Faculty of PhilosophyJewish Studies – Bachelor 25%

Orientation Days at Heidelberg University - 7th June to 25th June 2021

This year, the orientation days will consist in a mix of online presentations, videos, and podcasts. Learn more about the degree programmes available at Heidelberg University, gain insight into the diverse subjects on offer, and pick up all the important information you need about studying at Heidelberg.
Orientation Days at Heidelberg University

The degree programme in Jewish Studies considers the Jewish religion, history and culture from the Antique period to the present day. Building on good language skills, the academic course covers different subdisciplines to offer students a methodical and comprehensive degree programme.

Facts & Formalities

DegreeBachelor of Arts
Type of programmeUndergraduate
Start of programmeWinter semester only
Standard period of study6 semesters
Language(s) of instructionGerman
Fees and contributions171.80 € / Semester
Application procedureSubjects with no admission restrictions
Application deadlinesInformation about deadlines can be obtained after you have put together a degree program.

Course Content

The Bachelor’s degree programme in Jewish Studies introduces students to Jewish religion, history and culture.  

The degree programme explores the origins of Judaism, including religious texts and their interpretation over time, the history of the Jewish people, Jewish philosophy, art and literature, as well as numerous additional aspects of Jewish life in the present and past, including Near Eastern studies and Yiddish studies.  

The degree programme is non-denominational and does not require pre-existing specialist knowledge.

Course Structure

The degree programme is a modular programme. It includes introductory, advanced and specialist modules, which may consist in compulsory or compulsory elective lectures and courses. 

At the beginning of the academic programme, students are introduced to the various subdisciplines of Jewish Studies, they receive a practical orientation to the Jewish religion, and gain basic knowledge of the Hebrew language. Before their first semester, students attend an intensive preliminary course lasting one semester, during which they gain a solid understanding of modern Hebrew. 

Students complete an advanced module, offering them insight into a thematic module. Students may choose between, “culture and literature”, “Jewish experiences” and “religion and philosophy”. Depending of the lectures and courses available during each semester, all subdisciplines are addressed in the thematic modules. 

Students then select one thematic module in which to complete a specialist module.