ELTE General Hungarian Language Courses

ELTE General Hungarian Language Courses

General Hungarian Language Courses

Mandatory course for first year stipendium hungaricum scholarship holders

From the 2020/2021 academic year, Stipendium Hungaricum scholarship holders participating in non-Hungarian language training must take part in a Hungarian as a foreign language and culture course in the first and second semesters of their studies. The Hungarian language learning is mandatory. Failure to comply with this requirement will result in financial sanctions of subsistence allowances.

If you are a first-year Stipendium Hungaricum student, please visit this page and read more about the organization of the mandatory Hungarian course. Please do NOT register for the General Hungarian language courses.


Registration for AUTUMN semester 2021/2022 is open until 6 September 2021.

The registration form is available on this site.

The University intends to start the academic year of 2021/2022 with personal attendance. Therefore, all Hungarian language courses will be held on campus. Follow ELTE coronavirus updates here.

About the General Hungarian 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).

General Hungarian language courses are held during the semester.

Participants of the General Hungarian language courses:

Student enrolled at ELTE (e.g., Erasmus students, other exchange students and guest students, and degree-seeking students) and anyone interested (e.g., other non-student expats of Budapest)

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

75 EUR

General Hungarian language course II.



beginning of each semester

1 or 2

4 or 2


A1, A2, B1

140 EUR

Details good to know:

  • One class lasts 45 minutes.
  • CEFR = Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment
  • Please read the course descriptions, select the course type that you want to follow and register online here.
  • Remember that if you are an ELTE student, you need to register for the course in the Neptun study system too. 
  • Courses start on the second week of each semester so that students have enough time to select the time and day that suits their timetable.
  • Classes will start only with the minimum number of 4 students.


General Hungarian Language courses I-II. are free of charge for those below:

  • Any incoming exchange students at ELTE (e.g., CEEPUS, Erasmus) if they register for the Hungarian course in Neptun
  • Any guest students at ELTE if they register for the Hungarian course in Neptun
  • Any students enrolled for a degree program at ELTE (including upper-year Stipendium Hungaricum students; students with the Scholarship Programme for Christian Young People; students with the Hungarian Diaspora Scholarship Programme) if they register for the Hungarian course as a szabadon választható course in Neptun
  • Any students enrolled for a degree program at ELTE (including first and upper-year Stipendium Hungaricum students for whom it is not an obligation but who are interested in it and/or continue their studies in Hungarian language; students studying in the framework of the Scholarship for Christian Young People programme; students with the Hungarian Diaspora Scholarship programme whose degree programme is offered in Hungarian) if they register for the Hungarian course as an elective (szabadon választható) course in Neptun.

In case you are non of the above (e.g., you study at a Hungarian higher education institution but you do not register at the Faculty of Humanities, ELTE) or you are a non-student, the following fees will apply for you:

General Hungarian language course I.: 75 EUR/semester

General Hungarian language course II: 140 EUR/semester

The course fee should be transferred until 4 October 2021.

The bank account / transfer details will be sent via e-mail after registration

If you are uncertain which category you belong to, please contact us: hungarian_course@elte.hu


Applicants are entitled to a 98% refund of the course fee (2% is non-refundable transfer cost) until the language course starts (20 September 2021). To request the refund, applicants are required to send an email with the subject line “Request for refund” to the email address hungarian_course@elte.hu and declare it in the email that they do not come to participate in the language course.


Online registration for the classes is done in two steps:

STEP 1. Registration for the course
⇒ Select the type of language course until the start of the upcoming semester.
Registration for autumn semester usually opens in July.
Registration for spring semester usually opens in October.
Registration for AUTUMN semester 2021/2022 is open until 6 September 2021.

STEP 2. Registration for the exact classes

⇒ ONLY for ELTE students and students of other higher education institutions in Hungary if they register as guest students at the Faculty of Humanities, ELTE: 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-students and students who are not registered at ELTE: We will contact you via email and send you the links of forms through which you can sign up for the exact classes.
The program coordinator (hungarian_course@elte.hu) 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 on the third week 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 (depending on the number of the classes per week) 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 based on the test results they are placed into their groups.

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




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