BA in Hungarian


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Program Description

The aim of the Hungarian BA program is to provide students with a professional level of Hungarian in its language and literature. The program offers language training based on the experience of the Hungarian as a Foreign Language Department of Eötvös Loránd University, and also emphasizes the importance of literary and cultural studies. Eastern and Eastern-Central Europe are in the position to become central actors in cultural and economic connections between Asia and Europe.

This can be seen as a developing trend that will grow in the coming years. Budapest, as the capital of Hungary, is one of the hubs in the region and the center of Hungarian culture. Students of the Hungarian BA program specialize in Hungarian as a Foreign Language.

Strength of program

The professional understanding of not only the Hungarian language but also Hungarian literature and culture, and several of the cultural factors that define Europe at an international level will position graduate students favorably in becoming actors in this quickly developing economic and cultural field. Eötvös Loránd University is located on two main campuses around the city center and boasts nearly 30,000 students and thriving university life. It is one of the largest universities in Eastern-Central Europe and houses the world’s most prestigious institutes for the study of the Hungarian language, tradition, history, culture, and art. Students enrolling in the program will be learning from many academics who are leading figures in their fields, guaranteeing the highest possible standard of training.

This BA program lasts 3 years. The program is divided into two modules: the first year as the foundation module, the second and third years as the main module. At the end of each period, there are complex examinations. Note that the program does not offer teaching qualifications.

Career opportunities

Those holding a Bachelor of Arts degree in Hungarian BA are eligible for admission to the Hungarian Studies MA or similar philological degrees. They will be able to work in different fields, such as journalism, 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 Hungarian Studies or similar philological degrees. Out of University careers: journalism, teaching Hungarian 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 Hungarian 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

B2-level language certificate in Hungarian or Advanced level Hungarian “Matura” examination.

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 of 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

About the School

Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) - in terms of student and staff number, quality of education and research, and its international relations - is a prestigious institution of public higher education in ... Read More

Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) - in terms of student and staff number, quality of education and research, and its international relations - is a prestigious institution of public higher education in Hungary, operating continuously since its inception in 1635. As a top-ranked research university in Hungary, it is the most popular higher education institution among applicants as well as alma mater of five Nobel laureates and leading figures in technology, public policy, and culture in Hungary. Read less
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