Department of Languages for Specific Purposes

This page is meant to give information on LSP (Languages for Specific Purposes) courses to students of the English Program at the University Medical School




Why do you need them?


Pecs University Medical School attaches special attention to health care provider – client communication.  It is not just another subject on the curriculum but a means of developing skills necessary for becoming a physician, dentist or pharmacist.  It is reflected in the requirements: at the end of the 2nd year (4th semester) there is a criterion exam in oral Medical Hungarian, which is a ’milestone’, without passing it you are not allowed to continue your studies on the third year. Another criterion is the written final test at the end of the 5th year (10th semester) the latest.


Why Hungarian?


  • The patients you are going to meet during your studies speak Hungarian.
  • Very few of them speak English or other foreign languages.
  • Communication skills you develop in Hungarian can be used
  • in the hospitals / consulting rooms / pharmacies during your studies
  • in the culture where you wish to practice your profession after graduation


What are you going to learn on Medical Hungarian courses?


Establishing and maintaining contact with patients

  • acquiring cooperation
  • giving feedback

Eliciting information on patients’

  • biodata
  • family history
  • social history
  • medical history including previous diseases
  • presenting complaints

Providing information to patients on

  • procedures

Giving instructions to patients

  • on physical examination


Here is a general overview of the Medical Hungarian courses (all of them are elective, for

8 x 2 =16 credits).  For details of course content visit NEPTUN course descriptions



Communication skills

Language points

1st year   1st  semester



                2nd semester



2nd year  1st  semester



                2nd semester






Communication skills (at the end of each semester)

oral test before an examination board, 4A being the final exam (criterion)


0  - 60 = fail (1)

61 -70 = satisfactory (2)

71 – 80 = average (3)

81 – 90 = good (4)

91 – 100 = excellent (5)


Language points (during the semester)

two written tests (80%)

class-room work (20%)


0  - 60 = fail (1)

61 -70 = satisfactory (2)

71 – 80 = average (3)

81 – 90 = good (4)

91 – 100 = excellent (5)


Written final test (available at the end of each semester but at the end of the 10th semester the latest)

listening comprehension test (tasks related to history taking in Hungarian)


0  - 60 = fail

61 – 100 = pass





  • available from the 3rd year on
  • focusing on clinical history taking
  • including several interactive visits to clinics
  • Clinical Hungarian 1 is prerequisite for Clinical Hungarian




  • Medical English 2A – Presentation Techniques
  • Medical English 2B – Taking Medical Case Histories in English
  • Medical English 2C – Writing Up Research – How to Prepare Medical Journal Articles
  • Medical English – Presentation of Case Reports in English
  • Intercultural Competence in Doctor-Patient Communication
  • Taking Medical History with Actors


For details of course content visit NEPTUN course descriptions.



The course entitled Medical Terminology is an elective course supplemented by specific components in pharmacology and dentistry offered to students of instructional programs in all three languages. Courses offered in the first semester are elective.

Optional courses in the spring semester include Greek -Latin Principles of Language for Medical Purposes, Latin in Medicine and in Clinical Practice, Medications in a Nutshell, Anatomical Terminology I-II, Dental Clinical Terminology. 

 Introduction to the basics of Medical Terminology pertaining to anatomical and clinical aspects, focuses on word analysis and word synthesis:

  • Case studies, labeling exercises, analysis of medical terms, definitions, abbreviations regarding each of the body systems
  • Medical Terminology is a special vocabulary used by health care professionals for precise and effective communication.
  • It accurately describes the human body and associated components, conditions, processes in a science-based manner.

The Pharmaceutical Terminology course will enable students to acquire the basic vocabulary of pharmacy so that they can use it creatively in their future profession. Students will become acquainted with:

  • elements and formulae of prescriptions
  • main categories of common medicines in Latin and English
  • basic terminology of drug preparations
  • frequently used abbreviations in prescriptions
  • pharmaceutical nomenclature