Eszterházy Károly College is an institution committed to excellence in education and positioning itself for the future. It achieves this while remaining faithful to its intellectual heritage from when it was founded in 1948 as a Pedagogy College, and continuing the two-and-a-half centuries old tradition of higher education in Eger. In the last fifty years the College contributed to the development of the Hungarian public education sector and society as a whole by training more than three-hundred-thousand professionals.
This institution with nearly 10,000 students and 650 employees shapes its education system to meet the social and economic demands of this century. It offers an exceptionally wide range of education programs. By raising the quality of the education services, building up a comparable, flexible study system that offers choices to meet students’ demands, (joining the European Higher Education Area according to the Bologna Process), and preparing for the special education needs of the region, the College awards both nationally and internationally recognized diplomas.
Over four separate faculties, Eszterházy Károly College offers nearly 30 undergraduate BA and BS programs in the fields of humanities, economics, social sciences, natural sciences, sports science and the arts in full time. Many of the programs can even be pursued in as part time or correspondence programs.
Advanced level vocational programs, several post secondary and post graduate programs are also available, and M.A. level teacher training is to be launched in the near future. The College provides an exceptionally good service for learning languages; language tests can be taken in two state accredited test centers. Eszterházy Károly College aims to be an institution that both awards degrees recognized nationally and internationally, and one that increasingly fulfils the role of scientific and cultural center in the city and in the north Hungarian region.
The College provides opportunities for multi-directional specialization and multi-cycle programs.
Joining the Bologna process
The aim of a multi-cycle study approach - as under the Bologna Process - is the reasonable harmonization of the European higher education. As a result of this process, by 2010 the higher education systems of the signatory countries will become parts of an international system: the European Higher Education Area. The comparability of the higher education systems of the member states, the greater freedom of movement among the education programs are only a few of the benefits of the multi-cycle education. In an integrating Europe, an increasing number of people plan to study or work abroad. Therefore, it is necessary to have an integrated system in place to standardize what a particular diploma and degree certifies.
What does the multi-cycle system mean?
The multi-cycle system (undergraduate, master and doctoral studies) facilitating the integration into the unified European Higher Education Area, offers more choices and thus leaving more time for the students to recognize their talents during their studies. The first level is undergraduate education (a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree) that lasts for 6-8 semesters. Its main objective is to award diplomas that ensure finding a job in the labor market, therefore in undergraduate studies practical training is more emphasized. On the other hand, it provides an appropriate theoretical basis for continuing studies in the second cycle. The second cycle based on undergraduate studies is master education (Master’s degree) that usually lasts for 2-4 semesters providing a more specialized knowledge with a greater theoretical emphasis. Based on the knowledge acquired during the prior undergraduate education, master studies allow multi directional specialization. The benefit of the multi-cycle study path is that students who have completed undergraduate studies in a particular major are not limited to master studies in the same major. For example, students who finished undergraduate programs in humanities may continue their studies with master programs in economics if they meet application criteria. Following the completion of master studies, graduates can either enter the job market, or continue with their post graduate studies. The third, three-year cycle is post-graduate education (PhD or DLA degree) that prepares for a scientific degree.