Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is a non-profit international student organisation. Our mission is to represent international students, thus provide opportunities for cultural understanding and self-development under the principle of Students Helping Students. Therefore, we organise leisure activities (for example, sightseeings, trips, parties and etc.) in order to create networking opportunities and share experiences and information with our incoming students.
Sheyda Suleymanova (President)
Ayan Mirzayeva (IT manager)
Marti Sluka (Vice President)
Emmi Sperrhake (HR manager)
Özge Dagitan (PR manager)
Balint Pokoly (Treasurer)
You can contact us anytime!
What a day, what a crowd! IBS students truly come from all over the world! It's good to get together once in a while to show our diversity!
Our Erasmus students always get the most out of their stay in Budapest. Besides studying, they visit the most famous places and attractions of the city and they make lifelong friendships. Join them and have the time of your life in Budapest.
Our Erasmus students threw a party on St. Patrick's Day.
IBS Erasmus students had a great time on Balaton. They did a lot of fun activities such as swimming, playing badminton, and enjoying the nice weather.
Our Erasmus students participated at the National Platform in Debrecen.
Our IBS Erasmus students threw a grill party. They had a great time trying new flavours, and hanging out with friends.
Our next guest is Ayan Mirzayeva, the Azerbaijani student of BSc in Financial Management. She shared her IBS experience with our website readers.
How would you describe IBS and your degree programme to our readers?
IBS is a business school where students from different backgrounds are studying business, getting vital experience and developing key skills for further career.
I study BSc in Financial Management. Although it is the most difficult bachelor’s programme here, I am very satisfied with my choice. This programme is for those who can deal with numbers, because finance is all about counting money and managing business.
How do you like IBS campus?
IBS campus is located in Graphisoft park. There are a lot of different companies around the campus, which creates the truly business environment. The buildings are up-to-date and well equipped.
What are the main advantages of International Business School compared to other higher education institutions?
First, what I like in IBS is that the seminars are interactive and each seminar has Power Point slides in which the topic is shown structural and schematic. Second, the Moodle system helps a lot in studies. We can access all the material there: presentations, articles, titles of books for reading and get the information about the requirements for assignments, deadlines and marking criteria. Third, we are given a lot of opportunities to improve our working experience and skills. For example, a lot of group works, written assignments, practises, learning how to write CV and introduce yourself. Moreover, there are job fairs at IBS, where students can learn about the companies and opportunities for work.
How did Hungary attract you and make you choose this country for bachelor’s studies?
I always wanted to study in Europe. I chose this country mainly because of the university. I really liked the IBS and the opportunities that it gives in life, so it was the major factor influencing my choice.
What were your first impressions about Hungary when you first arrived here?
I’ve never been in Hungary, so it was my first time and I didn’t know what I should expect. I was pretty much surprised, because Budapest is very beautiful city.
Could you share your student life? What do IBS students do in their free time?
Of course, most of the time we have to study in order to pass all exams with good grades. It can be quite challenging to have free time. But I mostly spend my free time on hobbies: literature, photography and movies. Honestly, there are a lot to do in this city. You can go walking or cycling in parks, along Danube river or just out in the streets. Or you can go out with friends, sit in cafe with cup of coffee.
What was your favourite subject and professor during your studies so far? Why do you like him/her?
I can’t name the one particular professor. But overall, I like all of them in this semester, because I made my own schedule with seminar leaders that I prefer. Regarding the subjects, I enjoy my Accounting for Managers and Marketing classes. I’ve been interested in Accounting since last year. I can say that it changed my opinion about final programme choice. Because of this subject I understood that working with numbers isn’t that boring. The Marketing class is rather new for me, I’ve been studying it for almost 2 months and I find it very interesting. In this module I learned a lot about the strategies of companies, the promotion and advertising, the creation of brand for products I use in everyday life. This field interests me, that is why I like the subject.
Emmi Sperrhake, our second year student from Germany talks about herself and shares her IBS and Budapest experience with us.
How did you choose IBS to come and study here?
I begin from earlier. I was not really the type who wanted to study. After high school I took smaller jobs, I worked in a hotel and a fast-food restaurant, but I did not fully enjoy these jobs. I went to the US as an Au-pair and I worked there for almost two years, first in Fairfax, Virginia, then in San Antonio, Texas, later in Princeton, New Jersey, where I audited a social psychology class at the Princeton university. At a point I realized that you have to work a lot, do jobs that you don’t enjoy, and still you make very little money. You can do better if you have a degree, so I decided to study.
First, I wanted to study in Scotland but then I met my Hungarian ex-boyfriend. I met him in the US. We both worked there, and later we moved together to Dortmund, where we lived for a year. He wanted to go back home and I decided to come with him to Hungary. So, I moved to Hungary because of him but I stayed because I enjoy the student life in Budapest a lot.
Did you find IBS through him?
No, I found it myself. I researched every university in Hungary in the Budapest area. I was sure I wanted to study in English and also, that I want to go into business.
How did you choose psychology and business?
I am interested in human resources and marketing, both seems really exciting for me. I am in my second year at IBS, I have just chosen my specialization in psychology. I did an internship in marketing this summer in the Deutschen Edelstahlwerke in Witten, a steel company in Germany where they produce stainless steel. I might go back to this company to do an internship next summer again. During my first year at IBS, we studied a lot of IT, which proved to be very useful during my internship; I really had to apply all those knowledge and computer skills. My task was to take care of intranet marketing towards the employees.
What does that mean? Was it a kind of internal marketing?
Yes. In Germany there is a lack of workers, I mean physical workers. So, the jobs should be made attractive for them. I did both towards the workers who were already working there in the factory and towards those who the factory wanted to recruit. I also worked a lot with new apprentices, for example, those students who were still in high schools and did not know much about the company, we informed them about the factory to help their decision where to go on after school.
What is it that you are really interested in psychology from a business point of view?
My favourite subject right now is behavioural economics. That gives you information of how people make decisions, and the rationale behind these decisions. It is good to “look into people’s head.” I am going to give a presentation about altruism, if it is really possible and how it can affect the economy. I never thought it could but actually it can. It can influence business a lot. Donating money, for example, to non-profit organizations is very complex and even though these companies are not profit oriented, in the end they do have a profit. Or, those who donate, are they really doing it because they want to be “good” and selfless? They can deduct these donations from their taxes in some ways and they always get something out of it. Being “good” is very rewarding for promotion purposes as well. It is very interesting to learn to see these things from different economic viewpoints.
I think you would be eligible to have a semester somewhere abroad as an Erasmus student. Do you plan to do that?
Yes, I might, but honestly, I would prefer an internship. As the previous one really proved to be very useful for me. It could also be a chance to set foot in a company, to build relationships.
What are you doing in your free time?
During the first year I was very involved with the Erasmus students, I lived like them and I often went out with them, I was partying with them. We travelled a lot with the international students; we went to Prague, Vienna, Bratislava, Croatia, etc. This year is a bit different. I became an Erasmus mentor, we help Erasmus students if they have questions or organize events around the city. I know the town already well enough to be able to do that, and I am less into partying this year. Last year I rented a place with five other Erasmus students. This year I am living with an American and a Finish full time student, at Astoria, it is absolutely great to live in downtown.
Do you support yourself, as IBS is a relatively expensive school?
I am very independent, I support myself, but I have to save a lot. The German State gives me a kind of a loan. I need to pay back approx. 50 % of it, but the state gives me time. They wait until I have a good, safe and secure job before I have to start paying back.
What are your long-term plans?
I probably would like to go to the UK. I would like to work there and do my MA. There are programs where you can study and work at the same time.