Studying Egyptology #3 – European undergraduate courses #2

This week’s installment focusses on the undergraduate courses that are available in France, Germany, Hungary, and Italy.

Westfälische Wilhems-Universität Münster (photograph from http://www.kongressinitiative.muenster.de/pics/f_wwu04.jpg).


The Institut de Papyrologie et d’Egyptologie at the Université Charles-de-Gaulle offers the DUFL (University Diploma in Language Training) in Egyptian hieroglyphic. It is a three year course which prepares the student for a masters or a PhD. The first two years of the degree focus on the learning of the classic Egyptian hieroglyphic script, while the third year focuses on the hieratic script with the option to learn the Ptolemaic phase of the language.

Language: French.

In a nutshell: perfect for French-speakers wishing to specialise in the languages from the outset. 

The Institut d’Egyptologie V. Loret of the Université Lyon 2 offers the University Diploma of Specialized Studies in Egyptology. This is a four year course which covers all aspects of the history, archaeology, and language of ancient Egypt.

Language: French.

In a nutshell: a fantastic all-round course for  French-speakers.

The Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3 offers Egyptology within its Licence in History of Art and Archaeology, as does the Université Paris-Sorbonne in its Licence in Archaeology and Art History. The Licence is the equivalent of a Bachelors degree. The Université de Strasbourg also offers Egyptology within the BA History of Art and Archaeology and courses in Papyrology, indicating a strong focus on all stages of the language.

There is also the opportunity to study at undergraduate level at the Ecole du Louvre.

Language: French.

In a nutshell: for Montpellier, Paris-Sorbonne, and the Ecole du Louvre, consult the websites for more information. For Strasbourg, it’s a fantastic degree for French-speakers who wish to pursue an all-round degree in Egyptology, including the art history, archaeology, and the language.


The Bachelors degree in Ancient Studies B offered by Freien Universität Berlin enables the student to follow and Egyptology pathway, with modules that focus on archaeology and the language. There are many reading modules, giving the student a fantastic grounding in the texts of ancient Egypt, as well as the archaeology.

Language: German.

In a nutshell: an intensive course, which is perfect for the German-speaking aspiring archaeologists and philologists.

Both the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen and the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München offer a combined Bachelors degree in Egyptology and Coptic Studies, stating that candidates will need to have sufficient knowledge of English and French. The degrees focus on the history of the religion, the history of the art and literature, linguistics, culture, archaeological, social history and art history.

Languages: German.

In a nutshell: two great all-round degrees, focusing on an impressive number of aspects of Egyptology.

The Universität Heidelberg offers a Bachelors degree in Egyptology that is heavily focused on research. Modules cover the language, including hieroglyphic, Coptic, and Demotic, as well as the culture, history, archaeology, and art. Candidates must show that they have sufficient knowledge of German by passing entrance examinations, as well as fluent reading knowledge of French and English. 

Language: German.

In a nutshell: the perfect all-encompassing degree to give German-speakers a step-up towards postgraduate research.

A Bachelors degree in the Languages and Cultures of Africa is available at the University of Cologne, which allows specialisation in Egyptian language. Egyptian language modules are combined with modules on the general history and cultures of Africa.

Language: German.

In a nutshell: a great degree for linguists, and those wishing to focus on ancient Egypt as part of African history.

The Bachelors degree in Egyptology at the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität covers all aspects and sectors of Egyptian society: writings (hieroglyphics and manuscripts in Old Egyptian, Middle Egyptian, Late Egyptian, Demotic, Coptic), literature, history, religion, architecture, art, and even extremely specific topics such as medicine, mathematics, and music.

Language: German.

In a nutshell: an absolutely superb degree in terms of the wealth of aspects that are covered.

At the Philipps-Universität Marburg, Egyptology can be studied within the following Bachelors degrees: Historical voice, text, and Cultural Studies, Oriental Studies, Archaeological Studies, and Comparative Cultural and Religious Studies.

Language: German.

In a nutshell: a good range of degrees that include Egyptology, however no specific Egyptology degree. 

The Westfälische Wilhems-Universität Münster offers a Bachelors degree in Ancient cultures of Egypt and the Middle East, which focuses on the disciplines of Egyptology, Ancient Near Eastern philology, Coptic Studies and Near Eastern archaeology. The general disciplines of archaeological, philological and cultural-historical methods are covered, including, depending on the subject, methods, epigraphy, papyrology, textual criticism, stratigraphy and typology.

Language: German.

In a nutshell: another degree which does not solely focus on Egyptology, but which provides an excellent chance to learn about archaeological methods. 

Both the Universität Trier and the Universität Tübingen offer a Bachelors degree in Egyptology, which focuses on all stages of the language, including Coptic, Demotic, and the Ptolemaic phase of the language. Egyptology can be taken as a major or a minor at both institutions. A good reading knowledge of French and English is required, as well as three years (or equivalent) of knowledge of Latin for Trier.

Language: German.

In a nutshell: two fantastic degrees for German-speakers who wish to specialise in the language. 


The Department of Egyptology at the Eötvös Loránd University offers Egyptology as a major or minor in their Bachelors degree in Ancient languages and cultures, but this is only open to Hungarian students, and not international students. More information can be found in their course brochure.

Language: Hungarian.

In a nutshell: for more information about the content of the programme, you will need to contact the University.


A Bachelors degree in Egyptology is on offer at the Università di Torino. This course focuses on the languages of ancient Egypt.

Language: Italian.

In a nutshell: another great degree for those wishing to specialise in the languages.

Next week: undergraduate courses in the Netherlands and Switzerland.

5 comments on “Studying Egyptology #3 – European undergraduate courses #2

  1. But, but, but… I can’t see Montpellier, Paris and, of course, the best of the best (in all modesty ad objectivity, ahem), Strasbourg, concerning France ?
    For Montpellier and Paris, I don’t know which are their courses, but it must be easily found on their respective websites ( http://recherche.univ-montp3.fr/egyptologie/ ; http://www.paris-sorbonne.fr/la-recherche/les-unites-de-recherche/mondes-anciens-et-medievaux-ed1/cres/programme-5211/article/le-centre-de-recherche ).
    Regarding Strasbourg, the best (if you can read French), is to read this presentation of egyptological cursus in Stras, written by my advisor : http://egypte.unistra.fr/loffre-de-formation/egyptologie/ . We’ve got the very good luck to have courses on all the phases and written forms of ancient Egyptian, including Hieratic, Demotic, Coptic.
    And here, for the papyrology : http://egypte.unistra.fr/loffre-de-formation/papyrologie/
    If you’ve got issues with the French, tell me, perhaps I could help.

    • Thanks, Christine! No issues with the French – just had bad Internet connection for days! I’ve been all over the place, so knew I’d miss some! I did look at Montpelier, but found it really difficult to find information on the site.

      I’ll add them in now 🙂

  2. And in Paris there’s the Institut Kheops (http://www.kheops-egyptologie.fr/) and the Ecole du Louvre (http://www.ecoledulouvre.fr/), but it’s a little expensive.

  3. Reblogged this on The Amateur Archaeologist and commented:
    In her third installment of “Studying Egyptology”, Gemma looks at some more European universities that offer degree programmes in Egyptology and/or Egyptian archaeology. The countries featured this week are France, Germany, Hungary, and Italy.

    Check out Gemma’s blog, The Egyptiana Emporium, for more fantastic articles on ancient Egyptian history, art and culture.

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