the application process

1.

Determine if you meet the eligibility requirements

Participants must be of Hungarian heritage.

Participants must be between the ages of 18 and 28 and have a high school diploma.

Participants must be either U.S. or Canadian citizens.

Participants must not have lived in Hungary past the age of 12.

2.

Fill out the online application and submit it by the deadline specified.

What you will need to upload with your application:

High quality current headshot for publicity materials;

Two recommendation letters (professional or personal, addressing your suitability for the pprogram);

Copy of high school diploma or current year college transcript;

A video essay in which you describe your Hungarian background, your experiences of being Hungarian, your current involvement in the Hungarian-American community (if any), and how you plan to give back to the Hungarian-American community and promote the program upon your return;

A written essay (max. 1000 words) in which you describe the first time you realized you were Hungarian, your experiences of being Hungarian in North America, and the reason why you should be selected for the program (in .pdf format).

3.

Selection of participants

The number of participants is limited per trip to ensure an optimal experience. After meeting eligibility requirements, participants will be selected based on the strength of their recommendations and essays. Final selections will be subject to a phone interview with the ReConnect Hungary team. Participants selected for the trip will be informed by email in March. Once selected, you will be asked to provide us with a valid credit card for your $300 non-refundable deposit (the remaining $1,200 will be due by check later), and you will receive a contract to be signed, which covers the terms of the program and rules of conduct during the trip.

4.

Online orientation course

You and the other selected participants will take an online orientation course. You will get a multimedia introduction to Hungarian accomplishments, history, culture and language. There will be suggested reading material consisting of a travel book, a language primer (list of 100 basic words and phrases), a fictional work, and a film. Participation in the course is mandatory.