Zsolt Almási

What is your area of research? How long have you been working in this field? How long have you been lecturing at PPCU?
My research includes Shakespeare philology, Shakespeare's theatrical reception in Hungary, digital philology, digital culture.

When you were a university student yourself, did you ever study abroad? If you did, what courses did you take?
As a PhD student, I spent twice two months in the Shakespeare Institute (Stratford-Upon-Avon, Anglia) where I did not attend courses, but rather did research for my PhD thesis.

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 an easy choice: fantastic infrastructure, especially the library, and I knew some scholars there, who have become my scholarly friends since then.

Have you been a guest lecturer at any universities abroad? Do you have work experience with teachers/instructors at foreign universities?
Yes, there used to be rather fruitful cooperation between the Radboud University (Nijmegen, The Netherlands) and our university. This cooperation occassioned meeting and working with colleagues and teaching Dutch students, too.

Your lectures here, at PPCU, are very popular with foreign students. To what reasons do you attribute this?
I don't know. Maybe the title of the course, maybe some private information circulating about the class among incoming students.

How easy is it to find the way to your guest students, to reach them and to get on with them?
It is rather easy, as they are kind, open and I try to respond to these in a similar kind.

Are you able to make time for your foreign students out of the tight timeframes of the lectures?
Occasionally, after class, we have a short chat about various topics related to their home university, life in Budapest and at PPCU.

Can you contribute to broadening your foreign students' horizon about Hungary and Hungarian culture?
I try to call attention to Hungarian theatrical life with a focus on Shakespeare's plays.

What do you like about teaching foreign students?
I like about them that their presence at the class makes it natural that we communicate in English, and that they bring new perspectives to the discussions. But first and foremost that they are so very much like us, we share the same values, cultural heritage.

Could you mention any differences between Hungarian and foreign students in terms of their needs or expectations?
Not really.

How can you introduce your foreign students to our university, its past and its spirit?
With doing what we are doing well and with openness.

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, my experience with the given university.

Last but not least, when you have spare time, how do you usually spend it?
I do sports whenever I have time. And also I try to watch the latest Shakespeare performances.