Interview With Zoltan Dobak, The Head Of The International Training Centre At BKF University Of Applied Sciences
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 Zoltan Dobak, the head of the International Training Centre at BKF University of Applied Sciences.
Study in Hungary: Dear Zoltan, please introduce yourself to our readers.
Zoltan Dobak: I am the head of the International Training Centre at BKF University of Applied Sciences. I am here to guarantee that everybody who is interested in studying at BKF can get high quality assistance.
Study in Hungary: How would you briefly define BKF in 3-4 sentences?
Zoltan Dobak: BKF University of Applied Sciences is one of the largest private universities of Central Europe with a constantly growing international community. What we offer is professional knowledge at realistic prices at the heart of the European Union where you will find affordable living costs. Students can find a wide range of Bachelor and Master programmes at BKF, such as Tourism and Catering, Communication and Media, Business Administration, Photography, Graphic Design, or Television Production just to name a few.
Study in Hungary: What are the competitive advantages of BKF compared to other Hungarian and European universities?
Zoltan Dobak: Besides our very popular programmes from Communication to Tourism, we offer programmes which only few universities do, for example Craftsmenship, Graphic Design, Media Design, Television Production Arts, etc. In addition to that, BKF has a unique training system which means that the tuition fee includes an unparalleled series of special programs. Trainings are based on group work where only a few students work together focusing on learning-by-doing. The training technique is the most efficient way of improving communication skills and creative thinking which are the most important competencies required on the labor market.
Study in Hungary: Which programs does BKF offer for foreign students and what are the languages of instruction?
Zoltan Dobak: Currently BKF offers 15 different programmes in English, but this number is increasing year by year, not to mention our English Language Preparatory Programme which is a great help for those who do not have the sufficient command of the language to start a BA or MA programme. Our next goal is to launch a few of our programmes in Russian as well from next semester.
Study in Hungary: Could you give information about BKF campus to us?
Zoltan Dobak: Our university has 5 campuses altogether. The main campus where the majority of the English classes are held consists of modern buildings in a green environment. Student work and learning at the University is facilitated by unrestricted access to a Wi-Fi network covering the complete area of the campus, and a number of computer work stations scattered around the buildings. Downtown Rózsa Street and Rottenbiller Street Campuses is home to the art programs of the University offering workshops and classrooms adapted to the special needs of art classes including a photo studio and laboratory, a cameramen studio, cutting rooms and teaching spaces for animation studies. The glass walls of the studios offer people passing by a glimpse of the artists at work. The equipment – such as looms, electronic kilns, etching presses, industrial sewing machines and 150 high-performance Macintosh computers – needed for the arts programs are also housed inside these creative spaces. The campus also boasts one of the very few Leonar3Do laboratories in the world with the special interactive 3D software installed offering students the opportunity to work in real space and time.
Study in Hungary: What are the tuition fees, dormitory costs and other living expenses of BKF students?
Zoltan Dobak: The amount of tuition fees depend on various factors: whether it is a BA or MA programme, whether the student is from the EU or not, whether the student is entitled to our Early Bird discount, etc. Our tuition fees start from as little as 1350 EUR / semester. As for dormitory costs, our partner hostels offer rooms from 140 EUR/person/month (utilities included). A student monthly pass for public transportation costs 12 EUR, the price of a loaf of bread is between 0.6 -1.5 EUR, while a cinema ticket is around 4 EUR.
Study in Hungary: BKF launched new programs recently, how successful are they so far?
Zoltan Dobak: One of these programmes is the Tourism and Catering BA, which has been chosen by a number of students in a very short time. Another of the recently launched programmes is the Communication and Media BA which proves to be extremely popular since there is no Maths-related subject in its curriculum at all.
Study in Hungary: Do you plan to launch new programs in near future – upcoming September?
Zoltan Dobak: Of course. The next new programme that we are going to launch is the Management and Leadership MA. It has proven to be successful in Hungarian, so I am sure that our international students who would like to become e.g. the head of a company will recognize how useful it is.
Study in Hungary: Do you have any scholarships or discounts for prospective students?
Zoltan Dobak: Yes, for sure. First of all, those who send the documents necessary for the application and transfer the required fees by the end of June will receive 10% discount from their tuition fee. Second, we have a Communication Foundation which is committed to support our international students.
Study in Hungary: What are the current and new target countries for BKF to recruit students?
Zoltan Dobak: Actually, students are welcome from all over the world at BKF. We are proud that we have had students from dozens of different countries and 4 continents so far.
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