Throughout this year you will get to experience the life of a Hungarian high school student. You will be living with a Hungarian host family, who will share their home and life with you, help you to adjust to your soon to be second home, Hungary.
You will be attending a local high school, which besides your host family is the most essential part of the YFU experience. In the school you will a member of a class of 25-30 people, a great group where you can make friends and get to know the daily school life of a Hungarian teenager. School attendance helps your Hungarian studies a lot, as in there you can practice speaking Hungarian all day long. Additionally many high schools offer such extracurricular activities as sports, drama or art classes.
During your exchange year in Hungary you will attend 3 orientations with all your fellow exchange students, you can travel to Prague if you would like to, visit the Hungarian Parliament and learn to cook Goulash.
Music year program
Hungarian music education is world famous thanks to most of all the Kodaly method and it's great recognition. YFU Hungary provides you an opportunity to study music on a high level in a Professional Music High School. These schools provide general education together with music education at an advanced level.
As part of music education, you will study instrument, theory, solfeggio, chamber music, music history, choir/orchestra, etc. Also according to the national curriculum, instrumental/vocal lessons are given on a one-to-one basis (the teacher deals with only one student for about 30-60 minutes), while theoretical classes are taught in groups.
This is an excellent program for students who are serious about their musical studies. The programs of study are very intensive and demand a very high level of musicianship and study. It is a wonderful, enlightening but hard working experience that teaches each student how the Kodaly method works by seeing and learning from it in practice.
Catering year program
The Hungarians are hospitable people, always ready to offer guests delicious food, excellent wines and great company. Hungarians are passionate about food, especially the local cuisine and food is a very key part of our culture. You can be sure that a Hungarian host mother’s or host grandmother’s first question is when you get home: “Are you hungry? Would you like to eat?”.
YFU Hungary invites you to spend an exchange year in one of the prestigious catering schools of Hungary. In the Catering School students can be trained as a cook. In order to qualify for the catering program, students must have studied catering before. Hungary’s chefs are rigorously trained through an apprenticeship process, which explains the teaching method of Hungarian catering high schools. Students attend both theoretical and practical training as part of the coursework, practical training in the school and on-site at a hotel or restaurant. Usually theoretical training is 2 days a week and practical training is 3 days a week.
Hungary is probably the most beautiful in summer. It is nice and hot, the sun is shining all the time, cities are filled with people enjoying an afternoon coffee with friends, or just cooling down under a branch in the local park.
The summer program is 6 weeks long, filled with programs and an opportunity to get a quick glimpse at what's life is like in Hungary.
You will live with two different Hungarian host families, most likely in a very different part of Hungary, so you should be able to see two lifestyles, as well as traditions and habits in more than one way.
During your stay you will attend a two days summer camp with a host family and your fellow students. Also YFU Hungary organizes a trip for its summer students to Vienna, Austria's capital, which is one of the most beautiful cities of Europe, just like Budapest.