SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East

BA Hebrew and Israeli Studies

duration:
4 years

Fees 2018/19

UK/EU fees:
£9,250
Overseas fees:
£16,907


Fees for 2018/19 entrants. The fees are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. Further details can be found in the Fees and Funding tab on this page or in the Registry Undergraduate Tuition Fees page

2018 Entry requirements

  • Languages at SOAS are taught ab initio, and no prior knowledge of Modern Hebrew is required
  • Subjects Preferred: A good pass in a foreign language at A-level, or equivalent, is preferred
  • Interview Policy: Candidates with 'non-standard' qualifications may be invited for interview
A Levels:
AAB - ABB
A Level language preferred
IB:
35 (6/6/5)

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BTEC: DDM

Access to HE: Minimum of 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction

Scottish Highers: AAABB

Scottish Advanced Highers: AAB

Irish LC: 340 points from 5 Higher level subjects at grade C1 or above

Advanced Placement: 4 4 5 (Two semesters - UCAS Group A) plus US HSGD with GPA 3.0

Euro Bacc: 80%

French Bacc: 14/20

German Abitur: 2.0

Italy DES: 80/100

Austria Mat: 2.0

Polish Mat: Overall 75% including 3 extended level subjects

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Overview

Programme Code: QTY6 BA/HElsrSt

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

The degree is intended to give students a solid grounding in Israeli Hebrew, familiarity with the major types of Modern Hebrew literature and a broad knowledge of the historical, political, religious and cultural background. Intensive study of Modern Hebrew language and literature is a compulsory feature of the degree.

The syllabus can be tailored to individual needs by selecting options from the wide range of Hebrew and Hebrew-related modules taught in the NME Department, elsewhere in the School and in the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies at University College (UCL). In addition up to two open option units in other subjects may be selected from other module units taught in the School.

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Structure

Learn a language as part of this programme

Degree programmes at SOAS - including this one - can include language courses in more than forty African and Asian languages. It is SOAS students’ command of an African or Asian language which sets SOAS apart from other universities.

The single-subject degree is a four-year programme in which students take sixteen modules. 

In the first year students normally begin the study of Modern Hebrew language and take introductory modules in literature, culture and religion. 

The second year offers a continuation of language study in combination with the study of Israeli literature and a module on Zionism. A fourth module is taken in an approved module of the student's choice.

Students are required to spend the third year at the Rothberg School for Overseas Students in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where they continue the study of language and a range of Hebrew-related subjects. In the event of interruption of the year-abroad programme a similar programme of study is arranged in London. 

In the fourth year students write an extended essay and continue the study of Modern Hebrew literature. A fourth-year advanced language module is highly recommended, leaving the student free to choose an approved module to complete the syllabus.

Students who already have prior knowledge of Modern Hebrew are tested on registration and may be permitted to begin language study at an appropriate higher level.

Year 1
Core Module
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Modern Hebrew Language: Elementary 155901407 30 Full Year
Compulsory Modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Literatures of the Near and Middle East 155900991 30 Full Year
Introduction to Israeli Culture 155900947 30 Full Year
Optional Module

Choose 30 credits from the list of hebrew-related modules OR an open option

Year 2
Core Module
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Modern Hebrew Language: Intermediate 155900713 30 Full Year
Compulsory Modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Nation and Nationalism in Middle Eastern fiction (in Translation) 155901380 30 Full Year
Israeli History and the Israel-Palestine Conflict 155901167 30 Full Year
Optional Module

30 credits from the list of Hebrew and Hebrew-related modules OR another approved open option.

Year 3

Students will spend a year abroad at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. They will learn about Israeli society, the history of modern Israel (1881-1973), and modern Hebrew Literature.

Year 4
Compulsory Modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Independent Study Project in Hebrew/Israeli Studies 155900738 30 Full Year
Modern Hebrew Language: Advanced 155900714 30 Full Year
Identity and Language in Hebrew literature 155901411 30 Full Year
Optional Module

Choose 30 credits from the list of Hebrew and Hebrew-related modules

List of Hebrew and Hebrew-related modules
Hebrew language and literature
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Modern Hebrew Language: Intermediate 155900713 30 Full Year
The Origins of Modern Hebrew Poetry 155901280 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
History, politics and culture
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Introduction to Israeli Culture 155900947 30 Full Year
History of Zionism 155901168 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Israeli History and the Israel-Palestine Conflict 155901167 30 Full Year
Critical Issues in Israeli Politics and Society 153400087 15 Term 1
Jerusalem: A City in Conflict 155905003 15 Term 1
Extended essay
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Independent Study Project in Hebrew/Israeli Studies 155900738 30 Full Year
Open Options

N.B. Entry on to optional modules is at the discretion of the programme convenor.

SOAS Open Options

SOAS Open Options of special interest are

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Arabic 100 155901202 30 Full Year
UCL Open Options

Hebrew and Hebrew-related modules run by the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, UCL, are available as options on the SOAS degree. A full list of modules can be obtained from UCL www.ucl.ac.uk.

Programme Specification

Disclaimer

Teaching and Learning

Year abroad

Students are required to spend the third year of the programme at the Rothberg School for Overseas Students in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Teaching & Learning

Contact Hours

All full-time undergraduate programmes consist of 120 credits per year, taught in modules of 30 credits (taught over 20 weeks) or 15 credits (taught over 10 weeks). The programme structure shows which modules are compulsory and which optional.

As a rough guide, 1 credit equals approximately 10 hours of work. Most of this will be independent study (see Approaches to teaching and learning at SOAS). It will also include class time, which may include lectures, seminars and other classes. Some subjects, such as learning a language, have more class time than others.

In the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics, undergraduate modules take various forms. Modules may be taught through 1 or 2 hours of lectures a week, and some may have an additional 1-2 hours of weekly seminars. Languages classes may be 4-5 hours per week in the first and second year, typically less at higher levels.

More information is on the page for each module.

Pre Entry Reading

  • Israeli Founders and Sons, Amos Elon
  • A Textbook of Israeli Hebrew, H. Rosen
  • The Penguin Book of Hebrew Verse, T. Carmi
  • Modern Hebrew Stories, (Bantam dual language book)
  • Israel, Martin Gilbert
  • The Making of Modern Zionism, Shlomo Avineri
  • One Palestine, Complete, Tom Segev

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

Full details of undergraduate tuition fees can be found on the Registry's Undergraduate Tuition Fees page.

Fees for 2018/19 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

Programme Full-Time
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
BA, BSc, LLB £9,250 £16,907
BA/BSc Language Year Abroad £1,385 £8,454
Scholarships
Undergraduate Research Awards

Application Deadline: 2018-04-30 00:00

For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section

Employment

As a student specialising in Hebrew and Israeli, you will gain competency in language skills and intercultural awareness and understanding. Familiarity with the region will have been developed through a combination of the study of language, literature and culture (which can include literature, film, music, art and religion) of various parts of the Middle East.

Graduates leave SOAS not only with linguistic and cultural expertise, but also with a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek in many professional and management careers in both business and the public sector. These include written and oral communication skills, attention to detail, analytical and problem-solving skills, and the ability to research, amass and order information from a variety of sources.

A number of graduates of this programme have found jobs in Israel. Others have entered the diplomatic service, the media, education, business the city and the tourist industry.

For more information about Graduate Destinations from this department, please visit the Careers Service website.

A Student's Perspective

What SOAS offers is the lectures with world-class academics, who give you not only a thorough knowledge on the subject, but also stimulate you for individual thinking and make you enjoy the course.

Sergiusz Scheller

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