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.

Fulbright Student Project Publishes Think Roma Style!

Written by Fulbright on 02/01/2017. Posted in News

Fulbright Student Project Publishes Think Roma Style!

Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Rachel McVey ’15 and three of her students at the Jesuit Roma Residential College interviewed six Roma students, university faculty, educators and artist and published a booklet called Think Roma Style!.

“In these pages, you will hear about how these people perceive their Roma identity. Although the interviewees talked about times when having a multiple identity is not simple, they all expressed that being Roma makes them no less Hungarian.

We do not intend to say that Gypsies are “super” people, without flaws, but we would like to show the other side of the coin. It is easier to draw conclusions from bad examples than discovering the community as a whole, but many people do not have the opportunity to sit down with Roma people and talk with them personally. That is why for this project, we decided to give the opportunity to Roma people to speak about their culture, identity, and community. In order to hear about different perspectives, we have done interviews with several people who work in the field of Roma education and culture. The chosen interviewees are ordinary Roma people who are working for their community with their heart and soul.”

Fulbright Hungary is proud of its Roma English Teaching Assistant projects (Cookbook Roma Style!; Roma Folk Tales), 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

To download the booklet, see

Georgia Law LLM-linked partnership with Fulbright in Hungary

Written by Fulbright on 01/19/2017. Posted in News

Georgia Law LLM-linked partnership with Fulbright in Hungary

A new partnership between the University of Georgia School of Law and the Hungarian-American Fulbright Commission will provide exceptional scholarship opportunities for qualified Hungarian law graduates who wish to pursue a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree.

Georgia Law Dean Peter B. Rutledge and Dr. Károly Jókay, Executive Director of the Hungarian-American Fulbright Commission, signed the agreement. It follows meetings among representatives of both institutions, including the October 2016 meeting in Budapest between Jókay, depicted above at right, and Georgia Law Professor Sonja R. West.

Administered by the law school’s Dean Rusk International Law Center, the Georgia Law LL.M. degree has deep historical ties in Europe, as well as an active network of graduates there. This Fulbright partnership promises to enhance intercultural exchange not only for foreign-trained lawyers who come to Athens to earn their LL.M., but also for the J.D. students with whom they interact, inside and outside the classroom.

Conference of the Returned Hungarian Fulbrighters of AY 2015-2016

Written by Fulbright on 01/11/2017. Posted in News

Conference of the Returned Hungarian Fulbrighters of AY 2015-2016

Every year the Fulbright Commission organizes a conference to enjoy presentations of returned Hungarian Fulbrighters about their experience in the US. The 1st Conference for the Hungarian grantees of AY 2015-2016 will take place on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 between 2 pm – 6:30 pm, with a reception and networking event from 6:30 pm. 10 grantees will present on professional, cultural and personal aspects of their Fulbright experience in the US. The language of the event is English.

The 2nd Conference for the Hungarian grantees of AY 2015-2016 is planned on March 23, 2017 where another 9 grantees will deliver lectures.

Please register here.

US Fulbright scholars at Csányi Foundation

Written by Fulbright on 12/21/2016. Posted in News

U.S. Fulbright scholars presentations at Csányi Foundation

For the 5th consecutive year U.S. Fulbright scholars have been visiting the Talent Development Program Community Houses of the Csányi Foundation nationwide.

On November 5, 2016 Robin Cathey (’16 University of Pécs) visited the Community House of Pécs; on November 18 the Community House of Kaposvár and on Januray 21, 2017 the Community House of Nagybajom and spoke about her home state of Georgia with the students.

On November 12, 2016 Anthony Marchetti (’16 Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design) visited the Community House of Jászberény and held a presentation about the art photography to the students.

Between December 12-17, 2016 Sarah Lucas (’16 Hungarian Academy of Sciences) and Zachary Del Rosario (’16 Budapest Metropolitan University) visited the Community House of Szeged and assisted with English language exams for several of the students.