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Why Hebrew & Jewish Studies at UCL?


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Dive deeper into the history and foundations of the Jewish faith, historical events and current affairs. In the heart of London, within a department that is full of community and support.

Earn a degree that has international scope: learning languages, studying history and culture, researching geographical origins. Our programme spans from reading ancient text to debating modern conflict.

Upon graduation, take on roles leading to fulfilling careers. Job prospects range from translators, cultural specialists, political advisors, educators, policy makers, religious experts and international business advisors. Our alumni have worked for United Nations, IBM, museums, universities, multinational corporations, governments and the media.

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?

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? Your exploration of this vast subject will start with ancient texts, discovering people and events that shaped history and continue through to modern day conflict and politics that affect our world today.

Who studies here?

You do not have to be Jewish to study Hebrew & Jewish Studies. In fact, many of UCL's Hebrew and Jewish Studies candidates are NOT Jewish. Our students represent nations from all across the globe: British, Nigerian, American, and more. While some of our students are Jewish (of every persuasion), 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.

What can I do with this degree?

Study in this field is more than becoming a Rabbi or go on to teach as professor. Earning a degree gives you an incredible amount of knowledge in a subject area, but you also gain transferrable skills that can be applied to a variety of careers. Many of our alumni have taken their education and employed it to advance into other areas. Working for government agencies, multinational corporations, media and journalism, as well as cultural and academic institutions.

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.