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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies


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Introduction to Hebrew at Cambridge

Hebrew is a fascinating language, the language of the Bible and of Jewish theology, religious law and thought, re-invented as the language of a fast-growing and young culture. We provide a thorough grounding in Modern and Biblical Hebrew in the context of broader Middle Eastern culture and literature.

You will have the option of studying Hebrew on its own or in combination with Arabic, Persian or a modern European language offered by the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages. Arabic, Hebrew and Persian are offered from scratch. 

Studying Hebrew and Arabic, for example, provides a fully rounded appreciation of the Middle East and is an excellent preparation for working in international relations, development, conflict resolution and journalism. 

Our Hebrew programme allows you to experience every aspect of Hebrew language and literature. You will be able to study:

  • the ancient Hebrew that underpins Jewish religious life and has been profoundly important in the development of Christianity
  • the vital modern language of Hebrew literature, culture and media

The Hebrew staff includes renowned experts, whose works covers topics ranging from the medieval manuscripts in the world famous Taylor Schechter Genizah Collection to contemporary Israeli film and gender studies. 

Depending on your choice to combine with other languages, you will have the choice of a variety of courses relating to Middle Eastern culture and history,



Futher information

You can see some more details on the course and the individual papers on the pages for Current students and Offer holders under Middle Eastern Studies Course Descriptions

Our Arabic, Persian and Hebrew courses are divided into two pathways

Middle Eastern Studies Pathway

Middle Eastern Studies with a Modern (European) Language Pathway




For more information contact

the Undergraduate Programmes Administrator