Andrea Pócsik

What is your area of research? How long have you been working in this field? How long have you been lecturing at PPCU?
My main research topics are media archaeology, documentary (anthropological) filmmaking, socially engaged art, cultural and memory studies, Roma representation. They seem to be very far from each other but there are many intersections, overlapping fields. I have been teaching at PPCU for 7 years.

When you were a university student yourself, did you ever study abroad? If you did, what courses did you take?
Yes. In Moscow: Russian literature and linguistics.

How did you choose the country and the university, and how much information did you have about the courses and the lecturers before your visit?
It was a unique opportunity: I knew very little about it. It was a multicultural environment (students from all over the world) and a prestigious institution (Pushkin Institute).

Have you got any recent teaching experience at foreign universities and with the students of these universities?
No, not a regular guest lecturer, but I took part in Erasmus Teachers’ Mobility Program and gave lectures at the Catholic University of Lisbon.

Your lectures here, at PPCU, are very popular with foreign students. To what reasons do you attribute this?
First of all, I try to adjust my course topics to the background knowledge of the students. I try to involve them actively in class discussions, I organize extracurricular activities.

How easy is it to find the way to your guest students, to reach them and to get on with them?
It depends on their ambitions, motivations but I think they appreciate a lot if the teacher is interested in their opinion, thoughts, so their contribution to the classroom activities is valued.

Are you able to make time for your foreign students out of the tight timeframes of the lectures?
Yes, at least I make efforts.

Can you contribute to broadening your foreign students' horizon about Hungary and Hungarian culture?
Yes, definitely. I try to choose examples for analysis, case studies that are not just professionally useful but give more information about Hungary.

What do you like about teaching foreign students?
I am interested in their experiences about Hungary and our university, in their cultural, social background, their educational system.

How can you introduce your foreign students to our university, its past and its spirit?
I make and ask them describe, analyse and interpret it.

Could you mention any differences between Hungarian and foreign students in terms of their needs or expectations?
Yes, apart from their needs to get enough credits and choose the right courses they would like to know more about Hungary and they are more open to discussions about comparisons of their own and other European countries.

Do you ever give your Hungarian students advice on where to spend their Erasmus scholarship? What aspects do you take into consideration when you do so?
Yes, I suggested them many times the Catholic University of Lisbon because I know it well. But I give them advice in general: I find Erasmus an excellent opportunity.

Last but not least, when you have spare time, how do you usually spend it?
I spend it with my family, my friends and my dog, I like walking. But I am highly interested in contemporary art events (exhibitions, concerts, festivals, film screenings, etc.) so I go out as much as I can.