Study Abroad

Global Praxis: In the Pursuit of Culture, History and Architecture in Central Europe, Hungary (A1 Term)

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Guidance Seminar

  • Date: Monday, June 20, 2016, 6th period
  • Venue: Lecture Hall of  21KOMCEE West (B1)
  • Target participants: Junior Division students in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences
  • Language: English or Japanese depending on the participants

*Enquiries: 21KOMCEE West B1F,  Globalization Office (Open Weekdays 10:00~17:00)
In the case that we receive more applications than spots in the program, we will take into account whether or not applicants attended the guidance seminar. 

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Guidance slides
Online Application Form (Application closed) (Re-recruitment flyer: Japanese only)
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*The participants of this course cannot use the grant of "University of Tokyo, Short-term study abroad scholarship program".

Course Theme

A small country with a great history, Hungary is located in the heart of Europe. The history of the Hungarian state goes back more than eleven centuries. Hungarians are famous for their hospitality and cuisine. Culture and sports are also important features of Hungarian life including first-class opera, theatres, museums, exhibitions and concerts as well as world tournaments in various sports. The course participants will have an opportunity to emmerse themselves in a rich field of European culture, history and architecture in Hungary. They will participate in lectures, groupwork and field trips to expand their understanding of the topic through intensive individual and collaborative work opportunities. This course will exclusively focus on Hungary, but through the lens of Hungary's long and rich history of interaction with other European countries, the students will look into the overarching history of the European Union.

(May be suject to alteration)

Arrival day: Arrive in Hungary and transfer to the hotel. A welcome dinner will be held following arrival at the hotel.
1st day: Guided tour of Parliament, followed by a debate game, "Thinking Democracy: Who knows what about democracy?"
2nd day: Guided tour around Heroes’ Square and the Castle of Vajdahunyad, followed by a lecture: "The history of Magyars – From the State Foundation to the EU"
3rd day: Lecture: "Music in Hungary – Opera and Beyond," followed by a guided tour of the Hungarian State Opera House and a mini concert.
4th day: Guided tour of  Saint Stephen’s Basilica. Preparing posters for the Forum on the following day with the guidance of a supervisor.
5th day: 1st Japanese-Hungarian Cultural Forum, Eötvös Loránd University, Lecture on Intercultural Communication, Poster Presentation of Japanese and Hungarian Students.
6th day: Interactive tour of the Hungarian National Bank followed by a Lecture: "Hungarian Notes and Coins, the Background of the Central Bank and the History of Money."
7th day: Guided tour of the Hungarian National Gallery followed by viewing an exhibition. Interactive lecture on Hungarian history and arts in conjunction with visiting the Royal palace, the Fishermen’s Bastion and Saint Mathias Church.
8th day: Visiting the Danube side – Learning about the fascinating history and the spectacular architecture of the Budapest Bridges, as well as visiting the Great Market Hall
9th day: Visit the Franz Liszt Academy of Music. Prepare posters for the Forum with the guidance of a supervisor.
10th day:  2nd Japanese-Hungarian Cultural Forum, Corvinus University of Budapest. (The second day of the Forum, continued from the previous week).
Farewell Ceremony with Reception
(Ceremony in which students get a certificate  stating that they are student ambassadors of Hungary in Japan, followed by a reception).

Outlines of the lectures are available HERE.

1st WEEK
  29 AUG 30 AUG 31 AUG 1 SEP 2 SEP 3 SEP 4 SEP
MORNING Guided tour: Parliament 
Guided tour: Heroes’ Square, the Castle of Vajdahunyad
Lecture: Music in Hungary – Opera and beyond Guided tour: Saint Stephen’s Basilica 1st Japanese-Hungarian Cultural Forum Exploring Lake Balaton: visiting Siófok, the capital of the lake Free time in Budapest
Thinking Democracy: Who knows what about democracy? – Debate Game
Lecture: The history of Magyars – From the State Foundation to the EU
Guided tour: Hungarian State Opera House with a mini concert Preparing presentation for next day’s Forum Presentation of Japanese and Hungarian Students

  5 SEP 6 SEP 7 SEP 8 SEP 9 SEP 10 SEP 11 SEP
MORNING Interactive tour: Hungarian National Bank Guided tour and exhibition: Hungarian National Gallery Along the Danube side – The history and architecture of Budapest Bridges Guided tour: Franz Liszt Academy of Music 2nd Japanese-Hungarian Cultural Forum Deparature
AFTERNOON Lecture: Hungarian notes and coins, the background of the central bank and the history of money Lecture: Hungarian history and arts. Visit to the Royal palace, the Fishermen’s bastion and the Saint Mathias Church Visit to the Great Market Hall Preparing presentation for next day’s Forum Farewell Ceremony with Reception


Accommodation is provided in comfortable two-bedded rooms at a three star hotel. Bathroom belongs to each room, free Wi-Fi connection is provided. Breakfast is included in the service.


Airport shuttle will take you to your accommodation upon your arrival. Budapest has an efficient network of public transport, including bus, trolley bus, tram, metro services and a suburban railway called HÉV for which passes are provided for each student. Destinations of the weekend programmes might be reached by train or a private bus.


In order to maintain interactive communication with you before your arrival to Hungary and during your stay, the Hungarian Rectors’ Conference operates a dedicated website (, a social media channel ( and a 0-24 phone number (06 70 251 3091) ringing at the coordinators to help in ‘emergency’ situations. Also, a Hungarian coordinator will be available non-stop. 

Introduction to Hungary

A small country with a great history, Hungary is located in the heart of Europe. The history of the Hungarian state goes back more than eleven centuries. Today Hungary has a population of 10 million in an area of 93,030 km2.
Hungary is a parliamentary democracy. Hungary has been a full member of the European Union since 1st May 2004. Its capital Budapest is a metropolis with nearly two million inhabitants and it is considered by its many visitors as one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. Other Hungarian cities are easily accessible from the capital by motorway or rail. Hungarians are famous for their hospitality and cuisine. Culture and sports are also important features of Hungarian life including first-class opera, theatres, museums, exhibitions and concerts as well as world tournaments in various sports. The largest pop-festival in Europe, ‘Sziget’, is held annually on one of the islands in the river Danube in Budapest.
Hungary is a market economy. In the last twenty years, Hungary has become an attractive country for investors. Numerous major international corporations have set up their regional centres in Hungary. In recent years, several Hungarian companies have achieved a leading role in the region.

(as for 1 June. May be suject to alteration)

Flight fare: approx. 173,000JPY
Fees 865USD (flight fare not included)
Package includes: 
  • Accommodation during the academic programme and the weekend journeys
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) 
  • Lectures, workshops and guided tours 
  • Entrance fees 
  • Transportation (airport shuttle, transfer in and out of Budapest) 
  • A coordinator accompanying and helping you during your stay 
  • A dedicated website, a social media platform and a 0-24 hotline
Pay by yourself:
  • Transportation to/from the Airport(s) in Japan
  • Some meals
  • International travel insurance (10,000-20,000JPY)
  • (OSSMA 5,000JPY)
  • Other personal costs

Assessed Task
(May be subject to alternation)

  • Write a one-page-long article into your daily diary based on your professors’ instructions (reflecting on the knowledge gained during the day)
  • Prepare one + one presentation for the Japanese-Hungarian Cultural Forum, introducing one part of the Japanese culture or history (topics will be assigned to students in groups based on their suggestions and interest)
  • Summarize your experience in 2000 words no later than 14 days after the end of the program

Disclaimer forms used last year (as a reference)

Higher education and Science in Hungary

Hungarian higher education has a long history, with the first university founded in 1367. Hungary’s modern higher education system consisting of universities and colleges emerged in the 20th century. Hungarian diplomas are highly regarded worldwide. The programmes are of a high standard, yet tuition fees and living costs are quite reasonable.
Hungary’s huge contribution to the world’s intellectual heritage includes many Hungarian-educated Nobel Prize winners, famous Hungarian inventions including the ball-point pen (Biro), phosphorous matches (Irinyi), the electric train (Kandó) and the telephone exchange (Puskás), not to mention a long list of famous composers, painters and artists, including Zoltán Kodály, Béla Bartók, Victor Vasarely and Jenő Ormandy.

Why Hungary?

  • English Language Trainings
  • High Quality and Competitive Education with International Reputation
  • More than 20.000 International Students
  • Tolerant Society and Healthy and Safe Communities
  • European Standard of Living at a Reasonable Cost
  • Exciting Campus Lifestyle
  • Located in the Heart of Europe
  • Research Opportunities


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