Course code: ARKN23
Swedish title: Interkulturella religionsmöten under antiken
Credits: 7.5

Study period: spring semester 2024
Type of studies: part time, 50 %, day
Study period: 2024-03-25 – 2024-06-02
Language of instruction: English
Eligibility: To be admitted to the course, students must have completed first-cycle courses in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History, archaeology, historical archaeology, historical osteology, history, Greek, Latin, history of science and ideas, history of religions, Jewish studies, Old and New Testament exegesis or equivalent knowledge.
Oral and written proficiency in English corresponding to English 6/B from Swedish upper secondary school is a requirement.

Application code: LU-E1053

Application code: LU-70157

Introductory meeting: 2024-03-25 at 10:15 – 12:00 in LUX:C337


The course aims to analyse interreligious encounters in a multi-ethnic, multicultural and highly interconnected Hellenistic and Roman Mediterranean world (from the 4th century BC to the 4th century AD). Students will have the opportunity to familiarise themselves with current theories and methods in the study of intercultural encounters and religious contacts in antiquity. Through case studies based on literary, epigraphic and archaeological sources, they will also have the opportunity to explore different examples and consequences of interactions between polytheistic and monotheistic traditions. By focusing on religious exchange between religions, students are invited to challenge the traditional historiographical idea that Greco-Roman 'paganism', Judaism and Christianity developed within separate social spheres as distinct 'cultural packages', as well as the modern dichotomy between 'polytheism' and 'monotheism'. Other topics covered in the course include the spread of religious ideas and practices, the construction of religious identities and alienation, the importance of religious affiliation in the context of migration, competition between religions, transnational religious expression and the relationship between mystery cults and Christianity.

Important dates – spring semester 2024

First Admission Round / Internationell ansökningsomgång

Day Lund, part time, 50 %
In English
March 25, 2024 – June 2, 2024

Closed for applications

Second Admission Round / Nationell ansökningsomgång

Dagtid Lund, halvfart
In English
25 March 2024 – 2 June 2024

Öppnar för sen anmälan den 15 December 2023

How to apply

Lund University uses a national application system run by University Admissions in Sweden. It is only possible to apply during the application periods: October–January for autumn semester and June–August for spring semester.

Extended application deadline

Sometimes the application deadline is extended for a specific programme or course. In these cases you will find the message "open for late application" by the programme/course information on You apply with the usual application steps. As long as this message is showing, it is possible to apply, but late applications are processed in order of date, so it is still important to apply as soon as possible. Please note that if the programme/course does not have an extended deadline, it is not possible to apply late.

First or Second Admission Round?

All international students are encouraged to apply to the First admission round. This round takes place many months before the start of a semester and gives students the time they need to pay their tuition fees, apply for and receive their residence permit (if required), find housing, etc.

The Second admission round is an alternative for students from EU/EEA countries as they do not need a residence permit. Non-EU/EEA students will most likely not have enough time to obtain their permit before the start of the semester. However, even EU/EEA students are advised to apply during the First admission round, as some programmes can be applied for only in the January round. Also, this provides applicants with an admission decision much earlier, which is helpful in making decisions about their studies.

Tuition Fees

Non-EU/EEA citizens

Full course tuition fee: SEK 13,750
First payment: SEK 13,750
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Citizens of a country outside of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees. You pay one instalment of the tuition fee in advance of each semester.

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EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland

There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

Application fee

If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 (approximately EUR 100) when you apply at You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.

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Second Admission Round
Nationell ansökningsomgång
Vårterminen 2024

Öppnar 15 December

Introductory meeting

Monday, 25 March
at 10:15 – 12:00
LUX:C337, compulsory

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