The objective of the College of Excellence is to function as a special centre providing outstanding talent management opportunities for full-time students enrolled in BA, MA and/or post-graduate programmes at Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary.
In line with Christian – and more specifically Protestant – values and perspectives, the College of Excellence strives to educate learned and well-prepared professionals with modern erudition and wishes to do so for the benefit of Hungarian society. Such experts are envisaged to join Hungarian and international academic and scientific life, and – through doctoral studies – will contribute to the work pursued by future generations of professionals in Hungarian scientific, academic and higher education institutions.
Through its operation, Benda Kálmán College of Excellence in Humanities and Social Sciences establishes an identity and fosters a perspective that uniquely characterise colleges belonging to the Reformed Church, with traditions and a history dating back to several centuries ago. The College intends to provide talent nurturing activities that enhance both students’ personality and the College’s entire community. The College’s goal is to educate and develop students who view education and research as a social service. Student members of the College are provided not only with expert professional knowledge but will also be devoted to human cultures and will respect European Christian values. This expertise will enable and empower them, in the spirit of tolerance and Ecumenism, to become integrative members of their own communities. The College deems its forerunners the French “grandes écoles” and Hungarian schools with the most successful traditions in the field.
The College of Excellence. (Address: 1085 Budapest, Horánszky utca 26.) is located in the Palace Quarter of Budapest’s 8th District, on the corner of Horánszky and Krúdy Gyula Streets. Lying a mere 600 metres away from Kálvin Square in Budapest’s City Centre, the College is only 200 metres away from the Reviczky Street buildings of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. The College is located in a newly refurbished building and provides home to 75 students in one and two-bedded dormitory rooms. The dormitory rooms are situated in separate suites featuring one or two shared bathrooms, a kitchen and a dining room for each 2 or 3 rooms.
Apart from dormitory rooms, the building of the College of Excellence houses numerous spaces for educational purposes and community rooms available to students. Each dormitory room is equipped with Internet connection up to the current highest standards.
Dormitory charges and fees:
The following dormitory charges and fees are applicable to Hungarian state funded full-time students pursuing their first BA degree or pursuing their supplementary undergraduate training, and to full-time Hungarian state scholarship recipient students pursuing their doctoral studies at Károli Gáspár University: HUF 17,000/person/month.
For full-time fee paying or self-financed students of Károli Gáspár University, applicable dormitory charges and fees are HUF 21,500/person/month.
For your information, please find below the floor plan of a suite for four persons.
The lecture series offered by the College of Excellence have been designed in a way that they enable, on the one hand, the examination of Protestantism and, on the other hand, the examination of the interrelation between language, culture and identity. An important goal of the College of Excellence is to coordinate the work of the individual workshops and to investigate the topics examined in the scope of multi- and transdisciplinary approaches thereby paving the way for launching joint courses. The College of Excellence’s intention is to provide students with insights into research carried out by the research groups at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary and to potentially involve the College’s students in such activities.
Professional academic, scientific and research work at the College is carried out by field-specific workshops. Students have the opportunity to join the activities of more than one workshop.
List of subjects College of Excellence in Humanities and Social Sciences Specialisation (4 semesters, 50 credits)
List of subjects College of Excellence in Humanities and Social Sciences Specialisation (6 semesters, 50 credits)
Founding director of the College of Excellence: Prof. Dr. Enikő Sepsi
General Vice-director: Dr. Attila Borsi
Administrator: Ivett Orbánné Kazán
College Supervisor: Dániel Farkas