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The National University of Public Service has gained great popularity at the international level with its fall semester opening with 76 incoming students from all around the world. The students were greeted with the traditional “Welcome Day” ceremony on 15 September in the Assembly Hall of the Ludovika Campus. The international students were welcomed by Prof. Dr. Norbert Kis, Vice-Rector for Continuing Education and International Affairs, as well by several Deans and Vice-Deans from NUPS’ faculties.

The domestic appreciation of NUPS is further enhanced by the increasing level of interest in its programmes at the international level. While most incoming students arrive through the Erasmus+ Programme, an increasing number of students start their MA and PhD studies at NUPS based on the Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Programme or their respective individual self-financing.

This semester 52 exchange students have arrived from Europe via the Erasmus+ Programme with Turkey remaining the main sending country, although this year both Germany and France have stepped forward to second place in this regard. Furthermore, 24 students have come from non European countries, representing several nationalities from Africa and Asia. The list of sending countries includes Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, India, China and Russia.

NUPS has reached remarkable achievements in Hungary in Erasmus+ international credit mobility projects and is currently among the leading universities receiving support for mobility beyond Europe. Consequently, and due to the national Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship, the ratio of international students at NUPS is continuously growing, just as the scope of sending countries and the ratio of incoming students from non European countries. An integral part of NUPS’ internationalisation efforts is to have these students actively engaged in university life. Accordingly, both central administration, faculty and student organizations strive for a quicker and more efficient integration process as well as for more available services.


Stipendium students have had their say

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There are mainly two types of foreign students among NUPS’ own: those who participate in the Erasmus+ programme and those who come to our country with the aim of completing a Bachelor’s or a Master’s degree. Many from the latter hold a position with Stipendium Hungaricum, the scholarship provided by the Hungarian government. In the March issue of the magazine Bonum Publicum, a line of Stipendium students have been interviewed.

hong sungchul

Name: Hong Sungchul

Place of birth: South Korea

Educational background: Atmospheric Sciences BA, Yonsei University, Seoul; Public Policy MA, Konkuk University, Seoul

Spoken languages: Korean, English

What were your first impressions of Hungary?

This is my first time in the country. When I first took subway no.3, I felt really sad about the old, rusty station and the subway train. But after a while my feeling has changed as I realized that the public transportation system is better organized than the one we have in Korea – especially the tram network. By going around Budapest I have found lots of treasures to envy and Hungarians are really kind to me and my family.

Why did you choose to come to Hungary and what made you vote for the National University of Public Service?

I had many choices before I came here, but my wife insisted on Hungary being a perfect place to stay based on her travel experiences. Consequently, I chose the country as my base and having spent many years in the public sector, I thought that the National University of Public Service would fit my expectations as well as my future career.

What do you expect from the courses and what are your experiences by far?

I am happy about the fact that the lecturers are friendly and give us a chance to have our say regarding the lectures. I expect that this will improve my critical thinking.

What advice would you give to newcomers?

I would say be outgoing, especially if you are an Asian, while it is essential to be positive.

Is there some kind of a special knowledge you think you will acquire while being here?

We learn a lot about the European Union and other international organizations. This is completely new to me and I hope this knowledge will take my career from a national to an international level.

What do you think, with what kind of memories, experiences, pieces of knowledge, etc. will you return to your home country?

I came to Hungary with my wife and our 18-months old baby. During this programme, I try to devote myself both to my studies and their happiness, trying to forget about the complexities in South Korea. Once back, I expect to become a private marketer of Hungary, recommending a visit to everyone who shows interest.

Are you planning your life further abroad?

Living abroad is a special experience by which you can learn a lot. If I have a chance to study or work abroad once again, I will definitely take it, provided the circumstances will allow me to do so.

stefany cevallos

Name: Stefany Cevallos

Place of birth: Ecuador

Educational background: Sociology and Political Sciences Bsc, Social Development MSc, Catholic University, Quito

Spoken languages: Spanish, English, French

What were your first impressions of Hungary?

People are really friendly and many of them speak English. By far, I only have nice experiences and I love the country.

Why did you choose to come to Hungary and what made you vote for the National University of Public Service?

The principal reason is an agreement between the Hungarian and the Ecuadorian government. I am studying in Hungary with the Stipendium Hungaricum, similarly to students and professors spending their exchange time in Ecuador with the programme called Promoteo. I appreciate the strategic location of the country and the National University of Public Service has ranked high on the list of universities over here.

What do you expect from the courses and what are your experiences by far?

The courses are good and we have the best installations. I love the infrastructure of the university and the brand new Ludovika building. The student life is dynamic – we are always provided with options of travelling and going out.

What advice would you give to newcomers?

Studying in Budapest is an experience for those who believe that good people still exist in the world.

Is there some kind of a special knowledge you think you will acquire while being here?

I used to work for a national oil firm in Ecuador therefore the knowledge I gain here about public service in international relations will really come handy. Also, while I am here, I would like to take a violin class.

What do you think, with what kind of memories, experiences, pieces of knowledge, etc. will you return to your home country?

I will never forget the social harmony in which we live with my flatmates. The romantic scenery of Buda and Pest are also things I will hardly forget.

Are you planning your life further abroad?

I don’t really have plans for the future. When I finish here, I would like to go back to Ecuador.

tao shiyi

Name: Tao Shiyi

Place of birth: China

Educational background: English BA, Angkang University, Angkang

Spoken languages: Chinese, English, Korean

What were your first impressions of Hungary?

Hungary is really peaceful, compared to China, plus people are friendly and helpful. It is my first time over here and I am thinking of spending some time with travelling around. Budapest is a beautiful and lively city and frankly speaking, studying here is really enjoyable.

Why did you choose to come to Hungary and what made you vote for the National University of Public Service?

I went to the Shanghai World Expo and visited the Hungarian Pavilion in 2010. I saw an amazing exhibition of “Gömböc” and I got really interested in it. When I went home, I read some articles about Hungary and I realized that the only way of getting to know its culture is coming here. As for choosing NUPS, I have a plan of working in the public service and I would like to be an excellent civil servant. NUPS is a storehouse of knowledge and I would gladly share the things I learn here about with my Chinese friends.

What do you expect from the courses and what are your experiences by far?

I haven’t been here for long, but I have already learnt about a line of topics that I have not heard from at home, considering how I come from a different background. Human rights, for example, I find particularly useful. Regarding student life I must say that me and my friends are active and whenever I ran into a problem, either my mentor or my roommate helps me. I feel at home.

What advice would you give to newcomers?

I say they shouldn’t worry about the strange surroundings as teachers and students will help a lot. Adjusting to the new life is easy – the only thing they have to do is enjoying studying and harvesting the practical knowledge and good memories they gain.

Is there some kind of a special knowledge you think you will acquire while being here?

Firstly, the knowledge I build here regarding international public service relations will help me in my career. Secondly, I think I will advance in my personality the most. Originally I am diffident, but my time here helps to find new ways of communication and making friends with people. My cooperation skills will improve to a high level. Other than these, I plan to take Hungarian classes.

What do you think, with what kind of memories, experiences, pieces of knowledge, etc. will you return to your home country?

I will remember all the lively spots of Hungary besides the interesting events organized by the students.  I will never be able to erase the practical knowledge which accumulated and I will recommend NUPS to my friends in China.

Are you planning your life further abroad?

The most important thing for me is to work hard and graduate successfully next year. In the summer in the meanwhile I plan to travel around with a friend.

tamar pkhakadze

Name: Tamar Pkhakadze

Place of birth: Georgia

Educational background: Law BSc, Georgian Technical University, Tbilisi; International Relations MSc, Ilia State University, Tbilisi

Spoken languages: Georgian, English, Russian

What were your first impressions of Hungary?

My expectations were a bit different. To be honest, I was not expecting such a friendly and nice environment. People are nice and helpful, offering support all the time, thereby making tackling cultural differences and homesickness easier. Speaking about student life, it is also different. In my country 90% of the master degree students are working full time and it is very hard to be a good student when you have only a few hours free in the evening. Here student life is like it has to be: less stressful, allowing you to dedicate your full attention to your studies while enjoying being a student. I also have to mention that students in Hungary get more benefits than in my home country in general.

Why did you choose to come to Hungary and what made you vote for the National University of Public Service?

Many of my friends and colleagues have been studying in Hungary and I was aware of the quality of the education system. When I heard about the Stupendium Hungaricum scholarship I grabbed the opportunity. In the scholarship guide there was a list of universities and faculties from where we had to pick one. I chose the National University of Public Service because of its background and mainly because of its faculty offering courses that suit my interests. Having come here and already being a student, I realize how lucky I am.

What do you expect from the courses and what are your experiences by far?

NUPS is a great space for receiving high-level education and we have the possibility to meet people from all over the world, sharing our experiences.

What advice would you give to newcomers?

I would say that studying at NUPS is a really good choice because here you get everything you need: high-level education, high level infrastructure, a helpful and supportive staff and an amazing environment for international students.

Is there some kind of a special knowledge you think you will acquire while being here?

Studying and becoming a part of an international team is the biggest benefit for anyone studying abroad. Progression does not concern our knowledge and education only – it is a lifelong process.

What do you think, with what kind of memories, experiences, pieces of knowledge, etc. will you return to your home country?

I hope to return with great experiences, grown up as a professional, making use of the knowledge gained here using my skills to further my country.

Are you planning your life further abroad?

I might continue my studies on a higher level (PhD) and if I decide so, I will definitely do it somewhere abroad.

mukhwinder kaur

Name: Mukhwinder Kaur

Place of birth: India

Educational background: Defence Studies BA, Journalism and Mass Communication MA, Punjabi University, Patiala

Spoken languages: Hindi, Punjabi, Eglish

What were your first impressions of Hungary?

It is my first time in Europe. And even if I like to travel, the only thing that brought me here was my wish to study Military Journalism. Currently I am enrolled to a PhD programme offered by the Doctoral School of Military Sciences and the reason behind this is that I couldn’t do likewise back at home without becoming a solider. I come from a family with military background and I always had an interest in Military Sciences. Otherwise I think Hungary is relatively small compared to India, but I truly feel home at here.

 Why did you choose to come to Hungary and what made you vote for the National University of Public Service?

I was in the United States of America when I applied for this programme, but I saw its advertisement while I was still in India. As there were no chances for me to study Military Sciences in India, I applied, packed my bags and came here.

What do you expect from the courses and what are your experiences by far?

I like the way the professors teach here as they give space to absorb the information. The system of seminars is also of great interest to me. Considering my pursuits, the courses provided by NUPS are unique and useful for me. What I like most is when professors share their experiences about their missions in Afghanistan and many more. 

What advice would you give to newcomers?

I don’t have much to say to the newcomers as they have to find their own ways. All I can advise is to have an open heart for their passion and try to create a sense of learning at a new place. For that they have to unlearn their assumptions and create a vibrant atmosphere to absorb the knowledge and information the experts provide.

Is there some kind of a special knowledge you think you will acquire while being here?

Of course, one acquires special knowledge doing just anything that captures his interest, but Military Journalism is my passion. If I couldn’t deal with it here, I probably wouldn’t have come here to begin with.

What do you think, with what kind of memories, experiences, pieces of knowledge, etc. will you return to your home country?

That I have no idea yet, first I have to experience it first.

Are you planning your life further abroad?

No, I think my country needs experts in certain areas, but if I get an opportunity to study again at NUPS, I might want to stay in Hungary.


Extended application deadline for Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship until 16 March

Stipendium Hungaricum scholarship – deadline is extended until 16 March


Call for applications for the Stipendium Hungaricum scholarship programme is open until 16 March

You can apply for our Master Programme in International Public Service Relations with this scholarship. Read more about the programme here:

http://en.uni-nke.hu/study/master-in-international-public-service-degree-programme

Our PhD programmes are also available in the field of Public Administration Sciences, Military Sciences and Military Engineering:

http://en.uni-nke.hu/study/doctoral-programs

Please find more information about the Stipendium Hungaricum scholarship programme under the following link:

http://en.uni-nke.hu/stipendium-hungaricum/about-the-scholarship

Application is open for 2016-2017, please click here to reach the online application system:

https://cwp.scholarship.hu/Welcome.asp?lang=eng