Study Abroad

Course Info | Global Praxis: Focus on Water: Hungary as a Land of Waters (S Semester)

Course information will be updated here.

Application form for the course

Please fill in the online application form by Thursday April 13, 2017. 

Guidance Seminar

  • Date: Thursday, April 6, 2017, 6th period 18:45-20:00
  • 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
  • No registration required: You can go in & out during the session.
  • Language: Japanese or English (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.

Guidance Flyer
Guidance slides
Online Application Form 

* The participants of this course can apply for "The University of Tokyo, Short-term study abroad scholarship program".
Students must be responsible for their applications. 

Course guidance flyer
Guidance slides (to be uploaded when ready)

Course Website

Course Theme

Water is an essential element in all our lives. H2O is a particularly important factor in the industries, infrastructure, science and leisure of Hungary, due to the country’s geographical location, natural resources and traditions. Hungary is world famous for its water-engineering and management achievements, including thermal baths, top quality potable water, water work engineers and Olympic medal winning water sport athletes.

The 'Water’ Summer School is a two week program providing a wide variety of interdisciplinary lectures, skill building sessions, site-visits, and social activities, focused on the diverse topics and challenges related to water usage, management and sustainability.

Daily lectures will cover subjects closely linked to water, such as sustainability and innovation, health, sports and environment, recreation and tourism, transportation and natural disaster management.

During the program, students will work in Water Focus Teams, in which they identify the essential role of water in the 21st century and create an action plan on how to develop a) Water Conscious Living b) New Brand: Hungary as a Land of Waters. Students will work on group projects while visiting appropriate sites, conducting street interviews, debates, and will present a poster of their work at a forum.

The course aims to grow global citizens - individuals who identify themselves as responsible members of a global community - with a deep understanding of the world around them, as well as a broad perspective on global issues. Critical thinking and intercultural communication skills will be developed through collaborative work with Hungarian students.

Lecture Topics

I. Sustainable water protection
  • What is sustainable development and sustainable water protection?
  • Water protection legislation in EU and in Hungary 
  • Water connects – transboundary water protection and management Worldwide experience of Hungarian experts in water protection and management
  • How to provide safe and affordable drinking water? · (water engineering, planning, technological developments) 
  • EU and international projects Site visit to Csepel
  • Introduction to the ReHydrant Project 

II. Natural disasters
  • Historical achievements in handling water disasters
  • Hungary and water disasters
  • Challenges of 21st century – climate change and Water Wars? 

III. Transport
  • Transport or environmental/nature protection? Can there be both?
  • Water transport for green public transport  

IV. Tourism, sport and recreation
  • Green tourism – how to achieve increased water-use efficiency 
  • How to improve water quality of bathing waters?  
  • Hungary, the host of the FINA World Championships 2017

(May be suject to alteration)

8/8 AY072 Narita (09:50) - Helsinki (13:50)
8/8 AY755 Helsinki (16:45) - Budapest (18:05)

8/23 AY754 Budapest (11:40) - Helsinki (15:00)
8/23 AY071 Helsinki (16:45) - Narita (8/24 08:05)

Extracurricular Activities

Welcome dinner
Welcome ceremony and orientation
Site visit to the Budapest Central Wastewater Treatment Plant (Csepel)
  • I. Sustainable water protection Site visit to Szentendre by boat
  • II. Natural disasters Guided tour and free time activity at a thermal bath
  • III. Tourism, sport and recreation
Forum I-II.
  • In the framework of the Forum, students will give presentations on what they have learned during the course and will listen to one or two keynote speeches relevant to the course.
  • First day of the Forum will take place mid-course, and the second day will take place at the end of the course.
Visit to Lake Balaton
  • Weekend journey
Explore Budapest Day
  • (Optional) Students can choose to visit several spots
Farewell dinner

Assessed Task
(May be subject to alternation)

  • Write a one-page-long article (270-300語) into your daily diary based on your professors’ instructions (Write about your experiences when no classes are scheduled) (reflecting on the knowledge gained during the day).
  • Prepare presentation(s) for the Japanese-Hungarian Cultural Forum, Discussing what you have learned and researched on the topics (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


Fortuna Boat Hotel (Three star hotel)
H-1137, Budapest, Szent István park, alsó rakpart


Airport shuttle will take you to your accommodation upon your arrival. Budapest has an efficient network of public transport, including buses, trolley buses, trams, metro services and a suburban railway called HÉV for which passes will be provided to each student. Destinations for the weekend programmes may be accessed by train or 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 ( and a 0-24 phone number (06 70 251 3091) ringing at the coordinators to help in emergency situations. A Japanese professor will also attend the trip.


Flight fare: ¥174,000 = ¥143,000 + TAX ¥31,000 (Students will make their payments approximately one month prior to the departure according to the invoices created by a travel company. The fare may change due to soaring fuel prices/exchange rates.) 

Course fees: 1,700 USD (16 or more participants) / 1,800 USD (less than 16 participants)

The course fees include: 
- highly professional lecturers and leaders of topic-related-companies
- facility usage at a prestigous university venue
- accommodation at the Danube side 
- transportation within Budapest and to the countryside,
- meals as agreed (welcome and farewell reception, dinners for three nights, catering at the forums, snack/water/coffee during the lectures)
- staff and Hungarian mentors,
- administration fee,
- entrance fees for site visits and cultural programs.

* The participants of this course can apply for "The University of Tokyo, Short-term study abroad scholarship program (the information will be updated late in April)".
Students must be responsible for their applications. 

Students are responsible for their own cancellation fees upon being accepted as participants by the course leader.

Disclaimer forms used last year (as a reference)

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 May 1st 2004. Its capital Budapest is a metropolis with nearly two million inhabitants and it is considered by its many visitors to be 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.

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 with 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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