Learning Hungarian

There are various options to study Hungarian in Hungary, depending on the available time you want to spend learning the language, your current level of Hungarian and general language skills. We have listed some of the most favourite state institutions offering Hungarian language courses.

Hungarian language studies at universities

University of Pécs, Medical School, International Studies Centre

The International Studies Centre (ISC) offers Hungarian language courses throughout the year. Twelve-week-long semester courses are organized in autumn and spring, with four- and two-week-long intensive courses offered in summer and winter. 

If you attend at the language courses you will be awarded with ECTS credits, both for the Semester programme and for the Intensive programme. At the last one, there are even more opportunities to develop your communication skills:

  • five levels from beginner to advanced,
  • a placement test taken on the first day of the course,
  • 30 language lessons per week,
  • focusing on communication,
  • after the exam, you will gain your well-deserved ECTS credit points.

A Few Highlights from the Extracurricular Program:

  • Explore Pécs, Cultural Capital of Europe in 2010
  • Discover the Zsolnay Cultural Quarter, a beautiful World Heritage Site, and Kodály Center, the state-of-the-art concert hall of the city
  • Enjoy Hungarian and international gastronomy
  • Discover Hungarian folk music and folk dances
  • Try out traditional handicrafts
  • Explore villages, town sand natural reserves in the surrounding Mecsek mountains
  • Practice your Hungarian with native speakers in various contexts

More information: http://www.isc.pte.hu/

University of Szeged

We teach Hungarian language in an intensive form, and offer various courses related to Hungary and East-Central Europe in English. We are aware of the special needs and interests of international students in our modern times: besides offering traditional cultural subjects such as history, literature, folklore and arts, we also extend our syllabus towards Eastern-European economics, sociology, current politics and other fields of the social sciences.

We have semester programs: from the beginning of September to the middle of December and from the beginning of February to the middle of May. During the semesters we have language classes on five different levels besides the culture classes.

Our Summer School was founded in 2001. We usually have 50-60 students from 15-20 different countries while running language groups on at least four different levels.

The four-week program in August includes language learning on various levels, cultural exposure in combination with academic classes, entertainment and recreational programs as well as regular contact with Hungarian language partners. There is also a possibility to choose a two- or three-week module. We start beginner courses only at the beginning of the program. The workload equals 12-9-6 ECTS credits for the 4-3-2-week courses respectively.

More information: www.u-szeged.hu/english

Eötvös Loránd University

Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) is Hungary’s oldest university, where teaching has continued uninterrupted since its inception in 1635. The university has gradually expanded and today it consists of eight faculties. ELTE has international relations with 450 universities all over the world and has been developing and maintaining these relations for the benefit of both Hungarian and foreign students.

Language courses

The Department offers full-semester General Hungarian language courses and Special courses on Hungarian language and culture. The 13-week courses start at the beginning of both spring and autumn semesters. The curriculum has been developed for one or two 90-minute classes per week for a period of one semester. Students get 3 ECTS credits after successfully completing the course. The General Hungarian language course and the Special course on Hungarian language and culture complement each other and thus it is possible to attend both courses in the same semester.

More information: www.elte.hu/en/content/language-courses.t.94?m=53

Summer University of Hungarian Language and Culture

 In the summer, Eötvös Loránd University organizes a summer university on Hungarian language and culture. The summer university program is built up of three main modules: intensive Hungarian language classes from beginner to proficiency levels (60–90–120classes), lectures on Hungarian culture, arts, and history (8–10–12–16 classes), and cultural programs, including museum visits, dance house visits, sightseeing in and around Budapest, and an excursion to Lake Balaton.

More information: www.elte.hu/en/summer_university_hungarian

University of Debrecen

Summer School - Hungarian language for foreigners since 1927 Debrecen Summer School (DSS) is an education institution specializing in teaching Hungarian as a foreign language and Hungarian culture. As an independent institution, DSS is connected to the University of Debrecen through numerous links. Its mission is to provide students with a thorough knowledge of both Hungarian language and culture.

Established in 1927, the Summer School has grown to become the biggest Hungarian summer school. Every year, more than 1,400 students from 30-40 countries are taught by the experienced Debrecen Summer School staff who are all recognised as experts in teaching Hungarian as well as foreign languages. During the summer courses, lectures are offered on Hungarian history and culture in addition to regular language classes.

More information: www.nyariegyetem.hu

Latest news

March 13, 2017 13:52
Semmelweis University is among the best according to the QS world rankings

Semmelweis University has been ranked as 262nd according to the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranking list, on the basis of which our university has achieved the best result in the field of life sciences and medicine among Hungarian higher-education institutions. The ranking position of Semmelweis University is better with 54 ranking places this year as opposed to last year’s ranking result. In the field of medical education Semmelweis University is ranked among the best 200 institutions, and it is among the best 150 in the area of pharmaceutical education according to the QS 2017 ranking.

In the field of life sciences and medicine altogether three Hungarian universities are listed: Semmelweis University is ranked as 262nd, Debrecen University is ranked as 401-450 and the University of Szeged is ranked as 451-500. Regarding the area of medical education: Semmelweis University is ranked as 151-200, Debrecen University is ranked as 201-250, the University of Pécs is ranked as 251-300 and the University of Szeged is ranked as 301-350. The rankings in the category of pharmaceutical education are as follows: Semmelweis University is ranked as 101-150, Debrecen University is ranked as 151-200 and the University of Szeged is ranked as 201-250.

This international ranking list was prepared with the consideration of four aspects: the reputation of the university in the scientific world, assessment of the employees, the frequency of the citation of the university’s scientific works and h-index citations.

Eszter Keresztes
Photo: Attila Kovács – Semmelweis University
Translated by: Katalin Romhányi

March 13, 2017 13:51
Signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Tokyo Medical University

The delegation of Tokyo Medical University visited Semmelweis University on February 24-25, 2017, in the framework of which the collaboration has been reinforced on three different levels between the two institutions. Besides the Memorandum of Understanding a Sister Agreement as well as a Student Exchange Agreement were also signed by the representatives of both universities.

The members of the Japanese delegation, led by Dr. Mamoru Suzuki, President of Tokyo Medical University, were Dr. Miki Izumi, Professor of Medical Education, Ms. Aya Nagata, Coordinator of the Student Exchange Program and Dr. Mária Mernyei, Professor, who provided a lot of support in the organization of the delegation’s visit. The representatives of Tokyo Medical University were welcomed at Semmelweis University by Dr. Ágoston Szél, Rector, Dr. Miklós Molnár, Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Dr. József Sándor, Scientific Advisor of the Department of Surgical Research and Techniques, Dr. Marcel Pop, Director of International Relations and Dr. Judit Vadlövő, Project Coordinator of the Directorate of International Relations.

After a warm welcome Rector Szél said that he considers this visit very important, since the agreements signed during the discussion provide an opportunity for both Japanese and Hungarian students to study abroad in the framework of a training programme. Rector Szél expressed his gratitude to H.E. Dr. Kosuge Junichi, Ambassador of Japan in Hungary, who participated in the official discussion and the signing process together with Ms. Yoshiko Okamoto, Second Secretary of Cultural Affairs at the Embassy of Japan in Hungary. As Rector Szél pointed out, the presence of His Excellency at the discussion unquestionably proved the high level of Japanese-Hungarian relations.

Dr. Kosuge Junichi talked about the undergoing process of the reinforcement of Japanese-Hungarian political and economic relations, and he expressed his appreciation that this is also manifested in the academic relations.

Dr. Mamoru Suzuki, President of Tokyo Medical University, also highlighted the significance of the signing of these agreements: according to him the collaboration now has become official between the two institutions.

Dr. Miklós Molnár talked about the fact that more and more Japanese students study at Semmelweis University and he expressed his hope that Hungarian students will soon also have an opportunity to study in Japan. Dr. Molnár also said that our institution will be pleased to have Japanese professors as lecturers at Semmelweis University.

Dr. József Sándor emphasized among other things that both institutions have the same principles and purposes: a well-operating patient care system.

At the end of the discussion the leaders of both universities officially signed the Memorandum of Understanding, a Sister Agreement as well as a Student Exchange Agreement. These agreements contain regulations regarding the mutual student-, researcher- and staff exchange programme, the exchange of information between the two institutions as well as the organization of common lectures and seminars. The agreement related to the exchange of medical students provides the opportunity for the following: both universities to send and receive 2-2 graduating students for clinical training during one academic year, for maximum 8 weeks per student.

After the discussion and the official signing of the agreements the Japanese delegation visited the 1st Department of Pathology and Experimental Cancer Research, where Dr. András Matolcsy, Director, welcomed the representatives of Tokyo Medical University. The delegation also visited the Heart and Vascular Centre, where they were welcomed by Dr. György Bárczi, Senior Lecturer. Dr. Bárczi introduced the facilities and the daily work of the Centre to our Japanese guests in details.

Pálma Dobozi
Source: Directorate of International Relations
Photo: Gábor Ancsin
Translated by: Katalin Romhányi

March 13, 2017 13:43
Educatio International Education Expo 2017 according to Semmelweis students

All the five faculties of Semmelweis University were represented at Educatio International Education Expo 2017. At the information desks Semmelweis students provided assistance to those who asked for information about the university. These Semmelweis students gave us their feedback about their experiences during the expo as follows.

“The majority of secondary school students arrived at the expo with a clear plan; some of them already knew what type of a physician he/she would like to become. Most of the questions were related to the content of the courses and the curriculum. For instance, they were interested in the amount of work required for a successful exam, or what the average is of unsuccessful exams. Many secondary school students asked about the content of practical training and about the period of specialization. We have received many questions regarding the quality of dormitories and the availability of space, also about language proficiency exams required for the entrance examination and the diploma, as well as about score limits. Some people also enquired about the preparatory course for the final examination organized by the university.”, said Zsófia Purman, member of the Students’ Union of the Faculty of Medicine.

“The recognition of the Faculty of Health and Public Services is continuously growing, which is also proven by the fact that every year more and more people visit our information desk at the Educatio Expo with a clear goal. Most of the students inquired about the courses and the job opportunities after graduation. The majority of people were interested in the programmes offered by the Institute of Digital Health Sciences, but many students wanted to hear more about mental health. According to our experiences it is the health related informatics and manager training about which students usually lack detailed information. For instance, it was new for many students that health related informatics also deal with financial questions, but everybody could get all the needed details at the information desks.”, said Réka Sára Kovács, President of the Students’ Union of the Faculty of Health and Public Services.

“Most of the secondary school students were interested in the dietetics and the physiotherapy programmes offered by the Faculty of Health Sciences. Most of the questions were related to the requirements of the entrance examination, courses, and job opportunities after graduation both in the common and private sectors. The information desk of the Faculty of Health Sciences was directly visited by people at the Educatio Expo: many students had a clear plan and asked their questions related to particular programmes accordingly.”, expressed László Kósa, President of the Students’ Union of the Faculty of Health Sciences.

“Many students asked us about why they should choose Semmelweis University, or why they should apply to the Faculty of Dentistry. They waited for a confirmation from us, medical students. In such cases we can provide assistance in the process of decision making with orientational questions related to the faculty. Among other things students asked what sort of knowledge they need for a successful admission (whether it is rather Chemistry or Physics), and about the course material. We could demonstrate the process of prosthesis-making by using visual aids. This way the discussion was more personal: we showed them what they are going to study here and we also talked about university life and life as a medical student.”, said Szabolcs Ferenczi, President of the Students’ Union of the Faculty of Dentistry.

“The questions were mostly related to the entrance examination, as well as university course material: how difficult Chemistry is and what they will study during the courses. Those students who visited our desk directly, in general knew that the university does not have a central campus, thus they wanted to know how unpleasant it might be to visit different buildings to attend classes. We also received questions about the university, the dormitory, scholarship opportunities and freshmen camps.”, said Viktor Erdősi, President of the Students’ Union of the Faculty of Pharmacy.

Pálma Dobozi, Eszter Keresztes, Szilvia Tóth-Szabó
Photo: Attila Kovács, Semmelweis University
Translated by: Katalin Romhányi