In 1998, the Hungarian Society for Krishna Consciousness established the Bhaktivedanta Foundation Institute for Theology and Culture in Budapest. The Foundation aims to share humanity’s most ancient philosophy and culture with a wide audience and to provide training and further education to its members. In 2001, the Foundation established the Bhaktivedanta Theological College which was given government accreditation in 2004.
Bhaktivedanta College is the first higher educational institution in Hungary that represents the major world religion of Hinduism. Its curriculum is based on the teachings of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada who travelled the world to spread Vaishnava scriptural wisdom outside India, and whose name the College is proud to honour.
From September, 2008, the College switched to the two track system laid down by the Bologna process guidelines. A three-year Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree can be earned by full-time or part-time distance learning. In 2009, the College launched its Vaishnava Yoga Master BA degree which is unique in the European Union and Europe. At present, the College offers two BA programmes: Vaishnava Theology and Vaishnava Yoga Master, as well as a Master’s programme (MA) in Vaishnava Theology.
The College is open to all irrespective of religion or world view. Interested students can learn about Vaishnava theology, philosophy and practices as well as yoga theory and practice. Regardless of applicants’ religion, the College welcomes all prospective students who satisfy the entry requirements detailed on the College’s website (www.bhf.hu). Our Vaishnava Yoga Master syllabus offers a comprehensive study of yoga, including familiar haṭha yoga āsanas, as well as ancient Indian philosophy, yoga psychology, relaxation, mediation and the basics of Ayur Veda.
Our professors offer additional courses for students interested in traditional Indian culture. Our most popular courses are beginner’s and intermediate yoga, Ayurvedic phytotherapy, meditation and self-knowledge, Vedic astrology, Vedic philosophy and Vedic mathematics.