Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Hungarian Literature and Culture


Combined bachelor, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.).

Standard time for completing course

6 semesters

Start of study

To find out whether the program starts only in the winter semester or also in the summer semester and whether it is subject to numerus clausus, please refer to the study program offer.


Hungarian Literature and Culture is offered as

Core subject: 120 CP*, with a second subject to be selected
Second subject: 60 CP, with a bachelor’s core subject to be selected

Please see Bachelor’s and master’s courses. You will also find information about potential combinations there. In the current Course catalogue, you will find the range of subjects.

*One credit point (CP) equals a workload of 25 - 30 hours for preparation, follow-up and attendance at classes.

Language skills

Students are not required to demonstrate any Hungarian language skills at the time of enrollment. In general, of the practical language modules SP 1 to SP 6, four consecutive modules must be taken, e.g. SP 1 to SP 4 (for students with no prior knowledge) or SP 3 to SP 6 (with prior knowledge at level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The placement is done by the responsible language teachers.

Study program abroad

A semester abroad is offered in module AL 1.

Course objectives

  • To provide fundamental scientific knowledge of the Hungarian language, literature and culture by means of selected thematic focuses. The program focuses on literary studies with a cultural-scientific orientation, paying particular attention to intercultural and intermedial contexts, as well as foreign language acquisition. .
  • Knowledge and understanding of the scientific basis of the subject as well as complex scientific-historical contexts of the subject's history and culture.
  • Analysing complex epistemological interrelationships of the subject’s history and culture and acquiring the ability to critically discuss academic theories and methods and to handle scientific questions independently.
  • Acquisition of the ability to position literary texts and cultural documents in the European and particularly the Eastern European context.
  • Acquisition of the ability to formulate subject-related positions and solutions and to discuss ideas in scientific and non-scientific contexts.
  • Acquisition of knowledge that prepares students to either progress to a master’s program or begin a career in a broad range of fields in the German-speaking and international literature and cultural sector. Integral components of the program are the support of teamwork and communication of further qualifications that are sought after in relevant professional fields, e.g. in the area of media, publishing, cultural management, activity in international organisations and the continuing education sector.

Course content

For information on the content of studies, consult the Course regulations (, no. 39/2023) and the annotated university calendar ( You can also consult the Course Advisory Service (see below).

Core subject Hungarian Literature and Culture with 120 CP

Mandatory Modules (65 CP)

Literature and cultural studies:
Module LW 1: Introduction to Literature Studies, 8 CP
Module LW 2: Introduction to Cultural Studies, 8 CP
Module LW 3: In-depth Module - Literature Studies, 7 CP

Module LW 4: In-depth Module - Cultural Studies, 8 CP


Language Practice:

Four modules from the modules SP 1 to SP 6 must be taken from the offer of the Bachelor's program in the subject Hungarian Literature and Culture.


Module SP 1: Language Practice I, 6 CP
Module SP 2: Language Practice II, 6 CP

Module SP 3: Language Practice III, 6 CP
Module SP 4: Language Practice IV, 6 CP
Module SP 5: Language Practice V, 6 CP

Module SP 6: Language Practice VI, 6 CP


Module BA: Bachelor’s thesis, 10 CP


Mandatory Elective Modules (35 CP)

Topic-Specific Focusing Abroad or Inland:

You choose between modules AL 1 and AL 2.

Module AL 1: Topic-Specific Focusing Abroad, 15 CP

Module AL 2: Topic-Specific Focusing Inland, 15 CP


From the modules WP 1 to WP 7 you choose modules with a total of 20 LP.

Module WP 1: Comparative Literature Studies, 10 LP

Module WP 2: Literature and Culture Theory, 10 LP

Module WP 3: Hungarian Regional Studies, 5 LP

Module WP 4: Additional Language Practice I, 5 LP

Module WP 5: Additional Language Practice II, 5 LP

Module WP 6: Practical Orientation, 5 LP

Module WP 7: Internship, 10 LP


General elective modules (20 CP)

In addition to specialised study, Students acquire subject-specific, non-specialist and interdisciplinary key qualifications of 20 CP. The general elective modules can be chosen from the module catalogues of other subjects or central institutions (see

Second subject Hungarian Literature and Culture with 60 CP

Mandatory Modules (60 CP)

Literature and cultural studies:
Modules LW 1 to LW 4 as in the core subject (see above).


Language Practice:

Four modules from the modules SP 1 to SP 6 must be taken from the offer of the Bachelor's program in the subject Hungarian Literature and Culture.

Modules SP 1 to SP 6 as in the core subject (see above).


Topic-Specific Focus:

Module AL 3: Topic-Specific Fousing: Second Subject, 5 CP

General elective course offerings for students coming from other courses of studies

Module ÜWP 1: Hungarian Literature Studies, 5 CP

Module ÜWP 2: Hungarian Cultural Studies, 5 CP

Module ÜWP 3: Additional Language Qualification I, 5 CP

Module ÜWP 4: Additional Language Qualification II, 5 CP

Module ÜWP 5: Hungarian Regional Studies, 5 CP

Master’s degree

The seminar in Hungarian Studies is part of the master’s program in European Literatures. You will find this and other HU master’s courses in the Course catalogue.

Important addresses

Department of Slavic and Hungarian Studies: Dorotheenstr. 65,,, Tel. +49 30 2093-73340
Course Advisory Service for prospective students: 
Dr. Kazalarska, room 5.26, Tel. +49 30 2093-73367,
Classification and recognition of studies and qualifications: 
Dr. Wapenhans, room 5.68, Tel. +49 30 2093-73358,
Applications: How to apply, Information for prospective international students

Links to job market: careers information centre, Hochschulteam calendar of events

Version: November 2023
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