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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.

Senior Teaching Fellow in Hungarian: Eszter Tarsoly

Undergraduate Degrees with Hungarian
Postgraduate Language courses in Hungarian

Notes from an IMESS student in Budapest during the second year of the programme:

"It's already 20 days since I arrived in Budapest. I really like this city. It reminds me of London, Tbilisi and all those cities which I haven't seen yet. At the same time it is very different from what I have seen in reality and in my dreams. There's something delicate, something explosive, something unknown in this city that I want to explore, embrace and feel each time when I go to wander in its veins. And each time I want to be lost just between Buda and Pest in the hope of finding the Hungarian girl with a bicycle who smiled at me 10 days ago, but I'm so careless that I lost her. Read more…

Optional modules in Hungarian for UCL BA students
Evening Courses in Hungarian

Student Quotes

"The best thing about your teaching was that you taught us how to be creative with the language - it comes in very handy, the language the government uses is very, hmm, creative indeed. I could not decipher it without having learnt the elements and building blocks back at UCL. Oh and less-widely-used languages? Back then everyone thought I was a total idiot for choosing Hungarian, which was "not good for a career." Now I ended up having quite a unique profile exactly because of that choice, and even publishing in a very influential anthro journal before even starting a PhD. So hajra, less-widely-used languages!"

"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!"

Notes from an IMESS student in Budapest during the second year of the programme

"It's already 20 days since I arrived in Budapest. I really like this city. It reminds me of London, Tbilisi and all those cities which I haven't seen yet. At the same time it is very different from what I have seen in reality and in my dreams. There's something delicate, something explosive, something unknown in this city that I want to explore, embrace and feel each time when I go to wander in its veins. And each time I want to be lost just between Buda and Pest in the hope of finding the Hungarian girl with a bicycle who smiled at me 10 days ago, but I'm so careless that I lost her. Read more…