|Study location||Hungary, Budapest|
|Type||Non-degree, full degree studies|
|Nominal duration||2 semesters (60 ECTS)|
|Awards||non degree (Declaration of completion)|
High school / secondary education (or higher)
The students who can apply for the Intensive Hungarian Foundation 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.
The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English / Hungarian.
Often you can get a suitable transcript from your school. If this is not the case, you will need official translations along with verified copies of the original.
You must take the original entry qualification documents along with you when you finally go to the university.
Applications are accepted from the following territories (based on citizenship): Albania, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Cambodia, Cape Verde, China, Colombia, Cuba, Egypt, Eritrea, Georgia, Ghana, India, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar (Burma), Namibia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, State of Palestine, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen.
A motivation letter must be added to your application.
— Record of the final two years in secondary school
Other: An official English translation of the certificates and the records if the language of the original is not English
Optional documents for admissions
The Intensive Hungarian Foundation Course designed to anyone interested in the Hungarian language and culture is the ideal way to jump-start your future academic or professional life in Hungary.
Divided into two terms, the aim of the course is to provide students with a system of tools allowing them to successfully manage communicational situations arising in the target language environment and enabling them to comprehend factual texts containing the basic structures of the language, in both reading and writing.
In the second semester, students are provided with the full formal system of the Hungarian language. The course subjects, aimed at developing the various language skills, now concentrate on, among other things, independent written compositions and language use for expressing opinions. The reading program gradually leads from comprehending texts with the help of a dictionary up to the independent processing of texts. The latter subjects can be expanded by developing the basic vocabulary according to the students’ wishes into various study areas, such as history, literature, sociology.
Apart from the intensive language classes, the additional Hungarian cultural lectures give an overview of the main events in Hungarian history, Hungarian literature, linguistics, folklore, cultural history and sociology. These lectures are held in English.
This two-semester program provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge that enables them to continue studies in Hungarian at a university level or to use Hungarian as an intermediary language at work.
The program is provided by the Department of Hungarian as a Foreign Language, which is the national centre for Hungarian teaching for foreigners and teacher training in Hungarian as a foreign language.
Secondary school certificate
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The application documents are processed by the Department of International Affairs and then forwarded to the department responsible for the given degree programme. The department checks the documents and organizes an interview by telephone, online (e.g. Skype) or in person. After the entrance interview, the department comes to a decision and informs the Department of International Affairs.
Mr Ádám Benjámin Varga
Stipendium Hungaricum coordinator
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Please find more information here: www.btk.elte.hu/en/content/intensive-hungarian-foundation-course.t.3441?m=246
The language knowledge acquired by the end of the course provides Hungarian language knowledge for specific purposes: it therefore enables students to continue studies at university or to use Hungarian as an intermediary language at work.