Ninety Thousand Students Would Attend Free Language Courses Abroad
Fanni Kaszás 2019.11.07.
Ninety thousand students indicated that they would attend a two-week foreign language course, according to information from pro-government daily Magyar Nemzet. According to the paper, students who apply tend to choose group travel over individual travel.
It first emerged in February that from the 2020/2021 school year, up to 140,000 students will have the opportunity to attend annual language courses held abroad. The courses are available for high school students in grades 9 and 11, and it would cost 90 billion HUF (EUR 284 million).
The aim and desired outcome of the program is that students have two opportunities to learn in a two-week language course, in a native environment, which will provide students with a real opportunity to acquire useful language skills.
According to Mónika Bartos, government commissioner, 80% of those interested would like to travel to English speaking locations, 17% to German areas, and 3% to French-speaking countries. Bartos also said that students who already have their intermediate language exam can also apply to the foreign language course.
Detailed information for the application process and the training offerings of language schools will be available from November 30th. Then students can contact the language school of their choice and obtain a letter of acceptance in order to have the letter ready when they submit the application.
This isn’t the first time the government has supported students traveling outside the country. In 2010, “Határtalanul!” was introduced, and the winners of the program took a class trip abroad. The goal of the program is to ensure that every elementary school student has the opportunity to visit a foreign country. Additionally, students are given a chance to connect with other Hungarians both living in Hungary and beyond the border.