Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology


Within the Bologna structure education is broken down into three cycles: 3 years of basic training leading to a bachelor’s degree (BA), 2 years of training for a master’s degree (MA) and 4 years (2+2) for a doctoral degree (PhD). At master’s level, in addition to general training in ethnology students can also take a specialised course in dance anthropology. Renowned foreign guest teachers regularly take part in the teaching which means that students with foreign-language skills have a big advantage. Our former students who have graduated can find employment as teachers, museologists, researchers and programme organisers in various institutions, schools, local governments and in the media.
Our department has built up an extensive network of international connections within the Erasmus programme that has enabled our students to study in Bulgaria, Croatia, Finland, Germany, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, Spain and the United Kingdom. A few are pursuing doctoral studies abroad (Germany, Turkey). Our department offers students coming to us within the frame of the Erasmus programme courses in English and German on varied subjects (e.g.: religion, dance, ethnographical film-making, cultural heritage, folkloristics, etc.), giving them an insight into ethnological research being carried out in Hungary and in the Szeged ethnological workshop. More detailed information on the courses can be found on our university’s Erasmus website that also gives access to the courses of other faculties and departments. Erasmus students have the opportunity to take Hungarian language courses which are offered by the Institute for Communication in Foreign Languages.
Right from the start the department has taken part in CEEPUS, the Central European Network System. Within the Erasmus Mundus programme since 2013 it has also been a participant in an international training course on dance anthropology – CHOREOMUNDUS.


Teachers of our department regularly involve students in fieldwork in regions and settlements of the Carpathian Basin. Every second year we organise an international student seminar on a chosen theme (Seminarium Ethnologicum Szegediense = SemEthnoSz), attended by university students and their teachers from various countries of Europe. We also deal with the study of recent cultural phenomena, such as the relationship of modernity and tradition, popular culture, contemporary feast days, and youth subcultures. Also every second year we hold the international Szeged Conference on Ethnology of Religion and publish the papers presented. Our department’s research on the ethnology of religion is supported by the Devotio Hungarorum Foundation. Through its bilingual and its foreign-language (English, German) publications, the department strives to be present in the public life of European ethnology. The MTA-SZTE (Hungarian Academy of Sciences–University of Szeged) Research Group for the Study of Religious Culture is attached to our department.

Student life

Students have their own association in the department that supports the students’ initiatives. They organise various programmes, film screenings, discussions and conferences and also join in international cooperation. Part of the curriculum is the study trip in the spring semester that always takes participants to new regions. We help students producing high standard research work to have their work published in national and regional journals as well as in our own publications. Past and present students are members of the Sándor Solymossy Association that organises meetings in Szeged every second year. The foreign students can also join in the everyday life of the department, feel at home in our city and leave with good experiences. We provide an opportunity for them to introduce their own university and their research to the Hungarian students.

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