M.A. German As a Minority Language and Literature

  • On Campus
  • 24 months
  • EUR1700 Year (Non-EEA)
  • German
Eötvös Loránd University | Budapest, Hungary
The MA training contains subjects in the field of linguistics that provide adequate (both theoretical and methodological) fundamental knowledge in the areas of linguistics such as linguistic systems and applied linguistics (sociolinguistics, pragmatics, the connection between language and the media, etc.).

Description of German As a Minority Language and Literature


The MA training contains subjects in the field of linguistics that provide adequate (both theoretical and methodological) fundamental knowledge in the areas of linguistics such as linguistic systems and applied linguistics (sociolinguistics, pragmatics, the connection between language and the media, etc.).

The backbone of the MA training comprises of lectures and seminars on the history and theory of literature, culture and media sciences. In this way students may be offered subjects specialising in specific problems related to the literature and culture of German-speaking countries, thereby offering a chance to study interdisciplinary literature by focusing on characteristics of certain eras, authors and literary pieces with respect to genre theory, sociology of literature, aesthetics, history of arts, and theory of literature. Seminars provide an opportunity to study very specific topics directly linked to areas of research.

The German as a minority language and literature MA produces proficient graduates in German who have a thorough understanding of the culture, language use, and literature of the Germans of Hungary.

In the form of a focus track worth 40 credits students acquire comprehensive knowledge of the structural system, branches of literature science, schools, topics in literature history, and the areas of culture, the interaction between language, culture, and literature and its mediations with a synchornic and diachronic approach of the German language. Furthermore, the major gives a good understanding of topics of minority studies, more specifically the language, language use, history, literary activity, culture, and sense of identity of the Germans of Hungary. In parallel with the training in systematic language and literature science of an interdisciplinary nature, during their training in theory and practice students attain general and specific knowledge of the methodology developed for schools of minorities which enable them to utilise their knowledge and skills in the German language and the field of ethnic and minority sciences.

Further branching of studies is possible in order to study certain areas more closely and prepare the student for a possible scientific career in the future.

It has always been characteristic of the programme to connect research with teaching activity by involving students in the process of data collection and research. One of the focuses of the Centre of Research and Teacher Training for Germans in Hungary (operating withing the Institute of Germanic studies) is research on topics relating to the past and present of the Germans of Hungary (history, language, literature, and culture).

Two largescale projects (i.e., the Atlas of German in Hungary and the Dictionary of Regional German in Hungary) endorsed by the department attest to the high standards of research carried out. The Centre works in close co-operation with German organisations in Hungary, institutions of all levels of education, the German media in Hungary, local governments, and museums. The Centre has its own collection of archives (audio, library, corpora) which the students have access to. Associates of the Centre are senior publishers in the topic of Germans of Hungary and they are responsible for multiple series of texts.

Graduates will be able to make use of the knowledge and skills obtained in various fields of cultural life (publishing, written and visual media, cultural institutions, certain areas of public administration and economy), with the most outstanding students getting the opportunity to carry out scientific research in their PhD studies.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline 20 August 2013
Tuition fee
  • EUR 1700 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 1700 Year (EEA)

In addition to the tuition fee charged for the participation in a given program, an initial one-time registration fee of EUR 100 will be charged for all students (except for short-term programs). The registration fee is non-refundable, and must be transferred to the university's bank account at the same time with the submission of all application documents at the International Student Office. The sum is to be transferred prior to the payment of the tuition fee in the form of an independent bank transaction. Only newcomers must pay the registration fee.

Start date September  2015
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
  • German
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time
Intensity Flexible

Course Content

Bezeichnung des Masterstudiengangs:

Deutsch als Minderheitensprache und -literatur
Bezeichnung des akademischen Grades, der im Rahmen des Masterstudiengangs
erworben werden kann, und Benennung desselben im Diplom

– Akademischer Grad: Magister („Master of Arts”, MA )
– Qualifikation: Magister für Deutsch als Minderheitensprache und -literatur
– Akademischer Grad in englischer Sprache: MA in German as a Minority Language and Literature

Studiendauer in Semestern:

  • 4 Semester

Anzahl der zur Erwerbung des akademischen Grades „Master of Arts” (M.A.)
erforderlichen Kreditpunkte

  • 120 Kreditpunkte (ECTS)

Requirements for German As a Minority Language and Literature

Attach the following documents to your application:

  • a scanned copy of your passport's biodata page
  • a fully completed MA Application Form (only typed application forms will be considered)

Save a copy of the Application Form under your name, type in all the requested information and send it to the above e-mail address as an MS Word document (.doc or .docx). Note that you will have to sign the document in person following your arrival in Hungary.

  • a Curriculum Vitae in English or in the target language (in MS Word format with one low resolution photo. Follow the instructions as indicated in the Europass template here.
  • an official copy of your completed BA / BSc-level studies, which must be related to the program you are applying for -- this document must be legalized

Important notice: students applying for any of the modern language programs must hold a BA/BSc degree in the respective field (for example, you are only eligible to attend MA studies in English Language and Literature if you have completed your BA studies in the same field).

  • academic records (also called "transcript of records") -- this document must be legalized
  • proof of language proficiency
  • travel insurance covering one month from the day of your arrival in Hungary (for non-EU citizens)
  • copy of your flight reservation in the case of non-EU citizens (only reservations for return trips are accepted);
  • proof of sufficient funds from the guarantor (in the case of non-EU citizens)
  • parent's or guardian's bank statement (in the case of non-EU citizens)
  • committment letter from the parent or guardian that he or she will support the student during his or her studies in Hungary (in the case of non-EU citizens)
  • certificate of no criminal record
  • registration fee (EUR 100) transferred to the University at the same time with the application documents (read more about registration and tuition fees under Fees and Finances). Please fill in the Money Transfer Order as indicated below (make sure that all sections, especially that of the "message", are filled in correctly).

IBAN Bank Account: HU 03 1003 2000 0142 6201 0000 0000
Swift code: MANE HU HB
Name of the University: EÖTVÖS LORÁND UNIVERSITY,

Address: 1088 Budapest, Múzeum krt. 4/a, Hungary
Name of the Bank: Hungarian State Treasury Ltd.
Address of the Bank: 1139 Budapest, Váci út 71.
Bank account number / Számlaszám:

Message / Közlemény:
Applicant's full name (as in passport)
Registration fee for Autumn OR Spring Term
for English and American Studies (BA Program OR MA Program)

Important notice concerning registration fees: all registration fees are non-refundable and should be paid at the same time with the submission of your application documents.

Please note that no additional documents are required by the International Student Office. We kindly ask you to ONLY send us the materials indicated above.Process of selection:Once you have duly applied for the program of your choice, your application will be evaluated by the program leaders.

Applicants will receive an e-mail of acknowledgment, confirming that their application materials have been duly received. Note that you will not have to take an entrance examination.

Once your documents have been considered in the selection process, a Letter of Acceptance or a Letter of Refusal will be sent out to your postal address as a registered air mail / priority letter shortly afterwards (within 30 days).

Should you wish to have your original Letter of Acceptance shipped to you by DHL or any other express mail service, you will personally have to place an order in your country of origin / residence, and a local courier in Hungary will collect your documents from our International Student Office upon your request. Members of the Faculty of Humanities can only hand over your Letter of Acceptance to the courier of the express mail company of your preference; note that all expenses of shipping must be covered by you. The Faculty of Humanities only covers the costs of regalar air mail services. Consider DHL, EMS, FedEx, etc. if you wish to receive your Letter of Acceptance as early as possible.

Important notice: please do not pay the tuition fee until instructed to do so. After you have received your Letter of Acceptance, further notification will be sent to you electronically on the following:

  • settling payment (transferring the tuition fee)
  • further instructions on documentation (if appropriate)
  • the date when the courses start
  • the date before which the applicants must arrive in Hungary
  • tuition fee refund policy
  • accommodation possibilities
  • general information on Budapest and Hungary

Further enquiries should be addressed to iso@btk.elte.hu.

Work Experience for German As a Minority Language and Literature

No work experience is required.

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