IIPE – Q and A

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Interculturality. But why exactly from the point of psychology and education?

We tend to think of this approach as a main strength of our programme. Focusing on the human dimensions of intercultural issues and interactions while giving ample consideration to their global context distinguishes the programme from macro-historical, macro-political or macro-sociological approaches. Developing the curriculum with this goal in mind, we ended up with a programme strongly committed to interdisciplinary studies with a focus on psychological and educational issues. The English language programme was founded in 2013.

Why in Budapest?

The programme is one of the few of its kind in Europe, and it is situated in the very heart of the region. Budapest is the sixth biggest city of the European Union, and one with a very diverse culture and population. In 2013 the Condé Nast Traveler announced Budapest as the second best city in the world. Come, see for yourself!

What courses does the curriculum include?

Mostly courses on the topics of culture, minorities, prejudices and interculturalism, in the amount of 120 ECTS credits, and it is planned to be finished in 2 years’ time. In addition to theoretical knowledge, the programme provides plenty of opportunities for students to do field work, to gain field experience and develop their skills in real-life situations. Roughly 50-50% is the ratio of theoretical and practical courses. The program is closed with an empirically based thesis work. The curriculum is accessible on our site, or by clicking here!

Who are the staff?

Our lecturers have different backgrounds in the field psychology, education, sociology of education, anthropology and sociology. They are acknowledged researchers of their fields, which are just as diverse as the whole programme itself.

What opportunities can the programme offer me?

The programme is training experts who can understand the characteristics of intercultural relationships and communication, and who are able to co-ordinate the work of people of different cultures effectively in various fields of private, public or civil organizations, both at national and international level. Our students can be employed in public administration, minority self-governments, minority and mainstream media, schools as well as other formal and informal educational institutions (e.g. International Office of Univerities), or multi-national and civil organizations. The graduated students can also enroll in PhD studies, e.g. in the PhD School of Education or the PhD School of Psychology at ELTE, Budapest.

What bachelor degrees are eligible as a prerequisite to apply for the programme?

As you may already have it figured out, we look at diversity as a great window of opportunity. Our experience show that knowledge from the field of psychology, education, special education, teacher training, social studies, sociology, social work, political science, or cultural anthropology can contribute to one’s advancement the best. If you have a degree outside the ones listed, your application will be individually considered.

How can I apply?

In a nutshell, by sending your application package to the Education Office. Your application package should contain your application form (signed with blue ink), a copy of your diploma and records of bachelor studies (including an official English translation if the language of the original is not English), a professional CV, a statement of purpose (900-1000 words), a copy of your passport, two recent passport photos, and a copy of check or money order of the application fee (120 EUR), and of the entrance examination fee (120 EUR). You have to send the package to:


Education Office (to Csilla NÉMETH)

Eötvös Loránd University
Faculty of Education and Psychology
Kazinczy utca 23–27.

For further information, please, visit our official IIPE website or official ELTE website, or contact our program leader, Lan Anh Nguyen Luu.  Alternatively, you can join our group on Facebook: ELTE-CIPE-HU.


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