Indology MA


Indology MA




Degree program



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4 semesters (2 years)

ECTS credits


Minimum number of students


Maximum number of students


Short description

The MA course offered by the Department of Indian Studies at the Faculty of Humanities is a two-year, full-time program comprising four semesters. Student who take this program must have a sound knowledge of Sanskrit or Hindi depending on the specialization they choose and should also be familiar with the main characteristics of Indian culture. At the end of the program students are required to complete an MA thesis.

The teachers at the department are specialized in Sanskrit philology and literature, Indo-Aryan and Comparative Indo-European linguistics, Hindi language and literature.

This program is recommended to applicants who would like to deepen their knowledge in Indology and think about pursuing an academic career or intend to work as experts of Indian and South Asian culture at such places of employment as publishing houses, cultural centres, international companies, civil service or non-governmental organizations.

This program enables students to carry out a research program in Indology and prepares them for a PhD.


Sanskrit, Hindi

Strength of program

The teachers of the program have significant international experience. They have studied and/or worked in research projects abroad. The Department of Indian Studies has academic co-operation and exchange programs with various European universities and research centres. It has Erasmus+ partnership with the University of Vienna, University of Naples, University of Torino, University of Warsaw, University of Hamburg and Ghent University.

The students of the program acquire deep and thorough knowledge of the chosen language (Hindi or Sanskrit) and with the help of this, they study a wide range of subjects (history, literature, religious studies, philosophy, art history, etc.) through the reading and analysis of primary sources. In their studies and research, students are assisted by the department’s excellent library which owns books and periodicals mainly in the fields of Sanskrit studies, Indo-European linguistics, Hindi language and literature.

Examples show that graduating from our program is a very good starting point for doctoral or (at a later stage) postdoctoral studies. A number of our former MA students have studied for their PhD at renowned foreign universities such as the University of Oxford and the University of Chicago.

Find the curriculum on the webpage of the Faculty. 

Career opportunities

Students of Indology generally pursue a career of academic researcher or university teacher. An academic researcher specialized in Indology may work at institutes affiliated with universities or at museums housing collections of South Asian material. Graduates of the program may also work as experts of Indian and South Asian culture at such places of employment as publishing houses, cultural centres, international companies, civil service or non-governmental organizations.

Job examples
  • university professor
  • academic researcher
  • librarian
  • interpreter
  • translator
  • journalist
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

05, Sep, 2022

Deadline for applications - September intake

30, Jun, 2022

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:

a) Full credit acknowledgement is only given for a BA degree in Oriental Languages and Cultures, specialized in Indological Studies (or a BA degree with a different name, but equivalent content).

b) In the case of a BA degree from any other study fields, each degree will be considered individually, and transcripts from your diploma as well as course descriptions will be requested. The applicant must have 62 credits (at least 50 to enter the program) from the fields of linguistics, literature and culture studies of Oriental Languages and Cultures, specialized in Indological Studies.

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

The language of instruction is English. Non-native speakers of English must demonstrate a very good level of English-language skills.

  • TOEFL PBT (Paper-based test): 516-554
  • TOEFL IBT (Internet-based test): 66-82
  • TOEFL IBT Home Edition: 66-82
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System): 6.0
  • CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference): B2
  • Duolingo: 85
Documents to submit with application



Online application form


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. 


A maximum of 4000 words; in English; on a topic related to the field of Indology (e.g., history, culture, arts, philosophy, religions, literature, philology, linguistics, etc.)

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.

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


Optional documents for admissions

  • Research Proposal
    Please consult with 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: 01/11-31/01/2022 23:59 (CET)
Period 2 for September intake: 01/02-30/06/2022 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: 2022/23/1)
The University’s sub-account number: AC9202/04

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

Dr. habil. Máté ITTZÉS, Assoc. Prof.
Head of the Department of Indian Studies

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

Faculty of Humanities

Faculty of Humanities