School of Global and International Studies

Central Eurasian Studies

Valéria Varga

portrait image

Senior Lecturer, Central Eurasian Studies

Office: School of Global & International Studies 3029
Phone: (812) 856-5064


Valéria Varga has been a visiting lecturer, a lecturer, and is currently senior lecturer of Hungarian language at the Department of Central Eurasian Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington. She graduated from Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest with degrees in Hungarian, English and Russian language and literature. She received her Professional Teacher's Degree in 2005 with a specialization in mentoring, teacher training, testing and test developing. She is also a certified ILR OPI tester who regularly tests for the American government and other higher education institutions in and outside of the US. She first taught Hungarian at IU between 1995 and 1998 and then again since 2005. Valéria standardized the Hungarian language program at IU based on ACTFL guidelines and the ILR testing system. Her recent focus is online Hungarian language course development. She teaches distance Hungarian language courses frequently and also high level language courses on Hungarian culture with a focus on literature. She teaches intensive language courses for the IU Summer Language Workshop as well.


MA in Hungarian Language and Literature & Russian Language and Literature, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, 1985.
MA in English Language and Literature, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, 1993.
Professional Teacher's Degree, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, 2005.

Research Interests

Second language acquisition, Hungarian literature, linguistics, foreign language teaching, teaching culture, and teaching language through literature

Courses Recently Taught

  • Introductory Hungarian
  • Intermediate Hungarian
  • Advanced Hungarian
  • Independent reading courses for advanced students in Hungarian studies

Publication Highlights

Hungarian Poetry (encyclopedia entry). The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry & Poetics. Fourth Edition, 2012.


Department of Central Eurasian Studies
Global and International Studies Building 3024
East Building, 3rd Floor
355 North Jordan Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47405-1105

Phone: (812) 855-2233
Fax: (812) 855-7500