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Introduction to Akkadian: A Taster Day

Akkadian is the earliest known Semitic language (related to Arabic and Hebrew), first written over 4000 years ago in southern Iraq (Mesopotamia). It is the language of some of the oldest written myths, historical documents, omens, magical spells and even love poems in the world. This study day will introduce the Akkadian language and the cuneiform script, within the context of the archaeology and history of Mesopotamia.

This course may be taken by itself, or as a taster day for those who are potentially interested in taking an Akkadian module at Birkbeck in the 2020-2021 academic year.

This module is non-accredited and carries no credit points.

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students. You may have to fulfil specific prerequisites for some intermediate-level or advanced-level courses, but these will be specified where relevant.

    Visa requirements

    If you are not from the European Economic Area (EEA) and/or Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa.

    The visa you apply for varies according to the length of your course:

    • Courses of more than six months' duration.
    • Courses of less than six months' duration.
    • Pre-sessional English language courses.

    International students who require a Tier 4 visa should apply for our full-time courses (with the exception of modular enrolment certificates of higher education and graduate certificates), as these qualify for Tier 4 sponsorship. If you are living in the UK on a Tier 4 visa, you will not be eligible to enrol as a student on Birkbeck's part-time courses (with the exception of some modules).

    For full information, read our visa information for international students page.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You enrol directly onto the classes you would like to take, using the Enrol Now link below. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then enrol onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.

First class: Sat 01-Feb-20 10am-5pm

Class location Central London
Class code SSHC498N0AAA