The Faculty of Economics has launched its third academic programme in English. Beside the two MA programmes – Economic Analysis MA, and Tourism Management MA – students now can choose to apply for Tourism and Catering BA course. The application process is similar to the academic programs in Hungarian, with one difference; students’ English knowledge and motivation is tested at a personal interview. The first edition of Tourism and Catering BA started with 9 Hungarian and 2 foreign students (from Iran and Nigeria). This number makes it possible for students to study in a friendlier atmosphere and for lecturers’ to hold interactive lectures, giving the chance to students to ask more and discuss problems more openly. The Faculty’s aim is to attract more students from abroad to create diversity among students and to provide an international learning environment, where students can learn how to handle cultural differences and how to cooperate in such diverse teams.
The course contains general/foundation modules, foundation business modules, area specific optional modules, pathway related modules and elective modules. Four different pathways are offered; Hotel Management, Tour Operation and Event Management, Tourism Marketing and Active sport and Ecotourism. The first semester of the programme consists of mainly economics, methodological and business foundation modules. The subjects of this semester are: Mathematical Foundations of Economics, Macroeconomics, Economic Sociology, Introduction to the EU studies, Psychology, Introduction to Tourism and Business Communication.
[Written by: Janka Huják]
MY EXPERIENCE – by Diána Ugrai
“My name is Diana Ugrai and I’m attending the Tourism and Catering BA in English. This was the first opportunity to learn this subject in English at the University of Pannonia and I chose this to learn for my first semester.
As I like English in general I would like to improve my language skills. After one month I can tell that this special course is really useful and interesting. The Hungarian teachers also try to help us to understand the classes better. During this course some native speaking lecturers will teach us. For example, we had an international week course about business communication, which was delivered by Candy Fresacher. These lectures were enjoyable and interesting for everybody.
Besides we have other classes, for instance Introduction to Tourism, Introduction to Psychology and Economic Sociology.
All in all, I can recommend this type of education for everyone, who wants to achieve a good English knowledge. We hope that our efforts will lead to success at the end :-).”