Hungary Field School

    • Overseas Dates: April 22 - May 3, 2018 

      This field school is an exciting opportunity for an academic and cultural experience in Hungary from April 22 to May 3, 2018.  We are looking for students interested in an engaging international experience.  Students from a diverse program background will travel to Budapest for a cultural orientation, then travel to Pécs, a university town, where participants will complete their academic projects.  The Hungary Field School will be hosted by the University of Pécs on their beautiful campus.

      The Hungary Field School is led by School of Business instructor, Mitra Kiamanesh.  Mitra is a mediator, international business consultant, and a dynamic presenter. Mitra will be joined by Allen Zhu, a dedicated professor of Finance and Accounting in the School of Business.  Between the two of them, they bring a rich and diverse perspective on this field school.  

      This opportunity is limited to 20 students.

      Applications open until November 17th, 12:00PM!

      Learn more at a general info session, or at: 

      Hungary-specific Info Session   November 9, Thursday, 5:30-6:30pm @ LB 127 (CIE)

      Video credit: Participants of the HFS 2017

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      The Hungary Field School will include a number of mandatory Pre-Departure sessions at Capilano University followed by overseas travel to Hungary. 

      In Vancouver

      Pre-Departure sessions will be held at Capilano University during the 2018 Spring semester. Specific dates and times will be confirmed with selected students in their admissions package. Pre-Departure sessions will include:

      • Course and projects introduction and preparation
      • Travel orientations
      In Hungary
      • Overseas travel dates: April 22nd – May 3rd, 2018
      • Locations: Budapest, Pécs, Lake Orfű
      • Activities: Zsolnay Cultural Quarter, Pannon Philharmonic Concert Hall, Villany Winery
      • Projects: Projects will beselected by participants based on their areas of interest and research. Additional visits will be scheduled accordingly with Hungarian industries such as IT Systems, Brewery of Pécs, British American Tobacco in Pécs

      NB: This itinerary is subject to change. The final itinerary will be confirmed prior to departure in late April. 

      Academic Course

      BADM 324 – Special Topics (Hungary Field School)

      This is a 3-credit upper-level Business Administration course. Participants in this course will:

      • gain exposure to Hungarian cultural, academic, social and business culture
      • develop an understanding of effective international business communication
      • build awareness for the challenges and opportunities of living and working abroad
      • improve  their networking skills and  international network of peers and businesses
      • understand business practices in a post-communist environment and as well as within the changes within the European countries
      • enjoy their learning experience

      These learning outcomes will be supported by:

      • Visits and meetings with international and Hungarian private and government organizations
      • Project specific presentations based on the students interests an proposed and pre-approved projects
      • Lectures by local professors and round table discussions involving industry experts
      • Capilano and local students sharing, presenting, and exchanging
      • Information provided during pre-departure orientation course session
      • Project Management students learning from the process of design, development and implementation of the field school
      • Clear and high expectations of students’ participation, cultural understanding and respect and quality control for the course outcome.


      Course Pre-requisites:

      30 credits by the end of Fall 2017

      Course Fulfillment for non-Business students:

      • Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies – 3 credits of upper level breadth elective
      • Bachelor of Communication Studies - 3 credits of upper level breadth elective
      • Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication – 3 credits of upper level breadth elective
      • Bachelor of Early Childhood Care and Education – 3 credits of breadth elective
      • Bachelor of Motion Picture Arts - 3 credits of upper level breadth elective
      • Bachelor of Legal Studies – 3 credits of breadth elective
      • Bachelor of Tourism Management - 3 credits of upper level Tourism elective OR 3 credits of upper level breadth elective
      • Tourism Management for International Students – 3 credits of lower level Tourism elective


      It is strongly recommended that all students visit an Academic Advisor for course planning advice before applying to the Hungary Field School to ensure program requirements are met.  

      Note: Students participating in this course will also be registered in the non-academic FDSC 3XX course that is associated with all 300-level field schools. Upon graduation, a notation will appear on student’s transcripts to indicate that the student participated in an international field school experience.  

      Program Conditions

      Pre-Departure Sessions

      Participation in all Pre-departure classes is required and NOT optional.

      Pre-departure sessions will include:

      • Course and projects introduction, expectations and preparation
      • Travel orientations:
        • Preparation for travelling abroad as a group of CapU representatives
        • Development of code of conduct
        • Risks prevention planning
        • Emergency preparedness
      International Transportation

      Group flights will be booked through the University’s travel agent. All participants are required to travel together on the same flight.  Students wishing to extend their stay in Europe after the field school may apply for a flight deviation to change their return flight however any additional costs occurred to change the returning flight will be the sole responsibility of the participant.   


      Mid-range accommodations in safe areas will be provided for the duration of the overseas portion of this field school. All students and field school leaders will be required to stay at the same location. Students may be required to share rooms with other students. 

      Local Transportation

      Transportation within Hungary will be by train and shuttle bus. 


      Due to the nature of this field school, participants will be away from their accommodation base most days. Some special group meals will be covered by the trip costs however, students will be required to cover the majority of their meals while in Hungary. Please plan accordingly.


      We will be travelling and visiting a diverse range of different visitor attractions, destinations and other natural settings. Students are expected to participate in all activities as part of their educational experience. 

      Overseas Travel Dates

      Overseas travel dates are currently scheduled for departure from Vancouver on April 22, 2018 and return to Vancouver on May 3, 2018.  This schedule aims to allow all interested students to participate as the departure date is at the end of the 2018 Spring term examination period and the return date is prior to the start of the 2018 Summer term. 

      Important: overseas travel dates are subject to change based on group flight availability and booking limitations. Exact flight times and routing will be confirmed during the mandatory Pre-departure orientation sessions. 

      Conditions of Participation 

      As a condition of enrollment, all students will be required to provide written acknowledgement and consent of risks and terms of participation (which include agreeing to abide by Capilano University’s and the host institution’s rules, regulations and code of conduct, and acknowledging their personal liability).

      Capilano University does not arrange medical travel insurance or flight cancellation insurance; this is the responsibility of each program participant. Students are required to obtain and provide proof of adequate health insurance, obtain all appropriate travel documents (visa, passport, etc.) and read all materials provided by the Centre for International Experience (including emails and admission details).

      Students are expected to accept responsibility for the preparations for their study abroad experience. All communications regarding the program (e.g., course enrollment, fee payments, accommodation arrangements, etc.) are made directly with the student. We cannot discuss details with non-participants, including parents or guardians, unless the student agrees to such disclosure and is present at those discussions.

      Fees and Fee Payment


      The program fee for the Hungary Field School will be between $3000-$3300. Set price will be announced in September.

      The program fee includes:

      • return international airfare
      • double occupancy accommodations in Hungary for the entire duration of the overseas portion of the field school (9 nights)
      • airport and local transfers in Hungary
      • industry and cultural visits
      • program field trips and excursions
      • 2-3 group meals

      The program fee does NOT include:

      • tuition fees
      • tuition surcharges
      • passport/visa fees
      • meals other than those specified in the final itinerary
      • travel to and from Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
      • transportation expenses other than those included in the final itinerary
      • other personal expenses

      Budgeting tips:

      • Students should budget for meals buses and taxis.
      • The 2017-18 domestic student tuition fee (including surcharges) for an upper-level business courses is $523.74..
      • A number of financial awards and funding opportunities are available to students participating in this field school. Please see the tab below for details. 
      Fee Payment

      All fee payments including acceptance deposit, program fee installments and tuition fee payments must be made either online via the Student Information Web Service system or in-person directly at the cashier’s office. For more information about acceptable fee-payment methods, please see the Payment Options portion of the University’s website. 

      Payment Schedule

      Successful applicants to the Hungary Field School will be given special access to register in the Hungary Field School course during the 2018 Spring term course registration period (November 14-23, 2017). Upon registration in the course, students will be required to make a non-refundable $350 deposit.

      Deposit  $350 November 23, 2017
      1st Installment TBD TBD
      2nd Installment TBD TBD


      Note: Tuition fees are not included in the Field School Program Fee. All tuition fees will follow the standard 2018 Spring course fee payment schedule. 


      Awards & Funding

      Students selected to participate in the 2018 Hungary Field School may be eligible for financial awards, funding and/or scholarships. 

      External Awards

      These Study Abroad scholarships are awards, scholarships and grants offered by external organizations for students participating in an international experience as part of their post-secondary education. 

      Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society 

      The Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society, in partnership with the Victoria Foundation, hosts a suite of international scholarships designed to support students from BC in studying abroad. Successful applicants must clearly demonstrate academic merit as well as significant involvement in their community and/or school. 

      One World International Scholarship

      Scholarships are available to students pursuing study or work abroad programs that are either: 

      1. carry academic credit recognized by their home institution. (These scholarships are valued at $1,000 to $3,500 each); or
      2. offer an opportunity for experiential learning, usually involving language and/or cultural training, but does not carry academic credit . (These scholarships are valued at $1,000 each)  

      Application forms, application process, and eligibility requirements can be found on the Irving K. Barber Scholarship Society website.  


      Internal Awards

      Capilano University administers a variety of scholarships, bursaries, and awards each term. Review the Scholarships, Bursaries, and Awards page for most up-to-date information about minimum eligibility criteria, deadline and application requirements. 

      NOTE: All eligible students accepted to the Hungary Field School will be considered for internal awards administered by nomination. Awards administered by departmental nomination do not require an application. If you are nominated to receive an award, you will be contacted in writing by Financial Aid and Awards. 

      Business Management Link Award

      An educational join venture between Capilano University School of Business, specifically the Marketing Management option, and community businesses have established a permanent fund with the Capilano University Foundation. The purpose of this fund is to provide awards to Business Administration students at Capilano University.

      Selection Criteria:

      1. given to student with career goals in Marketing who are selected to participate in the Capilano University School on Business International Exchange program to study abroad on an interim basis and return to Capilano University to complete their BBA
      2. minimum award eligibility criteria, as established by Capilano University

      Margaret Fane-Rutledge Foundation Award

      Margaret was a Canadian aviation pioneer. She was the first female to hold a commercial pilot’s license. Margaret began her aviation career with a bush pilot company in the north and she became friends with Amelia Earhart. She formed a group of female aviators called the “group of seven” and finished her career as the founder of Canadian Pacific Airlines where she led the Human Resources division. Margaret never regarded herself as special because she was a female aviator; she believed that people can achieve what they set out to do.

      Minimum Eligibility Requirements:

      1. current enrollment in the Faculty of Business and Professional Studies
      2. preference for female student
      3. acceptance into Study Abroad program
      4. demonstrate financial need (as determined by Financial Aid and Awards
      5. meets minimum award eligibility criteria, as establish by Capilano University, unless otherwise specified above

      Neptune Terminals International Experience Award

      This award was established in 2009 by Neptune Bulk Terminals (Canada) Ltd. as part of their commitment to supporting education on the North Shore in the field of international trade. The award supports Capilano business students who have been selected to participate in an international field school or other international education experience at Capilano University, with a preference for North Shore residents.

      Minimum Eligibility Requirements:

      1. current enrollment in a Capilano University business program
      2. selected to participate in an international field school or other international education experience at Capilano University
      3. preference given to North Shore residents
      4. minimum award eligibility criteria, as establish by Capilano University, unless otherwise specified above

      ACDEG International Scholarship

      The ACDEG International Scholarship supports students pursuing opportunities for international experience while studying at Capilano University.

      Selection Criteria:

      1. Enrolled in a study abroad program or other international education experience administered by Capilano University;
      2. Minimum scholarship eligibility criteria as established by Capilano University.


      Other Funding

      Hungarian Fund

      This fund was created by Catherine and Les Vertesi in the names of Les’ parents, Miklos and Anna Vertesi. The Vertesi family escaped and came to Canada when the USSR control of Hungary was secured in 1949. As new Canadians, they both worked hard to provide their two children with the kind of educational opportunities they would never had if they had stayed in Hungary. Both Dr. and Mrs. Vertesi have had a commitment to student mobility and internationalization and established the Hungarian Exchange Fund to assist students who wish to participate in a study abroad experience between Canada and Hungary.

      Selection Criteria:

      1. Open to an exchange student from Hungary as recommended by a Capilano University Hungarian partner institution; or, open to a Capilano University student visiting Hungary on a study abroad experience as recommended by faculty or the CIE
      2. Minimum GPA 2.67
      3. Generally supports students at the 200 level of study or above
      4. Current enrollment

      This award is by nomination only. Students cannot apply for this award. Students selected for the Hungary Field School will be automatically considered for this funding.


      How to Apply

      Step 1: Apply

      Complete the online Field School Application Form. There is no application fee. We require a minimum number of applications to proceed with the Field School. The application deadline is October 20, 2017.

      Note: If you are applying from another institution, you must first apply to Capilano University as a Visiting Student. Please see How to Apply to Field Schools for Non-CapU Students

      Step 2: Interview

      All applicants will be interviewed by the Field School leaders prior to acceptance. Interviews will be held October 22-Nov 8, 2017. Interviews will be scheduled using Doodle and instructions will be sent to applicants on receipt of their completed online application. 

      Step 3: Register

      All successful candidates will be notified via email. Selected students will be permitted to register in the Field School course during the 2018 Spring online course registration period that runs November 14-23, 2017. Detailed course registration instructions will be provided to accepted students via email.

      Step 4: Pay Deposit

      Registered students will be required to confirm their commitment to the Field School program by paying a $350 non-refundable Field School program deposit by November 23, 2017. Deposit payments can be made directly to the Capilano University cashier's office or online through the Student Information Web Service. 

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      Travel Dates: April 22 - May 3, 2018

      Open to: Capilano University students from all programs who will have completed 30 academic credits by the end of Fall 2017

      Cost: Subject to change - $2950 (excluding tuition fees)

      Course: 3 credit upper level course

      Leaders: Mitra Kiamanesh & Allen Zhu

      Course Outline: BADM324

      Application Deadline:  November 17, 2017

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