Studying Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies in Bern allows students not only to acquire skills in languages spoken in the Middle East and North Africa but also to obtain basic knowledge of the rich history of Islamicate societies. As a student, you will obtain good passive and active knowledge of modern Standard Arabic, basic knowledge of a second language (usually Persian or Turkish) and eventually of an Arab dialect (usually Egyptian Arabic). Moreover, you will have the possibility of spending a semester abroad, getting in touch with everyday life in the Middle East.
You will also be supported in developing a critical scientific perspective and dealing with theoretical approaches.
After obtaining a BA or a MA in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies there is a range of professional possibilities in front of you, such as journalism, the diplomatic service, the development field, international cooperation in the economic sphere, NGOs, institutions focusing on migration, cultural organizations or foundations, museums, public administration, private enterprises, the media industry, translation or the academic field.
The study at the institute is organized around three main areas of study. Students should make sure to attend courses in all three areas of study, according to their study program. Please make sure you attend courses in the areas you need to. Courses can be counted in another area only if they are offered as polyvalent courses. The area of study is always indicated in KSL and in the courses table.