Studying the Ancient Near East at the University of Helsinki
Studies on the Ancient Near East are available in the University of Helsinki programmes for Bachelor's and Master's degree in languages. The degree programmes are only available to fluent speakers of Finnish or Swedish. For more details on applying, please see the Finnish translation of this page.

Studies on the Ancient Near East produce specialists who are able to analyze and interpret original sources, such as cuneiform texts in Akkadian and Sumerian. Studies include courses on languages, cultures, and research methodology. In addition to Akkadian and Sumerian, courses on other ancient Near Eastern languages are available, as well as courses on cultures and history.

Doctoral studies and post-doctoral research can be pursued at the University of Helsinki, and specifically with the Centre of Excellence in Ancient Near Eastern Empires (ANEE). Doctoral studies and a career in research do not require fluency in Finnish or Swedish. You can read more on the current research projects of ANEE members here.

Courses on the Ancient near east in 2022-2023

Basic and intermediate courses

KIK-LI111 Akkadi 1 ('Akkadian 1') (5 cr), Saana Svärd & Repekka Uotila, Period I-II
KIK-LI113 Aramaic 1 (5 cr), Jonathan Valk, Period I-II (alternative codes KIK-HE214, TUK-L2104, TUM-V3206, TUM-V3207)
TUK-481 Heprea I ('Hebrew I') (5 cr), Juha Pakkala, Period I-II (alternative code KIK-LI113)
KIK-LI121 Muinaisen Lähi-idä tutkimuksen lähtökohtia ('Basis of studying the Ancient Near East') (5 cr), Saana Svärd, Period I-II
KIK-LI224 From Nile to Indus: The History of the Persian Empire (5 cr), Uzume Wijnsma, Period I-II
KIK-LI123 Materiality of the Ancient Near East (5 cr), Lena Tambs, Marta Lorenzon & Stefan Smith, Period II (alternative code KUKA-AN522)
KIK-LI112 Akkadi 2 ('Akkadian 2') (5 cr), Aleksi Sahala, Period III-IV
KIK-LI212 Muinaisegypti 2 ('Ancient Egyptian 2') (5 cr), Kaisa Autere, Period III-IV
TUK-482 Heprea II ('Hebrew I') (5 cr), Tuukka Kauhanen, Period III-IV (alternative code KIK-LI214)
TUK-2621/KIM-LI331 Reception of the Ancient Near East in film (5 op), Jason Silverman, Period III-IV
KIK-LI221 Muinaisen Lähi-idän tutkimushistoriaa ja metodologiaa (5cr), Tero Alstola & Lena Tambs, Period III-IV
KIK-LI213 Akkadian 3 (5 cr), Evelien Vanderstraeten, Period IV
KIK-LI229 Proseminaari ('Proseminar') (4 cr), Saana Svärd, Period I-IV

Advanced courses

KIM-LI331/TUK-2621 Reception of the Ancient Near East in film (5 op), Jason Silverman, Period III-IV
KIM-LI332 Gender and Power Dynamics within the Ancient Near East (5 cr), Adrianne Spunaugle, Period I-II
KIM-LI343 Applied GIS for visualising Studies of the Ancient Near East (5 cr), Stefan Smith, Periodi II (alternative codes KUMA-AR311a, KUMA-AR311b, KUMA-AR314)