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Call For Application Hungarian Language and Cultural Studies Program of the Balassi Institutefor the 2016/2017 academic year

 Call For Application

Hungarian Language and Cultural Studies Program of the Balassi Institute
for the 2016/2017 academic year

 

Note: This information sheet has been prepared in English as a complement to the Hungarian language application. In case of doubt, please refer to the original version or visit the website of the Balassi Institute at www.balassi-intezet.hu.

 

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The Balassi Institute invites applications for a 10-month scholarship during the 2016/2017 academic year. The scholarship is intended for individuals of Hungarian origin living outside of Hungary who wish to strengthen their language knowledge and cultural identity.


The goal of the Hungarian Language and Cultural Studies scholarship is to improve the Hungarian language skills and cultural knowledge of young people of Hungarian origin who are citizens and residents of other countries (the so-called “Western diaspora”).


The two-semester course takes place at the Balassi Institute in Budapest.


Young people, 18 years or older, are invited to apply. Volunteer work, references from post-secondary institutions, and any other activities related to Hungary or Hungarian culture are taken into consideration in the selection of the applicants.

About the program:

The program consists of language and cultural studies and provides opportunities to actively explore Hungary and contemporary Hungarian culture. In the framework of cultural studies the students learn about history, literature, geography, folklore, art history and social issues. At the end of the program students take a final exam in the above subjects, defend their final essay, and take a Hungarian language exam that is officially recognized by the Hungarian government. (The level and type of the language exam is decided by the language skills examination board.)

For those students who wish to apply for credits in their post-secondary institution, the Balassi Institute provides detailed course descriptions in addition to the transcript.

Class attendance is mandatory. Should a participant miss classes without cause, or violate the Institute’s Study and Exam rules or Disciplinary Guidelines, the individual will lose the right to continue in the program and the right to reside in the Institute’s residence. Any individual who has been expelled from the program will have to return any scholarship money received up to that date.


Program duration:
10 months (September 2016–June 2017)


The scholarship includes:


• Full tuition fee 
• 25,000 HUF/month stipend
• free accommodation at the student hostel of the Institute (2-3 persons per room) 
• student ID (offering discounts)

Attention please! Due to legal changes the scholarship grant does not include a free health insurance.

 

Total number of course participants: 18

Deadline for applications (prolonged):
April 20, 2016

The applications will be evaluated by May 13, 2016 and applicants will be notified about the results by May 23. Decisions about the applications are made by the Balassi Institute. All decisions are binding. The Balassi Institute will not consider applications that are submitted after the deadline and/or are incorrect or incomplete.

The application process:

1. Registration
Applicants must complete the Balassi Institute’s online registration form (http://sao.bbi.hu/login/registration). A confirmation e-mail will be sent to you within 1 day of your registration. (Should you not receive it, please contact Fruzsina Gyenes:  Ez az e-mail cím a spamrobotok elleni védelem alatt áll. Megtekintéséhez engedélyeznie kell a JavaScript használatát.  )

2. Completion of application form
After your successful registration, sign onto 
https://sao.bbi.hu/magyarsagismereti-palyazat-2016-2017
with the username and password you provided on the registration form. Download the application form (word document) and complete it electronically.

3. Required documentation and references:


• 300-word essay on why you would like to study in Hungary 
• handwritten résumé 
• copy of passport
• copy of transcripts and diplomas (signed or certified by the appropriate authorities) 
• reference letter from a volunteer organization (e.g. scouts, church) or recognized individual 
• proof of US $600 deposit (cost of two field trips)

4. Print and sign the application form. Scan and upload it together with the required documentation and references onto https://sao.bbi.hu/magyarsagismereti-palyazat-2016-2017/

5. Send via e-mail an additional copy of all the above documents to Dr. Judit Kesserű Némethy ( Ez az e-mail cím a spamrobotok elleni védelem alatt áll. Megtekintéséhez engedélyeznie kell a JavaScript használatát. )

6. The application process is not considered complete unless a deposit of US $600 for field trips. Send by regular airmail the $600.00 deposit check to

Hungarian Scouts Association in Exteris
2850 Route 23 North, Newfoundland,
NJ 07435 – USA.

Method of payment: bank check or traveler’s check. If the US $600 is sent by bank transfer, an extra US $45 must be added for bank expenses.


The applicant is responsible for the following expenses:


• Travel to and from Hungary.
• Food and personal expenses.
Note: Recommended monthly amount for food and personal expenses is approximately US$ 250. 
• For non-European Union citizens: cost of health insurance. The Balassi Institute offers an optional health insurance. Should you choose it, Balassi Institute will contribute 30,000 HUF.
• Language exam fee (ECL B2 or C1: approx. 25,000 HUF).
• Monthly student transit pass.
• Student visa fee.
• Cost of two compulsory field trips.
• Cost of the entrance card: approx 2,000 HUF.
• Administration fee of the Student ID: approx 2,000 HUF.

These amounts are payable within two weeks of registration.


If the application is rejected, the Hungarian Scout Association in Exteris will refund the deposit. If after accepting the admission offer the applicant decides not to participate in the program,, the Hungarian Scout Association in Exteris will refund 50% of the deposit, - provided the cancellation is made by August 10, 2016 at the latest. No refunds will be made after that date. 

Should you require additional information please contact the Hungarian Scouts Association in Exteris:

 

Dr. Judit Kesserű Némethy 
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Gábor Szórád
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For technical support in using http://sao.bbi.hu or the application process please contact Fruzsina Gyenes,  Ez az e-mail cím a spamrobotok elleni védelem alatt áll. Megtekintéséhez engedélyeznie kell a JavaScript használatát.

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The application form and this information in English and Hungarian can be downloaded from the following websites:

Balassi Institute www.balassi-intezet.hu 
Hungarian Scout Association in Exteris www.kmcssz.org 

All Hungarian speakers should fill out the Hungarian-language form. Please use the English-language form only if you do not speak Hungarian.

 

 

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