Rector of Budapest Business School Prof. Dr. Balázs Heidrich is the Programme Director of BSc in Business Administration and Management. Director of Budapest LAB Entrepreneurship Centre Dr. László Radácsi is in charge of the Team Academy specialisation module. Head of Department Dr. Karina Szászvári heads the Department of Management, which is responsible for running the specialisation.
How to apply?
Students who meet the requirements listed in the information brochure on specialisations can apply for Team Academy. Further details and current information are available on Team Academy’s Facebook page.
Entry requirements to the Team Academy specialisation are identical with those of other specialisations offered by the Faculty of Finance and Accountancy, but students have to meet the following extra requirements.
Taking a written test, which is designed to examine the applicants’ personality type, their willingness to take risks, their attitude towards entrepreneurship and motivation, as well as their behaviour in teams.
An orientation interview, held individually or in a group, for assessing students’ suitability for this kind of specialisation programme. Students can find more information about this process in their ‘Neptun’ course registration system, and also on the notice board of the Department of Management located in Building ‘A’ of the Faculty of Finance and Accountancy.
How much engagement does the programme require?
The duration of the programme is three semesters, and in the first two semesters students are required to participate in Team Academy courses on two days a week, while in the last semester they can expect to be engaged in Team Academy activities for 40 hours per week. (Students complete their professional internship placements in the businesses they establish.) Nevertheless, the successful running of the businesses and the students’ individual development may demand investing even more time in completing the programme.
The programme begins with an intensive week in early September, during which entrepreneur teams are set up and business ideas are developed, to be further elaborated by the teams.
How does Team Academy work? What are the requirements of completing the programme?
Team Academy does not feature traditional ways of teaching: there are no classroom-based lessons in this programme. Students attending this programme take part in various training sessions held in an informal learning environment while sitting on couches or beanbags. Besides participating in training sessions and working in their businesses, they also visit professional events. All these activities are facilitated and supervised by coaches. The last semester of the programme is constituted by compulsory professional internship placements: students complete their internship while working in their own businesses.
Due to the special nature of the programme, requirements differ from the ones associated with familiar university settings. Programme coaches assess students’ performance based on a set of professional criteria measuring students’ achievements of the completion of project tasks and assignments, participation in professional events, doing readings, and performance in students’ own businesses.
Is it really necessary to set up a company?
In the scope of the programme, experiential learning methods are used, and the process of jointly establishing a company with team members greatly contributes to gaining experience and successfully achieving learning objectives. Therefore, students are expected to register and establish their own businesses in their own professional interest. Such a professional experience will considerably enhance students’ success in their future career: after graduation from the University, students – in their capacity as fresh graduates – will enter the labour market equipped with one and a half years of valuable professional experience.
Do I have to speak English well?
The programme is offered in Hungarian. However, as Team Academy is member of, and operates, in an international network, a good command of spoken English is required. There will be some professional events where the official language will be English, and, in addition, there will be compulsory reading assignments in English (but please note that these texts will not be very complicated language-wise).