Customized Summer Programs at the University of Pécs, Hungary
The University of Pécs offers customized study programs in the following fields:
- Social Sciences
- Health Sciences
- Natural Sciences
- Music and Arts
Our customized summer courses are designed to provide vigorous educational experiences in a safe, friendly environment and to meet the educational needs of student groups from select partner universities. Our unique tailor-made programs provide students the opportunity to combine education with cultural immersion, while earning credits towards their degrees.
The summer courses are developed to broaden students’ knowledge in their academic fields of study, but students will also gain enriching, first-hand experiences in Europe while being immersed in the unique and welcoming Hungarian culture.
The length of the programs is tailored to the specific requirements of our partner universities, which can last from one to eight weeks. All participants receive a certificate of completion at the end of the program.
More information: university_of_pecs_study_tours_pdf
Study Areas for Summer Courses and Study Tours
Cultural Heritage of Hungary and Europe
The program focuses on cultural studies and includes engaging field trips and excursions to cultural sites in Pécs, and Budapest.
The program is comprised of the following courses:
• Introduction to European and Hungarian History
• Art History of Europe and Hungary
• History of European Gastronomy
• European and Hungarian Folk Traditions
• Current Political, Economic and Social Challenges of the European Union and Hungary
Summer School on Arts and Culture
The one-week program includes several multidisciplinary studies (art history, religion and philosophy, urban history, and architecture) for students interested in art and history in Central Eastern Europe. Study modules organized in museums, world heritage sites and galleries containing art and architecture from the Roman Ages to the present day provide students with the opportunity to work with objects up-close, uncovering history from the past 1,500 years. The main topics include Early Christian Art, Renaissance Poetry and Intellectual Life, The Turkish Era, Secession and the Millennium, Arts and Culture in the Communist Era, History of the Jewish Population, and Modern and Contemporary Art.
The program will provide students with knowledge of:
• European history and culture
• Current social and political issues in Europe
• Intercultural relations from a European perspective
• Explorations of European identity
Central and Eastern European Politics
This course introduces students to Central Eastern European politics and the overall political environment. It examines several compelling and unique topics including political and economic transitions within Central Eastern Europe, the current role of the EU, and the role of migration and security in the region.
“Identities Under Pressure?” - A Changing European Union and a New Global Order in the Making
This 10-day summer course examines the changing intercultural climate within the European Union in light of global challenges and pressures such as the ongoing refugee crisis, transnational terrorism and regional cooperation across Central Eastern Europe. The course includes the following topics:
• New Global Order – Where will Europe find itself?
• Central Eastern Europe and the Economic Transformation
• Migrants and Migration Policies in the EU
• A Multicultural Union – Psychological perspectives on migration, integration, and identity in the EU
• The Role of Place Branding in a Globalized Europe and the European Capital of Culture Program
Migrants and Minorities in Central Europe
This program provides a historic overview of migrants and minority groups in Central Eastern Europe. The course analyzes international migration trends and policies across the region and includes the following modules: The History of Minorities and Migrants in Central Europe; 21st Century Migration Trends and Policies in Central Europe; and The Question of Nation States.
Central European Archaeology between East and West
This two-week summer school program offers students the opportunity to continue their studies in a hands-on, experiential environment of archeological sites and historical monuments from the Roman to Ottoman historical periods. The main academic topics include cultural connections between the Mediterranean region and Central Europe in prehistory and classical antiquity; Hungarian archaeology and its methods in the 21st century; Roman, early Christian, Medieval and Ottoman monuments in Pécs (UNESCO world heritage site); a field trip to Budapest (UNESCO world heritage site); and a field trip, archaeological excavation and museology studies in Paks, a future UNESCO world heritage site.
Diversity as a Resource for Creativity
The four-week program is comprised of two courses:
1. Thinking in Terms of Diversity: Culture, Society and Identity
2. Creativity and Communication in the 21st Century
The following topics are discussed during the program: the socio-cultural context of the European Union and Hungary; cross–cultural investigations; city spaces and communities; subcultures and alternative culture; historical-archaeological investigations; and symbols and communities.
Creative Communities and Social Inclusion
This summer course is a practical approach to community work. During guided field trips, students will explore local communities and join some of their activities, such as contemporary art and mural painting workshops, folk art events, and theatre therapy experiences. Participants will also create multimedia reflections on their studies and analyze these video reports together to reach a deeper understanding of their common experiences in the community. At the conclusion of the course, students will outline development ideas for the communities they have studied, and for themselves as future professionals.
Themes will include:
• Social policy in Hungary and the EU
• Addiction studies and treatment systems in Hungary and the EU
• Challenges of community work in a Central Eastern European country (including practical training elements such as visits to several local communities)
European and Hungarian Wine Culture Study Week
During the study week, students explore European and Hungarian wine culture, as well as the philosophical, religious, linguistic, literary and artistic aspects of viticulture and oenology. The historical development of the culture of oenotouristic communication, wine gastronomy, wine and health, the long heritage of winemaking and wine tourism will all be discussed. Additionally, students will learn about the historical and geographic development of wine culture from 6000 BC to the present day.
The Theory and Practice of Education
The course addresses core issues of teaching and learning, including the relevance of classroom environment and resiliency, innovative learning and teaching practices, and formal and informal curricula. Roma learners in education is a special area to be studied as the Roma people are Europe’s and Hungary’s largest ethnic minority group. Studying Roma learners’ position in the Hungarian system of education yields insight into the broad subject of addressing social and cultural differences in educational settings.
Academic English Studies
This course prepares students to read academic texts, build academic vocabulary and improve their listening skills. They learn practical skills to promote their academic careers, such as how to take notes during lectures and enter into classroom discussions. Students learn critical reflective thinking through experiential learning.
Current Challenges of European Integration in a Global Context
This 10-day summer course focuses on current issues of European integration in a global context and from a legal perspective. The course includes the following topics: The Role of the European Parliament in the EU Institutional Structure; Judge-made Laws in the EU: the Role of the Court of Justice; The Protection of Fundamental Rights in Europe; Regulating and Managing Migration and Asylum – the EU Perspective; The Protection of the Environment in the European Union; Information and Communication Technology Law in the EU and the World; and International Protection of Minorities: The European Model in Context.
Public Administration Challenges in a Global Context?
The aim of the Summer School is to acquaint students with the main characteristics of Public Administration in a global and European context. The topics listed below cover various aspects of public administration and analyze current challenges of this field, taking into account the relevance of EU membership for Public Administration as well. The summer school includes lectures, workshops and field trips, as well as social programs.
Summer School for Architects
The program introduces key concepts and theories to architecture students and provides insight into future careers in architecture. The two-week summer course takes place in the architecturally fascinating city of Pécs. The program includes the following topics:
• Contemporary European Architecture
• Integrated Heritage Protection
• Visual Communication in Architecture (portfolio, brand and visualization)
• Green Urbanity – Smart Cities
Sustainable Water Resource Management and Wetlands Rehabilitation in Central Europe
The program focuses on the following topics: Wetland rehabilitation, smart storm water management, the effect of the EU Water Framework Directive on sustainable water resources management, and remote sensing and GIS tools for water resource management. It includes a variety of field excursions, meetings with individuals and representatives of organizations, and lectures in computer labs.
Wildlife Photography, Natural History, Science Communication
The course is led by a National Geographic photographer and biology professor. It focuses on discovering the natural history of the Mecsek Mountains and surrounding habitats where Pécs is located. Participants will learn how to find exciting plants and animals, how to photograph them effectively, and how to publish on differentscientific and social media platforms.
New Trends and Techniques in European Nursing
The one-week summer school offers theoretical and practical experiences to students in the field of Nursing Science and Nursing Education in Europe. The program includes hands-on practice with the most frequently used nursing technology, such as phlebotomy, blood group evaluation with bed-side testing, insertion of peripheral venous access, bladder catheterization and central vein insertion. The course focuses on the new trends and techniques in the developing field of Nursing Science and includes visits to different patient care facilities in Pécs.
The Quality of Life (Health, Recreation and Ecotourism)
The aim of the program is to introduce students to the unique recreational and rehabilitational possibilities of the South Danubean region. This specialty is due to special environmental factors of the area and partly to the multicultural social environment. In this 10 days long program besides theoretical lectures field trips will brighten the knowledge of the participants and meeting recreational/rehabilitational possibilities help specialists in the field of health-, eco- and sport tourism in organizing high quality programs in this part of Hungary.
Hungarian Folk Music and Folk Dance
This academic and entertaining summer course provides students with insight into Hungarian folk tradition and includes a special Hungarian dance program with traditional live music. The methods of teaching include lectures, presentations, videos, live music, instrument displays, and hands-on practice. Topics include introduction to folk music knowledge, folk instruments, folk dance types and dance dialects.
Our Study Tours are more than just study –they’re fun, too!