Middle Eastern Studies

Do you love learning languages? Do you love a challenge? And are you interested in the history, politics, literature and culture of the Middle East? If so, then this course is the one for you.


This UNIQ course gives students the opportunity to learn the basics of both Persian and Turkish- two of the major languages of the Islamic World. You will have intensive language classes alongside lectures on aspects of Turkish and Persian history and culture. You will be set an essay to complete on one of the topics covered in the lectures, which you will then discuss in an Oxford-style tutorial, with the academic who gave the lecture. This is a fantastic opportunity, not only to discover what learning is like in Oxford, but also to discuss a topic in depth with an academic who is a world leader in that subject.


You will also have opportunities to view some of the collections and artefacts on the Middle East that are housed around Oxford. Furthermore, you will be able to work in the Oriental Institute Library and the Bodleian Library, and take full advantage of the vast array of resources on offer in Oxford. You’ll also get a valuable insight into the admissions process for Oriental Studies and the OLAT exam.


This course gives you a good insight into what it is like to study a Middle Eastern language from scratch here at Oxford, and gives you a taste of the breadth of an Oriental Studies degree. 

Course Details and Requirements
23 July - 28 July 2017
10 places available
Studying a language to A2 can be helpful with this course
Treasures of the Judaica Collection
Places to Applicants: 1 in 2
Typical Lessons for this course
Persian Language
Religious and Ethnic Minorities of Iran
Modern Hebrew