At Louvain-la-Neuve
180 credits - 3 years
Day schedule - In French
Programme acronym: HORI1BA
Francophone Certification Framework : 6
Dissertation/Graduation Project : YES
Internship : NO
Activities in English: NO
Activities in other languages : YES
Activities on other sites : NO


The Bachelor in Ancient Languages and Literatures: Oriental Studies trains students to become specialists in one or more of the following fields : Ancient Egypt, Ancient Near East, Greek World, Biblical Studies, Byzantium, Medieval Near East, Islam and the Arab World, India, Far East.

Working on original textual sources, written in various different oriental languages, you will be required to develop progressively the ability to study these tests with rigour and precision to explain the context and discover the meaning.

This specialist training will enable you to develop general skills in precise, objective and critical analysis of information.

Your profile

To join this course, it is not necessary to have made a clear choice of career. A strong interest in languages, literature and history, as well as a passion for ancient and oriental civilisation is an excellent reason to do this training.

  • Do you wish to open your mind to cultures which are different from our own, while discovering what today’s society owes to ancient oriental civilisation?
  • Do you enjoy discovering alphabets which are different from ours and studying the many different facets of human thinking by using textual sources in their original language?
  • Do you like thorough analysis and wish to develop your critical skills?
  • Do you enjoy documentary research and working in a library?

If so, you have what it takes to study Languages and Literatures: Oriental Studies.

Your future job

Some of our graduates work in the field of research, producing editions of classical texts or detailed studies on different aspects of ancient civilisations, while others go into teaching of ancient languages in secondary schools antiques, for which they will have done a Master’s agree or teacher training after this degree. Others find posts in the private and public sectors particularly because of the versatility their training in philosophy, arts and letters. The intellectual rigour and open-mindedness which they acquire during the training enables them to make their mark rapidly in their work environment, even if they do not necessarily already have the all the specific technical skills.