Becoming an Egyptologist

Many visitors to our website dream of becoming Egyptologists and are seeking information on the education required for such a career. We have compiled information regarding the general educational requirements for a career in Egyptology (especially geared toward the American educational system), as well as a list of links to universities around the globe offering academic programs in Egyptology.

What to Study
Most full-time Egyptological jobs require that you have a Ph.D. in Egyptology, or be well on your way toward obtaining one. Training in Egyptology for a doctoral degree can take at least eight years of university, both undergraduate and graduate programs, and often much longer. Many university programs offer the opportunity to specialize either in Egyptian language or in art and archaeology of ancient Egypt. If you are studying at a university that allows you to specialize either in archaeology or Egyptian language you should take some courses in both fields regardless of the field in which you ultimately decide to specialize.

For high school students interested in becoming Egyptologists, you should learn French and German if available, take history and other humanities classes, and get a good grounding in sciences, computing, and courses to improve your writing and research skills, in short, take all the college prep courses you can. This will depend a great deal on what is available in your local high school system. Read all that you can get on various aspects of ancient Egypt and the ancient Near East, including history, archaeology, art, religion and literature.

At university, as an undergraduate, you should follow a liberal arts program. Very few universities offer undergraduate degrees in Egyptology, but such a degree is not required for those wishing to do a higher degree in Egyptology. However, at an undergraduate level, courses in art history, particularly ancient art will be helpful. You should also take courses in social sciences, especially ancient history, anthropology and archaeology. Some universities offer interdisciplinary programs in area studies and if the Eastern Mediterranean is offered in such a program it is a good way to get a wide range of background courses complimentary to Egyptology.

Languages form the foundation of any Egyptologist's knowledge: a reading knowledge of French and German are essential for advanced research in Egyptology, and you should take courses in these languages if you do not already have these skills. If you hope to eventually do archaeological work in Egypt, learning Arabic, either the classical form or the Egyptian dialect, will help. Greek or another ancient Near Eastern language may also be helpful for those interested in comparative work or specializing in the later periods of ancient Egyptian history.

Egyptologists specialize either in language or archaeology, although all must take at least some courses in both areas. As a specialist in the ancient Egyptian language, you will need to take courses in the various forms of the language (Old, Middle and Late Egyptian in both hieroglyphic and hieratic scripts, Demotic, and Coptic). If you decide to specialize in Egyptian archaeology, courses on art and architecture of ancient Egypt in different periods will be needed. Having some training in another specialty of use to archaeology can often increase your marketability, so consider learning surveying, photography, or drawing.

Where to Study
The following is a list of weblinks to university programs that offer a specialization in Egyptology, arranged alphabetically by country.

Australia
Ancient History Department
Macquarie University
Sydney, NSW
http://www.anchist.mq.edu.au/

Centre for Archaeology and Ancient History
Monash University
Melbourne
http://www.arts.monash.edu.au/archaeology/

Austria
Institut für Ägyptologie
Universität Wien
http://www.univie.ac.at/egyptology

Belgium
Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology
Katholieke Universiteit van Leuven
http://www.arts.kuleuven.be/ema/

Department of Egyptology
Katholieke Universiteit van Leuven
http://millennium.arts.kuleuven.ac.be/egyptology/

Institut Orientaliste
Université Catholique de Louvain
http://www.fltr.ucl.ac.be/FLTR/GLOR/EPO/Egypte/default.htm

Faculté de Philosophie et Lettres
Université Libre de Bruxelles
http://www.ulb.ac.be/facs/philo/index.html

Faculté de Philosophie et Lettres
Université Libre de Liège
http://www.ulg.ac.be/facphl/

Bulgaria
Department of Mediterranean and Eastern Studies
New Bulgarian University in Sofia
http://www.nbu.bg/index.php?l=433

Canada
Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations
University of Toronto
http://www.utoronto.ca/nmc

People's Republic of China
Institute for the History of Ancient Civilizations
North East Normal University Changchun
http://vod.nenu.edu.cn/web/eindex.htm

Czech Republic
Egyptologicky Ústav
Univerzita Karlova
http://www.prf.cuni.cz/

Denmark
Carsten Niebuhr Institute of Near Eastern Studies
University of Copenhagen
http://www.hum.ku.dk/cni/

Egypt
Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology and Egyptology
American University in Cairo
http://www.aucegypt.edu/academic/sape/Egy/Egyptology.htm

Finland
Department of Asian and African Studies
University of Helsinki
http://www.helsinki.fi/hum/aakkl/

France
Ecole du Louvre
Paris
http://www.ecoledulouvre.fr/index2.html

Institut de Papyrologie et d'Egyptologie
Université de Lille III
http://www.univ-lille3.fr/portail/index.php?page=SciencesHistoriques

Institut d'Egyptologie V. Loret
Université Lyon 2
http://www.mom.fr/

Sorbonne Egyptological Research Centre
Université de Paris-Sorbonne
http://www.paris4.sorbonne.fr/en/article.php3?id_article=127

Germany
Ägyptologisches Seminar
Freie Universität Berlin
http://www.fu-berlin.de/aegyptologie

Seminar für Archäologie und Kulturgeschichte Nordostafrikas
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
http://www2.hu-berlin.de/aknoa/

Institut für Ägyptologie
Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität
http://www.uni-mainz.de/FB/Philologie-III/aegypt/

Fachbereich Kunst- Orient- und Altertumswissenschaften
Martin-Luther-Universität Halle Wittenberg
http://www.orientarch.uni-halle.de

Fachgebiet Ägyptologie
Philipps-Universität Marburg

http://staff-www.uni-marburg.de/~aegypt/
Ägyptologisches Seminar der Universität Bonn
Universität Bonn
http://www.philfak.uni-bonn.de/Philfak/aegypt/

Seminar für Ägyptologie und Koptologie
Universität Göttingen
http://www.gwdg.de/~uhak/

Archäologisches Institut Ägyptologie
Universität Hamburg
http://www.uni-hamburg.de/Studium/index_e.html

Ägyptologisches Institut
Universität Heidelberg
http://www.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/helios/fachinfo/fachref/aegypt/welcome.htm

Seminar für Ägyptologie
Universität zu Köln
http://www.uni-koeln.de/phil-fak/aegypt/index-page.html

Ägyptologisches Institut
Ägyptisches Museum Universität Leipzig
http://www.uni-leipzig.de/~egypt/Institutshomepage/start.htm

Institut für Ägyptologie
Universität München
http://www.fak12.uni-muenchen.de/aegyp/index.html

Abteilung Ägyptologie
Universität Trier

Ägyptologisches Institut
Universität Tübingen
http://www.uni-tuebingen.de/aegyptologie/

Institut für Ägyptologie
Universität Würzburg
www.uni-wuerzburg.de/aegyptologie

Institut für Ägyptologie und Koptologie
Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität
http://www.uni-muenster.de/Rektorat/studium/stud-agy.htm

Hungary
Department of Egyptology
Eötvös Loránd University
Budapest
http://www.elte.hu/index_noflash.html

Israel
Department of Egyptology
The Hebrew University
Jerusalem
http://www.huji.ac.il/huji/eng/

Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Civilisations
Tel Aviv University
http://www.tau.ac.il/humanities/archaeology/index.html

Italy
Pontificio Istituto Biblico
Roma
http://www.biblico.it/

Dipartimento di Scienze Archeologiche
Sezione Egittologia
Università di Pisa
http://www.egittologia.unipi.it/

Università degli studi di Roma "La Sapeinza"
Roma
http://www.uniroma1.it/

Japan
Institute of Egyptology
Waseda University
Tokyo
http://www.waseda.ac.jp/projects/egypt/index-E.html

The Netherlands
Languages and Cultures of the Middle East
University of Groningen
http://odur.let.rug.nl/mes/profile/vak.htm

Talen en Culturen van het Nabije Oosten (TCNO)
Faculteit der Letteren
University of Leiden
http://www.letteren.leidenuniv.nl/

New Zealand
Department of Classics and Ancient History
University of Auckland
New Zealand
http://www.arts.auckland.ac.nz/cla/Index.html

Norway
Department of Greek, Latin and Egyptology
Universitet i Bergen
http://www.hf.uib.no/i/klassisk/

Poland
Intsitute of Archaeology
Jagellonian University
Krakow
http://www.uj.edu.pl/Arch/

Department of Papyrology
University of Warsaw
http://www.papyrology.uw.edu.pl/

Institute of Archaeology
University of Warsaw
http://www.archeo.uw.edu.pl/

Romania
Facultatea de Istorie
Universitatea Bucuresti
Bucuresti
http://www.unibuc.ro/en/catd_hciaa_en

Russia
Faculty of History
Moscow State University
http://www.ied.msu.ru/faculties/history.html

Oriental Department
University of St. Petersburg
http://www.spbu.ru/

South Africa
Department of Ancient Studies
University of Stellenbosch
http://www.sun.ac.za/as/

Spain
Department de Prehistòria, Història Antiga I Arqueologia
University of Barcelona
Barcelona
http://www.ub.es/prehist/main.htm

Facultad de Geografía e Historia
Universidad de Seville
Seville
http://www.cica.es/aliens/dhaus/

Sweden
Institutiones för Egyptologi
Uppsala Universitet
http://www.arkeologi.uu.se/egy/

Switzerland
Ägyptologisches Seminar
Universität Basel
http://www.unibas.ch/aegyptologie/

Department der Altertumswissenschaften
Universitas Friburgensis
http://www.unifr.ch/dbs/index.html

Départment des Sciences de l'Antiquité
Université de Genève
http://www.unige.ch/lettres/or/plandetu/plegypte.html

Orientalisches Seminar
Universität Zurich
http://www.ori.unizh.ch/Egyptology/egyptology.html

Taiwan
National Taiwan University
Department of Archaeology and Anthropology
Taipei
http://www.ntu.edu.tw/new-version/english/main.html

United Kingdom
Faculty of Oriental Studies: Near and Middle East
Oxford University
http://www.orinst.ox.ac.uk/eanes/index.html

Department of Ancient History and Archaeology
University of Birmingham
http://artsweb.bham.ac.uk/aha/

Department of Archaeology
University of Bristol
http://www.bris.ac.uk/Depts/Archaeology/index.html

Faculty of Oriental Studies
University of Cambridge
http://www.oriental.cam.ac.uk/egypt1.html

Institute of Archaeology
University College, London
http://www.ucl.ac.uk/archaeology/index.htm

Department of Archeology
University of Durham
http://www.dur.ac.uk/Archaeology/

Department of Egyptology
School of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology
University of Liverpool
http://www.liv.ac.uk/sace/

Department of Classics, Ancient History and Egyptology
College of Arts and Humanities Swansea University Wales, UK
http://www.swan.ac.uk/classics/

United States of America
Department of Egyptology
Brown University
Providence, RI
http://www.brown.edu/Departments/Egyptology/

Department of Near Eastern Studies
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD
http://www.jhu.edu/%7Eneareast/

Institute of Fine Arts
New York University
http://www.nyu.edu/gsas/dept/fineart/

Department of Near Eastern Studies
University of California, Berkeley
http://neareastern.berkeley.edu/

Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
University of California, Los Angeles
http://www.humnet.ucla.edu/humnet/egyptology/index.html

Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
University of Chicago
http://humanities.uchicago.edu/depts/nelc/

Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology
University of Memphis
http://www.memphis.edu/egypt/

Department of Near Eastern Studies
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
http://www.umich.edu/%7Eneareast/

Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
http://www.sas.upenn.edu/ames/

Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
Yale University
New Haven, CT
http://www.yale.edu/nelc/

Uruguay
Instituto Uruguayo de Egiptologia
Uruguayo
http://www.reocities.com/Athens/Troy/8458
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