“Corvinus University of Budapest is the number one university of economic and social sciences in Hungary, which has been training the opinion-forming social elite of the future for decades. However, this is not the same as training the children of the elite. There are many high-skilled young people who do not succeed at first because they did not receive adequate foreign language training in high school or because their parents could not afford to pay for advanced mathematics graduation courses. In our Illyés Gyula programme, the aim is to find these talented young people and give them a second chance to enter the university.” – explains Előd Takáts, Rector of Corvinus University, why he considered it important to establish a talent support program.
Young people participating in the programme worth almost EUR 5 000 can develop their English and mathematical skills free of charge through an international training programme. During the training period, the University will provide them with a monthly financial allowance (grant) of HUF 130,000, free dormitory accommodation, hot meals once a day, mentoring, monthly public transport pass in Budapest and reimbursement of the costs of travel home, plus a laptop, telephone and internet subscription for learning. The aim of the program, which prepares for the English language exam at intermediate level, is to allow talented young people participating in the training to cross the University gates in a year as Corvinus students or even other higher education institutions.
In order to apply for the Illyés Gyula Program, Hungarian citizenship, high school diploma and a minimum level of English language skills are required, an additional condition is that neither parent or foster parent of the young person applying for the program have a diploma, and the young person has a student status. The detailed call for applications is available here.