Middle Eastern Studies

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Foreign:$ 11 k / Year(s) Deadline: May 30, 2025
191 place StudyQA ranking:5966 Duration:3 years

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The Studies in the track are focused on the history of the peoples of the Middle East since the rise of Islam and until today with special focus on the modern age. The topics covered by the department's lecturers include the Arab world, Turkey, Iran, and Central Asia from various points of view - Political and Diplomatic History, Intellectual History, Social, Cultural and Financial History. 

  • History of the Middle East in the Modern Period
  • Introduction to Islam 
  • Social and Cultural History of the Middle East
  • Three elective courses in Middle Eastern Society, Culture, Politics or Religion
  • Five elective courses in Middle Eastern Society, Culture, Politics or Religion
  • Four elective tracks (other than their major choice) they would like to minor in
  • Seminar
  • Writing seminar (3 credits) –provides students with the skills needed to analyze texts, build logical arguments, and write effectively.
  • Second language – all students are required to demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English by the time they graduate. Students who come in with advanced skills in a second language will be tested for exemption. Others are required to take courses in a language of their choice, out of a range offered by the university.

Requirements

  • Online application
  • Official high school diploma and transcript. Applicants in their final year of high school may submit a partial transcript. Their admission process will be complete once the final transcript and diploma are received. 
  • Results of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or American College Test (ACT). These are only required for applicants graduating from a U.S. high school system, whether in the U.S. or abroad. TAU's SAT code is 0810, and our ACT code is 5517.  Applicants who attended non-U.S. high schools should submit the results of analogous nationally administered tests.
  • Two letters of recommendation from principal, teacher, guidance counselor, or others who are able to comment on the applicant’s academic abilities. Please ask your referees to submit their evaluations via email or through our online form.
  • One personal essay (300-500 words)
  • TOEFL or equivalent proof of English language proficiency - This is only required of graduates of high schools in which English was not the primary language of instruction. TAU's TOEFL code is 7704.
  • A mandatory Health Declaration signed by the applicant and an additional witness. 
  • A signed medical form with a physician's approval. 

Scholarships

  1. The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

Accommodation in dormitories

  • $4,800 for the standard 8-month academic year
  • $3,000 for the spring semester. 

Students who pursue courses of a longer duration (such as English Literature courses or courses taught in Hebrew) will be charged additional fees for their extended stay in the dorms.

Important notes

  • A non-refundable $100 application fee is not included above.
  • Accepted students will be asked to pay a confirmation fee to guarantee their spot in the program.
  • Trips, Student Activities, Facility Fees and Health Insurance are all included in the tuition fees quoted above. 
  • Study of the Hebrew language (Ulpan) is highly recommended and involves an additional fee.
  • There is a replacement charge of $10 for lost student ID card, medical insurance card, or room keys.

Tuition includes excursions, activities, facility fees, and health insurance.

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