Egyptian Language and Culture
Ever since the deciphering of the hieroglyphs, Egyptologists have been increasingly able to understand the civilization that blossomed along the Nile for more than 3000 years. As a result, many aspects of this civilization have become apparent: religion, politics and the life of ordinary men and women. For instance, once 'shreds' of knowledge have wisely and patiently been glued together, it is possible to construe a reasonably accurate account of a strike by pyramid builders. The Egyptian language also has a very long history, with various script types corresponding to different periods, from Old Egyptian to Coptic.
Language of Instruction: Dutch
Leiden University is the ideal place for an academic education in Egyptology. In the first year of the programme, students focus on Middle (or Classical) Egyptian. In addition, they become familiar with the material culture, i.e., artifacts that have been preserved from this ancient Egyptian society, such as clothing and utensils. With this purpose in mind, classes are given in the National Museum of Antiquities. Students are also given an introduction to the culture and history of ancient Egypt and the Near East. During the second part of the programme, these areas of study are covered in more depth. Moreover, students follow a two-month programme in Cairo, in the course of which they are introduced to current research projects as well as to archaeological monuments and sites.
See for more information the department website (in Dutch)
Following the basic programme, the Egyptian Language and Culture programme can be combined with one of the 'practical studies' or PraktijkStudies (Management, European Union Studies or Journalism and New Media) or with other options and, possibly, an internship.