International Studies Center University of Pécs Medical School offers complex and integrated preparatory programs for degree studies that meet the language development needs of international students and facilitate their integration into the context of higher education in Hungary. International programs at Hungarian universities minimally require B2 (upper-intermediate) language level and you have to be knowledgeable in your chosen field of studies for admission.
Our preparatory programs are made up of three stages, each comprising 400 lessons:
1) The Milestone Stage
is designed for students who need additional support in meeting the minimum requirements in English. If your English 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. You have the opportunity to select your courses from a range of compulsory and elective modules modelled upon university seminars. 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 English 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 English and ESP) 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).
|Program length||Study Stages||Starting Date||Application deadline||Price|
|5 months / 400 lessons||Gateway||January||November 30||4,200 EUR|
|10 months / 800 lessons||Upgrade + Gateway||September||August 31||6,500 EUR|
|15 months / 1200 lessons||Milestone + Upgrade + Gateway||January||November 30||9,300 EUR|
For a successful application please follow the steps below:
There is no language requirement at the preparatory courses of ISC, however the length of your course depends on the level of your English knowledge.The 1200-contact-hour (15-month) preparatory course syllabus is necessary for those candidates who do not have evaluable language skill in the target language.
The output requirements of ISC’s preparatory, which were developed by the faculties at the University of Pécs in cooperation with ISC, and in accordance with the European Union Framework for Languages, are the B2 level language exam and the sufficient knowledge base in the chosen field of study.