Wekerle Business School

Foundation Year for Business Studies

Required level of English language proficiency: B1 level (IELTS min. 4.0. or TOEFL iBT minimum 47)
Duration: 1 or 2 semester(s)
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Expected outcome level upon completing the foundation year programme: B2 (according to the Common European Framework for languages)

Foundation year courses have been designed for students who are below the minimum level of English required to enter the standard WBS BA programmes. 

SUBJECTS

Business English

Description of course content:
This course aims to develop students’ English language proficiency in all four skills, while it will also help students to revise and consolidate their knowledge of English grammar, as well as to provide further controlled practice in terms of the grammar structures so that students can achieve full mastery. The core material on the course will involve a business English course book, which will be supplemented by the tutors according to the students’ needs.

Academic Skills 1, 2, 3

Description of course content:
This course has been designed to prepare students for pursuing their studies in higher education. Its syllabus will include three areas: study skills, presentation skills and basic academic writing. The study skills component will teach students how to effectively manage their own learning: goal setting, monitoring their learning, time management, reflection on achievement and weak areas. The second block will focus on developing students’ presentation skills, while the third will teach them the basics of academic writing. Since delivering presentations as well as writing academic papers requires effective data collection as a starting point, within the framework of the course students will also learn how to use WBS library resources, available databases, as well as about the ethical use of sources.

European Civilization

Description of course content:
On this course students will study European cultures and the European Union, mainly through reading and listening assignments. The reading or listening input will be followed by discussions, speaking tasks and writing assignments. Students will be invited to make comparisons between their own and different European cultures, which is expected to raise their cultural awareness, and prepare them for successful intercultural communication in Europe. Naturally, the course will amply contribute to the development of students’ English language proficiency.

Mathematics

Part 1
Description of course content:
The aim of the course is to introduce the most fundamental notions and theorems in Mathematics through the medium of the English language. Mathematics has become a vastly diverse subject over history, and there is a corresponding need to categorize the different areas of Mathematics. Only areas relevant to one’s future studies in Commerce and Marketing, as well as in Business Administration and Management will be covered during the course with the aim of improving one’s specialized English skills.

Topics to be covered: Foundations, Arithmetics, Algebra, Analysis, Combinatorics, Geometry and Topology, Applied Mathematics.

Part 2
Description of course content:

Calculus is a part of modern Mathematical education. A course in Calculus is a gateway to other, more advanced courses in Mathematics devoted to the study of functions and limits, broadly called Mathematical analysis. The central object of the study in Calculus is the concept of a function. Functions are used to describe the real world around us. Calculus introduces two fundamental concepts which enable us to describe and investigate functions. The derivative describes the behaviour of a function at a particular time. The integral carries information about the history of a function.

Topics to be covered: Functions and Models, Limits and Derivatives, Differentiation Rules, Applications of Differentiation, Integrals, Applications of Integration.

Optional courses:

  • Beginner Hungarian language course

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