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Italian Cultural Institute of Budapest
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Italian Cultural Institute of Budapest

The Italian Cultural Institute of Budapest, which covers the entire Hungarian territory, is an official body of the Italian State and has the aims of promoting and improving awareness of the Italian language and culture through the organization of cultural events to promote the circulation of ideas, arts and sciences.
The Italian Cultural Institute of Budapest has also been the seat of area coordination and coordinated the Institutes of Bratislava and Prague from 2003 to 2015.


The Italian Cultural Institute of Budapest offers the following services:

  • Cultural events organized by the Italian Cultural Institute in Budapest and in other cities of Hungary (about 200 events each year).
  • University enrolment, declarations of the value of academic qualifications and procedures for the recognition of qualifications obtained according to the Hungarian education system.
  • Handling the formalities for applying for study grants for students, courses, scholars, Hungarian (200 months).
  • Promotion of Italian books in Hungary.
  • Awards for the translation of Italian works into Hungarian.
  • Contributions both financial and of teaching material to Hungarian schools and universities where Italian is taught.
  • Collaboration with other institutions for Italian participation in cultural events organized in Hungary and collaboration in Hungarian cultural events in Italy.
  • Italian language courses and Certificate of Italian as a Foreign Language (CILS), Certificate of Italian Language (CELI), Certificat of Business Italian (CIC), L2 Italian certificate IT-ele.IT, PLIDA certificate and ICoN Consortium exams.
  • Hungarian language courses.
  • An Italian library open to all members of the “”Amici dell’Istituto”” Club for the consultation and loan of Italian books, CDs, DVDs, magazines, journals and newspapers: about 15,430 volumes mainly in Italian, consultation of newspapers, magazines and journals. Opening hours: Monday to Thursday: 10 am-1 pm and 4 pm-6 pm, Friday: 10 am-1 pm.
  • The Institute building has a cinema (140 seats) and a hall for exhibitions, conferences, theatre and concerts (about 500 seats).


For concerts, some art exhibitions and for wider-reaching events, the Institute works in collaboration with:

  • local art and museum institutions such as the Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Applied Arts, the National Museum, the Petőfi Literature Museum, the Budapest History Museum, the Academy of Fine Arts, the National Library
  • theatres such as the National Theatre, the Opera House, the Academy of Music
  • one of the main cultural foundations of the city, the Hungarian Culture Foundation.

and, generally, with numerous Institutions dependent on the Hungarian Ministry of Culture and the Municipal Authority of Budapest.

The main festivals in which the Institute usually actively and regularly participates include the Spring Festival, the International Book Festival, the Language Fair, the Budapest First Novel Festival.

The Institute also participates each year with its own stand at the Budapest Book Fair and takes part in public and private initiatives aimed at promoting study opportunities in Italy for Hungarian students.”


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