Undergraduate programs in the Department

The Department offers four majors, each of which can be included in many degrees offered at the University of Sydney. For in-depth information on the Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies subject area, descriptions of the majors and their requirements, and tables and descriptions of the units of study available in this area, go to

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Undergraduate Handbook - Biblical Studies

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Undergraduate Handbook - Classical Hebrew

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Undergraduate Handbook - Modern Hebrew

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Undergraduate Handbook - Jewish Civilisation

For previous year enrolments: Handbook archive.

Unit of Study prerequisites are also reviewed from time to time. The prerequisites listed for units in your year of enrolment are valid for the duration of your candidature.

International exchange and in-country study

Opportunities for exchange and in-country immersion are integral to the language learning programs offered by the School of Languages and Cultures and students undertaking majors are strongly encouraged to spend time abroad studying in the country of the language they are learning. The Department of Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies (HBJS) within the School of Languages and Cultures (SLC), Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, has successfully formed partnerships with three prestigious universities in Israel:

If you thinking about studying overseas, you should discuss your options with the Chair of Department. Comprehensive information on exchange is available at the Student Exchange Office Website.

The in-country study programs aim to provide students with opportunities to improve their language skills in the local environment, enrich their knowledge and understanding of Israeli culture and society at first hand, and motivate them to continue to study Hebrew and Israeli culture with added interest and prepare for more advanced language studies upon their return to The University of Sydney.

Even if you are not studying in a major offered by the Departments, your application for in-country study will be assessed on a a case-by-case basis.

Scholarships to support students on their in-country studies are available. Please visit the Department's Scholarships webpage for more details.


Academic policies and procedures

The Department follows the policies and procedures set out by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences – for information, follow these links to the requisite Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences pages:

Policies webpage for information on:
- Plagiarism - Satisfactory progress - Late Work - Attendance

Student Administration Manual contains procedures, and the necessary forms, for amongst others:
- Applying for credit
- Applying for a DNF after the semester deadline
- Applying for Honours
- Applying for a suspension for one or two semesters
- Appealing against a result

Special Consideration webpage for information on:
- Special Consideration - for serious illness or misadventure
- Special Arrangements - for essential community commitments
- Extensions on assessments - for minor illness or misadventure