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.

Ancient History Department
Macquarie University
Sydney, NSW

Centre for Archaeology and Ancient History
Monash University

Institut für Ägyptologie
Universität Wien

Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology
Katholieke Universiteit van Leuven

Department of Egyptology
Katholieke Universiteit van Leuven

Institut Orientaliste
Université Catholique de Louvain

Faculté de Philosophie et Lettres
Université Libre de Bruxelles

Faculté de Philosophie et Lettres
Université Libre de Liège

Department of Mediterranean and Eastern Studies
New Bulgarian University in Sofia

Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations
University of Toronto

People's Republic of China
Institute for the History of Ancient Civilizations
North East Normal University Changchun

Czech Republic
Egyptologicky Ústav
Univerzita Karlova

Carsten Niebuhr Institute of Near Eastern Studies
University of Copenhagen

Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology and Egyptology
American University in Cairo

Department of Asian and African Studies
University of Helsinki

Ecole du Louvre

Institut de Papyrologie et d'Egyptologie
Université de Lille III

Institut d'Egyptologie V. Loret
Université Lyon 2

Sorbonne Egyptological Research Centre
Université de Paris-Sorbonne

Ägyptologisches Seminar
Freie Universität Berlin

Seminar für Archäologie und Kulturgeschichte Nordostafrikas
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Institut für Ägyptologie

Fachbereich Kunst- Orient- und Altertumswissenschaften
Martin-Luther-Universität Halle Wittenberg

Fachgebiet Ägyptologie
Philipps-Universität Marburg
Ägyptologisches Seminar der Universität Bonn
Universität Bonn

Seminar für Ägyptologie und Koptologie
Universität Göttingen

Archäologisches Institut Ägyptologie
Universität Hamburg

Ägyptologisches Institut
Universität Heidelberg

Seminar für Ägyptologie
Universität zu Köln

Ägyptologisches Institut
Ägyptisches Museum Universität Leipzig

Institut für Ägyptologie
Universität München

Abteilung Ägyptologie
Universität Trier

Ägyptologisches Institut
Universität Tübingen

Institut für Ägyptologie
Universität Würzburg

Institut für Ägyptologie und Koptologie
Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität

Department of Egyptology
Eötvös Loránd University

Department of Egyptology
The Hebrew University

Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Civilisations
Tel Aviv University

Pontificio Istituto Biblico

Dipartimento di Scienze Archeologiche
Sezione Egittologia
Università di Pisa

Università degli studi di Roma "La Sapeinza"

Institute of Egyptology
Waseda University

The Netherlands
Languages and Cultures of the Middle East
University of Groningen

Talen en Culturen van het Nabije Oosten (TCNO)
Faculteit der Letteren
University of Leiden

New Zealand
Department of Classics and Ancient History
University of Auckland
New Zealand

Department of Greek, Latin and Egyptology
Universitet i Bergen

Intsitute of Archaeology
Jagellonian University

Department of Papyrology
University of Warsaw

Institute of Archaeology
University of Warsaw

Instituto Oriental
Faculdade de Letras
Alameda da Universidade

Facultatea de Istorie
Universitatea Bucuresti

Faculty of History
Moscow State University

Oriental Department
University of St. Petersburg

South Africa
Department of Ancient Studies
University of Stellenbosch

Department de Prehistòria, Història Antiga I Arqueologia
University of Barcelona

Facultad de Geografía e Historia
Universidad de Seville

Department of Archaeology
Faculty of Arts
University of Khartoum

Institutiones för Egyptologi
Uppsala Universitet

Ägyptologisches Seminar
Universität Basel

Department der Altertumswissenschaften
Universitas Friburgensis

Départment des Sciences de l'Antiquité
Université de Genève

Orientalisches Seminar
Universität Zurich

National Taiwan University
Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

United Kingdom
Faculty of Oriental Studies: Near and Middle East
Oxford University

Department of Ancient History and Archaeology
University of Birmingham

Department of Archaeology
University of Bristol

Faculty of Oriental Studies
University of Cambridge

Institute of Archaeology
University College, London

Department of Archeology
University of Durham

Department of Egyptology
School of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology
University of Liverpool

Department of Classics, Ancient History and Egyptology
College of Arts and Humanities Swansea University Whales, UK

United States of America
Department of Egyptology
Brown University
Providence, RI

Department of Near Eastern Studies
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD

Institute of Fine Arts
New York University

Department of Near Eastern Studies
University of California, Berkeley

Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
University of California, Los Angeles

Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
University of Chicago

Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology
University of Memphis

Department of Near Eastern Studies
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
Yale University
New Haven, CT

Instituto Uruguayo de Egiptologia
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