Young people of Hungarian origin from different parts of the world study at different universities and study programs in the country. The first meeting of the young people living in the diaspora was held by the Rákóczi Association in the Rákóczi Hotel, Camp, and Event Center in Sátoraljaújhely, the capital of Zemplén, with the aim of enabling the scholarship holders to establish direct contact with each other and their compatriots from the Carpathian basin studying at MFA Balassi Scholarship Program. The event was organized by the Rákóczi Association in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Tempus Public Foundation.

 

— Orsolya Pacsay-Tomassich:

It has been announced everywhere in the world, except in the European Union and the areas covered by the Status Law. This is Serbia and Transcarpathia.

 

— I came from Toronto, Canada.

— I’m from New Jersey.

— I came from Sweden.

— I came from New Jersey, America.

— From England.

— I came from Calgary, Canada.

— Connecticut.

 

— Orsolya Pacsay-Tomassich:

The criteria are the following: she has reached the age of 18, has lived abroad for at least 10 years, has a foreign residence, and has spent the last four years of her high school studies abroad. Now the novelty compared to last year’s application because we want to give as many young people as possible the opportunity, is that having a permanent address in Hungary is not a reason for exclusion.

 

— Budapest is a phenomenal city. I really enjoy it, of course, how can you not enjoy Budapest?

— I’m very, very happy to be here. I really like this life in Pest, I really like to go hiking, to go to their villages, to small towns, to boil my Hungarian blood, so to speak, and to cleanse the Hungarian language.

 

— Orsolya Pacsay-Tomassich:

Young people studying in Hungary within the framework of the diaspora scholarship can report positive experiences. We launched this program a year ago. Unfortunately, the key to success is a good product that we can sell, but also that these young people who study here can feel good in addition to their excellent professional quality. The pandemic, however, has set some limits.

 

— I came through the Balassi Scholarship for an annual program like this.

— I am studying in the Áron Márton Scholarship Program. I am preparing for university and after that, I would like to continue my studies in Hungary.

 

— Orsolya Pacsay-Tomassich:

We want as many young people as possible to experience what it is like to have a real, real Hungary experience here in Hungary. Those who come here will get to know, through this, understand and love the culture, the nation to which they belong.