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MA in English

    registering your semester

    Read about all this without the introduction

    Dear Student,

    Welcome to ELTE BTK School of English and American Studies (SEAS)!


    SEAS is one of the largest institutes of the Faculty or Humanities (BTK) of Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) with approximately 1500 students attending more than 350 courses offered by a staff of more than 80 core teaching members (see hierarchy). We also have a sizeable library attended to by a group of dedicated librarians.

    As SEAS is also attended by an ever growing number of international students, this introduction has been written in English. If you are a Hungarian national, skip the shaded areas as these apply to international students only.

    As for the geographical location of SEAS, it is referred to as R épület ‘Building R’ (standing for (H-1088) Rákóczi út 5, the postal address of SEAS) on the premises of the campus of the Faculty of Humanities. If you see R327 (or R5 327), for example, in the course catalogue it reads: ‘room 327 in Building R’. The classrooms that belong to SEAS are found on the 3rd and 4th floors of the building (SAC ‘Self Access Centre’ is an exception as it is on the 1st floor in room 140 (i.e. R140)). Your classes (especially the ‘big’ lectures) will often be in other buildings, e.g. Building D, A, B, etc.

    In what follows we intend to give you a few guidelines to ensure that you get the most out of your studies. You may want to come back to this page to check if you are on the right track.

    If you have questions that concern academic affairs, ask Dr Krisztina Szalay (if you are a Hungarian national) or József Bíró/Dr Krisztina Szalay (if you are an international student). It is always safer to err on the side of caution than regret a decision later.


    Read the following points carefully (give yourself at least 30 minutes)


    • The administrative side of your studies (taking/registering for courses/exams, etc.) will mostly happen through the University’s electronic administration system: Neptun. Use the gate open for students. Ideally, you have already received a username and a password with your letter of acceptance. If you have received no EHA code or if you are experiencing problems, contact Questura. Do not write to SEAS about this (we cannot offer any assistance in the matter). If you are an international student, contact József Bíró.



    Use student gate to log in (switch to English). Once logged in, go to personal data first, then to contact information and enter your email address.


    The email address will be automatically prompted for confirmation every 6 months. Ensure that you continue to have a public email address by clicking on the link in the confirmation email every so often.


    WARNING Restrictions on freemail, citromail accounts and bulk email (involving identical messages sent to numerous recipients)

    ABOUT YOUR STUDIES in general

    • Your MA studies (worth 120 credits) are divided into five major components:
      • Foundation Studies(20 credits)
      • Core Studies(15 credits)
      • Specialisation(50 credits)
      • Free Track (10 credits)
      • Closing Stage (25 credits)


    This gives a total of 120 credits.

    • ideally the length of your studies is 4 semesters (2 years)
    • you will have to collect the 110 credits from the courses given as BMA-ANGD (e.g. BMA-ANGD-A1) or as BMI-ANGD (if you are an international student).


    Read about these in detail below.

    ABOUT YOUR STUDIES in detail

    1. Foundation Studies

    • this is a 20 credit module consisting of the following study units: ANGD-A1, A2, A3 and A4


    WARNING Make sure you ALWAYS pick the course with the right code. If you need a course for your MA, NEVER take it as ANN, etc. If you take the wrong code, you will be adversely affected as neptun will only recognise a course as valid if it has BMA in it, so if you take the wrong code, you might not be able to pick a desired course that has a prerequisite, your completed prerequisites will be invisible, etc.

    • if you are an international student, your chosen courses must begin with BMI-


    WARNING Make sure you ALWAYS pick the course with the right code. If you need a course for your MA, NEVER take it as ANN, etc. If you take the wrong code, you will be adversely affected as neptun will only recognise a course as valid if it has BMI in it, so if you take the wrong code, you might not be able to pick a desired course that has a prerequisite, your completed prerequisites will be invisible, etc.


    • So how can I ensure that I always pick the right course?

    Step 1

    Download the study unit list (Tanegységlista) of MA in English from here.


    If you are an international student, your study unit list is available here (look for the green highlighting).


    • The study unit list contains all the obligatory and elective courses you will have to take to be awarded an MA degree.


    • The study unit list contains bundles of information for an ideal MA student. The following is a real-life example with an explanation of the various fields.












    Literary Theory








    1 – code (always use this code when searching for a course)

    2 – name of study unit: Irodalomelmélet (Literary Theory)

    3 – semester when offered and ideally taken (this course you should ideally take in the 1st semester)

    4 – K: lecture (‘kollokvium’ in Hungarian; the opposite is G ‘gyakorlat’ (seminar/practical class)).

    5 – k: obligatory (‘kötelező’ in Hungarian; the opposite is v ‘választható’ (elective))

    6 – hours/semester: 60 hours/semester = 180 mins/week (usually broken down to 2*90 mins/week)

    7 – credits (this particular study unit is worth 5 credits)

    8 – prerequisites: in (brackets) = weak prerequisite, no brackets = strong prerequisite (this particular study Unit has no prerequisites)

    NB: weak prerequisite = the course and its prerequisite may be taken in the same semester. If the prerequisite is failed, the course for which it is a prerequisite will be also be failed

    strong prerequisite= the prerequisite must be successfully completed in one of the previous semesters, i.e. prior to taking the course for which it is a prerequisite


    Step 2

    As you are in your first semester, you must take all of the course that have ‘1’ in field ‘3’ above, i.e.






    Step 3

    Log into neptun (change language to En before logging in if you are an international student), go to

    • Tárgyak --> Tárgyfelvétel (for internationals: Subjects --> Subject registration)
    • set semester to 2015/16/1
    • tick Mintatanterv tárgyai (for internationals: Subjects from curriculum)
    • choose Anglisztika in mintatantervek (for internationals: choose Anglisztika or your specialisation in curriculums)
    • tick Csak a meghirdetett tárgyak (for internationals: tick Subjects currently offered only)
    • narrow down search in tárgycsoport (for internationals: Subject Group)
    • press Tárgyak listázása (for internationals: press List subjects)
    • find following codes (they all begin with BMA for non-internationals, and with BMI for internationals)
      • ANGD-A1
      • ANGD-A2
      • ANGD-A3
      • ANGD-A4


    As all of the courses listed under Step 2 are obligatory, there is no choice. You will have to take them.


    • Why can’t I search for a course using my favourite teacher’s name?


    You can, but you will not be doing yourself any favours. There is a risk that you will pick the wrong code and then we are back to square one (neptun will simply ‘glaze over’ a course that you have completed, so you may have to take it again). Anyway, if your favourite teacher has decided to give a course that is part of your major, you will find it regardless.


    • Not all courses have a description in neptun. What can I do?


    SEAS has its own course catalogue, independent of neptun (go to SEAS portal, proceed to studies then find course catalogue). Here you can find additional information on your courses (contact details of your professors, etc.).


    • Will some obligatory courses be automatically added to my list of courses?


    Never. It is your task and responsibility to make sure you take all of the courses you want/need. If you fail to do this, you may fall behind with your studies. The only study unit that the Registrar takes for you is ANGD-901 (Thesis Grade) and 902 (Final Examination).


    • Will I get to hear a human voice about all this?


    You will. In the week preceding the first teaching week (starting on 12 September) there will be an open day when you can ask questions or simply listen to all this in person.


    ABOUT YOUR STUDIES in detail

    2. Core Studies

    The 2nd semester is ideally devoted to your Core Studies. These study units are obligatory:





    3. Specialisation

    SEAS has five specialisation tracks. You must accrue 50 credits from ONE of the tracks:

    • Applied Linguistics
    • Theoretical Linguistics
    • English literature
    • British Culture and Society
    • Postcolonial Literature and Culture


    All of the tracks have their track-specific codes: e.g. CAn for Applied Linguistics, CNy for Theoretical Linguistics, etc. Check out the rest in the study unit list. Read on

    ABOUT YOUR STUDIES in detail

    4. Free Track

    ABOUT YOUR STUDIES in detail

    5. Closing stage


    • Your achievement in a particular course will be awarded one of the following grades: fail (1) or pass (in ascending order of merit: 2, 3, 4, 5). ‘5’ is the closest equivalent of ‘excellent’ in other systems. You will have to register for exams in neptun (there is no registration for seminars)
    • There are (at least) 3 dates for any given exam. The last date is usually a retake (‘utóvizsga/UV’) exam (for those only who have a fail in the given semester). You can only attempt an exam twice in a given semester. If you register for the first date and fail, you can retry the exam on the second date or you can take the retake (last date). If you take the exam on the second date (in the case of an exam that has three dates only) and fail, you can only take the retake. You cannot have the retake exam as the only exam attempt.
    • If you cannot attempt an exam (for any reason), a ‘no-show’ (‘nem jelent meg’) will appear in neptun. This is not a grade. You will have to attempt the exam at another date. Note the following: if you have a no-show on the second date of an exam that only has three dates, you will not be able to register for the retake (as retakes are reserved for those with a fail).
    • if you are taking a course with a weak prerequisite, take the weak prerequiste as well (sometimes the weak prerequisite is offered as an exam only course). If a course has a strong prerequisite, you will have to pass the strong prerequisite first and then take the next course.
    • If you cannot attempt an exam for any reason in a given semester, you must take the subject again in the next semester (or when it is offered next) and attempt the exam again at the end of semester. Note: sometimes there will only be exam-only lectures (i.e. courses with no lectures, just exams at the end of semester). These exams are usually taken by students who had a fail in a previous semester. Read also WARNING below.



    • You can take a course three times
    • You have four exam attempts for any given course:
      • if you get a fail on the fourth occasion, you still have ONE last option: you have to fill in an appeal and file it to the Dean (known as ‘dékáni méltányosság’) for a fifth exam attempt (this is done through the Registrar)
      • only ONE such appeal can be granted to any one student for ONE exam only
      • if you fail for a fifth time, you will be dismissed from the University


    • What happens with those credits that I take and do not clear (in the case of failed courses or courses whose exams I decide not to attempt)?


    You must understand that every credit has a monetary value. Currently every credit is worth HUF 4300. Every student is allowed an excess of 12 credits on top of the 120 credits required for graduation (this is 10% of the 120 grand total). You do not have to pay for these 12 credits. These credits can come from either those courses that you failed, taken with the wrong code or those you have dropped.


    Every credit on top of the 12 credits must be paid for: in the case of a 5 credit course failed three times in three consecutive semesters the sum is HUF 64 5000 (5*4300*3). You will be required to pay this lump sum at the end of your studies (you will not get your diploma until you have cleared your debt).


    We wish you all the best in your studies!




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