Akkadian Grammar and Cuneiform: A Historical Semitic Language, 15 credits

Academic year 2023/2024

  • Autumn 2023, 50%, Campus

    Start date: 28 August 2023

    End date: 14 January 2024

    Application deadline: 17 April 2023

    Application code: UU-56210 Application

    Language of instruction: The course will be taught in English, if needed

    Location: Uppsala

    Selection: Higher education credits (maximum 285 credits)

    Registration: Please contact the department.

Entry requirements: A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university. Proficiency in Swedish and English equivalent to the general entry requirements for first-cycle (Bachelor's level) studies.


If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application or tuition fees. Formal exchange students will be exempted from tuition fees, as well as the application fee. Read more about fees.

Application fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 25,000

Tuition fee, total: SEK 25,000

About the course

The course gives an introduction to Akkadian grammar, phonology and cuneiform, by means of seminars, exercises and study of texts. After a few weeks, original texts begin being read in cuneiform: a collection of laws or judgments authored by king Hammurapi of Babylon about 3800 years ago, and a couple of his building inscriptions. These texts are valuable as sources of information on life and the perception of the world in his state. The course is assessed in part by conducting a brief, comparative study in which you compare one or two linguistic features in Akkadian with features in one or more languages you have already studied.

More information


Department of Linguistics and Philology

Engelska parken Thunbergsvägen 3H

Box 635, 751 26 UPPSALA

Telephone: 018-471 2252

Email: info@lingfil.uu.se