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Hebrew and Aramaic Studies

Leiden University

12 months
19300 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
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The Hebrew and Aramaic Studies MA programme offered at Leiden University explores Classical Hebrew and Aramaic Studies in the broadest sense.


The Hebrew and Aramaic Studies MA programme offered at Leiden University is delivered by internationally acclaimed experts at Leiden University.

You will benefit from a broad range of relevant adjacent disciplines for the study of ancient languages and civilisations – many of them rarely taught elsewhere – as well as from the famous library resources. Leiden University’s Chair of Hebrew and Aramaic actively contributes to scholarship in the field, and classes regularly reflect ongoing research.

The programme can be tailored towards your specific needs and is known for its close attention to individual interests. Your study will focus strongly on languages, mainly Hebrew and Aramaic, with optional Phoenician, Ugaritic and other small corpus languages – but also on the region's wider cultural history with many different possibilities for specialisation (such as Linguistics, Ancient History, etc.). You may focus on the literature and culture of Ancient Israel against the backdrop of the world of the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible/Ancient Judaism, from its emergence in around 1200 B.C.E. until its disappearance as a political entity in 135 C.E. In addition, Leiden University is home to the only Chair of both Hebrew and Aramaic worldwide and plays a major role in international research.

Hebrew and Aramaic Studies at Leiden University is an accredited degree programme. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a master’s degree in Classics and Ancient Civilizations and the title Master of Arts (MA).

Career prospects

  • PhD candidate at a Dutch or international University
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Curator at a museum
  • Policy officer at a ministry
  • Communications officer
  • Project leader

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Historical Grammar of Hebrew and Aramaic
  • Classics and Ancient Civilizations MA-Seminar
  • Cultural History of Aramaic
  • Reading Source Texts
  • MA Thesis Classics and Ancient Civilizations
  • Advanced Biblical Hebrew Grammar
  • "A Jew for the Jews and a Greek for the Greeks". Paul of Tarsos and the Expansion of Early Christianity

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

The following diploma requirements apply for this programme:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a Dutch research university in Ancient Near Eastern Studies/ Ancient Cultures of the Mediterranean World: Hebrew and Aramaic
  • Completed the pre-master's programme.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19300 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19300 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2209 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • Second Dutch master’s programme: €15,100 per year

Living costs for Leiden

850 - 1250 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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