|Location||Hungary, 1053 Budapest|
|Nominal duration||4 semesters (2 years) (120 ECTS)|
|Tuition fee||€2,200.00 per semester|
|Application fee||€150.00 one-time
Application fee is non-refundable!
|Examination fee||€100.00 one-time|
Undergraduate / Bachelor diploma (or higher)
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.
The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English.
Often you can get a suitable transcript from your school. If this is not the case, you will need official translations along with verified copies of the original.
You must take the original entry qualification documents along with you when you finally go to the university.
Non-native speakers of English must demonstrate sufficient English-language skills by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam. The minimum required score is 550 on the paper-based exam (PBT) or 80 on the Internet-based exam (iBT). We also accept IELTS exams with a score of 6 and above.
The language of instruction of the program is English.
A motivation letter must be added to your application.
- Secondary school certificate. Notarized copy only on request.
Optional documents for admissions
The MA course offered by the Department of Indian Studies at the Faculty of Humanities is a two-year, full-time course, including four semesters. The student who is to take up this course must have a sound knowledge of Sanskrit or Hindi depending on the specialization she or he chooses and should also be familiar with the main characteristics of Indian culture. At the end of the course the student is 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 to pursue 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.
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 cooperations 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 a 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 researches, the 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 detailed structure of the program on the site of the Faculty:
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.
- university professor
- academic researcher