Budapest, Hungary

Central European Studies

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Overview

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Budapest has so many accolades as a top European city to visit and live in that the odds are well in your favor for an enriching experience. It’s a grand place to explore Hungarian culture and history in a regional context, while you build valuable knowledge in business, economics, finance, management, and marketing. Outside of class, you’ll see the region like few tourists do, with excursions and connections that bring culture to life.  

  • See how daily life

    compares in a country that’s a relative newcomer to NATO and the European Union (EU).

  • Get a taste of rural life

    Get a taste of rural life with an overnight trip to hidden gems of former Hungarian territories in neighboring countries where history and traditional customs are still alive. Explore the places foreigners seldom do.

  • Zero-in on all things Hungarian

    with classes that range from art to politics, and access courses at a leading business university.

  • geothermal springs under the city

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  • colleges and universities

    40+
  • cities in one; Buda and Pest were unified in 1873

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Location & Culture

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Buda and Pest, two halves facing each other across the wide Danube River, make up this grand city where you’ll find a medieval neighborhood and castle, Baroque architecture, and hundreds of museums, theaters, and galleries. As Hungary’s capital, Budapest is the administrative, business, educational, and cultural center of the country. Despite the scars of four decades of communist rule, Budapest retains a rich turn-of-the-century feel and easy-to-live-in charm.

The Culture

EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES

  • Explore beyond the city with day trips to the 1,100-year-old Benedictine Archabbey of Pannonhalma, scenic Lake Balaton, picturesque sites at Danube Bend or Opusztaszer National Heritage Park.
  • Get an insider’s introduction to grand museums, galleries, and theaters.
  • Discover the scenic beauty of the Carpathian Mountains, traditional Hungarian hospitality and folklore.

PROJECTS

Volunteering. Whether you tutor, help with research, or run a workshop, you’ll connect with Budapest’s people in meaningful ways by pitching in at shelters, museums, schools, and more.

Internships. Gain experience and build your resume with a for-credit internship at successful startup companies such as Secret Sauce Partners, the Medical Robotics Research Center, or organizations like the American Corner, universities, and high schools.

 

Daily Life

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  • HOUSING

    Gregersen Hostel: Students live at the Gregersen, a private, newly renovated hostel comprising of two floors with shared rooms and bathrooms. Students live in either double and triple rooms and have access to a kitchen with limited cooking facilities. Kitchens contain hot plates, refrigerators, a microwave, hot water boiler, and basic utensils. Note: there are no ovens. There is wifi access throughout the residence, a small cafe located on the first floor in the lobby, and a washer on each floor. The Gregersen is located about 5 minutes walking distance from the main university building and near to the university gym and library. The hostel is in a popular shopping district with cafés, small restaurants, schools, a supermarket, laundromat, and student priced venues. Each student is paired with a Hungarian student volunteer in a buddy system for informal one-on-one meetings and activities.

  • MEALS

    Meals are not included in the fee. Students can prepare basic meals in the residence, or eat at one of the many nearby restaurants.

Budapest, Hungary

Where You'll Study

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    Center

    1093 Budapest, Fovam ter 8

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    Getting Around

    Excellent public transportation makes it easy for students to navigate the city.

What People are Saying

  • Transylvania excursion with my group / Learning about the 1956 revolution through excursions

    Ann, University of Denver,Fall 16
  • The program was very well organized and just what I wanted from a study abroad experience.

    Kyle, Georgetown University,Fall 16

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What you need to know

The program details

This program is designed to cover a range of topics, from history, business and economics, to politics,art, and culture.

Course materials focus on Hungary in the wider context of Central and Eastern Europe, and the transformation of European alliances. Students take courses in English at the CIEEsite, which is hosted by Corvinus University Business School. We encourage students to study Hungarian to make conversation easier and enable them to get the most out of their stay.

Corvinus University of Budapest.  Formerly Karl Marx University and then Budapest University of Economic Sciences and Public Administration, Corvinus is centrally located on the Danube’s Pest side. It hosts 14,000 students of general economics, business administration and management, and social sciences. Classes are taught in Hungarian and English.

Courses are taught by faculty from Corvinus University as well as from other universities and research organizations. Many have teaching and/or research experience at U.S. universities and colleges.

Academics

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Academics

  • CLASS FORMAT

    Corvinus classes are relatively small, and in lecture format, though most professors welcome discussion. Teachers and non-American students may express their opinions more frankly than Americans expect. CIEE and Corvinus courses meet twice a week for 90 minutes. All courses include international and Hungarian students except for Hungarian language.

  • GRADING

    Grades from A to F with pluses and minuses are based on a scale of 100. University courses: Grades are based on mid-term and final exams. Some courses include additional assignments. CIEE courses: Grades are based on a term-paper requirement, and mid-term and final exams.

  • ACADEMIC CULTURE

    Examinations, grading, and credit policies are like U.S. policies. Attendance is mandatory for all CIEE classes.

Eligibility

  • OVERALL GPA

    Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.75.

Curriculum

Program Credit

  • Total credit, semester: 15-18 semester/22.5-27 quarter hours
  • Total credit, year: 30-36 semester/45-54 quarter hours
  • Contact hours: 45; credit – 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours per course, unless otherwise noted.

Students have the following options for each semester of study:

  • 5 CIEE classes
  • 4 CIEE classes plus an internship
  • 2 CIEE area study courses plus 3 elective courses (Corvinus University Business School/internship for credit/Hungarian language)

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.

Spring 2018 Courses

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CIEE LANGUAGE COURSES

ELECTIVE CIEE AREA STUDIES COURSES

Corvinus University Business and Economics Courses

Participants with an interest in business and economics may take up to two courses from among those offered through Corvinus University of Budapest. The final list of University courses open to CIEE participants will be available at the time of acceptance. Certain University courses require prior knowledge of the subject matter. Following is a representative sample of University courses that have been available in the past.

SPRING

Business

Business Policy and Strategy
International Business Case Studies
Business Enterprise – Start Up to Small- and Medium-Sized Business Ethics
Corporate Social Responsibility
Global Business Strategy
 Strategic Management
Global Anti-Corruption: Business and Governance Strategies

Economics

The Economics and Ethics of Globalization
Economics and the European Union
Macroeconomics
Transition and Post Transition Challenges in Hungary
Globalization (Economic Theory)

Finance
Corporate Finance 

Management
Decision Techniques
Strategic Management
New Product Management
Innovation Management
Introduction to Hospitality Management
Management Skills
Services Management
Advertising Management
Project Management
Environmental Management
International Human Resource Management
Organizational Behavior and Design
Management Information Systems
Database Management in Practice
Intelligence Systems
Tourism Management and Marketing
Organizational Behavior
Personality Types and Team Dynamics

Marketing
Cross-Cultural Communication and Marketing
International Marketing
Advertising Marketing
Marketing
Services Marketing
On-Line and Digital Marketing
Small- and Medium-sized Business Marketing
Political Science

Political Science
International Relations, 1945 to Present
Introduction to Political Science
EU Politics

Fall 2018 Courses

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CIEE LANGUAGE COURSES

ELECTIVE CIEE AREA STUDIES COURSES

Corvinus University Business and Economics Courses

Participants with an interest in business and economics may take up to two courses from among those offered through Corvinus University of Budapest. The final list of university courses open to CIEE participants will be available at the time of acceptance. Certain university courses require prior knowledge of the subject matter. Following is a representative sample of university courses that have been available in the past.

Business
Business and Futures Studies
Business Communication
Business Economics
Elements of Accounting
International Business
Managerial Accounting
Practice of International Trade

Computer Science
Managing ERP with SAP R/3
Network Security
Web Development

Economics
Environmental Economics
International Economics
Market and Democracy
Microeconomic
Transition and Post Transition Challenges in Hungary

Finance
Business Valuation
Corporate Finance
Corporate Financing Policy
International Financial Markets
Multinational Financial Management

Management
An Overview of Non-Profit Management
Change Management
Comparative and Cross-Cultural Management
Corporate Social Responsibility
Global Strategy and Competitiveness
Human Resources Management
Managing the Multinational Enterprise
Operations Research
Organizational Theory and Behavior
Project Management
Strategic Management
Tourism and World Economy
Tourism Management and Marketing

Marketing
Brand Management
Consumer Behavior
Cross-Cultural Communication and Marketing
International Marketing
Marketing Research

Political Science
European Union Politics
International Debate
International Relations, 1945 to Present

Scholarships

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Scholarships & Grants

Last year, we awarded more than 1,000 scholarships per term for a total of $5 million, helping more students get on planes and live their dreams in faraway places than any other organization.

Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.

YOUR FEE INCLUDES:

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • Orientation – an introduction to Hungarian culture, your academic program, and the city, plus practical information about living in your host city
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • Overnight excursions
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, ask your college or university study abroad advisor if your school charges additional fees for study abroad.

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Fees & Housing

Fall 2018 15 weeks Sep 3, 2018 Dec 16, 2018
Academic year 2018-2019 37 weeks Sep 3, 2018 May 19, 2019
$34,485
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $27,738 **

Housing = $6,280

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $34,485

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $3,700

International Airfare = $1,150

Local Transportation = $150

Books & Supplies = $400

Visa Fees = $80

Personal expenses = $4,400

Expenses during break = $1,500

Total Estimated Costs = $11,380

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

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This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

Spring 2019 16 weeks Nov 15, 2018 Jan 28, 2019 May 19, 2019
$18,450
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $14,843 **

Housing = $3,140

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $18,450

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $1,850

International Airfare = $1,150

Local Transportation = $75

Books & Supplies = $200

Visa Fees = $80

Personal expenses = $2,200

Total Estimated Costs = $5,555

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

See Scholarships

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

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