Admission guide

Foreign citizens enrolling in the Institute must be over 16 years. The Institute is a state school, therefore the diploma it issues is acknowledged by the Hungarian State.

Levels of education

  • Acrobat (secondary qualification), 8 terms
  • Acrobat artist (higher qualification), 9 terms

System of education

Foundation (Terms 1-4)

During these semesters our students attain the basics of the different fields of circus arts: acrobatics, juggling, unicycling, trapeze, vertical rope, pantomime, dancing, balancing on a ball, wire, stilts etc.

Specialization (Terms 5-8)

Training continues in the chosen field, and also in other areas that may complement the main subject (e.g. dancing). Theoretical subjects: The rudiments of economy and low; Circus history.

Students who pass the final examination at the end of the 8th term are awarded the qualification of 'Acrobat'. The final examination may only be taken by those who have received 'general education'. In Hungary, it means completing 10 classes in primary education. Foreign citizens must have an equivalent certificate.

Artist training (Term 9)

  • numbers get the 'finishing touch'
  • students gain experience by performing in various shows
  • students write their thesis in circus history, art theory or methodology

At the end of the term, students can obtain the qualification of 'Acrobat Artist'. The final exam may only be taken by those who have a General Certificate of Education. Foreign citizens must have an equivalent certificate.

Preliminary circus education is not required, but advantageous, because the candidate may be enrolled in a higher class, or the duration of training may be shorter. Decisions concerning enrolment in higher classes is made by the teaching staff.

Course exemption may only be granted for the Terms 1-4 (foundation semesters). The state certificate can only be issued to those who have completed Terms 5-8.

We offer training in most areas of circus arts, except for taming of animals and conjuring.

Every school year is divided into 2 terms: the first is from September to January, the second from February to June.

Holidays

  • Autumn holiday: 4-7 days at the end of October
  • Winter holiday: 10-14 days from the end of December to the beginning of January
  • Spring holiday: 4-7 days in April
  • Summer holiday: from mid-June to the end of August

(The above information is for guidance only. The exact dates are set by the Director of the Institute).

Lectures (classes) are held in Hungarian, so our foreign students get the opportunity to practise the language as well. Our teachers speak several languages, so initial difficulties can be overcome easily.

Courses take place in the morning and in the afternoon, too. We try to do our best to fit the schedule to our students' needs. Subjects and number of classes are also set with regard to personal requirements.

Tuition fee is 250 EUR per term, and must be paid in full, in advance of each term.

Short courses

Students may enrol for short courses, as well. No state diploma can be issued for the completion of short courses, but students do get a certificate. Short courses can be started at any time of the year, irrespective of terms. We offer this type of training to those who have not yet decided whether or not they want to do the whole course. In other words, this is a way to get a 'taste' of the Institute. Also, some students may only want to extend their knowledge in just one field (e.g. acrobatics).

Tuition fee for short courses is 550 EUR per month, and must be paid in full, in advance of each month.

We regret we are unable to provide room and board (tuition fee is exclusive of these). However, we kindly offer assistance to find suitable accommodation.