Budapest: Communications

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With a focus on writing and journalism, students learn about Hungarian history, culture, politics, and the media landscape. As a part of their course work with their faculty leader, throughout the program they create a blog focused on different areas of Hungarian culture and their experiences.

Buda and Pest, two halves facing each other across the wide Danube River, make up this great city. It’s home to 80 geothermal springs, 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 inflicted by four decades of communist rule, Budapest retains a turn-of-the-century feel with its marvelous architecture and rich history. It is easy to live in, with excellent public transportation systems.

Program Highlights

This is an example program. All CIEE Faculty-Led & Custom Programs can be customized to meet your academic goals and financial requirements.

4 weeks

Week 1-2

  • Orientation and welcome dinner, walking tour of local university
  • Classes taught by faculty leader in local university classroom space
  • Guest lectures on Hungarian culture, overview of Hungarian history, and political landscape
  • Visit to the Parliament House
  • Two full-day excursions to Szentendre and Danube Bend
  • Symphony performance

Week 3-4

  • Guest lecture on architectural landscape of Budapest
  • Two nights in Vienna, including a guided city tour, museum visit, and riding school
  • Thermal baths day trip
  • Community engagement activity
  • Three night excursion to Transylvania to engage in rural communities where traditional way of life remains – witness the juxtaposition with urban life
  • Folk music and dance performance

Our Staff

Elizabeth Simon, Ph.D., received her master’s in public and international affairs and her Ph.D. in international affairs from the University of Pittsburgh. She was born in Hungary and is a native Hungarian speaker. She also holds a B.A. in history from Princeton University. Elizabeth has served as CIEE resident director in Budapest since the fall of 1992, and has experience overseeing CIEE study abroad programs throughout Central Europe, Russia, and the Middle East. Since 2004 she has been also serving as executive director of the Hungarian-American Enterprise Scholarship Fund and between2010-2013 as program representative of the Slovak-American Foundation. Both programs are financed by the U.S. Treasury and managed by CIEE.


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