Counselor Training Academy

Written by Fulbright on 11/17/2017. Posted in News

Counselor Training Academy

In the framework of International Education Week 2017 (IEW) – a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to promote the benefits of international education and exchange programs worldwide – the EducationUSA team in Budapest hosted the very first Counselor Training Academy workshop to high school teachers on Thursday, November 16th, 2017 and provided unique tips and resources on how to:

  • use the Common Application;
  • generate a good school profile to give context to U.S. admissions officers;
  • create translation for high school trancripts and other documents;
  • write effective recommendation letters.

Dartmouth, Columbia, and Princeton Visit

Written by Fulbright on 10/19/2017. Posted in News

Dartmouth, Columbia, and Princeton Visit

On Tuesday, October 17th, 2017, the EducationUSA team in Budapest hosted an informational session for three visiting Ivy League universities: Dartmouth, Columbia, and Princeton. Admissions representatives from all three universities were invited to the EducationUSA center in Budapest to speak about their institutions, offer advice and tips for interested students, and answer questions.

In attendance at the event were approximately twenty highly motivated students from around Budapest, including groups from several high-achieving schools in the area. In addition to students, some teachers, counselors, and parents attended as well. While the event took place in Budapest, it was also live streamed to the three American corners around Hungary (Pécs, Debrecen, and Veszprém), giving students in those areas access to the event as well. Each American Corner had approximately a dozen students in attendance, bringing the total attendance for the event to around fifty.

The admissions representatives began by each providing a short overview of their respective universities. To give studens a clearer picture of each university, they discussed the college culture, philosophy, academics, campus life, traditions, setting, and more. Then, all together, the presenters discussed concerns and questions common to all three institutions, such as application materials, timeline, financial aid, and the admissions process for international students. At the end, there was time for questions. Students from all four locations had questions, ranging from advice on essay topics to queries on how international students are assessed for admission compared to Americans. After the presentation, there was time for students to ask questions and network with the representatives individually.

This event marked many firsts for EducationUSA in Hungary. It was the first time three Ivy League universities came to visit at one time. It was also the first time that such an event was live streamed to the various American Corners, broadening the audience who could benefit from it. Feedback from the attendees was overwhelmingly positive. The event was a resounding success, and EducationUSA looks forward to hosting more such events in the future.

Fulbright Student Project Publishes Speak Lovari Style!

Written by Fulbright on 10/10/2017. Posted in News

Fulbright Student Project Publishes Speak Lovari Style!

Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Robin Cathey ’16 and six of her Roma students at the Wlislocki Henrik Residential College created and published a booklet called Speak Lovari Style!.

“This inclusive organization operates as a response to “elite” exclusionary societies by supporting Roma, Gipsy, and disadvantaged students through academic tutoring, professional training programs, and events which serve to strengthen their ethnic identities. Students study their disciplines and subjects of interest in their respective departments while receiving the support from the WHSz community. Some of the students are native speakers of the Romani dialect called Lovari–others are learning it as a second language. The book you hold in your hands is the result of a collaboration of these six students who hope to introduce young English speakers to the Lovari dialect, as well as some aspects of Roma life.”

Fulbright Hungary is proud of its Roma English Teaching Assistant projects:

and hopes to expand and continue collaboration with the Roma Residential Colleges and other foundations throughout Hungary in upcoming academic years.

To view the booklet, see

Listen to the audio pronunciation of the Lovari texts at

To download the booklet, see

New Fulbright Hungary videos

Written by Fulbright on 07/31/2017. Posted in News

US Study Abroad Capacity Building tour 2017

Written by Fulbright on 07/18/2017. Posted in News

US Study Abroad Capacity Building tour 2017

Between June 11-17, 2017 the Commission organized a U.S. Study Abroad Capacity Building tour for 12 representatives of U.S. universities.

Day 1

A Workshop on Hungarian higher education was hosted by Prof. József Temesi (’94 University of New Hampshire). The activities of the Fulbright Commission and the Fulbright EducationUSA Advising Center were presented by Dr. Károly Jókay, Executive Director and Ms. Kornélia Litkei, Senior Adviser. U.S. Study Abroad Capacity Building tour participants visited Eötvös Loránd University and met representatives of CIEE – Council on International Educational Exchange and the Budapest University of Technology and Economics.

Day 2

The 12 representatives of US universities met Director István Antal, Jesuit Roma College; Mária Bogdán (’08 Columbia University), Board member, Romaversitas Foundation and Prof. László Rosivall (’91 Tulane U. & ’04 U.Alabama), Program Director, Roma Medical Education Program at the Semmelweis University.

The group visited the Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Faculty of Information Technology and Bionics hosted by Dean Kristóf Iván (’11 UC Berkeley) and a workshop was organized on internationalization of Hungarian higher education with representatives of the University of Szeged (Dr. Dénes Mátyás (’15 Cleveland State University)); University of Pécs (Dr. Gyöngyi Pozsgai, Centre for International Relations) and Corvinus University of Budapest (Dr. Tamás Pesuth, Director of International Relations)

Day 3

Capacity Building tour participants visited the University of Debrecen by bus and participated in a workshop on the university’s international programs, policy and met with representative of University of Miskolc

Day 4

University visits at the University of Fine Arts and meeting representatives of Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design. The group also visited the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music hosted by Beáta Furka, Head of Int’l Office.

Day 5

Visit to BSM: Budapest Semesters in Mathematics, workshop on Mathematics education in Hungary (Dr. Dezső Miklós, Director; Ms. Réka Szász, BSME Hungarian Director, Dr. Ryota Matsuura, BSME American Director)

Visit to AIT: Aquincum Institute of Technology, Budapest, workshop on mission, concept and practice (Gábor Bojár, Entrepreneur and Founder; Dr. András Recski, Academic Director)

Fulbright Hungary Celebrates 25th Anniversary with a Danube Cruise

Written by Fulbright on 06/09/2017. Posted in News

Fulbright Hungary Celebrates 25th Anniversary with a Danube Cruise

Fulbright Hungary celebrated its 25th Anniversary on May 19, 2017 with a cruise on the Danube that had a record number of Fulbrighters and guests, 226 in total.

Fulbright Hungary Celebrates 25th Anniversary with a Danube Cruise

Chargé d’affaires David Kostelancik of the US Embassy greeted the Fulbrighters with his statement of admiration and support.

David Kostelancik, Chargé d'affaires, US Embassy

The government of Hungary was represented by Deputy State Secretary Orsolya Pacsay-Tomassich of the Ministry of Human Capacities. Ms. Pacsay-Tomassich announced that Hungary will increase financial support to Fulbright by 15 million forints ($55,000) or by 30% to 65 million forints ($235,000) in 2017. In addition, the Ministry offered to provide Fulbright with new office space, as well as set up a mentoring program, the details of which are to be announced.

Orsolya Pacsay-Tomassich, Deputy State Secretary

The cruise was about meeting old friends and colleagues. Present were former Fulbright employees and Board members, and many many Hungarian and American alumni. We showed four new Fulbright videos on the boat for the first time:

as well as a retrospective slide show. We made sure to invite grantees and other important players from the pre-Commission days as well.

As usual, we said goodbye to our current US grantees and farewell to our Hungarian grantees embarking on their Fulbright adventure in AY 2017-18.

For more pictures of the festivities (by photographer Marianne Sárközy), see here.

Hungarian Fulbright orientation AY 2017-2018

Written by Fulbright on 05/17/2017. Posted in News

Hungarian Fulbright orientation AY 2017-2018

Fulbright Hungary says farewell to 27 new Fulbright grantees on their way to the USA during AY 2017-18!

Two Humphrey Fellows, two Scholars-in-Residence, 12 scholars and 11 students took part in a pre-departure orientation in Budapest on May 12th.

These students and scholars represent a diverse range of academic fields such as: Music History, Hungarian language and culture, Linguistics, Psychology, History, Criminology, American Literature, Astrophysics, Medical Research, Biology, Civil Engineering, Social Sciences, Math in Humanities, Education, International Relations, Computer Science, Law, Journalism, Cinema, Anthropology, Communications and Environmental Policy.

Their home and host universities and institutions are as diverse as their fields.

Our grantees will be concentrated on the East and West coasts, with strong representation in the Great Lakes as well.

Congratulations and we look forward to seeing you all of them back in Hungary one year from now!

Fulbright Monthly Meeting at the University of Pécs

Written by Fulbright on 04/19/2017. Posted in News

Visit to Pécs

The Commission organized a visit to Pécs for U.S. Fulbright grantees and students of the University of New Hampshire Study Abroad program on March 31-April 1, 2017. The group visited the University of Pécs hosted by István Tarrósy (’12 University of Florida), the University Library and Knowledge Center and the Faculty of Music and Visual Arts guided by Márta Nagy (’15 University of Iowa) and the Gandhi High School guided by Robin Cathey (’16 University of Pécs) following a sightseeing tour of Pécs.

Dániel Cseh ’15 in Újkor History Magazine

Written by Fulbright on 03/03/2017. Posted in News

Dániel Cseh '15 in Újkor History Magazine

Dániel Cseh (’15 San Francisco State University) on his Fulbright grant application process and his experiences in the U.S. as a Visiting Student Researcher (VSR) in History at Ú online magazin.

New Fulbright video: An American Musician at the Liszt Academy of Music

Written by Fulbright on 02/06/2017. Posted in News

Fulbright scholar Ronald High ’16, a singer and pianist from South Carolina, held master classes in African-American gospel music and other genres at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music during Fall semester, 2016. He and his students gave a farewell concert at the old Academy building in December, 2016, and you can get a taste of it right here in our newest video clip, in English and Hungarian with subtitles:

Ronald H. High is a native of Marshall, Texas, and attended the University of North Texas, Arizona State University and the University of Illinois-Urbana. He has appeared in diverse performances in venues in the United States and Europe. His research interests are in voice science and pedagogy and African American vocal music genres.