Study program: Doctoral School of Education
Period of studies at ELTE: 2018.09.01 - 2022.06.30
"I can say with confidence that studying at ELTE is worth it, partly because of the following statistics. The university is credible as it is one of the oldest universities operating continuously since its foundation in 1635."
I can say with confidence that studying at ELTE is worth it, partly because of the following statistics. The university is credible as it is one of the oldest universities operating continuously since its foundation in 1635. ELTE is in the top 5% of higher education institutions worldwide, this fact substantially increases the university’s reputation and therefore raises the interest of potential students. Another important fact about ELTE is that it is the leading research university in Hungary, equipped with all the necessary facilities, laboratories and libraries.
What do you like most about being a student at ELTE?
There are numerous reasons to love being a student at ELTE, where the most fascinating and alluring one for me is residing in the heart of Hungary. A truly unique and exciting country, Hungary is one of the most stunning places in the heart of East-Central Europe. With its noble traditions and cultural diversity, Hungary provides a welcoming and hospitable environment for all.
What are your challenges in your study program?
Of course, the study program implies some challenging milestones along the road towards achieving the final goal. One of them, I would like to pinpoint is the complex exam that doctoral students have to undertake at the end of the second year of their studies. The aim of the complex exam is to assess the theoretical preparedness and the scientific progress of a student. Currently, I am passing through this process where the first stage is research plan submission. The research plan has to undergo the evaluation of two opponents according to pre-defined criteria before the exam. The second stage is the exam itself – it has two parts (the theoretical part and the dissertation part). I believe that the devil is not so black as he is painted. Therefore, students just have to work hard, have determination and be prepared for the exam.
How do you think your degree will help you in your life and career?
I have a clear understanding that by studying at the Doctoral School of Education I can develop the necessary knowledge, skills, and competencies that will greatly contribute to my future career in the educational sector. The programme comprises both course-based and research-based elements whereas the aim of the doctoral programme is to enable students to conduct research in accordance with the common national and international standards in pedagogy. Ultimately, the pivotal skill is knowing how to undertake scientific research which yields benefits to an academic career as well as daily life.
Do you have any recommendations for future students at ELTE?
I would definitely recommend all the prospective students to take advantage of the opportunities and apply for various programmes provided by the academic bodies of the university in order to actively participate in international academic conferences. Attending an academic conference is an opportunity to build networks with other academics and experts in the same or similar field of studies from all around the world and to share thoughts on recent advances and technological breakthroughs. Furthermore, it is an opportunity to expand the knowledge that one has and to get better at accomplishing institutional objectives.