Essential requirements

Applicants must have a BA/BBA degree in any of the following fields: International Relations, Social Scienes, Humanities, Economics, Law. In case of other bachelor degrees: individual consideration.

Required language competencies

Minimum level of language proficiency (both written and oral): B2

IELTS Score: 5.5

TOEFL IBT Band: 46-59 

Cambridge English Scale Score: 162. 


If the applicant does not have any of the above certifications, their English proficiency will be assessed during the admission interview. Any letter of acceptance issued by the Faculty of Social Sciences is based on the verified fact that the applicant’s command of English has been assessed; therefore, they are considered eligible to pursue their studies at the institution.
If the applicant can prove that they completed their former education entirely in English by submitting a notarized attestation and a detailed academic transcript, no proof of language knowledge will be required throughout the admission process.


Application fee

EUR 80 between 01/10/2023-15/11/2023

EUR 100 between 16/11/2023-30/04/2024

EUR 120 between 01/05/2024-31/05/2024


The application fee (non-refundable) needs to be transferred to the following account:


Bank: Magyar Allamkincstar Rt. // Hungarian State Treasury

Address: 1139 Budapest, Vaci ut 71

Account holder: Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem

IBAN: HU03 1003 2000 0142 6201 0000 0000



While transferring the fees under "comments" please add:

  • your name
  • this code: F10201/19

EU/EEA Students


For appliacants admitted in 2019: 1300 Euro/semester 

For applicants admitted in 2020:1300 € / Semester + 250 € / Semester English language curriculum development fee = 1550 € / Semester

Non-EU/EEA Students


3000 Euro/semester

Please note that if you are a citizen of a non-EU/non-EEA country, you may have to transfer the first semester's tuition fee before your visa appointment takes place.

The tution fee is to be paid through our online study system called Neptun. Admitted students will find the exact payment details in the letter of acceptance.


Application deadline

Application form

Application / examination procedure

First the applicant should fill in the online application form, then he/she also has to submit the following documents:

  • Bachelor-level degree
  • Transcript of records
  • Letter of recommendation (2 pieces)
  • Motivation letter
  • Copy of the main pages of the passport (needs to be valid)
  • Copy of application fee transfer


The application deadline refers to the final submission of the complete application package through the online system.

For the September intake, there are three application periods:

  1. Early Bird Period: October 1, 2023, to November 15, 2023, 23:59 (CET)
  2. Regular Period: October 16, 2023, to April 30, 2024, 23:59 (CET)
  3. Last Call Period: May 1, 2024, to May 31, 2024, 23:59 (CET)

These distinct periods allow applicants the flexibility to submit their applications at their convenience. All applicants within each period have an equal chance of gaining admission to the program.


After each application deadline, the Admission Board reviews the application. After uploading the videos, applicants are informed of the selection outcome through the online application system within approximately one month. Admission letters are expected to be sent out through the online application system until the end of June. For February intake and Early Bird applications, admission letters are expected to be sent out through the online application system until the end of December.


Based on the results, certain students may be placed on a waiting list. Final results are expected by the first half of August.


Type of entrance examination: oral. The ranking is based on a total evaluation of the academic excellence (based on the submitted documents) and the results of the entrance exam.


As the program expects students with diverse backgrounds, the goal of an entrance exam is not to test what students know, but to see if they are motivated in the first place; if they have a good grasp of current global affairs; and if they possess the analytical skills necessary to join the program.


Below is a list of suggested articles from Oxford Research Encyclopaedias, all freely accessible ( We recommend these not because we expect students to know them by heart, but because we would like to offer applicants the opportunity to get a rough idea about what issues and topics the field of International Relations (IR) deals with.



Engstrom, P.  (2017, December 22). Human Rights: Effectiveness of International and Regional Mechanisms. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of International Studies.

Foyle, D., & Van Belle, D.  (2017, November 20). Domestic Politics and Foreign Policy Analysis: Public Opinion, Elections, Interest Groups, and the Media. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of International Studies.

Goodman, J.  (2017, December 22). Nationalism as a Social Movement. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of International Studies.

Kiely, R.  (2017, November 30). Dependency and World-Systems Perspectives on Development. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of International Studies.

Stempel, J.  (2017, November 30). Diplomacy and Intelligence. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of International Studies.

Walt, S.  (2017, December 22). Realism and Security. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of International Studies.

Entrance exam

Students who hold Hungarian and/or dual citizenship, must apply through and will be informed about the exam dates via email.


Program director

Mr. Zoltán Gábor Szűcs (

Program coordinators

Mr. Benedek DÖRGŐ
Program Coordinator
Phone: 0036 1 372-2500/6867
Program Coordinator
Phone: 0036 1 372-2500/6867


1117 Budapest, Pázmány Péter sétány 1/A




Program provided by


Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute of Social Studies



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