Croatian Language and Literature MA


Croatian Language and Literature MA


Philologist in Croatian Language and Literature


Degree program



Accreditation number





4 semesters (2 years)

ECTS credits


Minimum number of students


Maximum number of students


Short description

The aim of the program is to prepare students to become well-trained specialists in Croatian philology. Students acquire comprehensive knowledge of Croatian literature from its early period to the modern age in a European context, as well as extensive knowledge of Croatian grammar and the history of Croatian. Moreover, they are acquainted with the latest linguistic theories, sociolinguistics, textology, lexicology, stylistics and phraseology. Developing both oral and written proficiency in Croatian is an important component of our program. The program ends with a thesis on a chosen subfield of Croatian philology.

The MA program consists of a basic common component (60 credits) and an optional specialization (22 credits).

This program is recommended to applicants who have a special interest in Croatian language and literature and wish to work in an area that requires Croatian language skills or is related to Croatian culture. The MA program does not provide teaching qualifications.

This program enables students to work as specialists of Croatian philology in the economic, cultural, political or social field. There are many opportunities for young professionals with an excellent command of Croatian and a good understanding of Croatian culture as well as the historical, economic and social trends in contemporary Croatia.

Strength of program

Students graduating from our university with an MA degree in Croatian Studies have broad knowledge of philology with a specialization in Croatian literature and linguistics. The structure of our MA program is flexible and meets the needs of students with various interests. The strength of the course is also indicated by the scholarly achievements of the department staff (eg. regular participation in national and international conferences, regularly organized international conferences on Slavonic Studies, numerous books and other national and international publications.)

Find the structure of the degree program on the website of the Faculty.

Career opportunities

Students graduating from our university with an MA degree in Croatian Studies have an opportunity to work for Croatian or/and Hungarian joint companies, in the field of culture or the educational sector, in the tourist industry, or to find employment related to the cooperation between Croatia and Hungary in a broader context. Our graduates can also engage in an academic career and after completing the doctoral training and the successful defense of a doctoral dissertation obtain a PhD degree.

Job examples
  • Scholar in Croatian Studies
  • Organizer in various fields of Croatian culture
  • Expert on Croatian culture
  • Journalist
  • Literary translator
  • Specialist in diplomacy
  • etc.
EU/EEA students
non-EU/EEA students
Tuition fee/semester

2 200 EUR

2 200 EUR

Application fee

150 EUR (non-refundable)

150 EUR (non-refundable)

Other costs

100 EUR (entrance exam fee)

100 EUR (entrance exam fee)

non-EU/EEA students
Tuition fee/semester

2 200 EUR

Application fee

150 EUR (non-refundable)

Other costs

100 EUR (entrance exam fee)

Offered for the next academic year


Start program

06, Sep, 2021

Deadline for applications - September intake

30, Jun, 2021

Is there a February intake


Admission requirements

Entry requirements

Applicants must hold a university bachelor’s degree (or an equivalent college degree) in the fields listed below. Full credit acknowledgement is only given for a bachelor’s degree in Slavonic Studies, Specialized in Croatian Studies.

In the case of any other degree, each diploma will be considered individually. The applicant must have 30 credits in the field of Croatian language, linguistics, literature or culture studies which might be acquired during the MA studies according to the Academic Regulations of the university.

Transcripts from your bachelor's degree as well as course descriptions will be requested.

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

Language requirements

Medium level language competence in Croatian (B2 level).

Documents to submit with application
Document Comment
Secondary school certificate (graduation certificate) Notarized copy only on request.
Bachelor-level degree An official copy of your completed Bachelor degree
Transcript of records  
Motivation letter A maximum of 500 words
Copy of the main pages of the passport (needs to be valid) Scanned, in colour all personal details and expiry date must be shown. Passport must be valid.
Copy of application fee transfer  
Copy of the Entrance exam fee transfer  
Language certificate Official test result or certificate must be provided; see program specific proficiency requirements

Optional documents for admissions

  • Curriculum Vitae in English
  • In MS Word format with one low resolution photo
  • Research Proposal
  • Please consult the coordinating department for more information
  • 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

Application deadlines

The deadline for application means the deadline of submission of the full and complete application package in the online system.

Period 1 for September intake: 01/02-15/04/2021 23:59 (CET)
Period 2 for September intake: 16/04-30/06/2021 23:59 (CET)

The application procedure includes 2 periods in order to give the applicants the freedom to submit their application when it’s most suitable for them. The applicants of each period have the same chance to get admittance for the programme. However, please note, that the Faculty of Humanities ELTE reserves the right to cancel the entrance periods in case the number of the admitted applicants reaches the limit during the previous entrance periods.

Procedure of the application

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 and details about transferring the application fee please visit our Faculty’s website:

IBAN Bank Account: HU 03 1003 2000 0142 6201 0000 0000
Address: 1088 Budapest, Múzeum krt. 4/a, Hungary
Name of the Bank: Hungarian State Treasury Ltd. (Magyar Államkincstár)
Address of the Bank: 1139 Budapest, Váci út 71.

Name of applicant
AY (for example: 2021/22/1)
The University’s sub-account number: AC9201/04

Entrance examination and selection process

When the university receives the full application package and it is checked by the Department of International Affairs an entrance exam date option will be sent no later than the application deadline for the relevant period. Please, check your messages in the application system, and the e-mail address that is linked to the account regularly.The applications are examined by the Admission Board no later than after each application period and applicants are notified of the outcome of the selection in the online application system after the decision is official. Admission letters are sent out in the online application system within a few days.

Procedure of the entrance examination

The entrance exam contains a discussion about the motivation of the applicant. Successful applicants must have a good command of English to pass the entrance exam.  The entrance exam can be taken in person or via Skype. Ranking is based on the overall evaluation of academic excellence (based on the submitted documents) and the results of the entrance exam.

Program leader

Prof. Dr. István LUKÁCS
Head of Croatian Studies

Department of International Affairs
Address: Múzeum krt. 4, Room 32
1088 Budapest

Faculty of Humanities

Faculty of Humanities