Pécs Debate Academy

  • Study program
  • Dates
  • Credit
  • Social program
  • Fees and Payment
  • Accomodation
  • How to Apply
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Student Testimonials
  • 5 Great Reasons to Choose our Summer School
  • Brochures and videos
  • Contact Us
  • Apply Now
July 28 - August 06
Organizing unit
PTE and SIEN Foundation
Application deadline
July 01
Course fee
350 EUR
Target group
Undergraduate, graduate and PhD students
Language of instruction
6 ECTS credits
Course Location

The special Pécs Debate Academy 2017 uses a mixed methodology. Students learn about the hot topics of higher education in 21st century from international and local experts while they also gain an opportunity to develop their speaking skills and learn to argue along the techniques of the British Parliamentary Debate style from highly qualified international debate trainers.

The Pecs Debate Academy is a debate training series that embeds a youth forum conference, which is supported by courses on introduction to debate systems, discussions, conference lectures, debate trainings, and a debate tournament.

The Pécs Debate Summer Academy gives an opportunity to young people from all over the world to meet each other and to discuss and debate over various questions and problems. Experienced debate trainers will lead the trainings and the discussions. A Debate Tournament will close the training program with the Final Debate at the Court of Justice in Pécs. The subject will be discussed from different angles with the help of acclaimed debate trainers and invited guest lecturers/experts.

We are committed to emphasize non-frontal teaching: teambuilding activities and debate skills trainings, final debate tournament, on-topic and off-topic lectures, and also active off-programs. The participants can learn from each other and find common ground for common ways of thinking.

The Pecs Debate Academy will give participants to do more than just study. We pay special attention to providing the participants with a very enjoyable and unforgettable stay. Our social programs include concerts, trip to the countryside, interactive and cultural events, karaoke party, sport contests. The focus of the debates and presentations is on the higher education and student life of the 21st century. Following the lectures of invited experts the participants of PDA 2017 will attend a debate contest and a final debate tournament. Various intercultural programs will also be organized for the attendants at the different locations of the city of Pécs and of the University of Pécs that will celebrate the 650th anniversary of its foundation.

July 28 - August 06

Credits info: the summer school program is awarded 6 ECTS credits. Students will also receive a Certificate of Attendance.

If you wish to receive credit for your Summer School courses you will need to contact either your Study Abroad Office or the office in your university that deals with external credit. We strongly advise you to do this before you apply.  The University of Pécs is happy to provide all the necessary information to your registry or academic advisor, to help them evaluate the courses.

Social program 

Our International Summer School will give you an opportunity to do more than just study!

Your most enjoyable and busy summer course will start with an orientation day including a welcome party. During your stay we will organize various cultural events. You can discover the city with your class mates, your Hungarian mentors or with the fellow international students of the University of Pécs.

In addition to the everyday amusement, the highlights of the Summer School programme will include cultural and interactive events such as concerts, country presentations, sport contests, social night, field trip and sightseeing.


Fees and Payment 

Program fee: 350 €

Program fee includes: course fee, field trips, meals, accommodation, social activities

Application deadline : 1 July, 2017

Early bird deadline: 15 April

Early bird fee: 300 EUR



We provide you with accommodation in double rooms in one of our fully equipped dormitories.

Our dormitories are located in a quiet, residential area of the city. The venue of education as well as the city centre are easily accessible from our dormitories which have recently been renovated and meet the students’ requirements on the highest level. The rooms are non-smoking, nicely furnished and contain bathrooms. The shared bathrooms are new and modern.  Bed linen is supplied and rooms serviced regularly. Free Internet access is available.

How to Apply 

Please fill in the application form that you find here.

The application procedure consists of the following steps:

  1. Apply for the program
  2. Wait for the approval of your application
  3. After receiving the approval pay the course fee by wire transfer

We aim to let you know if your application has been successful within three – four weeks of receiving it. When submitting your application please pay attention to the deadlines. If you pay the registration fee by the early bird deadline, the participation fee will be much cheaper! If you transfer the registration fee after the early bird deadline, you must pay the normal participation fee.


Frequently Asked Questions 

Please do not hesitate to contact us with your questions. In the meantime, here are answers to some other questions you may have at this stage.

How long will I have to wait to hear if my application is successful?

We will aim to let all applicants know if they are successful within three to four weeks of receipt of application.

What is included in the Summer School fee?

The fee includes: course fee, field trips, meals, accommodation, social activities.

What is not included?

The fee does not include flights to Hungary,  personal excursions or incidental expenses.

How to get to Pécs ?

Pécs is located in the southern part of Hungary, close to the Coratian border. it is the 5th largest city of the country. The closest airport is in Budapest which is a 2,5 hour drive from Pécs.

We advise you to travel to Budapest by flight.  The most convenient way of travelling to Pécs from the airport is to order an airport shuttle.

Here you can find the link to the websites of the most frequently used airport shuttle companies:





Student Testimonials 

Here is what some past international  students of ours had to say about our university and their staying with us:

“Beautiful campus, great accommodations in the dorms, and extremely helpful and motivated staff.”

“You feel as though Pécs is your home from the moment you arrive and makes it hard to leave.”

“There seems to be a cultural explosion going on in Pécs. There are always great festivals and museum expos.”


“I think Hungary is a great choice for foreigners because of its incredibly unique culture. The language and cuisine are so different and both are fun to try.”

„My stay in Pécs was a life-changing experience, the friendships I made will last a lifetime, and the cultural experience is something I'll always treasure"

“You can travel trains and plains!...Their money is cute!...The buildings are amazing!... The baths are relaxing and a good group activity!...Don’t forget your camera!”


5 Great Reasons to Choose our Summer School 

Earn college credits in one of the most beautiful Central European cities, with a rich culture dating back to the Roman Empire, at the historical and prestigious University of Pécs in Hungary, founded in 1367.

Here you find 5 great reasons why you should choose our Summer School:

Study at the oldest and one of the largest research universities of Hungary that celebrates its 650 year anniversary in 2017. Experience its traditional yet very modern atmosphere and its unique taste of student life.

Enjoy the vibrant international atmosphere of the University of Pécs among the 3,600 international students originating from 105 countries

Experience an affordable summer program – here you find very reasonable cost of living and food

Live in the 2000 year old Pécs, a UNESCO World Heritage city that was designated to be a European Capital of Culture in 2010 – experience its breathtaking beauty and history



Discover Europe - Pécs is within 4-8 hour train ride away from some of Europe's marquee destinations including Venice (Italy), Vienna (Austria) Prague (Czech Republic) and the gorgeous Croatian coastline



Learn about and explore exciting parts of Central Europe – receive up-to-date academic knowledge and personal life-long experiences!


Brochures and videos 

Watch this film to see how HAPPY people are in Pécs:


Film about the very diverse and fabulous international student community of the University of Pécs showcasting themselves at the International Evening in 2014:


More films about the city and the univesity:



Contact Us 

Should you have any further questions please contact our colleague:

Dr. Gyöngyi Pozsgai

International Relations Co-ordinator


To visit the Office:

The Summer School Office is located at 4 Vasvári Pál street, Rector’s Office, Centre for International Relations, office No 105.


Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday: 10.00am - 15:00pm

Telephone Enquiries:

Tel: +36-72-501-500/12418

Postal Address:

Centre for International Relations

University of Pécs,Vasvári Pál u. 4.

7622 Pécs, Hungary

Apply Now 

How to apply:

Please fill in the application form that you find here.


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