University of Pécs

International programmes


Hungarian Language Courses: Semester Courses and Preparatory Courses

International Studies Center


Degree: Non-degree course

Duration of the programs: 5/ 10/ 15 months 

Language of instruction: Hungarian (with English as an intermediary language)

Type of examination: written and oral


Descriptions of the programs:

Semester Course: 

We offer Hungarian language courses in autumn and spring semester of each academic year. The semester course is designed to students of the University of Pécs or anyone who is interested in studying Hungarian. The program builds a strong foundation for further Hungarian language studies in four lessons per week. Our aim is to include the maximum use and appreciation of the special native environment, so we mainly focus on the development of communication skills. ISC organizes the courses in small groups (4-10 students in a group) at five levels. For the semester program that contains 48 contact hours, 2 times 90 minutes per week. UP students can apply on Neptun free of charge. The condition for completion of the course is a successful written and oral exam at the end of the semester. 


Preparatory Courses:

1) The Milestone Stage

is designed for beginner language learners. If your Hungarian proficiency is below low-intermediate (B1) level, you need to substantially develop your listening, reading, writing and speaking skills. Communicative and cooperative language classes assist you to attain intermediate (B1) level. Preparatory students having reached and applicants being already at intermediate level can continue their studies in the Upgrade Stage.


2) The Upgrade Stage

focuses on language development in a manner that resembles more the academic context awaiting you. 400 contact hours are spent with thematically focused language education assisting you to attain upper-intermediate (B2) level. Preparatory students having reached and applicants being already at upper-intermediate level can continue their studies in the Gateway Stage.


3) The Gateway Stage

is specifically designed for students with outstanding Hungarian skills (already reaching or exceeding B2 level). Preparatory course students will join this stage after attaining B2, upper-intermediate level in the Upgrade program. The 400 contact hours merge language instruction (Academic Hungarian and HSP) with field-specific subject teaching. Thus students improve their language skills while becoming knowledgeable in their future field of degree studies. 


Transparency of entry and output requirements

Your preparatory program starts with an online placement test (written and oral) thus we are able to find the best possible study stage for you to join, and the program ends with internationally recognized ECL language exam (upper-intermediate or advanced). 

Registration fee: 150 EUR

Application fee: 100 EUR

5 month / 48 lessons Semester Course September / February 200 EUR*
5 month / 400 lessons Gateway February 4,200 EUR
10 months / 800 lessons  Upgrade + Gateway September 6,500 EUR
15 months / 1200 lessons Milestone + Upgrade + Gateway February 9,300 EUR

*The Semester Course is free for UP students who register for the programme through the Neptun system and ISC offers reductions for volunteers and UP employee, please contact Kata Pelcz (

Deadline for application: 30 May for courses starting in August and September; 30 November for courses starting in February


excellent teaching staff

a clear vision of what you will have to do next in order to make further progress

programs adapted to individual study pace (Milestone, Upgrade, Gateway)

smooth transition from language to academic development

European Language Label winning learning material (





More information:

Phone: +36 (72) 501 500/22135