Liszt is to piano playing what Euclid is to geometry.

Alan Walker

General information about the entrance examinations

The entrance examinations for all courses at the Liszt Academy of Music take place at the end of June and at the beginning of July. Applicants are informed about the exact date of their entrance examination during May.
The entrance examinations take place at the Liszt Academy of Music, in Budapest, Hungary. All applicants are required to appear before the Entrance Examination Committee in person for the examinations. Live streaming, video streaming, DVDs, CDs, or any other recordings are not accepted as a substitute. Dictionaries, smartphones and any other study aids cannot be used at written and oral examinations, and applicants caught cheating are immediately failed.


Entry Requirements (Diplomas, Preliminary Credit Recognition, Certificates)


General requirements of high-school certificates and BA/MA diplomas: copy of the original certificate must be submitted as well as a copy of the official, certified and attested Hungarian translation, available at the following places:

- Hungarian Office for Translation and Attestation,

- Hungarian representative institution of a country (e.g. consulate, embassy)

Update (12 February 2020): Official, not certified or attested Hungarian translations may also be accepted from any translation agencies that provide signed, stamped translations.

Hungarian translations have to be done based on the original document and NOT copies of the original document. Translations made based on copies of certificates are NOT accepted.

Entry requirements for BA and Non-Degree

Applicants must submit their high school/secondary school diploma that proves that they completed at least 11 years of primary and secondary education, which also enables them to apply for studies in higher education in the issuing country.

Entry requirements for MA

It is a general rule that those who wish to apply for an MA course need to have a BA diploma in the same field of studies (eg. guitar BA - guitar MA), however there are some exceptions.

The original diplomas and their official Hungarian translations are required to be shown in person upon enrolment.

Preliminary credit recognition

All applicants wishing to pursue MA or postgraduate specialisation studies must submit a preliminary credit recognition request  to determine whether the applicant's BA or MA diploma can be accepted to apply for the MA or postgraduate specialisation programme, respectively, unless they have finished their BA or MA studies at the Liszt Academy, in the same field.

The request form, the BA or MA diploma transcript/supplement, and the course descriptions in English must be submitted attached to the application material.

1. Preliminary credit recognition info letter

2. Preliminary credit recognition request form

3. Preliminary credit recognition guide

Certificates (about diplomas)

Based on the decision of the Ministry of Human Capacities of Hungary, from the academic year 2015-2016, applications to the MA study programs - both state subsidized and tuition fee paying - must include the copy of the original diploma.

Certificates about the original diploma are also accepted in case the given issuing country's rule of law determines that both types of documents provide the same rights to its holder. This must be verified by providing the given country's relevant law or rule number when submitting applications.

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Language of Instruction

Please note that for international students who do not speak Hungarian, only those courses are available in foreign languages (generally in English) that have their entrance examination requirements listed on the English website of the Liszt Academy of Music. Other courses are currently available in Hungarian only.

English language requirements for international applicants (non-native speakers of English)

From the academic year 2016/2017, applications for full-time study programmes must include the candidates’ valid TOEFL IBT language exam certificate.

There are no minimum English language requirements, TOEFL IBT language certificates of any level may be submitted. (When applying for the Stipendium Hungaricum scholarship, there are English level prerequisites, however.)

The English language requirements aim to help exam committees determine if the applicant has the necessary English language skills to follow the courses of the Academy’s study programmes and if there is any need for extra English language lessons to improve students’ language skills.

Information about TOEFL IBT:
(In special cases the IELTS language certificate is also accepted: Certificates of any level may be submitted.)

Useful study TOEFL study guide


→ 한국어 (for Korean applicants)

→ 中文  (for Chinese applicants)

→ 日本語 (for Japanese applicants)


If you still have questions, the staff at the Study Department will be glad to assist you:



Phone: +36 1 462 4617