Balassi Intezet Scholarship Essay
Call for Applications
Hungarian Language and Cultural Studies Program of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade for the 2017/2018 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 Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade – Balassi Institute at www.balassiintezet.hu.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade invites applications for a 10-month scholarship during the 2017/2018 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 Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Budapest with the cooperation of the adult education institute of the Ministry.
Young people, between the age of 18 and 35 years are invited to apply. All applicants should have foreign citizenship; those with dual (Hungarian) citizenship are also encouraged 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.
Call for Applications [PDF]
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 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 officially recognized by the Hungarian government. (The level and type of the language exam is decided by the language skills examination board.)
Participants of the program will receive a certification at the end of the program.
Class attendance is mandatory. Should a participant miss classes without cause, or violate the Study and Exam rules or Disciplinary Guidelines, he or she will lose the right to continue the program and the right to dormitory placement. Any individual who has been expelled from the program will have to repay all scholarship received up to that date.
10 months (September 2017–June 2018)
The scholarship includes:
• Full tuition fee
• 30,000 HUF/month stipend
• free accommodation at the student hostel of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (2-3 persons per room)
• student ID (offering discounts)
• health insurance
Applicants are required to pay 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 (300 CAD).
• Language exam fee (ECL B2 or C1: approx. 25,000 HUF)*
• Monthly Budapest-pass*
• Student visa fee
• Registration fee (US $50)
• Cost of two compulsory field trips (US $600)
The amounts indicated by (*) must be paid within two weeks after arrival.
Total number of course participants: 20
Deadline for applications: May 5, 2017
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade will not consider applications that are submitted after the deadline and/or are incorrect or incomplete. The applications will be evaluated by May 26, 2017 and applicants will be notified about the results by 1 June. Decisions about the applications are made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. All decisions are binding.
Successful applicants must sign a letter of acceptance of the scholarship. Within seven days thereafter, applicants are liable for the registration fee (US $50) and the fee for the two mandatory field trips (US $600), payable in one amount. Method of payment: personal check (US or Canada) or bank transfer. Checks should be sent to the following address: Hungarian Scouts Association in Exteris, 2850 Route 23 North Newfoundland, NJ 07435 USA.
In case of a bank transfer, the bank account details are the following: Hungarian Scout Association in Exteris; Wells Fargo Bank; ABA Routing #021200025; Account number: 7219453979; Swift code# WFBIUS6S; Bank address: Wells Fargo Bank, NA, 20 Mountainview Avenue, Wayne, NJ, Postal code 07470, USA.
If a successful applicant fails to pay the fee within 14 days after having made the declaration, he or she will automatically lose the scholarship, which will be offered to the next person on the wait list. If, after having accepted the scholarship and having paid the US $650 fee, the applicant decides not to participate in the program, the Hungarian Scout Association in Exteris will refund 50% of the fee for the two field trips (US $300) – provided the cancellation is made by 7 August, 2017, at the latest. The registration fee (US $50) is non-refundable. No refunds will be made after 7 August, 2017.
The application process:
2. Completion of application form
After your successful registration, sign in with your username and password (http://sao.bbi.hu/login), and visit
Download the application form (Microsoft 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
4. Print and sign the application form. Scan and upload it together with the required documentation and references tohttps://sao.bbi.hu/palyazatok/lista/magyarsagismeret-hungarian-cultural-studies
For further information please contact the Hungarian Scouts Association in Exteris:
Dr. Judit Kesserű Némethy
The application form and this information in English and Hungarian can be downloaded from the following websites:
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade www.balassiintezet.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.
Call for scholarship applications
Balassi Summer University
(Hungarian language – Hungarian studies)
The Balassi Institute invites applications for a Hungarian State scholarship for the
BALASSI SUMMER UNIVERSITY PROGRAM
The scholarship is intended for individuals of Hungarian descent living outside of Hungary and outside of the Karpathian Basin, who wish to improve their command of Hungarian language and cultural identity.
The goal of the scholarship is to improve the Hungarian language skills and cultural knowledge of young people of Hungarian descent who are citizens and residents of other countries. 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 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.
Description of the program:
During the four-week long program the students attend 80 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.
Class attendance is compulsory. 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.
Program duration: 4 weeks (25 July, 2016 – 19 August, 2016)
The scholarship includes:
- Tuition fee
- Course materials
- Student residence (2-3 persons per room)
- Three meals a day
- Pass for public transportation
- Attending the cultural programs in the afternoons
- Attending the excursion
Maximum number of scholarships that can be awarded: 10
Deadline for electronic application:9 March, 2016.
The applications will be evaluated by 11 March, 2016, and applicants will be notified about the results within 5 days after that. Decisions about the applications are made by the Board. All decisions are binding.
The Balassi Institute will not consider applications that are submitted after the deadline and/or are incorrect or incomplete, or illegible.
All applications are to be submitted electronically.
As the first step, please register on https://sao.bbi.hu/login/registration
Second step - fill in the online Summer University application form.
WE ACCEPT ONLY ELECTRONIC APPLICATIONS.
Documents to be uploaded:
- Handwritten résumé (.pdf)
- An essay of about 200 words about why you would like to study in Hungary and how will you use the knowledge in your home country you will gain here (.doc)
- Copy of your passport (.pdf)
- Reference letter from a volunteer organization or a recognized individual in .pdf format (not mandatory, but recommended)
The applicant must cover the following expenses:
• Travel to and from Hungary
• Visa fee
• 2000 HUF for the entrance card and for the college (to be paid at enrollment)
• The fee of Health Insurance (the student has to cover the expenses of any medical treatment that might be necessary during his/her stay; as well as the student must arrange his/her Health Insurance)
For more information please get in contact with Bernadett Budavari at the Balassi Institute, in the Hungarian Language Department.
Address: Budapest, I. kerület, Somlói út 51. room 214.
For more information: www.balassi-intezet.hu
We accept applications in English as well.
All Hungarian speakers should fill in the form in Hungarian. Use the English form only in case you do not speak Hungarian.