Information about Erasmus (for incoming students)

The Erasmus Programme of the European Union aims at improving the quality of education and fostering European cooperation. Various opportunities for student and staff mobility are offered, enabling BA, MA and doctoral students, as well as scientific and administrative staff at OR-ZSE and its partner institutions to visit each other. Students are encouraged to spend a semester abroad (credit mobility) during their studies, whereas staff can carry out research, build their academic network, acquire new skills and also observe good institutional practices in those institutions.

OR-ZSE submitted an application to the European Committee for accreditation in Spring 2020. Upon approval, and having entered the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education, inter-institutional agreements will be signed.

Why coming to OR-ZSE?

The Jewish Theological Seminary (Landesrabbinerschule) of Budapest was opened in 1877, as an “offspring” of the Breslau seminary, and quickly becoming the spiritual and intellectual centre of neologist (positive-historical) Judaism in Hungary. Now called Jewish Theological Seminary – University of Jewish Studies (OR-ZSE), it is a full-fledged university with a broad profile, including rabbinical and cantorial training programmes, Jewish studies, social work and community work and a doctoral school. Except for the rabbinical and cantorial training programmes, OR-ZSE equally accepts Jewish and non-Jewish students. We are especially proud of the cultural richness of our student body and the cross-denominational diversity of our faculty.

This small and cosy institution with a rich history represents a singular aspect of our shared European cultural heritage. Its vibrant student community, its professors specialized in rabbinical studies, cantorial arts, Judaism, Hungarian Jewry and the social sciences, their expertise in pastoral care, social work and community work, as well as the institution’s unique Judaica library collection, welcomes all students and scholars, from Europe and overseas, of any cultural background and denomination.

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Recommended links (under development):

  • Course catalogue recommended for incoming Erasmus students (for the academic year 2021-2022)
  • Useful information about OR-ZSE, about Budapest and Hungary for incoming students and staff
  • Erasmus news
  • List of inter-institutional agreements
  • Erasmus Charter for Higher Education in English (pdf) and Hungarian (pdf)
  • Erasmus Policy Statement of OR-ZSE in English (pdf) and Hungarian (pdf)
  • Erasmus information for OR-ZSE students and staff in Hungarian