English Foundation Course (General English)


English Foundation Course (General English)


Declaration of Completion (non-degree program)


Preparatory program






2 semesters (1 year)

ECTS credits


Minimum number of students


Maximum number of students



The English Foundation Course (Preparatory Year) has been designed for students who wish to study at ELTE or another European university, but do not yet have the necessary level of language competence and study skills to start a BA degree program. With a minimum of 800 contact hours guaranteed, the course can bring you up to speed in as little as two semesters.
The aim of the program is to provide a gateway for students to European education, where a good command of knowledge is required. The program equips students with the basic linguistic, cultural and study skills necessary for beginning BA level studies at a European university.

Strength of program

Language improvement is the core element of the program, with a general course in language improvement, focusing on the basic skills of speaking, writing, listening and reading. To prepare you to use English for study purposes, there are also specialized courses in the accurate use of English grammar and vocabulary, as well as academic reading and writing, and classes on the presentation and discussion skills needed for participation in seminars.
Study Skills
Our teachers are there to help you, but you need to develop independent study skills for your future academic and professional career. You will attend courses designed to improve your ability to work on your own, with skills such as setting goals, managing time and monitoring progress. Your teachers will also set tasks to be completed in the Library and advise you on available resources.

Cultural Studies
It is impossible to use a language without understanding the culture that surrounds it. The program includes two courses on the major English-speaking cultures, one focusing on the British Isles, one on America and Canada. Other courses cover aspects of European culture in general the culture of your host country, Hungary.

If you take your studies seriously, you should be able to pass the CEFR B2-level language examination offered by the university at the end of the academic year. You will only  be admitted to the English and American Studies BA program at ELTE or might be admitted into another institution of higher education of your choice in Hungary or the European Union if you pass this exam (depending on the language requirements of the other institutions).
You should achieve the following scores on an internationally acknowledged (external) language exam:

  • TOEFL PBT (Paper-based test): 453 – 497
  • TOEFL iBT (Internet-based test): 46 – 59
  • IELTS: 5.5

Find the lists of study units on the site of the Faculty.

The first semester has 18 working weeks (including exams), the second semester 19 working weeks (including exams), as detailed in the academic calendar. Bear in mind that there are 22´45 minute taught classes per week organized into 11 slots of 90 minute continuous classes.

Career opportunities

Those having completed the Foundation Course in English will be able to continue their higher education in Hungary and abroad. Once they earn a degree the following possibilities will enfold: journalism, tourism, education in non-state founded schools, government organizations, diplomacy and any other jobs that do not require degree-specific skills. Getting a job is also dependent on the continuous studies of the student following the foundation year.

Job examples

Job postings can be applied for if the student hold a university degree only. Completion of the English Foundation Course will allow the student to continue his or her studies on a Bachelor level.

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

2,400 EUR

2,400 EUR

Application fee

200 EUR (non-refundable)

200 EUR (non-refundable)

non-EU/EEA students
Tuition fee/semester

2,400 EUR

Application fee

200 EUR (non-refundable)

Offered for the next academic year


Start program

02, Sep, 2024

Deadline for applications - September intake

31, May, 2024

Is there a February intake


Deadline for applications - February intake

15, Oct, 2023

Admission requirements

Entry requirements

The students who can apply for the English 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 only accepts 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.

Those Chinese students, who need help with the visa application and any other entry related services please visit this website: https://www.eltechina.com/yksq

This program is not available for Hungarian citizens.

Language requirements

Minimum CEFR A2 level English

Documents to submit with application



Online application form


Record of the final two years in secondary school


Secondary school certificate (graduation certificate)

Notarized copy only on request.


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


Other: An official English translation of the certificates and the records
if the language of the original is not English


Skype contact must be added in the relevant section

Application procedure

Application deadlines:

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

February intake 2024: 01/09-15/10/2023 23:59 (CET)
Period 1 for September intake 2024: 01/02-15/04/2024 23:59 (CET)
Period 2 for September intake: 16/04-31/05/2024 23:59 (CET)

The application procedure may include more 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 (200 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: https://btk.elte.hu/prospective-students-financial-issues

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 2024/25/1
The University’s sub-account number: AC9201/04

Entrance exam 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.

IMPORTANT!: Please read all information about the entrance exam here: 

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. Results and the official decision will be announced in the application system.
For more information about the application procedures, please visit the Faculty’s website: https://btk.elte.hu/en/

Program leader

Director of Studies

Department of International Affairs
E-mail: admission@btk.elte.hu
Address: 1088 Budapest, Múzeum krt. 4.

More information

English Foundation Course at the Faculty of Humanities

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