General Hungarian Language Courses

General Hungarian Language Courses

ELTE General Hungarian Language Courses
Dear Hungarian Language Learners,

Due to the spread of the coronavirus epidemic and the unforeseen duration of its run-in, the language course in the AUTUMN semester 2020 is not open for non-ELTE students and non-students.

However, we open AGAIN the application period for ELTE students and NON-ELTE LANGUAGE LEARNERS too during the Spring Semester 2020/21 (February-May 2021).

You can register for the course HERE.

For further details about the course, please read below.

About the language course

Eötvös Loránd University offers Hungarian language and culture courses throughout the whole year, covering all levels from complete beginner (A1) to proficiency levels (C2) described by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Language teachers of the courses are the best professionals of the field, ELTE graduates of the Department of Hungarian as a Foreign Language. They use teaching materials developed at the Department.

  • If you want to learn Hungarian during the summer, please apply for the Summer University of Hungarian Language and Culture.
  • If you want to learn Hungarian during the semester on a regular language course, please read further. Student enrolled at ELTE (Erasmus students, other exchange students, and degree-seeking students) and other non-student expats of Budapest typically select the General Hungarian language course.

Registration for SPRING semester 2021 is open until  25 January 2021.

Please read the details below.

Courses available during the semester

Course Length Start date Class numbers Credits CEFR level Tuition fee





Days per week

Classes per day




General Hungarian language course I.



beginning of each semester




A1, A2, B1, B2, C

60 EUR

General Hungarian language course II.



beginning of each semester

1 or 2

2 or 4


A1, A2, B1

110 EU

Details good to know

  • One class lasts 45 minutes.
  • CEFR = Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment
  • General Hungarian language course I. - 2x45-minute long classes / week at A1, A2, B1, B2, C levels |
    The course fee is 60 EUR/semester for every non-student, or ELTE student who are currently enrolled in a full-time degree program at Eötvös Loránd University or any other universities of Budapest, and should be transferred until 1 March, 2021. (The bank account / transfer details will be sent via e-mail after registration)
    This option is free of charge for incoming Erasmus students at ELTE (not for Erasmus students of other universities of Budapest)
  • General Hungarian language course II. - 4x45-minute long classes / once or twice a week at  A1, A2, B1 levels | The course fee is 110 EUR/semester for every non-student, or ELTE student who are currently enrolled in a full-time degree program at Eötvös Loránd University or any other universities of Budapest, and should be transferred until 1 March, 2021. (The bank account / transfer details will be sent via e-mail after registration)
    This option is 60 EUR for incoming Erasmus students at ELTE.

Please read the course descriptions, select the course type that you want to follow and register online. Remember that if you are an ELTE student, you can register for the course in the Neptun study system too. Courses start on the second week of each semester so that student have enough time to select the time and day that suits their timetable.


Online registration for the classes is done in two steps:

STEP 1. Registration for the course
⇒ Select the type of language course (general / intensive) until the end of the semester.
Registration always opens in October/June of the following semester.
Registration for SPRING semester 2020 is open until 25 January 2021.

STEP 2. Registration for the exact classes

⇒ ONLY for ELTE students: Register for the course in the Neptun study system.
All ELTE students: In the Neptun system (the online study system of ELTE) search for the Hungarian courses. In the list you will see the time and location of the courses. Please select your course and register for it.
⇒ Non-ELTE students: We will contact you via email sending you the links of forms through which you can sign up for the exact classes.
The program coordinator ( will contact you via email.

Course descriptions

The General Hungarian language courses are offered during the whole academic year. The 10-11-week-long courses start at the beginning of both spring semester (mid-February) and autumn semester (mid-September) and the curriculum is developed for one or two 90-minute class(es) per week within one semester. Students get 3 or 6 ECTS credits after completing the course successfully.

The aim of the General Hungarian language courses is to improve the four basic language skills (reading, listening, speaking, and writing) by applying communicative methods, authentic learning materials, and multimedia tools.

Course requirements
After application, students need to fill in a placement test (if the level is not complete beginner) and they are placed into their groups based on the test results.
During the course, students receive regular feedback and they are evaluated continuously verbally and on paper as well. Each course ends with a written test. In case of a successful test, students attending the course get ECTS credits and a certificate.


You can find here more information about what are the references / standards to Hungarian language levels:

Level  Requirements to start the group at the exact level / Grammar and Vocabulary topics

A1 / 1

Complete beginner


A1 / 2 


  • Introduction / bemutatkozás
  • verbs ending -ul/ül
  • The question „Where?” and prepositions / 
  • hol? (ragok és névutók)
  • Basic inflection in singular / alapragozás egyes számban 
  • Shopping / vásárlás

A2 / 1

Elementary 1.

  • To where / hová?
  • Basic inflection in plural / alapragozás többes számban
  • Plural
  • From where? / honnan?
  • Infinitive / infinitívusz
  • When? / mikor?,
  • Daily routine / napirend
  • Home / otthon, lakás,
  • Travelling / utazás
  • Weather / időjárás
  • Hobbies / hobbik

A2 / 2

Elementary 2.

  • Verbal prefixes (Directive)  / iránytjelölő igekötők
  • The question How? hogyan?
  • Verbs and Modals 'akar, kell, lehet, szabad' + inf.
  • Possessive / birtoklás
  • habeo
  • Transport / közlekedés
  • At the Doctor / Orvosnál
  • School and Work / Professions / tanulás, munka


Pre-Intermediate 1.

  • habeo
  • Definite and Indefinite Conjugation / határozott ragozás
  • past tense / múlt idő felismerése (főleg egyes számban)


Pre-Intermediate 2.

  • birtoktöbbesítő jel  / meg-, el-
  • Past Tense / múlt idő
  • Restaurant / étterem
  • In the city / a városban
  • Free time activities: tours, cinema, theatre
  • Storytelling / történetmesélés,
  • Writing CV



  • formal/informal addressing vous vs. tu  /  maga,
  • Pronouns / egymás
  • Comparatives / fokozás, összehasonlítás
  • Relative clauses / vonatkozó névmás, von. mellékmondat
  • The Imperative / felszólító mód
  • The Conditionals / feltételes mód
  • Infinitive conjunction / főnévi igenév személyragozása
  • Participles / melléknévi igenév
  • személyes névmások ragozott alakjai



  • Reported Speech / függő beszéd
  • felszólító mód funkciói
  • feltételes funkciók
  • alá- és mellérendelő összetett mondatok



  • bővített igeneves szerkezetek
  • műveltetés
  • határozói igenév



Applicants are entitled to a 98% refund of the course fee (2% is non-refundable transfer cost) until the language course starts (22 February 2021). To request the refund, applicants are required to send an email with the subject line “Request for refund” to the email address and declare it in the email that they do not come to participate in the language course.



Hungarian language courses at ELTE (flyer)