The Hungarian parliament voted today about the modification of the higher education law. The lawmakers green-light the exclusion of the compulsory B2 (intermediate) language exam from the prerequisites of graduation in Hungary. That would mean significant relief for many Hungarian and foreign learners. However, the modification entitles universities to prescribe a language exam as a graduation requirement. Below you may read the details.
The parliament voted on the new Hungarian higher education law today afternoon, telex.hu wrote. The lawmakers of the Fidesz-KDNP supermajority accepted the modifications with 135 Yeses against 41 Nays and 15 neutral votes. Deputy prime minister Zsolt Semjén submitted the relevant bill allowing the universities to decide whether they would prescribe a language exam for their graduates.
Furthermore, higher education institutions will be responsible to organise all relevant training programmes and classes. That means language requirements will vary between the universities, so if you plan to continue your studies in Hungary, you should check out those requirements, too.
The new measures will be introduced in an ascending line. However, students not acquiring a degree due to the lack of a language certificate will be exempted from that rule after the new rule enters into effect. Thus, many people will get their diplomas in Hungary, provided the universities abolish or ease that requirement.
Moreover, students applying to doctoral programs will not be expected to have a certificate of a successful language exam. Instead, they would need active language knowledge. Before, knowing at least two languages was necessary for the given area of study. Now the universities will define the language requirements for their students.
Before, Tamás Légrádi, the chairman of an association of Hungarian language schools, called the proposal harmful. Mr Légrádi believes the government did not want to solve the problem of the graduates without a language exam.
Furthermore, Mr Semjén’s bill will help foreign physicians to join fields of the Hungarian healthcare system struggling with a labour shortage. Moreover, based on the new rules, university professors above 70 will be able to continue to teach. From 1 February 2023, there will be a new university in Hungary. The Gábor Dénes College will become Gábor Dénes University, a university of applied sciences, telex.hu said.