MISI Hungarian School - 2018 Spring Semester Registration Sticky

MISI Hungarian School Registration

The classes are designed to provide the children the opportunity to succeed to read and write in Hungarian, with particular emphasis on reading and conversation. Our position is that by acquiring an ability to read in Hungarian the student is provided an indirect means of continued proficiency in the language, and that through reading they might learn about and develop an interest in the Hungarian culture.

In light of these developments, we have begun to organize the language classes.


Registration form

Classes will be held:

  January 27; February 10, 24; March 10, 24; April 7, 21; May 5, 2018., starting at  pm


Unity Church Unitarian (733 Portland Ave., St. Paul, MN)

International Women's Day Tea & Olga Zoltai Award - 03. 04. 2018.

At the fourth annual International Women’s Day Tea, the International Institute of Minnesota will honor New Americans who strengthen our community and improve our world. This event has become an important annual gathering to grow visibility and support for the Institute’s mission and programs.

Proceeds from the event support the Institute’s programming for New American women and their families.

Olga Zoltai Award, given in recognition of outstanding community leadership by, or in service to, New Americans.

Olga Zoltai was a tireless advocate for refugees and immigrants. A refugee herself–at the age of 13, Olga and her family fled her hometown of Sopron, Hungary as Soviet forces invaded. Olga worked at the International Institute of Minnesota from 1971 to 1993 and earned the title ‘Patron Saint of Area Immigrants’ by the Minneapolis Star Tribune upon her retirement.

Olga was a civic leader while also balancing roles as wife, mother and grandmother. She anchored Minnesota’s Hungarian community, was a pioneer for integration of children with special needs and was a tireless advocate in her profession as a case worker.

In 1974, Olga championed the formation of the Institute’s refugee resettlement program and paved the way for the resettlement of nearly 25,000 refugees who now call Minnesota home. Olga maintained a decades-long commitment to advocacy on behalf of immigrants. Her commitment to welcoming those displaced and tenacious advocacy improved the lives of thousands of New Americans in our community. Her life-long commitment lives on in this award bearing her name.

Sunday, March 4, 2018 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Hall of Nations: 1694 Como Avenue, Saint Paul, MN

A Message from Eva Kish, Director of MISI

Dear Families,

As I step down as Director after 4 years, I would like to first of all thank the dedicated and talented teachers that helped to establish the school and continue to provide inspiration to our students. I would also like to wish the MISI students and their parents continued commitment to formal schooling for their children. While there are parents in our community whose children understand and speak Hungarian and feel they don't need to attend MISI school, I cannot stress the importance of a formal instruction in reading and writing that will propel their abilities in the language to even greater heights. As we move forward in having the state recognize Hungarian bi-literacy with a seal when they graduate from High School, our children will need to be able to demonstrate their literacy with written and oral testing. To the children enrolled in the current MISI semester, thank you for your fingerprint painting. I will frame it and cherish it forever. Lastly, to Betti Czettisch, the Deputy Director for your intelligence, creatively, level-headedness, acceptance and dedication. I valued our professional relationship and, even more, our friendship. You were always a moral and ethical compass. Thank you. Lastly, to the community who don't have children in the Hungarian school, please recognize the importance of what we are doing and its relevance to the future of the MN Hungarians. Won't you make a donation?
Eva Kish





Rákóczi Association - Diaspora Program 2018

Upon the specific request of the Hungarian Diaspora Council and commissioned by the State Secretariat for National Policy of the Prime Minister’s Office, Rákóczi Association wishes to create an opportunity for 1,000 young Hungarian person between the ages of 10 and 29, living in one of the Hungarian diaspora-communities all around the world to participate in a study tour in Hungary within the framework of the 'DIASPORA PROGRAMME’ in the year 2018.
The Diaspora Programme contains 16 various programme periods between January and December 2018, including thematic study tours and summer camps that applicants can freely choose from. Within the selected programme period they can participate in a study tour in Hungary for a period of 5-10 consecutive days.

Range of applicants:

  • Hungarian youth living in the diaspora

Applicants to the Programme may include Hungarian youth between the ages of 10 and 29 living in the diaspora who have actively participated (for at least 1 year) in the work of week-end schools, cultural associations or religious communities operating in the local Hungarian community. The local Hungarian organization is requested to certify the existence of the organization concerned.
Within the framework of the Programme one and the same person may visit Hungary on one occasion, in a freely chosen programme period between 1 January and 31 December 2018.
Underage participants (under the age of 18) may participate only if arriving in a group (of at least 5 persons) and accompanied by an adult. The application of underage participants requires their parents’ approval.

To read more, click here.

If you are interested please fill out the questionnaire here.

Adult Hungarian Language Classes 2017

The Minnesota Hungarians are pleased to announce adult language instruction in the Hungarian language starting in the fall of 2017. Classes will be offered based on chapters in the A1+ MagyarOK course textbook (green cover).

The classes times and location will be set based on a consensus of those attending. The cost of the textbook and workbook, which may be purchased the first day of class, is $60.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Eva Kish has been giving private instruction in Hungarian to adults and children in the Twin Cities since 2005. Eva grew up in the US of Hungarian parents and grew up speaking Hungarian. She lived and studied in Hungary in the late 70s. She has an MA in Education.

Contact Eva Kish

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