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Honorary consuls in Szeged met SZTE’s foreign students

Honorary consuls in Szeged together with foreign students celebrated the 30 years of Erasmus and the 15 years of Erasmus Student Network Szeged at the event of Erasmus 30 & ESN 15 organised in the Rector’s Office on 27th March, 2017.

SZTE’s Vice-Rector of International Affairs Prof. Dr. Katalin Nagy greeted the Erasmus-grant students and the honorary consuls living in Szeged. The Vice-Rector talked about the hospitality of the University and the values of Szeged. At the traditional event of SZTE she introduced the honorary consuls and stressed out that thousands of foreign students study here, some with Erasmus some with the help of Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Programme. The University provides a very valuable learning possibility, besides it organizes various social programmes, providing foreign students with the opportunity to meet Szeged and its inhabitants.


Which countries are represented by a consular or honorary consular service?’ For this question most of the foreign students do not know the answer – said Dr. Tamás Bene. The Director of the Directorate of International and Public Relations Affairs added that the honorary consuls mostly meet the students when they ask their help to solve their problem. Our aim was to provide publicity to the honorary consuls in Szeged in a more informal way.


From the 9 „volunteer diplomats” 6 bound in several threads to the University of Szeged. Several countries are represented by a honorary consul in Szeged: Prof. Dr. Krisztina Karsai represents Austria, Prof. Dr. Csaba Visy represents Finland, Eric Blin represents France, Dr. András Lednitzky represents Israel, Dr. Karol Biernacki represents Poland, Prof. Dr. József Pál represents Italy, Tibor Görög represents Serbia, János Andor Széll represents Turkey, and Sándor Róth represents Ukraine in Szeged.


Participating consuls even had the chance to have an informal conversation with the students following the debut of the honorary consuls.


The values of the host city

Szeged is a welcoming city, so this way many countries’ citizen can find cultural memorials to their homeland - said Prof. Dr. József Pál. The professor of SZTE, who is the honorary consul of Italy since 2003, was pleased to participate at the event organised by the SZTE’s Directorate of International and Public Relations Affairs, and Erasmus Student Network Szeged. It’s a great opportunity to meet new people and to cooperate. The professor spoke with Italian students for example with Rocco Furfari, who came to Szeged from South-Italy in January of 2017; they even discussed the similarities and the differences between the Hungarian and the Italian cuisine.



International students ask assistance of honorary consuls here in Szeged in cases like as the loss of their passport, problems with the police or other authorities. Fortunately the students here in Szeged rarely have such problems so they rarely come into contact with the honorary consuls. Therefore this event is an outstanding occasion.


I came to the University of Szeged in 1984 as a Polish student. I got my degree here, and I found family, home and work here too’ – said Dr. Karol Biernacki, who is the honorary consul of Poland since 2012.


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Fruits of University Relations

Dr. András Lednitzky who is the honorary consul of Israel since 2006 helped a lot of foreign students directly as the employee of the medical faculty.


We have a strong relationship with the Ukranian students. The students from Ukraine had the chance to observe the educational programme of Ukrainian as a foreign language’ – said Dr. Natália Sajtos who represented the honorary consul of Ukraine, Sándor Róth.


The presence of the French honorary consul has another actuality: he informed the French students how they can exercise their right to vote when being away from home. Eric Blin talked with French students, for example with Violette Genet, who came from Lyon.



Volunteers of Erasmus Student Network

We help international students of the University of Szeged in every-day-life: from the flat searching to the academic registration – said Roland Bálint the Vice-President of ESN Hungary and local vice-president of ESN Szeged. He even helped as an interpreter during the event.



International students as French, German, Lithuanian, Italian, Turkish, and Tunisian students participated in SZTE’s traditional event.


This year we are celebrating the 30th anniversary of Erasmus programmes, and the 15th anniversary of the foundation of Erasmus Student Network Szeged – pointed out Dr. Tamás Bene. He also mentioned that this year has a special double anniversary, which will be highlighted in several events throughout the year 2017 reminding us of the organizations and programmes assisting the University of Szeged to be as international as possible.


Photo: Anna Bobkó

SZTE Experience


Ferdous Rahman – Faculty of Law and Political Sciences

My name is Ferdous Rahman and I am from Bangladesh. I am pursuing doctoral studies at the Department of Private International Law at the Faculty of Law and Political Science under the Stipendium Hungaricum Programme. Currently I am in the first year of my four-year PhD programme. I came to know about SZTE while exploring for the Stipendium Hungaricum programme. Among the other available options, this was my first choice. Apart from its excellent ranking, I got my supervisor with similar research interest. The increasing number of international students gave me a comfort of having a cosmopolitan environment. After starting my studies here in September 2019, I am convinced that I could not expect more. For prospective students, I would advise that SZTE can be their next home as I got mine. Everyone here including the professors, the administrators, and the students are very friendly and helpful. They make studies a joyous journey instead of pile of classes and books. After my graduation, I will return to my home country. The knowledge and the experience that I have been receiving here will be a great resource for my academic career. I intend to continue my research further and expect to contribute to policy formulation at national and international level."


Nikki - Faculty of Health Sciences and Social Studies

My name is Nikki and I am from Iran. Currently I am a second year student studying Physiotherapy at the University of Szeged. I really like the Environment of Szeged as it is a true University City where you can meet people from around the world. I consider Szeged as my second home since I have established my own path here and I have a lot of friends who make me feel home. The reason why I came to Szeged is because I was informed by one of my friends about the fact that the University degrees are EU accredited and will help me to reach my goals and open doors for future job opportunities. Once I have obtained my degree, I would like to stay in Hungary and pursue a post graduate program. Later on I will seize the opportunity to gain some job experience in my field here in Hungary before I hold my ground in Europe.