Several foreigners live in Hungary, who have contributed to the country’s development with their mental and financial capital. The “Study In Hungary” education service made an interview with Peter Schützhold, head of marketing and communications of Andrássy University Budapest (AUB).
Study In Hungary: How would you briefly define Andrássy University Budapestin 3-4 sentences?
Peter Schützhold: AUB was founded in 2001 and is the only university outside the German speaking area operating entirely in German. AUB is a Hungarian and international university supported by Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and South Tyrol. The university is an academic joint venture, which serves as a common German speaking academic bridge in the Danube region. AUB is an international and European university, where students and teachers have a strong contact and AUB is committed to ensuring very high job market qualities.
Study In Hungary: What are the competitive advantages of your university to other Hungarian and European universities?
Peter Schützhold: Interdisciplinarity, internationality and an excellent student mentoring together make up a study concept which demands and supports autonomy. Studying at AUB offers fascinating scientific perspectives and unconstrained European self-development, and opens up excellent employment opportunities in Hungary but also in the whole German speaking region and worldwide!
Study In Hungary: Which programs does Andrássy University Budapest offer for foreign students and what are the languages of instruction?
Peter Schützhold: The programmes of AUB are master’sprogrammesand a PhD programme, and they are allin German language. The master courses are:
• Cultural Diplomacy (Central European Studies – Diplomacy)
• Central European History
• Danube Region Studies
• European and International Administration
• International Economy and Business
• International Relations
• LL.M. (Master of Laws)
Study In Hungary: Could you give information about the university campus to us?
Peter Schützhold: Home of Andrássy University is the Festetics palace in the centre of Budapest, directly behind the National museum, where you can find modern class rooms, two well-appointed libraries and neo-classical ball rooms. It’s a very special atmosphere.
Study In Hungary: What are the tuition fees, dormitory costs and other living expenses of your students?
Peter Schützhold: The tuition fees for master’s programmes are EUR 925/semester and for the PhD programme EUR 545/semester. Most of the students live in own or shared flats and the prices are variable and depend on the own status of living. By month students have to count approx. from EUR 320 to EUR 650 for living expenses with flat, food, and other costs.
Study In Hungary: Do you plan to launch new programs in near future – upcoming September?
Peter Schützhold: We launch our new Master in Cultural Diplomacy now in September. The programme is very attractive for a lot of applicants and offers an education in politics, history, cultural studies, and a compulsory internship. Furthermore we want to launch a Master in Management and Leadership in 2015 with a very special cooperation between economy and science.
Study In Hungary: Do you have any scholarships or discounts for prospective students?
Peter Schützhold: Yes, sure. There are on the one hand state supported places orsocial state support for Hungarian applicants and on the other hand a lot of scholarships from our partners, like DAAD, Baden-Württemberg Stiftung, BMWFW, Freistaat Bayern, Swiss Contribution, Visegrad Fund and a lot more. More than 53% of our students receive a scholarship.They cover mostly at least the tuition fees, but a lot also cover the other costs.
Study In Hungary: What are the current and new target countries forAndrássy University Budapest to recruit new students?
Peter Schützhold: At AUB students from more than 25 nationalities study together. Our current target countries are our partner countries, like Hungary, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and South Tyrol. Furthermore the Visegrád countries and countries in Southeast Europe are interesting for us. We have also students from Central Asia and they are very welcome as well.