As a foreigner at the Faculty of Business and Economics

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At the Faculty of Economics, not only Hungarian students can learn how to orient themselves in the business sector. This faculty offers study programmes that are available for foreign students as well. The aim is for the university to be more international, so students can learn from each other and also discover new cultures and make friends at the same time.

There are a lot of scholarship programmes available for students outside Hungary. One of these programmes is the Stipendium Hungaricum scholarship which is what Aneta Asanovic, a foreign student found while searching for a university on the internet. I was curious about how international students feel about this faculty, so I asked her for an interview.

Why did you choose the University of Pécs? Where did you first hear about this institution?

Aneta Asanovic: While in high school, I was searching for good universities in Europe. I found a program called Stipendium Hungaricum that gives scholarships to students outside the EU. One of the universities mentioned was the University of Pecs. After finding out it was close to my home country and a student city with an excellent education, I knew it was the right choice for me.

How long have you been in Hungary, Pécs? Was it difficult for you as a foreigner to fit in or did you have some friends before you came here?

Aneta Asanovic: I have been living in Pecs since August 2019. Living here was a bit hard initially, considering I didn’t know anyone and was in a new, unknown place. I was able to find friends fast which made the experience better and more fun.

Why did you choose the Faculty of Economics and also what made you choose the economy and management major?

Aneta Asanovic: I have always been interested in global corporations and one day having my own company, so there was no overthinking what faculty to choose. Major Business Administration and Management was the right choice because I learn about different things important for business, including financing, management, and how to motivate and work with others.

You have been studying in PTE for a while now, how do you feel about our education system?

Aneta Asanovic: I think PTE has a high-quality education system. The things we learn are very interesting, and professors explain them in the best way possible. I like that we are offered many optional and elective classes to choose whatever you want the best.

What is your opinion about the city of Pécs? What do you usually do here in your free time?

Aneta Asanovic: Pecs is a small and quiet city that allows you to focus on studying. It is a student city, with students from everywhere around the world. In my free time, I hang out with my friends. Before COVID-19, we would travel to cities nearby or go out to restaurants.

Was it hard for you to complete the courses online? If it was, then why?

Aneta Asanovic: It is harder to study online because you cannot focus, and internet problems cause you not to hear half of the things. Whereas being in the classrooms allows you to get to know other students better and classes seem more interesting.

Would you recommend this faculty and this major to the current high school students in English language? Why do you think they should choose PTE like you did?

Aneta Asanovic: I would definitely recommend it. It is a great university with good programs and a place where you can feel safe and welcome. The university allows you to expand your knowledge, share your opinions, and have a great experience.

After graduating, where would you like to work? Is it possible for you to imagine that you will settle down in Hungary?

Aneta Asanovic: After graduating, I want to do Masters in Business Administration and then work. I would love to work for a big organization changing the world to a better place and helping the economy grow. If it ever occurred as a possibility, I would work in Hungary. My experience in Hungary has been great so far, and I know it will continue that way if I find a job.

Thank you for this interview, Aneta, it was very interesting!

 In the Faculty of Economics you can look at the business world more closely and being more productive in the future will not be a problem. In my opinion, it could be hard for foreign students to adapt to other countries’ universities and also to understand their system. Nevertheless, PTE could be proud of its role in the international scene.

 

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