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Short description
Central European Studies is an interdisciplinary master’s program at Eötvös Loránd University, involving five institutes at the Faculty of Humanities.

The aim of the program is to train broad-based area experts by providing a comprehensive and wide-ranging knowledge of the Central European region. Some courses deal with the region’s history, cultures, languages, literary traditions and societies; other subjects focus on past and present political systems, geopolitical factors, economies, international relations, minorities and minority politics, cities, and urban architecture. There is an emphasis on the common heritage of Central Europe, but the curriculum also provides an opportunity for students to immerse themselves in the histories and current characteristics of individual countries.

A major attraction of Central European Studies is the opportunity to learn regional languages (e. g. Polish, Czech, Slovak, Serbian, Croatian, Slovene, Romanian or Ukrainian). The program builds upon the uniquely rich variety of languages taught at ELTE and the expertise of philology departments in language instruction. English academic writing is also part of the curriculum.

This program enables students to […]
understand Central Europe as a cultural region, and identify those cultural, artistic, linguistic, historical, political, economic and societal forces which shaped this region throughout its history. It enables students to build further knowledge on this sound footage during their later careers, and apply their knowledge as well as skills in practical fields. After completing the program, students will be able to effectively cooperate with various cultural communities related to Central Europe and develop an openness toward the multinational and multilingual culture of the region.

Strength of program
Professors teaching in the program are thoroughly embedded internationally in both university and research networks. All professors have studied and/or guest-taught in Western Europe, North America, and in various institutions of higher education around Central and Eastern Europe. Professors’ lists of publications include several monographs and edited volumes in English, French and other languages; they have been publishing in highly ranked, peer-reviewed international as well as Hungarian journals. They are involved in numerous research project as well. To cite only a few instances:

Erika Szívós, Program Director of Central European Studies and Head of the Department of Economic and Social History, is member of the International Commission for the History of Towns (ICHT) and European Association of Urban Historians (EAUH); she contributes to the ERC research project Continuity / Rupture: Art and Architecture in Central Europe 1918-1939 (CRAACE) as advisory board member; she is founder of an exchange scheme between McGill University (Montreal) and ELTE. Gábor Farkas Kiss, besides being Chair of the Department of Old Hungarian Literature, is Head of the internationally well-connected Humanism in East Central Europe research group. Andor Mészáros, bohemist, historian and an erudite specialist in Central European cultures and post-1990 political geography, is responsible for CEEPUS, A Central European academic cooperation network. Gábor Sonkoly is Head of the Doctoral School of History at ELTE’s Faculty of Humanities, member of the International Board of EAUH, leader of the Problem-Solving Systems Research Group and head of what was launched as ELTE’s first Erasmus Mundus consortium, involving the Paris-based École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS, the Prague-based Charles University, the University of Catania and ELTE. Balázs Ablonczy, formerly the head of the Hungarian Institute in Paris, is a widely acclaimed historian specializing in the post-World-War-I peace treaties and their consequences; he is head of a major research project Trianon 100 based at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

In recent years, all these projects have yielded important volumes and academic relations regionwide and beyond. On major strength of the program is thus its professors’ academic distinction and their networks of international relations from which students can also benefit. Another major strength of Central European Studies is the uniquely rich variety of languages taught at ELTE and the university’s impressive number of diverse philology departments specializing in regional languages, cultures and literatures. A further plus is certain professors’ practical work experience in international relations and cultural diplomacy.

Entry requirements: B2 level in English language

Entrance exam: Yes

Type of entrance exam: Oral

Entrance exam location: Electronic

Entrance examination and selection process:
When the university receives the full application package and it is checked by the Department of International Affairs an entrance exam date option will be sent no later than the application deadline for the relevant period. Please, check your messages in the application system, and the e-mail address that is linked to the account regularly. The applications are examined by the Admission Board no later than after each application period and applicants are notified of the outcome of the selection in the online application system after the decision is official. Admission letters are sent out in the online application system within a few days.

Mr Rezső Jarmalov
Diaspora scholarship coordinator

Preparatory year available: No

Specialisation year available: No

Minimum number of scholarship holders: 2

Maximum number of scholarship holders: 10

Link: www.elte.hu/en/central-european-studies-ma

Programme structure

Find the detailed structure of the program on the site of the Faculty:

Central European Studies

Career opportunities

Cultural diplomacy, foreign affairs, public administration; regional NGOs and foundations; doctoral programs and academia international multinational companies or institutions where Cemtral-Europe-specific language skills, regional local knowledge are an advantage or an explicit expectation.

Cultural institutes of other countries operating in Central European states; Central European foundations, domestic and foreign research institutes, universities, non-profit organizations, companies and organizations operating in various fields of cultural tourism or economy; private companies and corporations (including trade and commerce) operating in Central Europe or similar companies elsewhere with a Central European clientele.

Job examples:
program manager or coordinator at a cultural institute or foundation; analyst or research fellow at a research institute; journalist; grantee of a doctoral program; area manager/specialist at a trading company

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Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

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Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

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