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Summer University

The International Studies Center offers an intensive Hungarian language course each year in the summer. The two-week-long course provides both language training and a cultural program, designed for those who are willing to study hard and be part of an outstanding experience with students from all over the world.


Hungarian Language and Culture Summer University Pécs 

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XXV. Hungarian Language and Culture Summer University, 2024


Dear Student,

Thank you for your interest in the Hungarian Language and Culture Summer University.

On the following pages, we would like to give you an overview of our language learning program and extracurricular activities during your stay. Please read this document carefully so that you can take advantage of all opportunities offered and get the best out of your stay.

The Hungarian Language and Culture Summer University is organized around the following guidelines:


The training structure is comprised of five levels from beginner to advanced (Breakthrough/A1, Waystage/A2, Threshold/B1, Vantage/B2, Effective Operational Proficiency/C1). Students with some knowledge of Hungarian will be assigned to groups according to the results of their placement test taken on the first day of the language course.

  • Groups are made up of a minimum number of 4 and a maximum number of 12 students.

  • Tuition covers 30 language lessons per week given by professional, dynamic and experienced teachers who are committed to make learning appealing and engaging. Two hours per week are dedicated to pronunciation practice and project work.

The curriculum focuses on communication and places the active use of the language into the foreground. The activities inside and outside the classroom will ensure that you can take advantage of the manifold opportunities offered in a native-speaking environment.

At the end of the course, scholarship holders must take an exam. (The exam is optional for individual applicants.) Upon its successful completion, you will receive a certificate (transcript of records) and you will be awarded ECTS credit points.

The 25th Hungarian Language and Culture Summer University offers 2 week-long courses. Courses will start on 14 July and will end on 28 July 2024.


And the Extras…


Exploring Language and Culture

The language courses of the Hungarian Language and Culture Summer University are structured in cultural seminars so that you will gain insight into recent history and everyday life, as well as into the spiritual and material values and traditions of Hungarian culture. Participation in the cultural seminars is optional. The seminars are held in English and Hungarian so that both beginners and advanced students who wish to expand their knowledge about the country can benefit.


Effective and Engaging Learning

We have designed an up-to-date and innovative learning package for an effective and engaging learning experience. Our course books series, MagyarOK  (, was awarded the European Language Label, a prize for innovative language learning projects.

We believe that the key element of a language learning experience is to allow you to use the target language in ways similar to any other language you master: to gather information about a variety of topics, and to share it with others in a meaningful way. In other words, we believe that the classroom is a place where meaningful communication can take place. Lessons will provide a stress-free environment where you can discover the language and interact with your fellow students in Hungarian, and can take an active role in your learning process.

The curriculum is designed for high success rates for all levels to enable you to get the most out of your stay and make significant progress in your command of the Hungarian language.


Experience the Language: Learning Outside the Classroom

We all know that real-life experience makes language acquisition more effective. The curriculum, therefore, tightens the connection between language learning inside and outside the classroom.

Guided project works will give you opportunities

  • to put into practice what you have learnt in the classroom

  • to expand your knowledge by interacting with native speakers

  • to find out more about Hungarian life and culture

  • to integrate yourself into the local community

A Few Highlights from the Extracurricular Program

During your stay, you will have the opportunity to

  • Explore Pécs, Cultural Capital of Europe in 2010

  • Discover the Zsolnay Cultural Quarter, a beautiful World Heritage Site

  • Visit the Kodály Center, a state-of-the-art concert hall in the city

  • Enjoy Hungarian and international gastronomy

  • Discover Hungarian folk music and folk dances

  • Try out traditional handicrafts

  • Explore villages, towns and natural reserves in the surrounding Mecsek mountains

  • Practice your Hungarian with native speakers in various contexts

What you will take with you

  • A much better understanding of the Hungarian language and culture

  • Printed materials from your lessons and extracurricular activities

  • Inspiring exchanges with Hungarians and fellow students from all over the world

  • Broad intercultural knowledge that will enrich your life experience

  • Products of your project work (photos, lists of useful expressions and other objects)

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

  • The material support to achieve your goals

  • And hopefully plenty of good memories



    2 weeks
Compulsory fees    
Registration   EUR 100
Tuition   EUR 550
Optional fees    
Trips   EUR 150
Accommodation Dormitory double room EUR 180
  Dormitory single room
EUR 250
Meals Breakfast and lunch EUR 150

Depending on whether you are a scholarship holder or an individual applicant, two different regulations apply:

  1. Those who have been granted a scholarship by Tempus Public Foundation do not have to pay for registration, tuition, trips, accommodation (dormitory double room), and meals (breakfast and lunch). All fees are waived. For more information about available scholarships please visit the website:
  2. Individual applicants must pay the registration and tuition fees. Accommodation and meals are provided upon request and are to be paid by the applicant. The cost of the trips are also covered by the applicant.

Fees to be paid: registration fee, tuition fee (including lesson fees, study materials, consultation hours, administrative fees and end-of-course certificate)

Extra expenses: trips, meals and accommodation 



You can choose between dormitory single or double rooms. Of course, it is not mandatory for you to take any of these options; you are free to arrange your accommodation yourself.



We offer breakfast and lunch. Please indicate whether you are a vegetarian. When deciding upon whether you would like to reserve any meals, please take into consideration that most Hungarian dishes include meat, so you may have a smaller selection of available dishes if you are a vegetarian.



For individual applicants

The application deadline for individual applicants is 15 June 2024.

Early Bird applicants (until 18 March 2024) or those who have already participated in one of our summer universities receive 10% discount on the tuition fee.

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For Tempus Public Foundation scholarship

The application deadline for Tempus Public Foundation scholarship is 28 March 2024.

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And more

Please visit where you can find some photos from previous years.

For any further information, please contact Zsófia Antal, Program Coordinator.

  International Studies Center, University of Pécs, MS;


We are looking forward to welcoming you at the 25th Hungarian Language and Culture Summer University.