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BA Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
Full Time

4 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

76000 USD
76000 USD

Application fee

International 75 USD
National 75 USD
Division of the Humanities
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
TOEFL-PBT (min)35
SAT (avg)600
ACT (avg)1500

World University Ranking

About this course

Majors in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations (NELC) at the University of Chicago pursue rigorous knowledge about a region of the world that is known as “the cradle of civilization” and the home of several important religious and cultural traditions, as well as one of the most important geopolitical areas of our contemporary world. NELC majors acquire languages; learn how archaeologists, economists, historians, linguists, literary scholars, and careful readers of legal, religious, economic, and other kinds of texts critically evaluate evidence; and acquire, largely in small class settings, analytical writing, thinking, and research skills that will help prepare them for a variety of careers.

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Eligibility Criteria

The documents necessary for a valid application are mentioned in the "How to Apply" Section.

Transcripts, test scores, secondary school reports, and recommendations are considered official only if they come directly from your school, teachers, counselors, or other recommenders. Any of these materials submitted by the applicant are unofficial, and won’t count toward our application requirements.

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Course Modules

Summary of Requirements

Two or three quarters of one of the following civilization sequences: 
NEAA 20001-20002-20003-20004-20005-20006 Archaeology of the Ancient Near East I-II-III-IV-V-VI
NEHC 20001-20002-20003 Ancient Near Eastern History and Society I-II-III
NEHC 20004-20005-20006 Ancient Near Eastern Thought and Literature I-II-III
NEHC 20011-20012-20013 Ancient Empires I-II-III
NEHC 20416-20417-20418 Semitic Languages, Cultures, and Civilizations I-II-III
NEHC 20501-20502-20503 Islamic History and Society I-II-III
NEHC 20601-20602-20603 Islamic Thought and Literature I-II-III

Jewish Civilization

Six courses in one of the Near Eastern languages (e.g., Akkadian, Arabic, Armenian, Egyptian, Hebrew, Kazakh, Persian, Turkish, Uzbek) ** 600

Three or four elective courses in the student’s area of specialization § 300-400

NEHC 29800 BA Paper Seminar


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How to Apply

The following Application Materials are to be submitted by the student to be considered for Undergraduate Admission:

  • Application For Admission: UChicago accepts the Coalition Application, Universal Application, or Common Application
  • Application Fee ($75) or Automatic Fee Waiver
  • Secondary School Report and Transcript
  • Two Teacher Evaluations
  • Standardized Test Scores
  • Midyear Report (first-year applicants only)
  • English Language Proficiency Test Scores (international applicants only) (PBT: 600, IBT: 100, IELTS: 7.0)
  • College Official's Report and Transcript (transfer students only)

Optional Components

  • Financial Aid Application
  • Interview
  • Supplemental Materials

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