System of Education

This page collects all the basic information about the system of education exercised at ELTE, specifically at the Faculty of Informatics.

Outline of the Entire BSc

To fulfill the Course requirements of the Computer Science BSc course, you have to:

  • Pass all Compulsory subjects listed as the Curriculum of the BSc. The courses are organized in 6 semesters. Mind the pre-requisite system (example: you can only study Analysis II. after you have passed Analysis I.).
  • Pass some further Elective courses.
  • You have to do a compulsory Internship.

A Thesis Work is required to finish your studies. A thesis work shall be written in your final semester (but you can start earlier).

Finally, on the Final Exam you shall defend your thesis work in front of the Examination Board and also take an exam with topics covering the entire BSc course.

After passing the final exam, you are considered graduated and will receive your Bachelor Diploma.

Semester Structure

Education is divided into Academic Years, starting in September each year, and ending in June (or early July), separated by summer vacations. An academic year is split into two semesters, the Autumn Semester (from September to January) and Spring Semester (from February to June).

Each semester is composed of three parts:

  • Registration Period (1 week), when students plan their upcoming semester and register for the courses.
  • Term Season or Study Period (14 weeks), when students visit classes, attend lectures and practice sessions, do homework, write tests etc.
  • Examination Season or Exam Period (7 weeks), when students prepare and take exams about the semester's courses.

In each semester there's a short (1 week) vacation. (These are—not too surprisingly—called the Autumn Vacation and the Spring Vacation respectively.)

The exact dates for each semester are to be found on the Semester Schedule page.

Students usually study in consecutive semesters, Active Semesters, but one may have 2 so-called Passive Semesters without enrolling to the courses and without having student status.

Practices & Lectures, Tests & Exams

There are three types of courses, and all of them have their usual way of examining students' performance. The types of courses are:

  • Lectures.

    This is a type of course where students attend lectures (where a professor explains related topics to the course) throughout the term season; and in the examination season the teacher provides exam dates for which the students can register and take the Exam: report what they have learnt in this course. Exams can be written, oral, or combined. Attending the lectures is highly recommended.

    Usually a lecture has a paired practice session. In this case, one can only take the exam if he or she has already passed the practical part.

    In the curriculum lectures / exams are marked with 'K' for „kollokvium” (in Hungarian) as 'colloquium'.

  • Practices.

    In a practical course students solve exercises either with pencil & paper or using computers in PC labs. In practices students write tests and do homework assignments during the term season, and usually receive their practice grades by the end of the term season. Attending practice sessions is strictly required, missing too many occasions may mean failing the course.

    Usually a practice has a paired lecture session. In this case, one can only take the exam if he or she has already passed the practical part.

    In the curriculum practices are marked with 'GY' for „gyakorlat” (in Hungarian) as 'practice'.

  • Combined courses.

    These courses are a combination of lectures and practices, but studens will get only one grade according to their performance throughout the whole semester (usually homework assignments and tests during the term season, and an exam in the exam season).

    In the curriculum combined courses are marked with 'X' instead of 'K'.

For the most important regulations about exams and taking courses, please see the page on Regulations for Students.

In each course the detailed requirements should be announced to the students on the first meeting, and should be available throughout the entire semester for reference.

Grading System

The usual grading system is on the scale of 5 in Hungary:

  • 5 (excellent), is the best grade,
  • 4 (good),
  • 3 (average or satisfactory),
  • 2 (pass), is the lowest passing grade, and
  • 1 (fail).

Also one might get 'no grade' for a course, if e.g. missing too many contact hours or making no attempt at all to receive a grade during the semester.

In a few courses a three level grading is applied: highly eligible / eligible / not eligible; basically equivalent to 5 / 3 / 1.

Location of Studies

All the classes of the curriculum are organized at the Lágymányos Campus of ELTE, mostly in the South Building (H-1117 Budapest, Pázmány Péter sétány 1/C), sometimes in the North Building (number 1/A). See map.

University Structure, Leaders & Staff

The head of the University is the Rector, Dr. László Borhy. There are several Vice-Rectors and offices aiding his work, for you most importantly the International Strategy Office.

There are 8 main parts, so-called Faculties of ELTE, among these are the Faculty of Science, Faculty of Humanities, Faculty of Law and of course the Faculty of Informatics. There are also further institutions (like Libraries, Dormitories, Secondary Schools) that are parts of ELTE.

The head of a Faculty is the Dean. The Dean of the Faculty of Informatics is Dr. Zoltán Horváth. There are several Vice-Deans and offices aiding his work, for you most importantly the Faculty's Department of Academic and International Relations; the Vice-Dean for Education, Dr. Anna Krebsz; and the Vice-Dean for International Affairs, Dr. Gábor Gercsák.

There are several Departments of ELTE Faculty of Informatics, among these are the Department of Software Technology and Methodology, Department of Algorithms and Applications, Department of Numerical Analysis etc. Naturally Departments also have their own structure.