Hungarian is the official language of Hungary (10 million speakers), and there are a further three million minority speakers in Romania, Slovakia, Serbia, Ukraine, and Slovenia. It is a Uralic language, along with Finnish and Estonian, but the languages most closely related to Hungarian are the north-western Siberian Mansi and Khanty. The most fascinating feature of Hungarian is that while it is so different to the languages around it, it still bears many intriguing signs of Europeanness - both linguistically and culturally. Knowing Hungarian allows access to a culture which is rich in verbal art and has a vibrant Central-East European intellectual (coffee and wine-drinking!) tradition.

Undergraduate Programmes with Hungarian

Core Language BA

Modern Languages BA

Russian-Hungarian Major/Minor BA

Hungarian can also be studied as part of the UCL Language and Culture degree.

Optional 0.5 cu (7.5 ECTS) language courses' for UCL and SSEES students



  • SEESGE73 - New Language: Hungarian
  • SEESGE63 - Intermediate Language: Hungarian

Evening Courses in Hungarian

Student Quotes

Balaton, Hungary

"I studied for a German & Hungarian BA at UCL. I enjoyed literature and translation classes in both, but Hungarian definitely had the advantage of being taught in small groups, which allowed me to develop a closer working relationship with my tutors. Among other students of major languages, I noticed that studying Hungarian made me stand out - not only among other students but also to my future employers."

"I chose Hungarian because I wanted to study a lesser-known language alongside Spanish. My tutor once told me that Hungarian was so fascinating linguistically that if it were a drug, it would be magic mushrooms. He was right!"

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