian tradition and the Helleno-Roman culture. Over centuries, these sources have shaped our cultural vision and greatly contributed to the building of our modern world. In our multicultural ever-changing environment, many of us long to become more acquainted with our own heritage, with the roots and the growth of Western thought.
Jerusalem, the city of the Bible, the cradle of monotheism, and the melting pot of the Semitic and Hellenistic heritages, is a unique place to discover the roots of our civilization through the study of languages. The Polis Institute is currently the only place in the world where a student can study ancient and modern Middle Eastern and ancient Western languages, all as living languages.
Most of the writings from Ancient and Medieval times can only be read in their original language. They have never been translated into any modern language. Furthermore, many specialists in the Humanities lack full command of ancient languages. It becomes increasingly difficult to find translators of ancient texts or even a scientific article where the author quotes a text from Antiquity that has never been translated into any modern language before. Hence, 21st century individuals finds themselves estranged from their cultural roots.
There is a wide variety of programs at Polis to tailor to every student’s needs. Use the search tool below to find your desired program, or view all programs.
There is a wide variety of programs at Polis that to tailor to every student’s needs. To find the program that suits your needs, you may also use the search tool.
|Ancient Greek||Open||EU Time, Jerusalem, US Time||Language Course||Spring||4 Months|
|Biblical Hebrew||Open||EU Time, Jerusalem, US Time||Language Course||Spring||4 Months|
|Certificate in Second Language Teaching Methodology||Open||Jerusalem||Graduate Program, Methodology||Fall, Spring||1 Year|
|Classical Syriac||Open||EU Time, Jerusalem||Language Course||Spring||4 Months|
|Coptic||Open||EU Time, Jerusalem||Language Course||Spring||4 Months|
|Fluency in Ancient Greek||Open||Jerusalem||Fluency Program||Fall, Spring||2 Years|
|Fluency in Arabic||Open||Jerusalem||Fluency Program||Fall, Spring||2 Years|
|Introduction to Hittite||Open||EU Time, Jerusalem||Language Course||Spring||3 Months|
|Latin||Open||EU Time, Jerusalem||Language Course||Spring||4 Months|
|MA in Ancient Philology||Open||Jerusalem||Graduate Program||Fall, Spring||2 Years|
|MA in Near Eastern Languages||Open||Jerusalem||Graduate Program||Fall, Spring||2 Years|
|Modern Hebrew||Open||EU Time, Jerusalem, US Time||Language Course||Spring||4 Months|
|Modern Standard Arabic||Open||Jerusalem||Language Course||Spring||4 Months|
|One-Year Program in Ancient Philology||Open||Jerusalem||Graduate Program||Fall, Spring||1 Year|
|One-Year Program in Near Eastern Languages||Open||Jerusalem||Graduate Program||Fall, Spring||1 Year|
|Rome Program||Closed||Rome||Language Course||Summer||3 Weeks|
|Spoken Arabic||Open||EU Time, Jerusalem, US Time||Language Course||Spring||4 Months|
|Theoretical Courses||Open||EU Time, Jerusalem, US Time||Fluency Program, Language Course||Spring|