For foreign students

Erasmus+ Semester

Spring 2022
February-May

Apor Vilmos Catholic College is launching an International Erasmus+ Semester in English language in the spring term of the academic year 2021-2022.  The aim of the programme is to encourage students’ engagement in intercultural dialogue, to promote cultural awareness through sharing cultural values, professional knowledge and experience while developing critical thinking, communication, creativity, and collaboration.

Mandatory Modules:
20+3 ECTS

Developing Intercultural Competences (4 ECTS)

This course aims at facilitating effective international communication, which enables students to cooperate with people from other countries or different cultures. In our multicultural Europe, intercultural dialogue, cross-cultural empathy and behavioural flexibility are of cardinal importance. During this course, we will

  • talk about they different layers of our identities,
  • explore the different components of intercultural competence,
  • understand the differences in our communication styles,
  • learn about the various aspects of culture, and
  • work on our emotional intelligence.

In the classroom, we will use pairwork, group discussion, games, drama activities, and short lectures. Besides, we will put our classwork into practice through interdisciplinary project work together with fellow teachers such as meeting Roma children, meeting Slovak-Hungarian people, visiting an art gallery, and going to a Hungarian folk dance club. 

Storytelling, Storymaking (4 ECTS)

During the course students will get familiar with some of the most popular Hungarian folk and literary tales and will be encouraged to share stories from their own cultures and personal lives. They will get acquainted with planning and analysis tools to discover the structure and the plot of stories, and will learn about different ways of applying visual prompts and accompanying actions to make the stories more memorable. They are supposed to acquire how to use body language (gestures, facial expressions) when telling a story. Students will also be taught the three key skills to story-making: imitation, innovation and invention.

The following areas will be covered:

  • folk tale traditions of different cultures
  • storytelling techniques
  • storymaking
  • using different visual reminders which help to tell a story
  • using kinaesthetic reminders to make a story more memorable
  • dramatizing tales

Hungarian Culture and Education (4 ECTS)

The course aims at giving a comprehensive picture of Hungarian life, broadening the student’s perspective and developing intercultural competences in a creative, colourful, experience-based way through interdisciplinary projects with fellow teachers.

Topics:

  • Past and present
  • Youth and family policy
  • Education system. Some important pedagogical, developmental methods
  • Experience Hungary: Basics of Hungarian language. Traditions, customs
  • Experience Hungary: World heritage sites. Hungaricums. Cuisine
  • Hands-on experience through creative activities, arts and crafts etc.

Social Integration (4 ECTS)

The purpose of the course is to make students familiar with the inequalities in societies worldwide; possible solutions that social politics, social work and social institutions offer through the educational and social services. Students will also get acquainted with the obstacles of social integration of the Roma minority in Hungary and in Europe. The theories of social integration will be accompanied by practical fieldwork in the form of interdisciplinary projects with fellow teachers. 

The following areas will be covered:

  • special integration problems of disadvantaged communities in Europe
  • Christian Roma missions (e.g. charity foundations maintained by the Order of Malta and the Catholic Church)
  • introduction to special pedagogical programmes for school children with disadvantaged background
  • Family support services (visiting a Roma Family Support Center)
  • School support services (visiting a Roma Outreach Center)

Contemporary Psychology (4 ECTS)

This course aims to highlight the typical questions of psychology nowadays, some of the current psychological researches, discussions and debates.

The contemporary psychological trends are important for all pedagogy  students. During the course we make the students familiar with the basic scientific language of psychology, we read articles, fill in inventories, and discuss, share our thoughts on recent  research findings.

  • The course will focus on:
  • Researches concerning ADHD
  • New understanding of Autism (ASD)
  • Coping and resilience
  • The effects of the Internet and the media on children,
  • Family psychology
  • Psychology of religion
  • X, Y and Z generations

Blended Intensive Programme: project focusing on intercultural dialogue through stories (3 ECTS)

Additional Modules of Free Choice:

English for Academic Purposes (5 ECTS)

The aim of the course is to introduce students to a variety of skills necessary for academic level communication from essay writing to presentation skills. By the end of the course they will be able to present their views and ideas with confidence both orally and in writing. The following topics will be covered:

  • Academic vocabulary
  • How to write an argumentative essay
  • How to give a presentation
  • Research skills
  • How to write an academic essay

Early English Language Programmes at Bilingual and International Pre/Primary Schools (5 ECTS)

During the course students will become familiar with the essential theoretical knowledge, pedagogical applications and practical language skills needed in teaching a second language to young learners in bilingual and international pre/primary schools. They will learn about the physiological and psychological factors enabling early bilingualism and multilingualism and about the language teaching approaches based on the distinction between language acquisition and language learning. Participants in this course become familiar with different educational programmes in bilingual and international pre/primary schools, and will be able to plan and comment on the early foreign language acquisition part of the educational programme.

Aim of the Programme:

To familiarize international students with the educational and cultural life of Hungary and to deal with some pedagogical and social issues in an  interactive, playful way.

Assessment:

Oral presentations, written assignments, participation in projects

Language:

English (B2 level)

Target group:

Students of Preschool / Primary school / Social Education

ECTS:

20+3 / 30+3 ECTS (see details at Courses)

Accommodation:

Dormitory

single room: ca 140 EUR/month

2- or 3-bedded room: ca 90 EUR/ month (not recommended during the pandemic period)

Expenses:

No tuition fee

Cost of living is ca 400-500 EUR / month (incl. accommodation, food, travel, insurance etc.)

Contact:

Agnes Streitmann PhD: streitmann.agnes@avkf.hu

Mr Zsolt Szabó: erasmus@avkf.hu

Address:

H-2600 Vác, Schuszter Konstantin tér 1-5.

Duration of course:

February-May 2022

Application deadline:

1 December 2021


Spring 2021

In the spring semester of the academic year of 2020/21 AVCC had international students from Belgium and Poland.  A peculiarity of the term was that it was carried out during the lockdown; the whole semester was held online. Though both teachers and students missed the face-to-face contact, teachers appreciated that the students were always attentively present despite their personal problems (e.g. quarantine). The openness of the students, their readiness for discussions helped to overcome the challenges and difficulties posed by online education. Teachers could even take advantage of online education when applying team teaching. As, despite the lockdown, our Belgian and Polish students chose to stay in Budapest, they had the opportunity to meet other Erasmus students, and they were resourceful in planning different outdoor programmes. In the International Week the Erasmus students took part as mentors to the other participants. The Erasmus courses were also offered for the Hungarian students as optional courses, and according to their feedback, it was really beneficial for them as well.

See below a short video about the 2021 Erasmus+ Semester:

Course Descriptions

Spring 2020

In the spring term of the academic year 2019-20 we launched our second Erasmus+ Semester.  Five  teacher trainees came from Artevelde University, Ghent, Dublin City University,  and ESCUNI, Madrid. They completed the following modules:

  • Developing Intercultural Competences
  • Storytelling and Drama
  • Social Integration
  • Contemporary Psychology
  • Hungarian Culture and Education
  • School Experience

See below a short video about their semester.

Spring 2019

In the spring term of the academic year of 2018-19 we launched our first International Erasmus + Semester at AVCC. We had five pre- and primary school teacher trainees from Ghent University. They were offered the following modules:

  • Developing Intercultural Competences
  • Storytelling and Drama
  • Hungarian Culture and Eucation
  • School Experience

more details

The application form can be downloaded from this link
Course Descriptions
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