Take part of a rich international culture with strong roots in northern and eastern Europe
Yiddish is one of Sweden's official national minority languages and Lund University is the only university in Scandinavia that offers teaching and conducts research about Yiddish language, literature and culture.
A new generation of Yiddish-speaking researchers and teachers is helping to revitalize the language in the 21st century. The teaching consists partly of language studies and partly of cultural courses that examine the rich Yiddish literature and Ashkenazi-Jewish history and culture.
The courses are taught as distance learning via Zoom and international admissions are welcome. But please note that you will have to pay if your not a citizen of a EU country.
Apply by April 15.
In the autumn of 2020 the Centre for Languages and Literature offer the following courses in Yiddish:
Language and literature courses
- YIDD01 , Yiddish: Language and Literature, Beginner's Course I, 15 credits (part time, distance course)
Our beginner course for those who are interested in starting to learn to speak, write and read Yiddish and be able to enjoy this rich and unique culture.
- YIDD11 , Yiddish: Language and Literature, Level 1 A, 15 ECTS (part time, distance course)
The introduction course in Yiddish for those who have completed beginner courses 1 and 2.
In addition to our language-focused courses, we also provide one or two courses focusing on culture each semester. They are courses that do not require any prior knowledge of the Yiddish language and deal with different aspects of Jewish cultural history, with a focus on Yiddish culture and literature.
- YIDB20, Jewish World Literature in the 20th Century, 15 ECTS (Half-Speed, Distance)
This course explores Jewish world literature in the 20th century originating in Eastern and Central Europe, the United States, the Soviet Union.
- YIDC01, Yiddisch: Modern Jewish Culture and the Narrative Art of Sholem Aleichem, 15 ECTS (Half-Speed, Distance or Campus)
The course examines the well known Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem's narrative art and its importance for the creation of a modern Jewish culture in Russia and the United States during the period 1883-1914.