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Overview

About the University of Nyíregyháza

The predecessors of the University of Nyíregyháza were institutions of higher education with national and international prestige, looking back on forty years of professional traditions and experience. As of the 1st of January, 2016, the institution has become a university of applied sciences, with the intention of preserving the values accumulated by the predecessors and implementing a strategy that is able to meet the ever-changing demands of the 21st century.


The University of Nyíregyháza has a specific education and research profile with the mission of providing academic research and knowledge transfer. Moreover, the university’s practical educational fields – bachelor’s programmes, bachelor dual training programmes, and master’s programmes, practice-oriented R&D platforms – meet the need of the current economic and social demands. The aim of the University of Nyíregyháza is to act as the catalyst of the area, fulfilling its educational role with the cooperation of the national and international higher education institutes. The University of Nyíregyháza offers a wide range of educational programmes. Based on the number of students, the most popular programmes are teacher-training, engineering, agricultural sciences, economics, sports, natural sciences and informatics. The liberal arts, social sciences and art mediation are proportionally present in the education. Furthermore, the research results and potentials of the university are frequently presented to the public as well, in the form of Open University Lectures and Researchers’ Night Lectures.


In the past ten years, infrastructural development projects have given the university the necessary facilities, infrastructure and state-of-the-art technology and equipment. Today, the campus is a real town within the town – winning the best public building in the world prize – a pleasant complex of modern buildings located in a picturesque park where students and teachers use the most advanced technical equipment and educational facilities available. In line with the needs of internationalization, the International Relations Group oversees the international collaborations of the University of Nyíregyháza, promotes the mobility opportunities for students, academic and administrative staff and researchers, and supports the initiatives to submit international projects under Erasmus+ and CEEPUS programmes as well as other projects.


The institution is now a lot more than a university, it is the professional, cultural and art centre of Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg County.

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Programme structure

The course ”Hungarian Language as a Foreign Language” aims to prepare international students for studying in Hungarian higher education institutions. The teaching material covers all the levels from beginner, A1 up to advanced C1. In the modules, designed in line with CEFR levels, several language competences (listening, reading comprehension, understanding reading, writing, composition of texts, conversation, oral communication) are simultaneously developed. In addition to the acquisition of language skills, needed for everyday life and university courses, knowledge connected to civilisation and culture is included in the course programme as well.

Beginners can also participate in the course. In addition to the basic writing, reading, speaking skills, no input requirement is attached to the module A1/1.Except for this unit- in case of joining further units- candidates have to complete a placement test input by the training institute. The trainee can join the course even if he/she certifies his/her language level with an accredited language examination (B1, B2) not older the 12 months or attaching certificated course document from earlier levels based on the same course requirements not older in a year. The institution makes a certified copy of this document.


Educational package of Hungarian language for international students

The educational package, designed to last for an entire academic year, comprises the following mandatory, elective and optional panels:

- 840 hours of mandatory general language lessons

-15 hours of elective orientational training

- 16 hours of optional conversation


1. Mandatory language training

The course ”Hungarian Language as a Foreign Language” aims to prepare international students for studying in Hungarian higher education institutions. The teaching material covers all the levels from beginner, A1 up to advanced C1. In the modules, designed in line with CEFR levels, several language competences (listening, reading comprehension, understanding reading, writing, composition of texts, conversation, oral communication) are simultaneously developed. In addition to the acquisition of language skills, needed for everyday life and university courses, knowledge connected to civilisation and culture is included in the course programme as well.


Structure and scheduling of mandatory language courses:

The courses comprise 28 interconnected modules, 30 lessons each, from CEFR level A1 up to level C1. After every module, there is a test to be taken and passed. A score of at least 60% is required in order to move up to the next module.

The course is scheduled for 34 weeks. Counting with 25 lessons weekly, every day from Monday to Friday 5 lessons are scheduled.


2. Orientational training

Objective:

International students should familiarize themselves with civic, cultural and civilisational knowledge as well as local customs.

Major thematic units of semester 1:

General civic knowledge (in the English language)

Communication, establishing contacts, office routines on the phone, in person, via email

Catering and tourism, accommodation, shopping, other services

Health care

Travelling, obtaining information

Course programme for semester 2:

Specialist language orientational training

Scheduling: 68 lessons, designed for 34 weeks, 2 lessons per week


3. Conversation

designed for 34 weeks, 2 lessons per week (optional)

Evaluation and grading criteria

For the certification, participants must participate in the course at least 80 per cent. The final exam consists of written and oral parts. The module final exams are required for every participant with the minimum result of 60 per cent (oral and written parts separately). The module final exam qualification exam: pass/ fail.

After the one year course, the student will get a cerficitate about the one year training.
The program has no credits.

For the entrance exam: students who wish to continue their studies at the University of Nyíregyháza after the one-year Hungarian course, will have priority in the evaluation entry process.
Students must send their high school diploma with motivation letter to Erika Schmelczer Dr – schmelczer.erika@nye.hu and Eva Dudas dudas.eva@nye.hu.

Students who wish to apply must contact the University of Nyíregyháza coordinators via Skype interview.

The one year Hungarian course will start if minimum 10 students will apply. The maximum number is 15 students.

Not available for applying at the moment

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States