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Call for Applications - Hungarian Language and Cultural Studies Program 2014

Balassi Institute - Hungarian Language and Cultural Studies Program

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

The Balassi Institute invites applications for a 9-month scholarship during the 2014 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:
9 months (February 2014–June 2014; September 2014–December 2014)

The scholarship includes:
•    Full tuition fee
•    25000 HUF/month grant (= US $110/month)
•    student residence (2-3 persons per room)
•    student ID (qualifies for discounts)

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

Total number of course participants: 10

Deadline for applications:
October 11, 2013

The applications will be evaluated by October 28, 2013 and applicants will be notified about the results by October 31. 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.

Required documentation and references:
•    completed application form (please print)
•    an essay of about 300 words about why you would like to study in Hungary
•    handwritten résumé
•    copy of passport
•    copy of transcripts, diplomas (signed or certified by the appropriate authorities)
•    reference letter from a volunteer organization (e.g. scouts, church) or recognized individual
•    deposit of US $600 (cost of two field trips)

The applicant is responsible for the following expenses:
•    Travel to and from Hungary
•    Cost of health insurance
•    Food and personal expenses

Note: Recommended monthly amount for food and personal expenses is approximately US$ 250 (300 CAD).
•    Language exam fee (ECL B2 or C1: 25.000 HUF)
•    Monthly student transit pass
•    Student visa fee
•    Cost of two field trips: 40.000 HUF and 80.000 HUF
•    Residence card: 2000 HUF, student ID: 1400 HUF.

These amounts are payable at registration.

The application process is not considered complete unless a deposit of US $600 is included with the application documents. This is a deposit for the field trips. Method of payment: bank check or traveler’s check to the order of the Hungarian Scouts Association, to be included with the application and sent to Dr. Judit Kesserű Némethy (see address below).

In the case of a successful application, the applicant will be required to pay any outstanding fees at registration. If the application is rejected, the Hungarian Scout Association will refund the deposit. If after accepting the offer for admission the applicant decides not to participate in the program, the Hungarian Scout Association will refund 50% of the deposit. Cancellations made after the program has started will not be refunded.

Please mail the application form and supporting documents to:

Dr. Judit Kesserű Némethy
(Teleki Pál Alapítvány)
1 Washington Square Village, Apt. 3L
New York, NY 10012

Should you require additional information please contact:
Gábor Szórád (Hungarian Scouts Association in Exteris)
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Dr. Judit Kesserü Némethy
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The application form and this information in English and Hungarian can be downloaded from the following websites:  
Balassi Institute
Hungarian Scout Association in Exteris

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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