Erasmus Plus – Budapest (HU)
Under the Erasmus Plus scheme, Queen’s students from various Schools in the University can do part of their degree course in European partner institutions. One of two Hungarian partners – the Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church, Budapest (KGE) – welcomes Theology students who are enrolled in Union College, since UTC and KGE are partners under the Erasmus scheme.
To find out more about Erasmus Plus visit the QUB Erasmus webpages: http://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/sgc/careers/StudentsandGraduates/InternationalExchangeStudyandWorkAbroad/
For a flavour of KGE, visit the College’s English webpages: http://www.kre.hu/english/index.php/faculty-of-theology
The University’s current Erasmus brochure for incoming students can be found here: http://www.kre.hu/english/images/doc/KRE_Erasmus_Incoming_Brochure_2015-16.pdf
KGE is one of several training institutions of the Reformed Church in Hungary – a sister Reformed denomination with which the Presbyterian Church in Ireland has long-standing fraternal links. Some PCI congregations have twinning arrangements with Hungarian counterparts. Visit the Reformed Church’s website:
Union students studying for a QUB degree can spend one semester of their Theology studies in Budapest – typically in their second year as undergraduates. They will receive full credit for those studies as part of their QUB degree, which they will complete back in Belfast. This opportunity is open to all BD, BTh and BA students. For Union students going to KGE, tuition is available in English.
Of course, Hungarian is spoken in Hungary! So while staff or students in KGE may be able to speak to you in English, a semester in Budapest is also a fabulous opportunity to acquire some Hungarian. Indeed, the best way to profit from Hungarian culture and life is to speak, read and write a little of the language. Therefore KGE offers its incoming students beginners’ courses in Hungarian Language and Culture and survival Hungarian.
Budapest is Hungary’s capital city, beautifully situated on either side of the River Danube. Its population is about the same as that of all of N. Ireland (1.8 million). The city has a grand imperial past – when Austria-Hungary was a major European power – and today its Castle, Spa & Baths, Parliament, markets and cafés or restaurants are among the many things tourists love.
For further information on what is involved, or to talk about your options, please contact Prof. Campbell.