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Hebrew Language and Culture (MA)

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12 months
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Netherlands Government
Type of institution
Research University

Program description

Amsterdam is the religious and cultural centre of Jewish life in the Netherlands, and can boast a Jewish cultural and academic infrastructure unparalleled on the European continent.

How should we read the 'oral' rabbinic corpus or approach a medieval manuscript? What is theory and how do we apply it to Jewish studies? How does the Hebrew-Yiddish diglossia function in the Jewish polysystem and how did medieval philosophy find its way into biblical exegesis, polemics and poetry? These and other questions are addressed in the Master's programme in Hebrew Language and Culture. The Jewish presence in Amsterdam dates back to the beginning of the seventeenth century, when descendants of Jews who had been expelled from the Iberian peninsula in 1492/97 came to the city in order to be free to practice the faith of their ancestors. Since then, the Jewish community has established itself in the city's life and language. Important collections in various fields of Jewish studies can be found in such world-famous institutions as the Bibliotheca Rosenthaliana, the Portuguese Ets Haim/Livraria Montezinos, the Jewish Historical Museum and the Amsterdam Communal Archives. Academic expertise is centred at both the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and the Menasseh ben Israel Institute for Jewish social and cultural-historical studies.

Admission requirements

Previous education

Applicants for the Master's programme should have at least a Bachelor's degree or its equivalent in Hebrew language and culture or another relevant field. The level of the Bachelor's degree must be comparable to that of a Dutch Bachelor's degree.


Grade average

An overall grade point average (GPA) of

B/3.0 (American system),
2.1 (an upper second class degree in the British system),
C (ECTS-system), or
7.0 (Dutch system).

Language requirements

CAE: B1, CPE: C1, IELTS overall band: 6.5, IELTS listening: 6, IELTS reading: 6, IELTS writing: 6, IELTS speaking: 6, TOEFL internet based: 90

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