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CertificateGateway - Hungarian-Chinese Exchange Programme

Tuition fee US$3,300 one-time

The schedule of tuition fee payment is determined on the basis of consulate/visa regulations. In case of applicants coming from visa restricted countries, payment of the full tuition fee (1st and 2nd semester) is required. Details will be indicated in the letter of admission.

Application fee US$40 one-time

Please note that it is a non-refundable fee. You are asked to pay via bank-card payment. In case bank card payment fails, you may transfer the amount to the bank account indicated on the payment notification.

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Gateway Program (Non-degree)

About the Program
The Gateway Program aims to give a general knowledge about the basics of law regarding the European Union, the criminal justice system in the EU and Hungary and also covers some aspect of regional Economics. Furthermore introducing the International Relations of Europe is an important aspect as well but not the only one. Students can get a glimpse of the Asian and African countries affected by the Belt and Road Initiative too. Diplomatic relations are examined in a global scale.
Teaching Legal English is an important part of the Program as the students need to learn the technical terms of Law in an international environment. In addition to technical English, everyday English is stressed as well, thus students can receive competence not just in the field of Law, Economics and International Relations but also in situations regarding daily life in a foreign Country.

You will be enrolled into three compulsory courses and three elective courses. You will be able to register for additional courses for an additional prices if you wish to do so.

Please indicate your primary choices for your elective courses at the end of your motivation/cover letter.

Please note that the Program no longer provides extracurricular activities.

Please see the details of the courses below at ‘Programme Structure’.

Level of the Program : Non-degree
Length of the Program : 1 semester
Registered by: EU
Credits: 30

Start of the Program: February 2024
Tuition Fee : 3300 USD / semester; (450 USD for each additional optional courses)
Other fees : 35 EUR or 40 USD online application fee

More information on application or on the program please contact Dr. László Gulyási via e‐mail at gulyas.laszlo@juris.u-szeged.hu or call +36 30 5107072;

Programme structure

Gateway Program 2024 Spring Semester

Short Description of Compulsory Courses

Legal English
This practical course aims to introduce the English terminology of some major fields of law, supplemented by language development as necessary. The course will help students better understand the material of other subjects studied in the semester. It will offer plenty of opportunities to practice all four language skills: listening, reading, speaking and writing, mainly in a legal context. Requirements for completing the course include weekly homework assignments such as keeping a diary, writing essays and making presentations. A language test is given both at the beginning and at the end of the course to assess students’ development during the semester.

Basics of EU Law
This course offers a general overview of the core principles of the European Union (EU) legal system. The course focuses both on institutional and substantive law issues and explores the functioning of the unique creature of the EU.

Introduction to Hungarian history, culture and language

The course offers basic language skills and background information on Hungarian culture in a European context. The language component focuses on the essential grammar and vocabulary that is useful in everyday communicative situations. The topics on culture help students understand how people live and think in Hungary and they also provide a good basis for further cultural studies. This course gives some insight to the Hungarian constitutional history as well. We will examine the Hungarian constitutional state construction: the governmental system, the National Assembly, the local governments, the head of state and the jurisdiction.

Short Description of Optional Courses

A Brief Introduction to the Belt and Road Initiative
In this course students will be able to get a glimpse into the main purpose of the Belt and Road Initiative (originally called as One Belt One Road or OBOR, 一带一路) initiative, or more commonly referred to as the „New Silk Road”. We will examine the major countries concerned in this initiative, both Asian and European ones. The course itself will show the cultural backgrounds including both historical and where it is important religious aspects of the states which are concerned with this new policy. Furthermore each countries’ relation with China in the 20th and 21st century will be analyzed. The course focuses mainly on the international relations of OBOR countries, but questions of economy and also the legal framework of all the areas where the Silkroad Econonomic Belt and the Maritime Silk Road go through will come up as well.

Introduction to the International, EU and Hungarian Labour Law
The subject introduces basic definitions and principles of labour law and employment-related legislations and regulation in the EU and Hungary. The subject also highlights differences and similarities between labour codes and regulations of different countries within the EU and on an international level.
1. Role of labour law and typology of employment relationship
2. Sources of labour law (International labour standards (ILO, COE, EU, etc. + Hungarian national norms, HLC)
3. Employment relations (employment law-individual issues)
4. Industrial relations (labour law-collective issues)
5. Atypical employment relationships (fixed-term contract, part-time job, TWA (temporary work agency), on-call contract, job-sharing, telework, etc.
6. Flexicurity concept in EU
7. Free movement of persons (workers) in EU (from labour law point of view)
8. EWC (European Works Council)
9. Domestic work (ILO C189 Convention, 2011)
10. Equal treatment in the workplace (types of discrimination, harassment, etc.)
11. Privacy/data protection in the workplace
12. Occupational safety and health
13. Labour inspection

Copyright Law Policy – National and International
Participants of the course will get familiarized with the leading international treaties of international private law and the basic concepts of international copyright law. The above treaties contain only the basic doctrines of intellectual protection. Therefore significant differences are visible between several nations’ copyright statutes. The cases, articles, excerpts of statutes and reports that are used during the course witness these differences. Due to the comparative aspect of the lecture the students can significantly enlarge their knowledge on the international copyright law through the understanding of the international multilateral treaties and the differences of the several legal regimes (besides the Common Law countries the course will introduce European, and some Oriental and African sources).
Topics of the lecture that students may have great interest in include the different aspect of copyright protection in the US and on the European continent (including the neighboring and moral rights protection); and basic doctrines of international private law.

Freedom, Security and Justice in Europe
After the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, European integration in the field of criminal justice (Area of Freedom, Security and Justice) gained new horizons: the new competences of the EU in this field promises new criminal policy on the European level. The course offers the possibility to understand the process leading to change in the following areas and with the following aims:
- Understanding the major contemporary debates and theoretical perspectives on freedom, justice and security in a European context.
- Transferring knowledge about the theoretic foundation of the FSJ area of the EU and about the institutional framework of the EU in the field of Judicial and Home Affairs and possible future developments.
- Getting familiar with the role and activity of the Court of the European Union in this field.
- To establish a general understanding of how European Law interacts with national criminal justice systems. Strengthening the comparative approaches in this field in favor of better analysis of the own legal structures.

International Organizations
The aim of the course is to provide the students with the knowledge of the basic principles and sources of public international law. Students get a comprehensive overview of the legal side of international relations, especially with respect to the treaties and responsibility of states, and the international settlement of disputes. The course introduces the general concept of international organisations under public international law, their types, structures and competences. It also deals with major global and regional international organisations, their activities and impact on international law, international relations, global politics and policy making.

Research and Development in the EU
By the end of the semester, students should improve in their knowledge in and understanding of the following: the importance of improving economic performance and competitiveness – and the main sources of this improvement; the concept of innovation; the role of human capital in economic performance and prospects; the role of technology in competitiveness and prospects; the main arguments in favour of investing in research, development, and innovation; financing research and development; successful management of research and development activities; R&D projects – all this presented through the case and more than 50 years’ experience of the European Union.

Economic Fundamentals of EU Integration
The very origin of the process of European integration was based on an economic cooperation between the Member State and on underlying basic economic theories. The progress of the integration process was guided by these economic aspects (common market, four freedoms, and monetary union). In order to understand EU law and the political basis of the integration, it is imperative to explain these different economic phenomena and the theories describing them. The lecture presents the different economic perspectives and explains, from its economic logic, the progress of European integration.

European Public Policy
This course will consider public policy from the political and legal aspects and examine its practical application in the continual evolution of the European Union. The course examines the historical development of important legal structures for determining the creation and implementation of different types of policy outputs and also introduces the students to various supranational, national and sub-national institutions and actors that contribute to the EU policy-making process. Which policy areas are governed at the supranational level and which by the member states. How the EU institutions ensure democratic accountability? The EU neither a typical international organisation nor a traditional sovereign state. The course explores how the policy processes work in practice by scrutinising developments in important internal and external policy areas and over time. This course familiarizes students with the political and normative effect of the EU in the wider European neighbourhood.

European Administration
The course aims to introduce students to the administrative structure of the European Union and how the European integration has influenced and modified the national administrative system, how these two cooperates and collaborates, thus how the so called European administration operates. The course provides general characteristics of the European Administrative Space in the European Union as it presents the history of its development. It explores the position of the EU administration as a hybrid between international organizations as the course focuses on the direct administrations, the institutions, organs and agencies of the EU, and indirect administration meaning the administrative capacity and structure of national administration. Furthermore, the importance of organizational structures, organizational processes and organizational cultures as well as legitimacy and efficiency is discussed. A specific example with Hungarian interest is also described for better understanding.

International Business Transactions
The course deals with international business transactions. Among others, it will cover issues like international sale of goods, international commercial arbitration, leasing, franchise, international payments, international transportation, distributorship contracts and international investments. At the end of the course students will acquire the foundational knowledge necessary to understand institutional roles and legal structures in the field. They will also have the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to creatively solve complex problems and to resolve legal conflicts related to the law of international economic relations.

Research Methods in Law
Research Methods in Law focuses on the different research methods in the field of legal sciences. Students will be introduced to six different methods (IRAC,Comparative Legal Method, Law-in-Context Method, Economic Analysis of the Law, Doctrinal Method, and Critical Legal Method). The topics will be enriched with a wide range of examples related to the law in the digital society.

Civil Sector and Law in Practice
Legal Clinic is an alternative educational method since it focuses on the practical part of the legal education instead of theory. The purposes of the Legal Clinic course are to prepare law student to law practice, improve professional ethics and other competencies, such as communication with clients, drafting legal documents. Furthermore, clinical legal education strengthens the emotional skills of the students. The structure of the seminar is divided into two main parts: theoretical and practical. Within the theoretical part, we deal with the methodology of legal clinic, the issue of discrimination (e.g. gender, race, age, and disabilities), child care system, data protection (GDPR), and client interviewing techniques. In the practical part, we go for a field trip. We will meet with the representatives of the NGOs who have partnership agreement with the legal clinic. Furthermore, we practice client interviewing (e.g. questioning the client, fact finding), drafting legal documents, case solving. Also, we organize a moot court to illustrate, how the judicial system functions.

Introduction to the International and European Environmental Law

The main aim of the course is to provide general knowledge about international and EU environmental law. In the last few decades, unprecedented changes have been identified globally, causing severe environmental concern for the States and the international community. Recognising global environmental problems motivated the international sphere to adopt universally accepted regulations for the most severe environmental concerns. Throughout the semester, the students can learn the basics of International and EU environmental law and policy, practice and improve their English skills, and work in small research teams. The course includes roundtable discussions, working group panels, and student’ presentations to involve the course participants as much as possible. There is no need for previous knowledge of international or EU Law. Although, the course requires a minimum level of English (especially communication skills, level B1).

The main topics of the course are the following:

(1) The history of International and European Environmental Law and policy
(2) The main sources and principles of International and European Environmental Law
(3) The responsibility for environmental harm
(4) Environmental dispute settlement procedures
(5) Sectoral areas of Environmental Law
(6) Relevant case studies and special areas of Environmental Law (ex. the Aarhus Convention, CITES, wildlife crime, access to justice at environmental matters)
(7) Students’ research presentations and discussio

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