English Foundation Course (General English)


Program 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

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 funded 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 if the student holds a university degree only. Completion of the English Foundation Course will allow the student to continue his or her studies on a Bachelor's level.

Admission requirements

Entry requirements

The students who can apply for the English 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, 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.

Language requirements

Recommended level A2

Documents to submit with the application
  • Online application form.
  • Record of the final two years in secondary school.
  • Secondary school certificate (Notarized copy only on request).
  • A CV (In MS Word format with one low-resolution photo).
  • Motivation letter.
  • Copy of the main pages of the passport (needs to be valid).
  • Copy of application fee transfer.
  • Other: An official English translation of the certificates and the records if the language of the original is not English.
Application procedure

The application starts in the online application system. Students need to register in the system, fill in the online application form, upload the required documents and follow the instructions during the application process.

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 transfering, please visit the Faculty’s website.

Results and the official decision will be announced in the application system.

Last updated Sep 2020

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