II Rakoczi Ferenc Secondary School of Economics, Budapest

II Rakoczi Ferenc School of Economics is a state school with great traditions dating back to 103 years. Since its foundation it has been providing vocational training in the downtown of Budapest, called Erzsebetvaros.

For 67 years, the secondary school has been an apprenticeship of the Economics and Corvinus University, and its leading teachers are also involved in teachers’ training.

In the 4-storey building, the students have classrooms equipped with digital devices, a cozy courtyard and a large terrace. The 2 gyms, the library, the 5 IT specialist rooms, the group and self-made islands in the school corridor all serve the development of our students. The school was awarded the Microsoft Innovative and Partner School titles, Reference School, EBCL and ECDL Test Center.

The schoo’s main profiles are now economics and tourism. Students study basic economics and law and set up their own business venture, which makes it possible for them to get acquainted with the basic terminology of economics and the world of work.  the

Now we have three different types of classes:

Tourism class:

This training is recommended for students who like learning languages, would like to work as a guide, a travel agent, an interpreter or event organizer. After completing 4 years of vocational training, the student will receive a professional qualification in tourism-hospitality.

Economics class:

The students study basic economics, law and can work in the economic sector (banks, bookkeeping, insurance, public finances).

In both classes, from grade 11 students can choose a second foreign language: German, Italian or Russian.

1+4 economics class with languages:

In the ‘zero’ year the students have 12 English, 6 German and 5 IT lessons every week, plus Maths, Grammar and PE. The next year they start studying subjects like economics, science, history and continue learning two foreign languages.

After graduation, it is possible to obtain a sector-based vocational qualification (financial accountant or tourist organizer) at school within one or two years.

The schedule of the school year/day:

  • Autumn break: 3-5 days at the end of October
  • Winter break: last week of December and first week of January
  • Spring break; first week of April
  • Final exams for school-leavers: second part of June
  • Summer break: middle of June to the end of August
  • A regular school day starts at 8.300, with 45-minute-long lessons and it usually lasts till about 15.00.

Out-of-school programs:

  • Project Week about financial awareness
  • ‘Relationship Program’ – cooperation between healthy and disabled children and acceptance of otherness
  • Professional Days – students can meet with representatives of the economic sector.
  • Debate club – to raise awareness of conscious communication

Summary school video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yaydht7T2SI