|Location||Hungary, 1053 Budapest|
|Type||Preparatory course, full-time|
|Nominal duration||2 semesters (1 year) (60 ECTS)|
|Awards||(Declaration of Completion (non-degree program))|
|Tuition fee||€1,490.00 per semester|
|Application fee||€150.00 one-time
Application fee is non-refundable!
High school / secondary education (or higher)
The students who apply for the German Foundation Program are expected to present the documentation of their certificate of matriculation from a secondary school and to submit their application with the necessary attachments.
The university accepts only certificates which are equivalent to the Hungarian certificate of matriculation and thus appropriate for continuing one’s studies in university education. If the certificate is not in English, the university needs an official translation, which could be a translation by the secondary school as well.
If the applicant completes their secondary education during the current term and their certificate is not issued before the application deadline, a proof of student status or a certification, which verifies that the applicant will receive matriculation is required instead. In case of being accepted as a student, however, the applicant must present their certificate of matriculation upon enrolment at the latest.
This program is not available for Hungarian citizens.
The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English / German.
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.
Reccomended level: A2
— Record of the final two years in secondary school
Other: An official English translation of the certificates and the records if the language of the original is not English
Optional documents for admissions
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 regarding fee transfer please visit the homepage of our Faculty.
For more information about the application procedures, please visit the Faculty’s website.
Entrance examination and selection process
An entrance exam might be conducted, depending on your (academic) credentials. Should this be required, a member of the relevant department will contact you with more information, to make sure you can prepare accordingly.
The German Foundation Course (Preparatory Year) has been designed for students who wish to study at ELTE or another European university, but do not yet have the necessary level of language competence and study skills to start a degree program in German language. With a minimum of 800 contact hours guaranteed, the course can bring you up to speed in as little as two semesters.
The aim of the program is to provide a gateway for students to German speaking European education, where a good command of knowledge is required. The program equips students with the basic linguistic, cultural and study skills necessary for beginning degree studies at a European university.
Das sprachliche Vorbereitungsjahr richtet sich an alle Studienbewerberinnen und Studienbewerber aus dem Ausland, die an der ELTE oder an einer anderen Universität in Ungarn bzw. in Europa studieren wollen, aber noch keinen Nachweis über ausreichende Deutschkenntnisse für das Studium vorweisen können.
Der studienvorbereitende Deutschkurs besteht aus zwei Semestern und wird mit wenigstens 800 Kontaktstunden angeboten. Das Ziel des Vorbereitungskurses ist, dass Studieninteressierte die für ihr (Bachelor)Studium nötige fremdsprachliche Handlungsfähigkeit, die kulturellen und sprachlichen Kenntnisse sowie die studienrelevanten Fähigkeiten erwerben. Des Weiteren wird durch die Teilnahme am Kurs eine Mobilität im europäischen Hochschulraum ermöglicht.
Strength of program
Language improvement is the core element of the program, with a general course in language improvement, focusing on the basic skills of speaking, writing, listening and reading. To prepare you to use German for study purposes, there are also specialized courses in the accurate use of German grammar and vocabulary, as well as academic reading and writing, and classes on the presentation and discussion skills needed for participation in seminars.
Our teachers are there to help you, but you need to develop independent study skills for your future academic and professional career. You will attend courses designed to improve your ability to work on your own, with skills such as setting goals, managing time and monitoring progress. Your teachers will also set tasks to be completed in the Self-Access Centre and advise you on available resources.
It is impossible to use a language without understanding the culture that surrounds it. The program therefore includes two courses on the major German-speaking cultures, one focusing on Germany, and another one on Austria and Switzerland. Other courses cover aspects of European culture in general and the culture of your host country, Hungary.
If you take your studies seriously, you should be able to pass the CEFR B2-level language examination offered by the university at the end of the academic year.
For more information please visit the Faculty’s homepage: www.btk.elte.hu/en/content/foundation-programmes.t.3437?m=245
Those having completed the Foundation Course in German will be able to continue their higher education in Hungary and abroad. Once they earn a degree, the following career possibilities will enfold: journalism, tourism, teaching in non-state founded schools, government organizations, diplomacy and any other jobs that do not require degree-specific skills. Getting a job also depends on where the student continues his or her studies after completing the foundation year.
Job postings can only be applied for if the student holds a university degree. Completion of the German Foundation Course will allow the student to continue his or her studies at the university level.