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MA in Jewish Civilizations

Paideia and the Hochschule für Jüdische Studien Heidelberg give a joint Master’s program in Jewish Studies, bringing together two leading European academic institutions for a 120 ECTS program entitled Jewish Civilizations.

The MA program in Jewish Civilizations is based on a common vision shared by the two institutions of furthering excellence and mastery of Jewish sources in Europe, enhancing the knowledge base in Europe for research in Jewish studies and to contributing towards a European Jewish culture that is a dynamic, open and inclusive learning community, in conversation both with the Jewish textual sources and with society. By pooling and sharing resources, the two institutions also aim at the internationalization of European Jewish studies, allowing for mobility and contribution to the European academic community and to pan-European identity.

The degree includes an ambitious studies program and is designed to provide students thorough knowledge and competence for a career in research and professional life. Participants in the program will study in Stockholm and Heidelberg for a total of 120 ECTS: 60 credits at Paideia and 60 credits at HfJS. The program includes intensive text studies, language studies (Hebrew), seminar courses in Jewish Life, culture and literature, philosophy and religion and Master’s thesis work.

In order to apply for the MA in Jewish Civilizations, apply to the Paideia One Year Jewish Studies Program as usual. Students who want to go on to Heidelberg are required to have at least a BA diploma. The application for the second year in Heidelberg is processed after being accepted to Paideia. All studies are conducted in English.

The Hochschule für Jüdische Studien was founded in 1979. It is supported by the Central Consistory of the Jews in Germany, financed through the local and federal government and is a fully recognized and accredited institution of higher learning. With 8 professors and as many assistants, the HfJS is today a leading center for Jewish studies in Europe. Due to the recognition the HfJS has attained, it has become a main source of information for politicians, the media, churches and other educational institutions, and is since 2007 a member of the College Rectors’ Conference (Hochschulrektorenkonferenz). The HfJS views itself as part of a community wherein it can serve as a catalyst for understanding and dialogue. Its task is not merely the advancement of academic research and knowledge, but also to serve as a bridge between the Jewish community in Germany (the third largest in Europe) and the society at large.

Please read more about the program here

Please find winter semester the 2016 application here