Deak Ferenc in Hungary
Deák Ferenc is a bilingual public high school in Szeged, a city in the southeast of Hungary famous for its universities and rich cultural life. The Hungarian exchange differs in several respects from other programs. Brooks students find themselves in a country in which few, aside from some teachers and students at the school, speak English. Since Deák Ferenc is a day school, Brooks students live with host families. Because of language differences, Deák Ferenc created special courses for the exchange students in Hungarian language and literature and music. Students from Brooks study mathematics and Hungarian history, classes also taught in English, with their Hungarian peers.
"I've always had the dream of traveling to Europe and I would've never imagined that the first country I visit would be Hungary — but I'm glad that it was. I have learned about the lifestyle and the history of Hungary and have even learned to navigate the public transportation system. This experience has taught me to not rely on others but to learn to become independent. I have been able to venture out of my comfort zone and try new things, try new food, see new places, and meet new people. I became comfortable with my surroundings here and will truly miss the people I've met here and the sun city of Szeged."
Elaine Perez ’17Projected Participants 4 students
Dates of Travel End of February/Early March 2020, for five weeks
The Brooks School Exchange Program, founded in 1986, promotes the global education of students from Brooks and its partner schools in Botswana, Hungary, Scotland, Spain, France and Peru. By living abroad as residents in other school communities, our students are challenged to extend themselves to another place, another culture, another people – and, most importantly, to be affected by them, to be changed by them. We are confident that experiencing this transformative process of enculturation makes our students more empathetic and engaged global citizens.
"My trip to Hungary was one of the, if not the most, memorable and enjoyable times of my life ... I feel like I grew a lot. I fully immersed into the Hungarian high school life, playing soccer with my classmates, trying a large variety of Hungarian cuisine, and hanging out with my Hungarian friends in a board game coffeehouse. I miss the food, the people, the trees and flowers, everything about the city."
Tianshu Wang '19