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CertificateGateway - Hungarian-Chinese Exchange Programme

Tuition fee $2,900 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 $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.
Please see the details of the elective courses below.

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

Start of the Program: September 2021
Tuition Fee : 2900 USD / semester; (300 USD for each additional optional courses)
Other fees : 35 EUR 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

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 One Belt One Road Initiative
In this course students will be able to get a glimpse into the main purpose of the One Belt One Road (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.

Parties and Political Systems in Europe
The course provides an overview on the development of European political systems with a focus on the two pivotal institutions of political representation: political parties and elections. A wide range of different institutional configurations can be found on the continent, there are examples for monarchies and republics, presidential and parliamentary systems using majoritarian, proportional or mixed electoral systems for the selection of representatives. This diversity of political frameworks, together with a variety of distinct cultural and historical factors, produced an exciting landscape of parties and party systems in Europe. The course provides students with an opportunity to better understand how European political competition evolved in modern time, how institutional and social factors affected political parties, and how they deal with the challenges of the 21st century. The topic of the course the examination of the parties will indicate issues like the specificities of societies and political cultures, which will make it possible to understand the political cleavages and political differences, strategies in campaigns, and political party families.

Introduction to the International, EU and Hungarian Social Security Law
The course mainly deals with the general characterization of social insurance and social assistance schemes, the development of health care and pension schemes in Hungary, and the present regulation of the Hungarian Social Security System. The course will address the basic facts of social security: social security and social assistance schemes, legal aspect of social security, entitlement, insured persons, financing of social security and social assistance schemes. The course also deals with the Hungarian regulation of social security: payment of contributions, contribution rate, benefits, amount of benefits, revalorisation of benefits, rules of procedure. In addition, the subject gives an overview on social coordination, including the most important definitions and historical development. The subject also highlights differences and similarities between European coordination of employability and different social security schemes.

Comparative Digital Copyright Law
This course aims to discuss some hot topics of the copyright law in the digital age, and of the internet law from a comparative law aspect. In the frames of the course students will be able to get familiarized with the common law solutions of the covered topics in the United States, and various types of the Continental European legal regimes, with a special focus on the law of the European Union.

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.

Globalisation and Development
Students will be able to understand the concept of development and how the developing countries work and which factors hinder their development.They will be able to analyse the effects of underdevelopment on the macroeconomic and analyse the key factors in economic development. Furthermore they will be able to criticize the effects of international financial flows on economic development.

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.

Contemporary Issues of Public Administration: Globalisation
The aim of the course is to widen general knowledge of public administrative law by introducing students to different specific topics which are usually out of the scope of the classical obligatory module of legal studies. Different issues of actual problems are discussed like globalization of public administrative law, international administrative law, new tendencies and developments in administrative science or happenings which create challenges to public administration and the law determining its structure and functioning. All students are welcome to the course who are interested in actual challenges of public administration and recent developments in legal literature.

EU Competition Law
The course examines the core concepts and principles of EU antitrust/competition law from a comparative perspective and gives a comprehensive overview. It takes an economic and public policy approach, elucidating the key-concepts of antitrust law in the field of restrictive agreements, dominant position and mergers. It aims at providing the students with a broad overview on the economic, legal and policy problems of EU competition law and policy and at equipping them with the conceptual tools that are necessary for analyzing competition matters. At the end of the course, participants will be able to identify and analyze the most important legal and economic issues in competition matters

International Commercial Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution in International Investment Transactions
The primary aim of this course is to provide students with a general overview of the basic themes of international commercial and investment dispute settlement, including issues like jurisdiction, applicable law and recognition and enforcement of judgments and arbitral awards. By the end of the course students will have an understanding of the functioning of international commercial and investment dispute settlement system. Participants will get acquainted with arbitration and mediation rules of leading international organizations including UNCITRAL, the International Chamber of Commerce, and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes. At the end of the course students will acquire the foundational knowledge necessary to understand institutional roles, legal structures and the process of arbitration. They will also have the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to creatively solve complex problems and to resolve conflicts.

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