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Jewish Studies (Middle Eastern Studies)


The labour market 

As a graduate of Middle Eastern Studies you will be equipped with a broad and thorough understanding of the cultures and societies of the Middle East. You will also be experienced in using available sources to study cultural-historic and social issues. By strategically selecting your courses you will be able to define your own emphasis.

Specialists in the Middle East go on to work in roles both at home and abroad which require an academic level of thought and practice:

  • at international companies with branches in the Middle East (as an interpreter/translator);
  • at government bodies (Ministry of Foreign Affairs);
  • in teaching, journalism and a variety of media companies.

Graduates of Jewish Studies

Graduates of Jewish Studies find it relatively easy to find work in the Jewish cultural sector and Jewish heritage and expertise sector, both in Amsterdam and elsewhere. The programme provides a thorough knowledge of Jewish cultural history, a solid grasp of original sources and the ability to relate these sources to historical and contemporary questions and debates.

The programme specifically aims at graduate students who wish to prepare for a PhD in Jewish studies or consider a career in the Jewish heritage sector (Jewish libraries, archives and museums) or continue their career in an international academic environment. Graduates are also perfectly equipped for various other professions that require academic knowledge and skills, including: the publishing sector, translation work, education, journalism, media, and policy making (government, NGO).