Italian Language, Literature and Culture MA


Italian Language, Literature and Culture MA


Philologist in Italian Language, Literature and Culture


Degree program



Accreditation number



Institute of Romance Studies




4 semesters (2 years)

ECTS credits


Minimum number of students


Maximum number of students


Short description

I laureati potranno: utilizzare creativamente le conoscenze acquisite nel campo delle relazioni culturali, lavorando come mediatori linguistici; svolgere funzioni organizzative nel campo della vita politica, economica e culturale dove sia richiesta la conoscenza della lingua e della cultura italiana; svolgere funzioni organizzative e relazionali a livello linguistico nei media; lavorare come mediatori linguistici e culturali nell’industria turistica.

The aim of the degree program is to train experts with theoretical and practical skills in the field of Italian language and literature, or, more generally, in the field of humanities, who, owing to these skills, can creatively practise their profession at theoretical, practical, interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary levels. The graduate students will have enough theoretical knowledge to be able to continue their studies at a PhD specialization.

This program is recommended to applicants who hold a BA degree or an equivalent degree in Italian studies or a related program in Humanities with a knowledge of Italian at C1 level.

Our graduates finish the program with a high level of Italian. Many of them work as language teachers in language schools, as editors or literary translators, others find positions in the tourism industry, media and marketing, in governmental institutions or ministries, such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or Foreign Trade, and in international companies.

Strength of program

I laureati saranno in grado: di usare la lingua italiana in orale e in scritto a un livello corrispondente al livello C2 delle norme europee; di utilizzare gli strumenti generali di studio e le tecniche fondamentali di ricerca correnti nello studio della linguistica o della storia letteraria italiana; di effettuare ricerche in questi campi.

The graduate students will be able to use Italian in speech and in writing in a way which corresponds to C2 level of the European framework; use the general study instruments and basic research techniques in connection with Italian linguistics and history of literature and conduct independent research in these fields. Note that the program does not offer teaching qualifications.

Nel corso di laurea specialistica in italiano, gli studenti possono scegliere, a seconda dei loro interessi, tra due tipi di specializzazione. I corsi di base (A) sono uguali per tutti e hanno un valore di 30 crediti. I corsi di questa parte del piano di studi sono quindi obbligatori per tutti, indipendentemente dal tipo di specializzazione (B) scelto dallo studente. La struttura del corso di laurea è, schematicamente, la seguente: Laurea specialistica in italiano (120 crediti, 1200-1260 ore)

A) Corsi di base (30 crediti) 1. Iniziazione teorica (6 crediti, 60 ore) 2. Modulo di base (24 crediti, 300 ore)
B) Corsi differenziati (70 crediti) 1. Specializzazione a scelta (50 crediti, 600 ore) 2. Corsi a scelta libera (20 crediti, 240-300 ore)
C) Tesi di laurea (20 crediti)

In the specialised degree course in Italian, the students can choose, according to what they are interested in, between two types of specialisation. The basic courses (A) are the same for everyone, and they are worth 30 credits. These courses are obligatory for all the students, independently of the type of specialization (B) chosen by them. The structure of the degree course, schematically, is the following: Specialised degree in Italian (120 credits, 1200-1260 lessons)

A) Basic courses (30 credits) 1. Theoretical introduction (6 credits, 60 lessons) 2. Basic modul (24 credits, 300 lessons)
B) Differentiated courses (70 credits) 1. Chosen specialisation (50 credits, 600 lessons) 2. Freely chosen courses (20 credits, 240-300 lessons)
C) Thesis (20 credits)

Find the detailed structure of the program on the site of the Faculty.

Career opportunities

I laureati potranno: utilizzare creativamente le conoscenze acquisite nel campo delle relazioni culturali, lavorando come mediatori linguistici; svolgere funzioni organizzative nel campo della vita politica, economica e culturale dove sia richiesta la conoscenza della lingua e della cultura italiana; svolgere funzioni organizzative e relazionali a livello linguistico nei media; lavorare come mediatori linguistici e culturali nell’industria turistica.

The graduate students will be able to use their knowledge creatively in the field of cultural relations, working as linguistic mediators; to fulfil organizing positions in those fields of politics, economy and culture where knowledge of the Italian language and culture is required; to fulfil organizing and relational positions at a linguistic level in the mass media; to work as linguistic and cultural mediators in tourism.

Job examples

Carriera diplomatica, come interprete e traduttore presso il corpo diplomatico guida turistica esperto linguistico presso ditte e imprese manager culturale.

Career in diplomacy, interpreter and translator, tour-guide, expert of the language in various companies, cultural manager.

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 Romance Philology, Specialized in Italian Studies or Italian as a Foreign Language Teacher qualification.

In case of any other degree, each diploma will be considered individually. The applicant must have at least 50 credits in the field of Italian studies (Linguistics, Literature and Culture) to enter the programme. 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

Conoscenza dell’italiano di livello C1

The language of instruction for the entire program is Italian.

Depending on its (academic) profile, the applicant might be offered preparatory courses if this level of proficiency has not been reached yet.

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



In English, in MS Word format with one low resolution photo

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.

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: 01/02-15/04/2021 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

Dr. Dávid FALVAY

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

More information

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