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Summer University at Balassi Institute

The Summer University of the Balassi Institute will be held between 30 July and 24 August, 2012 offering a wide range of programs in and outside of Budapest, including Hungarian language classes, lectures on Hungarian culture and field trips to popular spots in Hungary). We offer Hungarian classes at all levels from basic to advanced (A1-C1). The lectures (in English) as well as the field trips are designed to present different aspects of Hungarian culture. Our experienced and enthusiastic teachers use the most up-to-date methods of guided discovery and self-discovery; students are exposed to everyday situations in Hungarian in a challenging way. The Hungarian language lessons are combined with lectures on Hungarian history, music, folk and fine arts, gastronomy as well as on the country's special position in Central Europe with the teaching aim to survey the periods of Hungarian history, focusing on the most important events and personalities as well as the European aspects, 20th century etc. The museum visits and field trips connected to the lectures assist in putting the theory into practice. The capital city, the atmosphere of an exciting European metropolis and the countryside provide a variety of enriching cultural experiences.
Lectures include The Hungarian Language, Spotlight on Hungarian Theatre, The Breakthrough Period – Hungarian Painting 1867-1920, Milestones of Hungarian History, The Revolution and War of Independence in 1956, The History of Hungarian Film. Excursion are planned to Northern Hungary and to Lake Balaton. Budapest programs include guided tours, museum tours including the unique Vasarely Museum and the House of Terror, as well as wine-tasting and other cultural and culinary experiences.
Students can apply for the Balassi Summer University program through the Hungarian Scholarship Board to compete for funding, or they can enroll and pay for the course themselves. Heritage students from overseas can apply for the Balassi Summer University scholarship directly (see below). For more information, please contact Bernadett Budavári (Department of Hungarian Language, Balassi Institute, Budapest, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

Overseas scholarships for the Balassi Summer University in Budapest

The Balassi Institute invites applications for a Hungarian State intended for individuals of Hungarian descent living outside of Hungary (specifically: North-America, South-America, Australia, New Zealand), who wish to improve their command of Hungarian language and rediscover their cultural heritage. The four-week long course takes place at the Balassi Institute in Budapest. Young people of Hungarian descent, who are 18 years old or older, and who are not eligible for other scholarships announced by the Hungarian Scholarship Board for Summer Universities, are invited to apply. Volunteer work, references from their University, and any other activities related to the Hungarian culture are taken into consideration in the selection of the applicants.
During the four-week long program the students attend 100 Hungarian language classes, and they can participate in Hungarian studies lectures and extramural activities. Outside of class they will visit museums and will have various programs where they can gain experience regarding the Hungarian culture. At the end of the program they will take an oral and a written exam. For those students who wish to apply for credits at their Universities, the Balassi Institute provides detailed course descriptions.
The program runs for 4 weeks (30 July, 2012 – 24 August, 2012), and the scholarship covers the tuition fee, course materials, student residence (2-3 persons per room), three meals a day, pass for public transportation, the cost of attending the cultural programs in the afternoons, attending the excursion. Deadline for electronic application: 15 May, 2012.
For detailed information and to access the electronic application system please visit:

World Meeting of Hungarian Language Sunday Schools in Budapest, July 2012

Balassi Institute is proud to announce its fellowship for prospective participants of the World Meeting of Hungarian language Sunday Schools which aims to bring together those individuals who do important community service in diaspora areas by dedicating their time to the teaching of Hungarian language. The Meeting also seeks to provide advanced training and a forum for sharing know-how and experiences. The week-long event is hosted by Balassi Institute, Budapest and will take place from 9 to 15 July, 2012.
Participants will be familiarized with resources, including online contents, of teaching materials, practical methods tailored to their needs as well as a broad range of other teaching aids. At the same time, the meeting promotes discussion and the sharing of experiences, acting as a forum for all who work in the field. Preferred candidates for the fellowship will have an extensive record of community work and will be actively engaged in teaching Hungarian. The fellowship covers costs associated with attending the meeting as well as a partial reimbursement of travel costs (max USD 440 for overseas participants). For more details and an opportunity to apply please visit


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