The Center for Academic Writing offers foreign language courses in six languages Hungarian, Chinese, French, German, Italian, and Spanish, taught by highly experienced and qualified teachers. We also organize courses in other languages, upon specific request, if there is a sufficient number of participants, on the same level, to form a group.
IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR VISITORS:
PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO THE SECURITY REGULATIONS OF OUR NEW BUILDINGS EVERY VISITOR (EXCEPT FOR CEU ALUMNI) SHOULD SEND US A PASSPORT/ ID CARD SCAN AND SIGN A CONSENT FORM CONFIRMING THAT THEY AGREE WITH US USING THEIR DATA FOR THIS PURPOSE.
FROM THE SPRING TERM ON A 5000 HUF VISITOR CARD DEPOSIT WILL BE INTRODUCED, WHICH WILL HAVE TO BE PAID PRIOR TO PICKING UP THE VISITOR CARD AND WILL BE PAID BACK ONCE THE CARD HAS BEEN RETURNED. WITHOUT HOLDING A VISITOR CARD NO VISITOR CAN TAKE PART IN OUR COURSES.
REGISTRATION FOR 2016-17 SPRING TERM COURSES:
MARCH 20, 2017 - APRIL 9, 2017
COURSES START: ON APRIL 12, APRIL 13, OR APRIL 21 DEPENDING ON THE SCHEDULE
THE MONDAY, WEDNESDAY COURSES END ON MAY 29, 2017
THE MONDAY, THURSDAY COURSES END ON MAY 29, 2017
THE TUESDAY, THURSDAY COURSES END ON MAY 23, 2017
THE FRIDAY ONLY COURSES END ON MAY 26, 2017
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE CHINESE COURSES:
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CHINESE COURSES ARE MEANT FOR MEMBERS OF THE CEU COMMUNITY (STUDENTS, FACULTY, STAFF AND ALUMNI) ONLY AND ARE FREE OF CHARGE FOR THEM.
ENROLMENT FORM FOR VISITORS (Word doc)
(Please fill in this form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org Please note that filled in forms do not guarantee your place in a course, unless confirmed by the CAW Office by email.)
(Please don't forget to send your passport scan and the Assent Form along with the Enrollment Form.)
REGISTRATION TYPES IN INFOSYS (GRADE, PASS/FAIL)
REGISTRATION FOR 2016-17 WINTER TERM COURSES:
DECEMBER 5, 2016 - JANUARY 15, 2017
COURSES START: ON JANUARY 18 OR JANUARY 19, DEPENDING ON THE SCHEDULE
COURSES END: ON MARCH 28 OR 29, DEPENDING ON THE SCHEDULE
- BY EMAIL AT FOREIGN_LANGUAGES@CEU.EDU
- BY PHONE AT 327-3000 EXT. 2238 OR AT 327-3817
- iN PERSON IN NADOR UTCA 15, OFFICE 210
MONDAY: 09:00 - 12:30
TUESDAY: 09:00 - 12:30
WEDNESDAY: 09:00 - 12:30
THURSDAY: 09:00 - 12:30
FRIDAY: 09:00 - 12:30
or by appointment
TAKE A LOOK WHAT STUDENTS THOUGHT OF OUR COURSES
"The teacher could find a very successful method. She managed to plan and execute dinamic lessons, was very punctual and created an encouraging atmosphere." - A participant of a Hungarian course
"We were encouraged to use French all the time and talk as much as possible. The course was interesting also from a different point of view. Namely, we would always discuss interesting topics and the variety of international people meant that we could exchange different cultural knowledge." - A participant of a French course
"The instructor knows how to teach, and she is one of the greatest language teachers I have ever had." - A participant of a German course
"The professor spoke only Spanish, focusing on to push ourselves in understanding the language. Also, she used the technique of "repeating a word multiple times in different context", which in my opinion is the best way to remember long term vocabulary and expressions." - A participant of a Spanish course
"The teacher is enthusiastic and friendly, the course material was also good" - A participant of an Italian course
"The course had a very strong emphasis on pronounciation, and helped students with a wide variety of native languages to pronounce the distinctive sounds of Chinese. The course also covered a wide range of vocabulary that is very useful in daily life, and learning the weekly dialogues helped understand how these words are used in content" - A participant of a Chinese course
GENERAL INFORMATION ON FOREIGN LANGUAGE COURSES
In order to help new students and staff to survive in Budapest outside the university, the Writing Center offers practical courses in basic Hungarian throughout the year. Beginner courses are partially subsidised by the university; elementary, intermediate and higher-level courses are not. Courses run each semester for 10 weeks, 2x90 minutes per week. Group size must be minimum 7 participants for non-subsidised courses, and 9 for subsidised courses.
French, German, Italian, Spanish and Chinese Courses
Besides Hungarian, courses in French, German, Italian and Spanish are also available.These courses are not subsidised by the university, but we believe that the course fees are very competitive with private language schools, and our teachers, who have many years experience at CEU, are better qualified than average.
WHY JOIN THE FOREIGN LANGUAGE COURSES?
- Lessons on the university premises
- Materials designed for the needs of CEU students and free of charge
- Course appears on the transcript (upon registering in Infosys)
- Variety of classroom activities, interesting topics, friendly atmosphere
- Rapid improvement of your language skills
These courses, which are specially designed for CEU students, enable participants to improve their reading and listening skills, but attention is also paid to speaking. Depending on the level, the courses also concentrate on grammar. The course material is revised and improved each year by the instructors to suit the needs of CEU students, faculty, staff and alumni.
Before the start of the courses, participants of non-beginner courses, who have not yet taken any courses with us in the given lanaguage, are asked to take a placement test, so that different level groups can be formed. The tests are available here. Please fill them out and depending on the test format (internet based or Word doc) submit them or send them back to the relevant teacher as an email attachment.
The length of courses:
- Fall Semester: 10 weeks, 40 teaching hours (2x90 minutes per week)
- Winter Semester: 10 weeks, 40 teaching hours (2x90 minutes per week)
- Spring Session: 6 weeks, 24 lessons (2x90 minutes per week)
Group size: 7-15 participants
For current course information, registration, start, fees and timetables, see our Foreign Language Announcements page.
The level of courses:
Beginner (complete beginner, starting from zero) = A0
Elementary (continuation of the beginner course) = EU A1
Pre-Intermediate (continuation of the elementary course) = EU A2
Intermediate (continuation of the Pre-Intermediate course) = EU B1
Upper-Intermediate (continuation of the Intermediate course) = EU B2
Advanced (continuation of the Upper-Intermediate course) = EU C1, C2
If you have any special request (e.g. intensive courses, specialized, thematic courses), please feel free to contact the Writing Center Coordinator.