Local heritage interpreter – Exploring cultural values with the eyes of a tour guide

June 19 – July 02, 2022


Goals of the Summer University

The aim of the Summer University is to make the Hungarian Higher Education more attractive for international students. Summer University provides good opportunity to introduce Hungary with the eyes of a tourist and a student in the same time while feeling the special atmosphere of a countryside university and a wonderful, historic town. Students just have fun and behave like a tourist meanwhile get to know deeply the methodology and practice of tour guiding. Through the programmes students of the summer university easily learn leisure management, sport activity management, thematic trip organisation, historic and religious trip guiding and they can even earn 3 ECTS.Summer University 2019

Programme of the Summer University

Local heritage interpreter – Exploring cultural values with the eyes of a tour guide

The summer university starts on Sunday.

Every day students participate on the 6 hours long training activity. They work in groups to develop sightseeing tours and leisure time programmes together and try the feasibility of the planned tours.

They work on the following theme:
✔  city tours,
✔  walking and bus sightseeing tours,
✔  museum visits,
✔  tour guide behaviour,
✔  type of tourists
✔  rout planning for groups,
✔  interpretation technics,
✔  interpretation of art history,
✔  religious tours focusing on groups.

Relating to the above mentioned topics, students organise leisure time and cultural programmes like these:
✔  sightseeing in Budapest,
✔  adventure park experience,
✔  cycling and ship tours,
✔  discovering local touristic values.

Students participate on communication trainings and on the spot activities.

Students of the summer university are tested at the end of the course and if they successfully pass the exam, they get a certificate to remember that they have acquired knowledge and experience as a local heritage interpreter.

Students also receive a certificate of completion of 3 ECTS, which can be counted as elective credits during their studies at other higher education institutions.

Closing the programme students will take part in an unforgettable event.

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Detailed programme of the Summer University

Local heritage interpreter – Exploring cultural values with the eyes of a tour guide

19 June – 02 July 2022

19 June (Sunday)from 14:00Arrival
20 June (Monday)8:00-9:00
Morning class: Welcome, introduction, the tour guide as a job
Afternoon class: Sightseeings
Practice: Walking sightseeing in Veszprém
21 June (Tuesday)8:00-9:00
Morning class: City tour route planning
Afternoon class: Guiding special programmes
Practice: Visit Balatonfüred and Tihany
22 June (Wednesday)8:00-9:00
Morning class: Basics of communication as a guide
Afternoon class: Communication practice
Get the equipment for swimming
Practice: how to organise leisure programme: Lake Balaton, Alsóörs
23 June (Thursday)8:00-9:00
Morning class: Sightseeing planning for different groups
Practice: Special sightseeing tour in Veszprém
Afternoon class: Special/thematic city tours
Wine tasting at a Balatonfüred Cellar
24 June (Friday)8:00-9:00
Morning class: Special guiding situations
Practice: documents used by the guide
Get the equipment for the activity park
Friday afternoon experience in an activity park
25 June (Saturday)7:00-20:00Visiting Budapest
26 June (Sunday)Free day
27 June (Monday)8:00-9:00
Morning class: Interpretation forms for groups
Afternoon class: Interpretation of historical sites
Practice: Visit the castle in Nagyvázsony
28 June (Tuesday)8:00-9:00
Morning class: Interpretation techniques
Afternoon class: Interpretation of religious information
Practice: Visit the Abbey in Pannonhalma
29 June (Wednesday)8:00-9:00
Morning class: Problem solving (different situations)
Afternoon class: Summary, Q&As
Free programme (preparations for the exam)
30 June (Thursday)8:00-9:00
Certificate giving ceremony
Closing dinner
1 July (Friday)8:00-9:00
until 10:00
Departure (after breakfast)
2 July (Saturday)

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University of Pannonia

Seated in Veszprém, one of the oldest towns in Hungary, the University of Pannonia was founded in 1949. It is the most significant institution of higher education in the Transdanubian region. With its long professional tradition and great past, the university offers degrees covering nearly all areas of science. This multidisciplinary university offers unparalleled opportunities to acquire knowledge in the fields of humanities, economics, engineering, information technology, education, social and natural sciences. Beside the main campus in Veszprém, it has campuses in Nagykanizsa and Zalaegerszeg and offers training programs and carries out research in Kőszeg.

The University of Pannonia is committed to knowledge, after all, it is cultivated and creating science, preserving and transmitting culture, forming quality and building a university, offering new perspectives for tutors, researchers, students and the professional community in a wider sense in the region, in Hungary and in Europe.

The University of Pannonia’s mission is to develop its scientific expertise and networks in such a way as to contribute to intellectual development, the quality of life and social wellbeing of the region. This will be achieved through the excellence of the faculties which are committed to continuous improvement and strive to advance creatively.

The University of Pannonia is composed of five faculties:
✔  The Faculty of Business and Economics
✔  The Faculty of Engineering
✔  The Faculty of Information Technology
✔  The Faculty of Modern Philology and Social Sciences
✔  The Faculty of Business Administration Zalaegerszeg

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Faculty of Business and Economics

The University of Pannonia founded the Institute of Economics in 2000, which became the independent Institute of Economics in 2001. The institute was responsible for the economic programmes within the Faculty of Engineering until 2003, when the Faculty of Economics was established. In 2012 in accordance with the double profile the name has been officially altered to the faculty of Business and Economics.

The primary objective of the Faculty of Business and Economics is the education of economists, engineering managers and the further education and retraining of executives in a wide range of business areas. The aim is to produce professionals who are capable of creating, managing and leading systems of enterprises of national importance. The Faculty f Business and Economics of the University of Pannonia is recognised as a constantly growing and important intellectual centre in the Transdanubia region and contributes to the functioning and improvement of the public and civil society with its high quality education, research and development activities.

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Veszprém is a medium sized town with around 60 000 inhabitants. As the centre of Veszprém County, it offers all the possibilities a student would need. There is a county library, two theatres, several of shopping facilities including a shopping mall with cinema, a zoo, charming cafés and restaurants.

Veszprém is known as the “City of Queens” since in the early years of the county’s history the castle of Veszprém was the residence of the Hungarian queens. The main square of the castle is surrounded by wonderful baroque buildings, museums, galleries and the Archbishop’s Palace. Close to the historical downtown, Veszprém is a modern university town.

Veszprém is worthily famous for its vibrant cultural life. The programmes and events provide a tailor-made entertainment for all ages and for residents and guests of all interests. The forthcoming years could be a special experience for the visitors, as cultural organisers are preparing for the exciting year of being the European Capital of Culture 2023. The focus will be on this lovely city in the heart of Europe where a number of new venues will open up for culture lovers.

Summer is the high season of the cultural events, starting with the Festival of Dance which opens the series in spring with the greatest contemporary dance artists in Hungary. The best dance groups and performers enchant the audiences during the days of the festival, which is regarded as a prestige event for the profession. The Gizella Days Festival, one of the largest cultural events of the city, encourages the generations to appreciate and promote our culture and traditions. The festival provides opportunities to perform with the arts ensembles of Veszprém and its twin towns, as well as the art groups of the minorities living here. Veszprém is the city where world famous stars (like Al Dimeola, Paco de Lucia, Bobby McFerrin, Katie Melua) have walked our cobblestoned streets for almost a decade. Opera, jazz, soul, swing and instrumental guitar music: the most different musical styles and genres form a coherent entity in the frame of VeszprémFest.

There are various other artistic and cultural events, including Folklore Festivities, the Rozé Risling & Jazz Festival, theAuer Festival of Violin, Vivace International Choir Festival, which attracts participants from Japan to Finland and thousands visit the Veszprém Festivities Crafts Fair as well. The Street Music Festival takes place in the middle of the summer, when street performers (representing various styles) fill all the squares and corners of the city centre. For the youngsters it is special occasion to enjoy music, having fun together and getting new friends. The youngest ones can enjoy the Kabóciádé Children’s Festival with puppets.

In 2008 the Arena was built, which is the county’s second larges sport and event hall and the “home” of the famous Veszprém handball team. In the industrial parks of Veszprém numerous international companies operate, many of whom rely on the freshly graduated students.

The distance of the city from Budapest is 110 km (easily accessible by train or bus). The distance from the Lake Balaton is only 15 km.

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Lake Balaton

Hungarians love their Balaton, which they call the “Hungarian Sea”. It is Central Europe’s largest fresh water lake. This is the second most visited touristic destination of the country, right after the capital. In summer it provides perfect holidays with a water temperature between 20-25 degrees Celsius. Bike lovers can go for a ride around Lake Balaton, through picturesque landscapes. The small towns around the lake are cosy and offer exciting dining facilities, Balatonfüred, right on the shore, only 20 km from Veszprém, is rich in historic memorial places, mansions and villas. Tihany, located on a small peninsula, bears beautiful relics of the folk architecture and is famous for its abbey and lavender fields. Join the Summer University programme and you can explore that fascinating touristic attraction.

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Why to apply?

Top 10 reasons to apply to Summer University – Local heritage interpreter – Exploring cultural values with the eyes of a tour guide – in Veszprém:

✔ High quality training
✔ Professional development
✔ Exploring Hungary (Europe)
✔ Networking
✔ New experiences
✔ Language skill development
✔ Intercultural environment
✔ Friendly atmosphere
✔ Beautiful historic town
✔ Touristic programmes


*Your programme is for free if you successfully apply for a summer course scholarship at the Tempus Public Foundation:

Please find the Summer courses, read more information, check the call for application and follow the instructions.

The deadline for application is 10th March 2022.

The professional study course, the organized additional programmes, the accommodation for 13 nights and three meals per day for two weeks are provided free of charge for the awarded applicants.

The travel cost and the spending money need to be covered by the participants.


Applicants should submit their applications in the online system of Tempus Public Foundation ( in the following way:
1. Register online with a user ID and password.
2. After registration, fill in the CV and attach the applications documents under
’Documents to be submitted’.
For the application, a technical online application guide can be found on their webpage: (

More information

Tempus Public Foundation – Open Calls for Proposals (registration is needed!)

Information for applicants:

Or you can contact directly for the organizers for more information:

Centre for Communication and International Affairs