BA in English and American Studies


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Program Description

The program is offered by the School of English and American Studies. The program can be completed either as a major or a minor program, the latter is only available for students who study in other major programs at ELTE. Students taking the program as a major opt for either the English or the American track at the end of the first term. The three-year-long program does not provide teaching qualifications.

Strength of program

Students in the English studies track within the English and American Studies BA program are offered a chance to acquaint themselves with the foundations of literary and linguistic analysis, the British and American political culture, language development, academic argumentation, and essay writing, as well as typography in the first phase of their studies. This is followed by a series of seminars and lectures aimed at developing students’ competence in using English as a language of global communication, academic writing, and everyday oral argumentation in a scholarly and business environment. Students will thus attain the foundations of academic research, evaluation, and critical thinking in English literature, British and American socio-political history, and develop an understanding of the linguistic levels of description and analysis of English (phonology, syntax and the foundations of language history).

Students opting for the American Studies track within the English and American Studies BA program are given the opportunity to acquaint themselves with the background and idiosyncratic features of American history, culture, literature, and the American variety of English. By focusing on these areas of research, the aim of the American Studies track is to impart the students with the foundations of critical thinking and academic research in order to prepare them for future studies or for successful endeavors when entering the job market.

Career opportunities

Those holding a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and American Studies are eligible for admission to the English Studies MA or American Studies MA or similar philological degrees. They will be able to work in different fields, such and journalism, tourism, education in non-state funded schools, government organizations, diplomacy and any other jobs that do not require degree-specific skills.

Job examples

Academic: BA graduates are eligible for admission to MA in English or MA in American studies or similar philological degrees. Out of University careers: journalism, tourism, teaching English in non-state funded schools, government organizations, diplomacy, any other job not requiring degree-specific skills, etc.

Admission requirements

Entry requirements

The students who can apply for the English and American Studies BA Program are expected to present the documentation of their certificate of matriculation from a secondary school and to submit their application with the necessary attachments.

The university accepts only certificates, which are equivalent to the Hungarian certificate of matriculation, thus appropriate for continuing one’s studies in university education. If the certificate is not in English, the university needs an official translation, which could be a translation by the secondary school as well.

If the applicant completes their secondary education during the current term and their certificate is not issued before the application deadline, a proof of student status or a certification, which verifies that the applicant will receive matriculation is required instead. In case of being accepted as a student, however, the applicant must present their certificate of matriculation upon enrolment at the latest.

This program is not available for Hungarian citizens.

The educational and outcome requirements are defined by the Ministry of Human Capacities (Regulation No. 18/2016. (VIII. 5.). The details of the application and admission process are defined by the Organisational and Operational Regulations of ELTE.

Language requirements

The language of instruction for the entire program is English, so a very good command of English is required during the oral entrance exam and throughout the whole program. Language knowledge is assessed and evaluated during the interview.

  • TOEFL PBT (Paper-based test): 453-497 or
  • TOEFL IBT (Internet-based test): 46-59 or
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System): 5.5 or
  • CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference): B2
Documents to submit with the application
  • Online application form
  • Record of the final two years in secondary school
  • Secondary school certificate (Notarized copy only on request)
  • A CV (In MS Word format with one low-resolution photo)
  • Motivation letter
  • Copy of the main pages of the passport (needs to be valid)
  • Copy of application fee transfer
  • Copy of the Entrance exam fee transfer
  • Language certificate (Official test results or certificate must be provided; see program specific proficiency requirements.)
  • Other: An official English translation of the certificates and the records if the language if the original is not English
Optional documents for admissions
  • Letter of Reference
    Also called "Letter of recommendation." From a former instructor and/or employer.
  • Letter of Authorization
    If the applicant uses the services of a non-contracted third party during the application process, a Letter of Authorization must be signed. Applications will not be processed without.
Application procedure

The application starts in the online application system. Students need to register in the system, fill in the online application form, upload the required documents and follow the instructions during the application process. Applications will only be processed if the application fee (150 EUR; non-refundable) has been transferred to the Faculty’s bank account. For further information regarding fee transferring please visit the Faculty’s website. Results and the official decision will be announced in the application system.

Last updated Nov 2020

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