German Foundation Course (General German)


German Foundation Course (General German)


Declaration of Completion (non-degree program)


Preparatory program




Institute of Germanic Studies




2 semesters (1 year)

ECTS credits


Minimum number of students


Maximum number of students


Short description

The German 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 degree program in German language. If you take it seriously, 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 German speaking 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 degree studies at a European university.

Das sprachliche Vorbereitungsjahr richtet sich an alle Studienbewerberinnen und Studienbewerber aus dem Ausland, die an der ELTE oder an einer anderen Universität in Ungarn bzw. in Europa studieren wollen, aber noch keinen Nachweis über ausreichende Deutschkenntnisse für das Studium vorweisen können.

Der studienvorbereitende Deutschkurs besteht aus zwei Semestern und wird mit wenigstens 750 Kontaktstunden angeboten. Das Ziel des Vorbereitungskurses ist, dass Studieninteressierte die für ihr (Bachelor)Studium nötige fremdsprachliche Handlungsfähigkeit, die kulturellen und sprachlichen Kenntnisse sowie die studienrelevanten Fähigkeiten erwerben. Des Weiteren wird durch die Teilnahme am Kurs eine Mobilität im europäischen Hochschulraum ermöglicht.

Strength of program

Language Improvement

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 German for study purposes, there are also specialized courses in the accurate use of German 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.

Cultural Studies

It is impossible to use a language without understanding the culture that surrounds it. The program therefore includes two courses on the major German-speaking cultures, one focusing on Germany, and another one on Austria and Switzerland. Other courses cover aspects of European culture in general and 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.

Career opportunities

Those having completed the Foundation Course in German will be able to continue their higher education in Hungary and abroad. Once they earn a BA degree, the following career possibilities will enfold: journalism, tourism, teaching in non-state funded schools, government organizations, diplomacy and any other jobs that do not require degree-specific skills. Getting a job also depends on where students continues their studies after completing the foundation year.

Job examples

Job postings can only be applied for if you hold a university degree. Completion of the German Foundation Course will allow students to continue their studies at university level.

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

1,700 EUR

1,700 EUR

Application fee

150 EUR (non-refundable)

150 EUR (non-refundable)

non-EU/EEA students
Tuition fee/semester

1,700 EUR

Application fee

150 EUR (non-refundable)

Offered for the next academic year


Start program

07, Sep, 2020

Deadline for applications - September intake

30, Jun, 2020

Is there a February intake


Admission requirements

Entry requirements

The students who apply for the German 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 and 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.

This program is not available for Hungarian citizens.

Language requirements

Recommended level A2

Documents to submit with application
Document Comment

Online application form


Record of the final two years in secondary school

Secondary school certificate Notarized copy only on request



Motivation letter


Copy of the main pages of the passport (needs to be valid)


Copy of application fee transfer



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: 01/02-15/04/2020 23:59 (CET)
Period 2 for September intake: 16/04-30/06/2019 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.

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: 2020/21/1)
The University’s sub-account number: AC9201/04

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

Program leader

Dr. habil. Roberta RADA, Associate Professor

Program coordinator

Department of International Affairs
International Admission Coordinator
Address: 1088 Budapest, Múzeum krt. 4,