Summer University in Winter

2021. February 03. - 15:17 In the following two weeks, between 18 and 29 January, 70 students from nearly 30 countries will learn Hungarian in ten groups at the "Summer" University.

Every summer, the campus of UD is filled with scholars. However, in 2020, along with other events, Summer University was cancelled, due to the pandemic. The Tempus Foundation promised that it will support the organisation of an online course for the scholarship beneficiaries.

In addition to 43 Erasmus scholars, 14 students will study Hungarian with the financial support of Debrecen, the rest of the participants will pay for the course.
In ten groups, 70 people will study Hungarian in the following two weeks between 19 and 83 years of age.

The students come from 27 countries, including Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, UK, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, and France, the Netherlands, Croatia, India, Ireland, Japan, Canada, China, Poland, Latvia, Malaysia, Germany, Italy, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Slovakia, the US, and New-Zealand. Most students, 10 young people, join the course from Poland, but the number of those from Russia, Germany and Japan is also high.

The students come from 27 countries, including Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, UK, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, and France, the Netherlands, Croatia, India, Ireland, Japan, Canada, China, Poland, Latvia, Malaysia, Germany, Italy, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Slovakia, the US, and New-Zealand. Most students, 10 young people, join the course from Poland, but the number of those from Russia, Germany and Japan is also high.

Every day, the programme will start with four language lessons, which will be followed by cultural events, including presentations about famous Hungarian towns, folk arts, scientists and inventors, artists, and holiday resorts. In the second week, popular Hungarian dishes, folk songs, holidays and traditions, as well as other social and family events will be in the focus. The programmes will be available both in Hungarian and in English. A pronunciation and folk song contest will also be organised on Saturday. In the evening, those who speak Hungarian are welcome in a forum.

- It was not easy to adapt to the pandemic last year, but this situation certainly has its benefits, said Péter Szaffkó to hirek.unideb.hu. – Those who cannot travel in this situation can also take Hungarian lessons. Last year, on average 40 students attended our one-month courses – said the head of the department.

In 2021, UD would like to organise courses in the traditional form, and hopefully the highly popular Modern Hungary classes as well. Until that time, UD has to operate in the online space. Courses will start in February.

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