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Are you a music major looking for an exciting study abroad opportunity? Would you like to study at one of the most prestigious music institutions in the world? Capital University has a proud tradition of working with the Kodály Pedagogical Institute of Music in Kecskemét, Hungary. Zoltán Kodály believed that music education was a lifelong process that begins with training teachers to provide enjoyable musical experiences to students. A good musician should possess a well-trained ear, intelligence, heart and hand. Not only will you study the Kodály philosophy of music, you will also learn about the importance of music in Hungarian culture. You’ll both live and learn in Hungarian culture, and may earn up to 21 semester hours of college credit. Capital University is the only school in the United States with a direct exchange program with Kodály.
Kecskemét is a bustling town of 100,000 people located between the Tisza and Danube rivers, surrounded by forests. The city has natural mineral baths, many restaurants, museums and stores in Art Nouveau, Eclectic and Baroque style buildings. A beautiful Franciscan monastery built in 1736 is the home of the Institute, remodeled from 1973-1975.
The Institute retains much of its 18th century furnishings and atmosphere and attracts many students worldwide. All classes are taught in English, so there is no need for translators or proficiency in the Hungarian language. The Kodály Institute is the home of two libraries, with one devoted entirely to research and the other to Zoltán Kodály’s life and music theory. The libraries contain over 22,000 scores and 7,000 books available to all students. Students study piano and voice performance, performance on any instrument, music education, conducting and accompanying. With small class sizes and intensive study, you will improve in all areas of music performance and have a broader understanding and appreciation for music. Pianos are located in personal living spaces for extra practice.
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The student rooms are equipped with a piano and a sound system. Shared restrooms are just down the hall, with washbasins are located in each bedroom. You can prepare your own meals in the common kitchen. Because there are over 15 different countries represented at the Kodály Institute, the students often celebrate various national holidays and festivals together. “The best part of studying abroad was meeting new people. There were over 15 different countries represented at the Institute. We learned so much from each other, sharing both a love of music and our own distinct cultures. Living abroad allowed me to connect with so many people who have enriched my life in many ways – It is an experience that I will never forget.” Rachel Mauricio
When you arrive in Hungary, you’ll attend an orientation to help you adjust to the culture. Enjoy traditional Hungarian food will be served to students at czardas located throughout the city. You’ll learn about the rich history of Hungary including the former Austrian-Hungarian Empire and the previous period of communism. Some of the cities and attractions you’ll see during orientation:
One of the advantages of study abroad is the many weekend or weeklong trips you’ll take. You’ll have the option to travel throughout Europe in groups or on your own, depending on how much time and resources you have. Some places to consider:
During the course of the semester, you can expect to spend around $2,300. This amount includes living expenses, weekend trips, and a weeklong vacation and can vary depending on your own spending habits. Keep in mind that countries that use the Euro tend to be more expensive than countries not using it.
The Zoltán Kodály Music Program is open to students from Capital University and other U.S. colleges and universities. Interested sophomore and junior music majors who have at least a 3.0 G.P.A. are eligible to apply. Please include the following materials:
Once a completed application packet has been received, it will be sent to the Capital University faculty member who supervises the program. Then, a review of the entire application and an aural skills assessment for the student will take place. If you are interested in applying to the Hungary Program through Capital University, please send your application packets to:Jennifer Adams Capital University Office of International Education1 College and MainColumbus, OH 43209-2394(614) 236-6170
Tracy HerrmannCapital UniversityConservatory of MusicConservatory Complex 118(614) 236-6267Classes begin in early September and end in mid-December. You can decide when you’d like to return to the United States at the end of the program. You may opt to stay for a second semester in the spring. Please contact Capital University for updated program cost and date information.