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English Foundation Course (General English)

Tuition fee €2,400 per semester
Application fee €200 one-time
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Short description
The English 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 BA degree program. 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 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 BA level studies at a European university.

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 English for study purposes, there are also specialized courses in the accurate use of English grammar and vocabulary, as well as academic reading and writing, and classes on the presentation and discussion skills needed for participation in seminars.

Study Skills
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 Library and advise you on available resources.

Cultural Studies
It is impossible to use a language without understanding the culture that surrounds it. The program includes two courses on the major English-speaking cultures, one focusing on the British Isles, one on America and Canada. Other courses cover aspects of European culture in general 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. You will only be admitted to the English and American Studies BA program at ELTE or might be admitted into another institution of higher education of your choice in Hungary or the European Union if you pass this exam (depending on the language requirements of the other institutions).

You should achieve the following scores on an internationally acknowledged (external) language exam:

TOEFL PBT (Paper-based test): 453 – 497
TOEFL iBT (Internet-based test): 46 – 59
IELTS: 5.5

Programme structure

Please find more information and the list of study units here: btk.elte.hu/en/content/english-foundation-programme.t.3439?m=244
The first semester has 18 working weeks (including exams), the second semester 19 working weeks (including exams), as detailed in the academic calendar. Bear in mind that there are 22 x 45 minute taught classes per week organized into 11 slots of 90 minute continuous classes.

Career opportunities

Career opportunities
Those having completed the Foundation Course in English will be able to continue their higher education in Hungary and abroad. Once they earn a degree the following possibilities will enfold: journalism, tourism, education in non-state founded schools, government organizations, diplomacy and any other jobs that do not require degree-specific skills. Getting a job is also dependent on the continuous studies of the student following the foundation year.

Job examples
Job postings can be applied for if the student hold a university degree only. Completion of the English Foundation Course will allow the student to continue his or her studies on a Bachelor level.

Apply now! September 2024/25
Application period has ended
Apply now! September 2024/25
This intake is not applicable
Apply now! September 2024/25
Application period has ended
Apply now! September 2024/25
This intake is not applicable