The Educational System of the Collage
As of September 2006 the traditional university and college level training structure of the Hungarian higher education sphere was superseded by a new model. According to the new linear system undergraduates earning B.A, or B.Sc. degrees in the first cycle can continue their studies in the second cycle (M.A., M.Sc.) after completing the respective admission procedures. Following the completion of the second cycle or M.A. training schemes with a 4 or 5 semester term, candidates can apply for doctoral programs awarding PhD degrees. At the same time special post-secondary programs and special post-graduate programs are still offered. Until the launching of the new M.A. programs higher education institutions can offer supplementary M.A. training to those completing their respective undergraduate programs.
In Hungary already 130 new first cycle B.A. and B. Sc. programs were launched with primarily 6-8 semester terms. The Eszterházy Károly College of Eger started 30 first cycle programs in 2007/2008.
The Eszterházy Károly College offers the following educational opportunities in full time, part time, (evening and correspondence) and distance education formats: special post-secondary programs, traditional 4 year programs (to be phased out after completion of all existing programs) first cycle B.A., B.Sc. programs, traditional and supplementary M.A. programs, special post-graduate programs, and post-graduate programs in preparation for special examination in education. Depending on the given scheme the term of the training programs is 4-6-8 semesters. The M.A. level teaching and discipline-based programs have been elaborated and their accreditation is in progress. The College plans the launching of additional M.A. programs as well.
The Fall semester generally lasts from the beginning of September until the end of January, while the Spring semester starts in early February and runs until the end of June. The module-based programs responding to regional needs providing governmentally acknowledged higher education qualifications are not only open to our students, but to the region as well. The individual preparation of part time students is assisted by regular consultations and the distance learning programs are coordinated by a centre established for this purpose.
The College has sucessfully introduced credit-based instruction several years ago. This type of education not only guarantees substantial flexibility and freedom of choice for students, but it implies significant individual accountability as students are responsible for the arrangement and scheduling of their academic programs including the enrolment into and completion of respective courses according to the guidelines of the Academic and Examination Regulations. Students can fulfil the academic requirements leading to the awarding of diplomas and degrees at the respective departments, which establish the relevant criteria and offer the required study programs including the compulsory, elective compulsory, and elective subjects.
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