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Indiana University is deeply committed to the study of the language, history, politics, and culture of Hungary and the Hungarian diaspora. The Hungarian studies program at IU, unique in the nation, offers one of the largest concentration of Hungarian studies specialists in the United States; up to three years of instruction in Hungarian language during the academic year and a summer intensive language program; library resources sufficient to support advanced research in Hungarian studies; and strong relationships with Hungarian institutions of higher learning.

György Ránki Chair in Hungarian Studies

The György Ránki Chair in Hungarian Studies at Indiana University was established in 1979 (as the Hungarian Chair) and is funded jointly by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and Indiana University. The chair is named for the first visiting Hungarian Chair professor, the late György Ránki, a leading authority on the Hungarian economy and history. The György Ránki Chair in Hungarian Studies supports visiting professors from Hungary and the organization of an annual conference or symposium, lectures, and other events. Past Hungarian Chair professors have included László Borhi, László Csorba, Pál Hatos, János Mazsu, Csaba Pléh, Ignác Romsics, and Mihály Szegedy-Maszák. The 2012-13 Chair is Ivan Bertenyi.

Library Resources

Indiana University’s Hungarian collection is among the top three at university libraries in the United States. The Indiana University Main Library has more than 30,000 volumes in the Hungarian language, nearly 4,000 volumes in Western languages about Hungarian topics, and subscriptions to 150 Hungarian serials.
Materials in the Main Library include several donated research collections from Hungarian statesmen and scholars: the Aladár Szegedy-Maszák Collection, the Lajos Vincze Collection, the Louis Szathmáry Collection, the Paul Marer Collection, and 3,500 volumes donated by IU’s former György Ránki Hungarian Chair professors.

REEI has area related films and other materials for loan.


IU and the University of Debrecen in Debrecen, Hungary have an exchange agreement for graduate students. For information on this Graduate Student Exchanges can be found online.
More information about IU- sponsored and non-IU programs can be found on the Overseas Study page.

Hungarian Cultural Association

The Hungarian Cultural Association, an organization composed of students in Hungarian studies, professors, Hungarian visitors, and community members, plans and hosts Hungarian cultural activities, guest speakers, special events, and film screenings. Every year the group organizes the 1956 Revolution Commemoration in October and the Hungarian Independence Day Celebration in March. In addition, a Hungarian Coffee Hour convenes once a week, at least two Hungarian films are shown each semester, two Hungarian potluck picnics are held each year, and guest speakers are invited regularly to address IU students, faculty, and community members. The Életfa folk music ensemble and the New Brunswick Hungarian Dance Troupe have performed at Indiana University, and the well-known folk music group Muzsikás has also visited Bloomington several times. IU’s world-renowned School of Music, with leading performing artists on its faculty (including Hungarian-born cellist János Starker and conductor Imre Palló), offers regular operas, concerts, and recitals.

Language Study

IU regularly offers Hungarian language instruction during the academic year. For more information on upcoming language and content classes, see the Department of Central Eurasian Studies.