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Call For Applications (2014/2015)

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
Balassi Institute
Hungarian Language and Cultural Studies Program

The Balassi Institute invites applications for a 10-month scholarship during the 2014/2015 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.

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.

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 2014–June 2015) 

The scholarship includes:

•    Full tuition fee
•    25000 HUF/month grant
•    student residence (2-3 persons per room) 

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: April 4, 2014

The applications will be evaluated by May 12, 2014 and applicants will be notified about the results by May 16. 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)

Applicants must complete the online registration form of the Balassi Institute by March 28, 2014 (http://sao.bbi.hu/login/registration). 

The applicant is responsible for the following expenses:

•    Travel to and from Hungary
•    for non-European Union citizens: cost of health insurance to which the Balassi Institute contribute 3.000 HUF/month 
•    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: 2.000 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 Scout Association in Exteris, to be included with the application and sent to Gábor Dömötör (see address below).

In the case of successful applications, 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. 

Please send the application form and supporting documents both via E-mail and regular post to:
Gábor Dömötör
240 Silver Hill Road
Easton, CT 06612, USA

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Should you require additional information please contact:
Dr. Judit Kesserü Némethy
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Gábor Szórád (Hungarian Scouts Association in Exteris)
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Gábor Dömötör

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+1-203-445-0790
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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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