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B.A. in Jewish Studies: History & Culture

Anglo-American University
Length: 3 years
Study pace: Full time
Education level: Bachelor's degree
Location: Prague
Language: English

Program description

Study Jewish Studies in the Heart of Europe

jewish studies programThe B.A. in Jewish Studies: History and Culture program at AAU is the newest and most distinguished Jewish Studies program in Central Europe.

It emphasizes the Jewish contribution and experience in Central Europe along with the practice of humanities and social sciences, while also enhancing cultural awareness.

Taught by an international faculty of specialists, students learn practical as well as academic skills in research, communications, diplomacy, psychology, and social anthropology, and they experience a cross-cultural and interdisciplinary curriculum that advances knowledge, skills, and understanding in Jewish history and culture.

Graduates of the BA in Jewish Studies: History and Culture program can expect to:

  • Have active knowledge of major ideas, concepts and issues in the study of Jewish history, culture, and identity
  • Have basic proficiency in the modern Hebrew language
  • Possess knowledge and understanding of historical and current anti-Semitism, as well as of events connected to the Holocaust
  • Be able to conduct research and synthesize information in the humanities, philosophy, religion and religious world views, politics, history, and sociology
  • Understand political and social issues, both regionally and globally, from various and diverse points of view in political, social and cultural studies, as well as from historical, anthropological, and psychological perspectives

The BA program in Jewish Studies: History and Culture prepares students to work in a variety of jobs in mass media, cultural institutions, galleries, publishing houses, tourism, governmental institutions, the non-profit sector, and in particular in areas dealing with Jewish history and culture, e.g. as tour guides, documentarians, archivists, editors, and PR specialists.

This is a full-time program worth 180 ECTS credits (equivalent to 90 US credits). The standard time of completion is 3 years. Graduates receive a dual-accredited bachelor’s degree and they may use either the Czech “Bc.” or the American “B.A.” 

Admission requirements

In order to apply for an undergraduate (bachelor’s degree) program at AAU, applicants must submit a completed Application Form (which can be filled out online) and ALL of the documents listed below. The documents need to be in English and non-English documents must be certified by an authorized translator.

  • High school diploma (or its equivalent, e.g. an IB diploma, A levels certificate, etc.)
  • A copy of your transcript
  • Curriculum Vitae / resumé 
  • Copy of ID / passport
  • Passport size photograph
  • Personal statement
  • Two references (describing their relationship to you)
  • Language exam results (see below) unless you qualify for an English exam waiver

Minimum qualifying English test scores for undergraduate applicants:

  • TOEFL (iBT min. 71, PBT min. 525)
  • FCE (mark A or B)
  • CAE (min. 160)
  • IELTS (min. 6 – minimum of 5.5 in each subtest)
  • BULATS (min. 60)
  • City & Guilds - IESOL (Communicator)
  • Pearson PTE (min. 59)
  • IGCSE First Language English (C or better)
  • IGCSE English as a Second Language (B or better)
  • IB (English A or B at HL/SL)

Successful applicants from this first stage are then invited to an interview (in person or via Skype) with the Dean or Assistant Dean of the School of their choice.

Students who fall short of the required score for the respective language tests or who fail to demonstrate sufficient English proficiency later during the interview may be exceptionally admitted provided that they meet all other requirements. Such students will not be able to progress in their studies beyond several introductory courses until they present a sufficient score in one of the recognized English language proficiency tests. AAU provides an Intensive Academic English Program and other non-credit remedial courses to help such students improve their English and achieve the required standards.

The application fee is CZK 500 and the admissions fee is CZK 1 500.

Continuing education

AAU has a number of graduate programs to choose from for those having completed an undergraduate degree and wishing to continue their studies at AAU. Graduates of the B.A. in Jewish Studies: History and Culture are well prepared to continue to our M.A. in Humanities or our M.A. in International Relations and Diplomacy.

Anglo-American University offers scholarships to its alumni which apply to any further programs of study (including the Chapman Prague MBA) as well as to any individual courses. Alumni Scholarships apply to the first year of study only. 

Thanks to the dual accreditation of AAU's degrees, our alumni have their doors open to the world. The American WSCUC accreditation means that it is much easier for you to continue with further graduate studies at top schools in the United States or anywhere else across the globe.

Some of our notable alumni have continued on to, for example, Oxford University, Kings College in London, and Columbia University.

Tuition fees

The amount of tuition for a full-time undergraduate program (90 US / 180 ECTS credits) at Anglo-American University is CZK 450 000 in total. This is roughly USD 18 750 or EUR 16 667. One semester at 5 courses per semester costs CZK 75 000 (roughly USD 3 125 or EUR 2 778).

Please note that our tuition rates are fixed in CZK and the amount in USD or EUR may vary depending on the current exchange rate. The amounts listed here are according to the rates of CZK 27/EUR 1 and CZK 24/USD 1.

Merit-Based Scholarships and Financial Aid

The best students at AAU can study for free! Through a series of financial incentives, you can better manage your tuition costs, helping keep a distinguished education affordable. We provide scholarships based on academic achievement measured by a student’s Grade Point Average (GPA). Your GPA is calculated cumulatively from the beginning of your studies at AAU. To be eligible for the merit-based scholarship, you must have already completed two full-time semesters and have taken at least 4 courses the previous semester. The level of your GPA then determines the tuition discount as shown in the table below. Typically, over 11% of our degree-seeking students receive this scholarship and it may range from 10% to 100% of your tuition covered depending on your GPA.

Financial aid is also available in the form of manageable installments of tuition, as well as the opportunity to work at AAU while you study.

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