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July 07 - July 20
Deadline of Application
July 07

Target group
Undergraduate, graduate and PhD students

Course fee
1050 EUR
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University of Pécs
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University of Pécs, Hungary
Study Program


The aim of the course is for students to become familiar with the leadership skills necessary to become effective, purposeful and good leaders. The main topic areas include leadership styles, strategic thinking, effective communication, team building, time management, responsibility and assertiveness.

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Course description:

Psychology of Leadership

Lecturer: Dr. Mátyás Káplár

In this module, we delve deep into the multifaceted world of leadership psychology. This course is an exploration of the personality traits, attitudes, and self-knowledge that underpin effective leadership. Our objective is to cultivate a deep understanding among participants about the significance of embodying leadership qualities rather than merely being a boss.

Throughout this module, students will scrutinize the critical personality traits that define successful leaders, including empathy, resilience, adaptability, and ethical decision-making. We emphasize the pivotal role of self-knowledge in leadership, helping students uncover their own strengths and areas for growth. The module encourages participants to reflect on their own leadership styles and develop a heightened awareness of their personal qualities.

The primary aim of this course is for participants to internalize the notion that leadership is more than a position of authority – it's also about inspiring and guiding others toward shared goals, fostering collaborative environments, and making a lasting impact on organizations. This module is designed for those who aspire to become transformative leaders, capable of harnessing their psychology to lead with wisdom and compassion.


How to communicate? Characteristics of good leaders 

Lecturer: Dr. Norbert Sipos

Communication and culture are the basis of understanding, which also connects but separates us from each other. Should we in Rome do as Romans do? In this session, the participants experience communication-related challenges and stereotypical situations where the usual communication channels don’t work. Furthermore, leadership theories about leadership characteristics are also tackled, and recent data from the Graduate Career Tracking System is provided regarding managerial positions.


Motivation and leadership styles and strategies 

What are the basics of motivating others? How can we ensure internal collaboration in order to pursue the final scope of the leaders? These are common questions which should be supported by theoretical background, common thinking, simulation and in-person experience. Beyond the video-supported approach, a manager-employee simulation is also provided to enhance the learning experience.


Personal Branding for Future Leaders

Lecturer: Dr. Gyöngyi Pozsgai

The module will prepare students to define and communicate their personal brand by understanding their values, setting goals, and taking risks that can lead to landing their dream job. A strong personal brand can also help get promotions, increase confidence and become successful leaders. Students will learn how to develop skills for defining their personal brand and better understanding how their brand aligns with their future careers. The basics of effective public speaking will also discussed. Students will also gain knowledge on how to apply personal branding strategies in digital and in-person contexts, including networking opportunities and social media platforms.


Conflict Resolution

This module will explore the reasons for workplace conflict and compare the types of dispute resolution procedures that are used in the workplace. It will help students gain a new understanding of the various types of conflicts in workplace settings as well as sources of disputes and guidelines on how to transform conflict into collaboration. Students will learn to develop skills and insights that can empower them when dealing with conflicts. The discussion topics will include emotional intelligence, collaborative communication, the cost of ignoring conflicts, how to handle difficult employee behavior and how lo lead and manage change. Students will develop a long-term strategy to confidently and effectively address different types of conflict.


Negotiation Techniques

This module introduces students to the theory and practice of international business negotiation. The topics cover essentials of negotiation, advanced negotiation skills, and specific negotiation scenarios. Students will be introduced to techniques that will enable them to negotiate and communicate effectively not only with their potential business partners, but also to communicate and advocate more effectively in all areas of life.

Internal and external factors that influence negotiation will be discussed, and types of meetings will be introduced. Through participation in negotiation exercises, students will have the opportunity to practice powers of communication and persuasion and to experiment with a variety of negotiating tactics and strategies. They will learn to better analyze negotiations in general and prepare more effectively for future negotiations in which they may be involved. They will also have the opportunity to acquire basic knowledge about settling disputes creatively. They will learn about how negotiation can impact and improve business relationships. By understanding the dynamics of each unique negotiating situation, they will be able to enter future negotiations in a stronger position and emerge with more positive outcomes.


Leadership Styles and Strategies of Famous Politicians

Lecturer: Dr. Zoltán Vörös

This lecture provides an in-depth analysis of the intricate realm of politics and international diplomacy, concentrating on the influence of political leadership styles on worldwide matters. An in-depth analysis of the various dimensions of leadership within the field of international relations will be conducted, including an examination of the strategies, decision-making procedures, and individual qualities that characterize effective leadership on a worldwide scale. Through the examination of case studies, historical instances, and current events, students will acquire a more thorough understanding of the functions that leaders execute when it comes to establishing diplomatic ties, directing conflicts, and instituting international policies.


Intercultural Sensitivity at the Workplace

Lecturer: Dr. Zsuzsa Koltai

This interactive class helps students understand cultural differences, promotes intercultural sensitivity and develops intercultural communication skills. The session explores the topics of intercultural sensitivity from different perspectives. In addition to discussing issues related to cultural diversity, identity, stereotypes, prejudices, and opportunities for better understanding people from other cultures, the class develops students' skills through pair and group work to be able to successfully cooperate and work with people from different cultural backgrounds.


Time and Stress Management

Lecturer: Dr. Gábor Balogh

As a manager you will face an increasing number of time-consuming processes. It is essential to be aware of things that waste time in order to cultivate time management techniques that support your ability to focus on the most important tasks. The choice between urgent and important tasks, procrastination, the continuous adrenalin buzz, being busy and taking too much can result in difficult situations. There are so many typical mistakes we all make but good methods and approaches can help us. If you cannot prioritize your needs and you have a lack of self-awareness about time, you will experience stress and eventually burnout. There are many overlaps between time management and stress management. During the course you will learn about several aspects of stress management and its methodology for stress-free productivity.


Self-awareness in Leadership Development

There are some professions where personality is the most important resource to be successful. These professions can be found in strong human-human relations, and the manager has an exceptional role in interpersonal interactions. How can one motivate, delegate, develop, and communicate effectively without a high level of self-awareness? What are the consequences if a leader has a big blind-spot in self-knowledge? What are the threats and disadvantages of this problem? And what are the benefits for a leader to become more self-aware? This course will cover the pros and cons of improving self-knowledge, while exploring different levels of self-awareness and techniques for developing self-awareness. The most crucial part of this developmental process is self-reflection. During this course you will engage in activities to put self-reflection techniques into the practice.

Dr. Zoltán Vörös
Assistant Professor Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Zoltán Vörös is an assistant professor and Director of the Center for Supporting Digital Education and Learning at the University of Pécs. A specialist in International Relations and Security Studies, he focuses on China's foreign and security policies, as well as the worldwide ramifications of China’s ascent. His scholarly work focuses on Chinese foreign policy in the twenty-first century. He obtained his PhD in 2015 and his habilitation in 2022, and he has been teaching at the university since 2012. Since 2017, he has been a visiting professor at Metropolitan State University, Denver. Research fields: China; World Order; Security Studies; International Relations; EU foreign policy.

Dr. Zsuzsa Koltai
Adjunct Professor Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Zsuzsa Koltai is an assistant professor and Chair of the Department of Cultural Studies at the University of Pécs, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Institute for Human Development and Cultural Studies. She has been teaching at the University of Pécs since 2004. She teaches classes in English and Hungarian on museum learning, cultural history, cultural heritage and intercultural sensitivity. Since 2016 she is a visiting lecturer at the University of Klagenfurt in Austria. She obtained her PhD in Educational Sciences. Research fields: museum education; adult learning in museum; the social role of museums; innovations and trends in museum learning; community culture and community organization.

Dr. Gyöngyi Pozsgai
Head of the Study Abroad and Summer School Office

She earned hear PhD degree in Marketing from the University of Pécs in 2015. Her field of research is higher education marketing, city marketing and intercultural sensitivity.

She is an experienced international education professional with almost 20 years of experience in internationalisation, marketing and intercultural sensitivity in higher education She has extensive university teaching experience as well,  she gives courses in Intercultural Sensitivity and city marketing.

An international marketing specialist with 10 years of experience in business. She also served as the Secretary General of the University Network of the European Capitlas of Culture for 7 years. Currently she is a steering group member of the Summer Schools Expert Community of the European Association of International Educators.

Dr. Mátyás Káplár
Adjunct Professor, Head of Department, Department of Applied Psychology Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Dr. Mátyás Káplár is an expert psychologist of counselling psychology with over 15 years of experience. He earned his Ph.D. in 2017 and currently serves as the head of Department of Applied Psychology at University of Pécs. Dr. Káplár's expertise primarily lies in individual and organizational counseling and development. He has a unique proficiency in working with leaders from various companies and organizations, helping them to enhance their leadership skills and organizational dynamics. His approach to counselling is deeply influenced by the Fateanalytic concepts developed by Leopold Szondi, focusing on the need-based development of leaders and employees. This approach emphasizes understanding and addressing the underlying needs of individuals to foster personal and professional growth. He is also the president of the International Szondi Association, contributing significantly to the application of Szondi’s theories in modern psychology.

Dr. Norbert Sipos
Assistant Professor, Director of Internationalisation Faculty of Business and Economics

He defended his thesis in 2018, titled ‘Graduate Career Tracking practices in Hungary and abroad – Comparison of the Graduate Career Tracking System and the Administrative Databases Integration’. Main research interests: Graduate Career Tracking System and Administrative Databases Integration; Labor-market tendencies; CRANET; EU migration and its consequences; Collective Bargaining; Since 2009 he is an active tender, feasibility study, business plan writer and organizer of several national events. From 2009 he was a presidency member of the Alumni of Pécs Graduated Students of Advanced Studies. Between  2012- 2019 he served as its president. For more information visit:

Dr. Gábor Balogh
Associate Professor Faculty of Business and Economics

His teaching and research fields are: human resource management (HRM), career and talent management, coaching, assertive communication, self-awareness. He is member of Cranet international network for global HRM survey. He is the head of the Competence and Career Centre of the Faculty. He is certified mentor, management trainer and business coach (EIA senior coach at EMCC). He has been awarded several times for talent care (e.g. by Ministry of Human Resources as an Excellent Talent Developer in 2016 and received Pro Cura Ingenii in 2022). Gábor Balogh attended several international events and gained academic experiences abroad, in the USA, Netherlands, Finland, Denmark, Iceland, Norway etc.. He is an aikido instructor (Japanese martial art). Today he studies psychology (BSc) at University of Pécs.



The Preliminary Program:

The Preliminary Program:

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

One of the highlights of the summer school is the opportunity to make international friendships! Over the course of the program, we organize a number of social events where you can better get to know your fellow participants, including an Intercultural Evening and a Quiz Night about the European Union.

As part of the program, you will have the chance to visit the most remarkable touristic and historic sights of Pécs accompanied by a tour guide, such as the Cathedral, the Zsolnay Cultural Quarter, the Kodály Centre music hall, and the Mosque of Pasha Qasim.

One of the dinner programs will be all about introducing you to local cuisine and wine: tasting wine from the most famous wine regions in Hungary, which is located near the city of Pécs, with traditional Hungarian meals.

The region around Pécs is also famous for its thermal baths and lakes. During the program, you will be able to visit the beautiful Siklós Spa, and go kayaking on Lake Orfű.

Program fee: 1050 EUR

Payment deadline: May 10, 2024

Registration fee: Secure your place by paying 100 EUR registration fee that will be deducted from your overall program fee of 1050 EUR. You can make your payment through our online application platform ( by 10 April 2024

After you have paid the entire sum of the program fee, you will receive your Letter of Acceptance. The Letter of Acceptance will be needed for your visa application, if a visa is required to enter Hungary from your country. (Please visit the website of an Embassy or Consulate of Hungary in your country to get informed whether you will need a visa or not)

The program fee covers: cost of instruction, accommodation, lunch on teaching days, four dinners, city tour and social programs.

After the official confirmation of your application, we will send you the details of the online payment.

Please click on the following link to apply: APPLY HERE


You will need the following documents for a valid application:

  • Verification of Enrollment*
  • Proof of English language proficiency
  • Copy of ID card or passport

*The verification of enrollment document is an official document provided by your home university, stating that you are a currently enrolled student. Typically you can ask your international coordinator how you can obtain it.

English language requirements:

Accepted language test

Minimum result

TOEFL (iBT internet - based)

72 points

IELTS (Overall Band Score)


Duolingo English Test

105 points

Cambridge ESOL

B2 level


B2 level


B2 level

Oxford Online Placement Test

70 points


You do not have to submit an official English test result if one of the following criteria applies to you:

  • You have a major/minor in English, i.e. the English language is the field of study (studies in English linguistics or literature)
  • You have continued your high school or undergraduate studies in the English language
  • You are a native English-speaking applicant (a copy of your passport for proof)


You will get an official confirmation that we have received your application within one week after submitting it.

Please click on the following link to apply: