East European Jewish Studies 

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International MA Programme in East European Jewish Studies 

 

Jewish Studies programmes are by definition interdisciplinary, bringing together sources and methodologies in literary studies, linguistics, cultural and religious studies, history, ethnography, and sociology. Jewish studies are of an eminently international character, providing students with an international exchange of ideas and experiences.  

The purpose of this International MA Programme is to educate an international group of students in three areas of East European Jewish Studies in which the academic faculty at the Taube Department of Jewish Studies specializes. The curriculum is composed of master classes in which lecturers present the latest achievements in methodology and research. A stated goal of this Programme is to augment the potential and diversity of the pool of future Ph.D. students conducting research in Jewish Studies. 

Classes with visiting scholars from research centres that include Tel-Aviv University, Haifa University, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the University of Michigan, and the University of Potsdam, guarantee a superlative level of teaching. 

The MA Programme in East European Jewish studies contains 720 hours of courses equivalent to 99 ECTS points. Students are required to write an MA thesis under the supervision of a faculty member in their third semester. 

 

The course load is built around intensive master classes focused on three core research areas: 1) Hasidism, 2) Yiddish culture, and 3) the social and political history of Jews in modern Eastern Europe. Each master class is accompanied by a relevant lecture. Master classes and their accompanying lectures are offered in two of the three areas mentioned above in each teaching cycle. Students are required to complete two elective master classes in the first two semesters of the programme. All accompanying lectures are obligatory. Each student completes five lecture courses in total covering all three of the core research areas. 

 

Our Programme provides skills that will enable graduates to: 

  • conduct and participate in research projects in the field of Jewish studies 
  • work in domestic and foreign institutions dealing with the spiritual and material Jewish heritage  
  • work in institutions interested in educational and cultural activities in the field of Jewish history, culture, and languages 
  • work in publishing houses, editorial offices, museums, cultural centers, mass media, tourism, and the service sector requiring knowledge of Jewish languages 
  • work in diplomatic missions where specialists in Polish-Jewish relations and minority issues are needed 
  • work in companies that use Hebrew and Yiddish, including representative offices of Israeli companies 
  • apply their language skill in translation work with the use of Hebrew and Yiddish 
  • find employment in various institutions, including non-governmental organizations, whose activities are aimed at minority communities 

 

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DEADLINES

The admissions process has several important deadlines that must be met.

See the timetable below:

Stages

Dates

Commencement of recruitment of foreigners in the Internet Registration of Foreigners – IRC system for 2022/2023

24.03.2022

The last day of submitting applications and paying registration fees (the date of receipt on the UWr account is decisive)

31.08.2022

Last day to submit missing documents

The final date for uploading missing documents in IRC is no later than 2 weeks after receipt of information regarding missing documents, but not later than on 9.09.2022

Recruitment Interview

One week after completed application is received. The Programme coordinator will contact you to set an interview date. Candidates who do not have proof of B1 level proficiency in Hebrew/Yiddish will be tested for language competency during the interview.

Announcement of recruitment results

by 16.09.2022

The final date of payment of the tuition fee (the date of receipt of the payment on the UWr account is decisive)

4 weeks from the receipt of the Letter of Offer but no later than 23.09.2022

Final date for submission of original documents or notarized copies (by post or in person)

Immediately after the student’s arrival, but not later than 28.10.2022

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

Very good English language proficiency (written and spoken) as all classes will be conducted in English. Proficiency in modern Hebrew or Yiddish on at least the B1 level according to the Council of Europe’s guidelines. Basic research skills in the field of humanities or social sciences obtained during undergraduate studies. Basic knowledge of the history of Poland, Central and Eastern Europe and the history of Jews.

Holders of Polish Diplomas and Diplomas Obtained Abroad

The following conditions for admission must be met:

a) A higher education diploma entitles its holder to enter the Programme. Holders of a BA or MA degree in Jewish Studies, a BA or MA degree in other programmes, and alumni of Jewish institutions of higher learning may apply if these schools provide sufficient language skills, i.e., knowledge of modern Hebrew or Yiddish at least at the B1 level according to the Council of Europe’s guidelines. Candidates who cannot present a certificate proving knowledge of modern Hebrew or Yiddish at the required level will need to pass the exam in one of these languages at the B1 level during the recruitment process.

b) A certificate proving proficiency in the English language on at least the B2 level according to the Council of Europe’s guidelines. This certificate may take the following forms:

  • certificate on the completion of a preparatory course for taking up studies in English at B2 level issued by the English Language Centre of the University of Wrocław,
  • certificate of proficiency of the English language at B2 level issued by the English Language Centre or the Foreign Language Centre of the University of Wrocław,
  • language certificate (such as FCE, TOEFL, IELTS 5,5 – 6,5, BEC Vantage) or other equivalent international certificate recognised by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education or the UWr Foreign Language Centre, listed on the SPNJO website [CLICK HERE].

The following candidates are exempted from the requirement to present a certificate proving proficiency in the English language:

  • candidates for whom English was the language of instruction in the secondary school or the high school from which they graduated
  • candidates whose native language is English
  • candidates who passed their secondary school final exam in English at the advanced level with at least 80% score
  • candidates who during their studies passed an English exam at the B2 level, as confirmed in the diploma supplement

c) Candidates who meet the conditions enlisted above will be required to pass an interview to check their basic knowledge of Jewish culture and history. The interview will be graded from 0 (lowest) to 5 (highest), with 3 as the passing mark.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

  1. Legalized Bachelor or Master degree certificate
  2. Legalized Transcript of grades (and supplements if applicable) from your bachelor or master studies
  3. Certificate proving proficiency in modern Hebrew or Yiddish at the B1 level according to the Council of Europe’s guidelines. Candidates who cannot present a certificate proving knowledge of modern Hebrew or Yiddish at the required level will need to pass the exam in one of these languages at the B1 level during the interview.
  4. Certificate confirming English Language proficiency on B2 level. Does not pertain to native speakers. For detailed information on English language requirements check here: [CLICK HERE]
  5. Photocopy of valid passport
  6. Digital passport-size photo

 

Remember:

1. All academic documents need to be legalized by a Polish Consulate or Apostille in the country of issue.

2. To receive a positive decision for your admissions application, you must:

  • Provide all required documents
  • Fulfill all additional requirements required by your specific Programme
  • Meet all indicated deadlines
  • Receive a notice from the Programme coordinator that your application is complete

 

Studentships

One of the priorities of the Department of Jewish Studies is to create an attractive studentship offer to support our students’ academic development. Our studentships for EEJS students are designed to provide financial aid to students throughout the duration of the Programme. For detailed information about studentships please visit our website.

Required documents
  1. Bachelor or Master degree certificate 
  1. Transcript of grades/supplement from BA or MA studies 
  1. Certificate confirming  English Language knowledge on a B2 level 
  1. Photocopy of passport 
  1. Digital passport size photo