Spanish Language, Literature, and Culture MA


Spanish Language, Literature, and Culture MA


Philologist in Spanish 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

MA students engage in a thorough training in the Spanish language, literature and culture. The MA program concludes with the preparation and successful defence of a thesis.

During the training students will

  • gain knowledge of contemporary questions in research on Spanish literature (history of literature from medieval times up until the present, Hispanic literature, etc.);
  • obtain practice in scientific literature analysis;
  • acquaint themselves with the methodology of literary research;
  • gain experience in research;
  • learn about the various techniques of Spanish text composition;
  • improve their oral skills;
  • get a deeper understanding of linguistics, study current fields of linguistic research (e.g., simultaneous linguistics, language history, descriptive linguistics, textual linguistics, lexicology, phraseology, sociolinguistics, etc.);
  • gain experience in translation.

The aim of this course is to train high-level specialists capable of meeting the specific demands of the labour market in the fields of cultural and intercultural exchange. In addition to local, national or international authorities in the public sector, it is important to underline the growing need for Spanish graduates in the private sector, e.g. with multinational companies.

The training will also prepare students to continue in one of the Doctoral Schools of the Faculty.

Our graduates find employment mainly in the sectors of education and research, tourism management, banking and finance, and intercultural communications.

Our graduates finish the program with a high level of Spanish knowledge. Many of them work as language teachers in language schools, as editors or literary translators, others find employment 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.

Tracks/ Specializations: 

Spanish Literature and Translation
Spanish American Literature and Translation
Spanish Linguistics and Translation

Strength of program

The Master program will allow student to explore different areas of research, such as Spanish Golden Age, Spanish American Colonial Times to contemporary literature, to practise the scientific analysis of discourse and literary texts, to conduct in-depth literary research, to form a clear and informed argument reflecting a deep linguistic understanding (synchrony and diachrony, theoretical and applied linguistics). Note that the program does not offer teaching qualifications.

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

Career opportunities

MA level studies produce professionals who meet the increasingly growing requirements of intellectual occupations mostly related to the services (the field of the arts, social sciences, journalism, text composition, translation, drafting of tenders, etc.), while at the same time prepare them for broader topics for assistant positions related to the humanities. There is an increasing demand for graduates of the study fields of humanities, irrespective of their study tracks, who are equipped with general knowledge, empathy, and a high level of communication skills, for positions of deputy manager, expert of human policy, etc. Some of our graduates continue studies at a doctoral level.

Job examples
  • Teacher
  • Researcher
  • Interpreter
  • Media, marketing, and advertising
  • Tourism industry
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 Spanish Studies or Spanish 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 Spanish 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

Spanish knowledge of C1 level.

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

Gabriella MENCZEL, PhD
Head of the Department of Spanish Language and Literature

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

More information

Spanish studies

Spanish studies