Doctoral School of Linguistics


Doctoral School of Linguistics


Doctor (PhD) of Linguistics


Degree program



Accreditation number

MAB 2016/5/VII/8/2/964




4+4 semesters (2+2 years)

ECTS credits


Minimum number of students


Maximum number of students


Short description

The goal of this program to prepare students for obtaining their PhD degree through acquisition of latest research methodologies, participation in conferences and teaching expertise in higher education.

The Doctoral School of Linguistics offers doctoral studies in the following fields:

  • English Linguistics
  • German Linguistics
  • Hungarian Linguistics
  • Indian Studies
  • Intercultural Linguistics
  • Iranian Studies 
  • Japanese Studies
  • Korean Studies
  • Language Pedagogy and English Applied Linguistics (only with C1 English knowledge)
  • Mongolian Studies
  • Romance Studies
  • Russian Linguistics
  • Sinology
  • Slavic Linguistics
  • Theoretical Linguistics
  • Turkic Studies
  • Uralic Languages and Linguistics
Strength of program

Doctoral training in the Doctoral School of Linguistics combines the tradition of almost 400 years of excellence in research and education with the flexibility expected from the members of the European Higher Education Area and outside of Europe. The Doctoral School of Linguistics covers the whole spectrum of linguistics; one can choose not only from the most popular research topics but from topics that besides their academic values also offer the cultural uniqueness in the life of the region.

Find the list of study units here
Career opportunities

According to the latest entrance exam statistics, the Faculty of Humanities is home of the best and most gifted students nationwide. With nearly 8,000 students, the Faculty has been a stronghold of scientific knowledge all over Hungary. Employers inside and outside Hungary are aware that a graduate from ELTE FoH will be of an extremely high standard. Coming to our faculty will increase your career prospects by the time you earn your degree.

Job examples

Research Institutes, Universities, Language Schools, Diplomacy, Press and Media

EU/EEA students
non-EU/EEA students
Tuition fee/semester

420 EUR

2,200 EUR

Application fee

30 EUR (non-refundable)

30 EUR (non-refundable)

non-EU/EEA students
Tuition fee/semester

2,200 EUR

Application fee

30 EUR (non-refundable)

Offered for the next academic year


Start program

06, Sep, 2021

Deadline for applications - September intake

10, May, 2021

Is there a February intake


Admission requirements

Minimum level of language proficiency (oral) (A1-C2): B2             

Minimum level of language proficiency (written) (A1-C2): B2

ONLY the following English language exams are accepted: TOEFL (minimum 66), IELTS (minimum Level 5.5), Cambridge, TOEIC, telc GmbH, ECL
Or equivalent Bachelor or Master diploma if the language of the studies was English.
If your mother tongue is English then you have to have a B2 level or higher language exam from another language.

Documents to submit with application



Online application form


Master-level degree

with good qualification



Research work plan

3-4 pages

Letter of recommendation


Language certificate

Level B2 or above

rOther: Letter of acceptance from the future supervisor

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 can be accepted for the topics offered by the supervisors of the doctoral schools. (To be published in February 2021)

Bank information for paying the application fee:

Beneficiary: Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem
Account number: 10032000-01426201-00000000
IBAN: HU03 1003 2000 0142 6201 0000 0000
Transfer information: FELVI-BTKPHD C104 C10401/16 

Procedure of the entrance examination:

The applications are examined by the Admission Board [25 May 2021 – 25 June 2021] and applicants are notified of the outcome of the selection in the online application system until 31 July 2021. Admission letters are sent out in the online application system until 31 July 2021].

Place of entrance examination: 

Faculty of Humanities, 1088 Budapest, Múzeum krt. 4/A or Skype

Further details of selection and evaluation: 

The ranking is based on a total evaluation of the academic excellence (based on the submitted documents) and the results of the entrance exam. During this entrance exam, the candidate will be asked about previous university achievements, the individual research plan and the scientific competence in the field of interest.

Program leader

Head of the Doctoral School of Linguistics

Program coordinator

International PhD coordinator
Postal address: H-1088 Budapest, Múzeum körút 4/A

Faculty of Humanities

Faculty of Humanities