St Petersburg University and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary have extended their Cooperation Agreement. The University has received additional funding to launch a targeted scholarship programme for students studying the Hungarian language, the history and culture of Hungary, and other aspects of the regional studies.

The new competitive scholarship will cover expenses for transportation, accommodation and tuition at a partner university of St Petersburg University in Hungary. The scholarship will be awarded to five University students who win the competition for participation in the academic mobility programmes.

The Hungarian side is fully satisfied with the results of the cooperation with St Petersburg University. We are interested in its development and further expansion. I am certain that the University students who study the Hungarian language and culture will become real experts who will facilitate the further strengthening of relations between our two countries. With great pleasure, the consulate will offer them any assistance they may need in gaining practical experience, as well as in finding employment.

Hungarian Consul-General in St Petersburg Gábor Ferenc Nagy

Furthermore, in 2020, the plans call for: the invitation of visiting Hungarian lecturers to teach specialised courses at St Petersburg University; reimbursement of travelling expenses to the University lecturers who attend international conferences on Hungarian studies; publication of monographs and teaching materials; and new acquisitions for the University library.

‘St Petersburg University attaches great importance to international relations and the study of foreign languages,’ stressed Sergey Andryushin, Deputy Rector for International Affairs of St Petersburg University. The University has given Russia and the world a great many talented diplomats and translators.’

I have no doubts that despite political challenges, our relations with Hungary will improve year after year. This means that the number of Russian young people who choose to devote their lives to studying the language and culture of this country will steadily increase.

Sergey Andryushin, Deputy Rector for International Affairs, St Petersburg University

Previously, in close cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary, the embassy of Hungary in Moscow and the consulate of Hungary in St Petersburg, the University launched the academic programme ‘Culture and Art of Hungary’. It purchased the necessary teaching materials, published a monograph, and allocated scholarships for the academic mobility of students and lecturers. The Hungarian side supported these efforts by a grant of 40,000 euros.

Currently, in Russia, the Hungarian language is taught in three cities: St Petersburg, Moscow, and Izhevsk. In 2019, St Petersburg University acquired the right to hold the Hungarian language proficiency exam for an internationally recognised ECL certificate. Also, in the same year, the Council of the master’s programme ‘Culture and Art of Modern Europe: Russia, Italy, and Hungary’ was approved at St Petersburg University.