Why Hebrew & Jewish Studies at UCL?


Outline of a head filled with Post-It notes decorated with lightbulbs

Are you interested in Jews and Jewish history? The situation in the Middle East? Hebrew and Jewish languages? Ancient Near Eastern civilisations? Modern Jewish literature? Welcome to UCL Hebrew & Jewish Studies.

Who are we?

We are a small, very friendly, and extremely ambitious department. We aim to teach every aspect of Jewish culture to every type of student. Our range of courses in Jewish Studies is the widest anywhere in Europe, and our students can sample the even wider selection of complementary courses available at UCL and elsewhere in London. We encourage our students to pursue their own interests and their own research.

What is on offer?

We offer a range of BA and MA degree programmes, some in combination with other subjects. We welcome international students (JYAs), for the full academic year or one of the academic terms. We teach mostly small classes, and all students are given the personal attention they need. We share our cutting-edge research with all our students, from undergraduates to doctoral.

Who studies here?

The majority of our students are Jewish (of every persuasion), but a substantial minority are not. Our students and staff make up a colourful international mix, with people from Israel, the US, all countries of Europe, Russia, and the Far East. Whatever your background, you will feel welcome in the department from day one.

Why London?

UCL is located in the heart of Bloomsbury, London’s university centre, within walking distance of some of the richest and most exciting cultural resources the world over: the British Museum, the British Library, Theatreland, Opera, Ballet, the West End, and much more. Students at UCL have the unique opportunity of experiencing the full potential of UCL's central London location. There is every reason to come and study Hebrew & Jewish Studies at UCL.