Erzsébet Földházi

What is your area of research? How long have you been working in this field? How long have you been lecturing at PPCU?
Within sociology I have dealt with partnerships, dissolution of marriages and cohabitations for already more than 15 years. I have been teaching at PPCU for almost 10 years.

When you were a university student yourself, did you ever study abroad? If you did, what courses did you take?
When I was a university student I did not study abroad. In those days there were less opportunities for this.

Have you got any recent teaching experience at foreign universities and with the students of these universities?
I have only indirect experience from our students studying abroad and from foreign students studying at PPCU.
I have not taught at any foreign universities, but I did spent a longer period at a research institute abroad, at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock, where I studied, and researched, as well.

Your lectures here, at PPCU, are very popular with foreign students. To what reasons do you attribute this?
In many cases the course is chosen because the topic is familiar with them: connected to their studies at their home university, or completes that, maybe uses another aspect of the topic. For others, the course is attractive, because they have never studied anything like this, however, the topic is close to everyday life.

How easy is it to find the way to your guest students, to reach them and to get on with them?
Usually they are very interested, open and are keen on discussions. In the classes we touch on the characteristics – in regards to family sociology – of the countries where the students came from, every time. They find it very interesting. I also get new information through these conversations.

Are you able to make time for your foreign students out of the tight timeframes of the lectures?
Most of the time the contact is limited to the classes, however sometimes we talk out of classes, as well.

Can you contribute to broadening your foreign students' horizon about Hungary and Hungarian culture?
Sure, mainly through giving knowledge on Hungary, also connected to the curriculum, and also with cultural events and sights.

Why do you like to teach foreign students?
Mainly because of the diversity of students, their countries, their opinions and their views.

Could you mention any differences between Hungarian and foreign students in terms of their needs or expectations?
I do not see basic differences.

Can you contribute to broadening your foreign students' horizon about Hungary and Hungarian culture?
I think, before students arrive at PPCU they orient themselves about the chosen university, so they have certain information. Usually I ask their motivation behind their choice, I inquire about their expectations. At the end of the semester, I ask about their experiences as well.

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, we speak about this topic sometimes. I think it is important that the student be interested in the culture of the chosen country, and that the university be close to the professional interests of the student.

Last but not least, when you have spare time, how do you usually spend it?
In my free time I like to read, run and hike.