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Program Overview

Program Overview

We’ll show you Budapest though the eyes of its people. Through a series of specially designed courses, you’ll develop insight into Hungary’s historic, political, economic, and social development in the wider comparative context within Europe. Internships, volunteer work, cultural activities, and excursions will bring this beautiful city and its local traditions to life.

Study abroad in Budapest and you’ll:

  • Take CIEE and Corvinus University courses, which provide a rewarding and challenging academic program in one of Europe’s most interesting cities
  • Experience a country adjusting to new alliances, NATO and the European Union
  • Volunteer with a local organization or government ministry, and earn credit with an internship
  • Experience rural villages in Transylvania, Romania, and stay with local families on a multi-day excursion
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Scholarships & Grants

Scholarships & Grants

We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $5 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.

Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence

    $2,500 toward program costs. To recognize high academic achievement, CIEE offers a limited number of merit scholarships to our strongest students. These awards are based on students’ academic records, and on the submission of a personal essay describing to us how their CIEE program will impact their college experience and future career plans.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants

    The GAIN Grant helps cover airfare costs to and from CIEE program locations for students who demonstrate high financial need. GAIN Grants are available for short-term (January and summer), semester and year-long CIEE programs.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

    Applicants for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship can apply for the CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant, which provides both program cost support and support for airfare. Students will have to provide proof of having applied to the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, upon request.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

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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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Coursework

You’ll choose from a host of area studies courses on Hungarian and Central European art, ethnicity, history, literature, and politics. Combined with full access to courses at one of the leading business and management universities in Hungary and the region, you’ll be able to build an academic program that suits your particular interests. Your Hungarian language class will further help to immerse yourself in the local culture.

Excursions

study abroad in Hungary

On this program, you’ll take numerous day trips throughout Hungary. Students have loved the 1,100-year-old Benedictine Archabbey of Pannonhalma, the beauty of Lake Balaton, the picturesque sites of the Danube Bend (Esztergom and Visegrad), or the Opusztaszer National Heritage Park. In Budapest, students will visit museums, galleries, and theaters. A special feature of the program, and a highlight each semester, is the four-day study tour to rural villages in Transylvania, Romania, which are seldom visited by foreigners. Students stay with families and learn about this unique area, one of Europe’s most ethnically diverse regions.

Internship

You and your résumé will benefit from the valuable experience and credits you’ll get by pursuing an internship in Budapest. Students have interned at many high-profile organizations, including the Ministry of Human Capacities, the American Corner, the Medical Robotics Research Center at the Budapest University of Technology, and local newspapers, schools, galleries, and start-ups.

Volunteering

You’ll tutor, edit, assist with teaching and administrative work, perform research, run workshops, and more by volunteering at a local organization. Past students have volunteered at the ELTE Trefort Agoston Teacher Training Secondary School, the Eotvos Kollegium School for Advanced Studies, the RES Women Homeless Shelter, and the Hungarian National Gallery.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

Dates, Deadlines & Fees

We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.

The program fee includes:

  • Tuition and housing
  • Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
  • Full-time program leadership and support
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
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Application Due
Start Date
End Date
Costs
Fall 2016 (16 wks)
05/01/2016
08/29/2016
12/18/2016
$17,350

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, local transportation pass, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$13,792
Housing
$3,140
Insurance
$118

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

Estimated Additional Costs

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

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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

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Spring 2017 (17 wks)
11/15/2016
01/23/2017
05/21/2017
$17,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, local transportation pass, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$14,243
Housing
$3,140
Insurance
$167

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

Estimated Additional Costs

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

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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

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Fall 2017 (16 wks)
05/01/2017
08/28/2017
12/17/2017
$17,850

Program Date Notes

Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, local transportation pass, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$14,243
Housing
$3,140
Insurance
$167

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

Estimated Additional Costs

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

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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

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Academic year 2016-2017 (38 wks)
05/01/2016
08/29/2016
05/21/2017
$33,000

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, local transportation pass, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$26,302
Housing
$6,280
Insurance
$118

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

Estimated Additional Costs

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

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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

** academic year students who wish to stay onsite are responsible for arranging their housing and meals during the semester break

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Eligibility
2.75 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.75
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Credit for the semester is 15–18 semester/22.5–27 quarter hours, and 30–36 semester/45–54 quarter hours for the academic year.

Course contact hours and credit for all courses are 45 contact hours and 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours per course, unless otherwise indicated.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Study abroad students normally take five CIEE courses or four CIEE area studies plus an internship for credit. Students may elect to enroll in courses offered by Corvinus University Faculty of Business Administration in addition to at least two area studies courses.

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About the City

About The City

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.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Judit Fekete

Resident Coordinator

Judit Fekete comes to CIEE with a bachelor’s degree in English studies from Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest. She has several years of experience in customer service in the private sector and language teaching. Her role at the CIEE Study Center is to assist the resident director in the day-to-day tasks of managing student services and co-curricular programs.

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Elizabeth Simon

Resident Director

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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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

The Corvinus University of Budapest, known as Karl Marx University until 1990 and the Budapest University of Economic Sciences and Public Administration until 2004, was established in 1948. It is centrally located on the banks of the Danube on the Pest side. Fourteen thousand students take offerings in general economics, business administration and management, and social sciences. The CIEE Study Center is hosted by the Corvinus Business School , and most of their English-language courses are available to CIEE students.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Housing is included in the program fee. Study abroad students are housed in Corvinus University’s Ráday dormitory located within walking distance of the university. Each student shares a double or triple room with Corvinus University or other CIEE student(s). The dormitory has communal kitchens and laundry facilities, and Internet is available throughout the building. The dormitory is located in a popular shopping district with cafés, small restaurants, schools, and a supermarket.

Meals are not included in the program fee and are the responsibility of the student. Students can prepare meals in the dormitory or eat at one of the many restaurants nearby or on the university campus.

CIEE students share dormitory housing with local Corvinus University students and are paired with Hungarian student volunteers in a “buddy system” for informal one-on-one meetings and activities.

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Orientations

Orientations

You'll begin your study abroad experience in Budapest even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation. The resident director meets with students online and shares information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving you time to ask questions. The online orientation allows you to connect with others in the group, reflect on what you want to get out of the program, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish. CIEE’s aim for the pre-departure orientation is simple: to help you understand more about the program and identify your goals.

study abroad in Hungary

A mandatory orientation session conducted at the beginning of the program introduces you to the country, culture, and academic program, and provides practical information about living in Budapest. Tours of the city and its vicinity and cultural programs are included. During the orientation period, you'll receive introductory language instruction in conversational Hungarian. Ongoing support by CIEE staff is provided on an individual and group basis throughout the program.

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Internet

Internet

You are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop. You will receive an email account shortly after your arrival, free of charge, and have access to email in the dormitory, at the university, and in the CIEE Study Center.

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Culture

Culture

Corvinus University of Budapest is a leading university in business, economic, and social sciences education. It offers degree programs both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The language of instruction is Hungarian; however, the university does offer a wide array of business, economics, and social science courses in English.

study abroad in Hungary

Degree requirements, examinations, grading, and credit policies are similar to the U.S. higher education system. Faculty members are from the Corvinus University of Budapest teaching staff as well as other universities and research organizations, and many of them have teaching and/or research experience at U.S. universities and colleges. Corvinus courses are taken by both international and local students. The CIEE Study Center in Budapest and its participants are an integral part of Corvinus University. The CIEE area studies courses are country and region specific.

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Academics

Academics

Corvinus classes are relatively small, and lectures tend to be the method of teaching, although most professors welcome discussion. Teachers and non-American students may express their opinions more frankly than Americans expect.

CIEE courses meet twice a week for 90 minutes. CIEE classes cover a wide range of topics from history and economics to politics and art and culture. Course materials focus on Hungary, but always in the wider context of Central and Eastern Europe, and the transformation of European alliances.

Nature of Classes

Corvinus University classes are with CIEE, Hungarian, and other international students.

CIEE Community Language Commitment

Hungarian language is an elective course, however, students are strongly encouraged to enroll as the course provides basic conversational skills to help in navigating the city and offers a window into local society and culture.

Grading System

Grades (A–F with pluses and minuses, based on a scale of 100) are given based on mid-term and final exams and, depending on the course, additional assignments. CIEE courses, in general, have a term- paper requirement in addition to the two written exams. Attendance is mandatory for all CIEE classes.

Internship

With the advance written permission of their home institution, students may undertake an internship for credit while in Hungary. Students must submit a statement of purpose outlining specific areas of interest, and a résumé. Granting of credit will depend on the successful completion of all internship requirements, for example, keeping a journal, research paper and its presentation, satisfactory completion of assignments at the internship.)

The CIEE resident director explores internship placements and, after arrival, meets with the student and the organization’s director to work out details of the internship. CIEE cannot guarantee an internship placement but will make every effort to find an appropriate placement based on the student’s experience.

Past internships have included placements in various Hungarian government ministries (i.e., Ministry of Human Capacities), the American Corner, local newspapers, schools, start-ups, or the Hungarian National Gallery

Language of Instruction

English
Hungarian

Faculty

All courses are taught by faculty members from either Corvinus University of Budapest or one of the other Hungarian institutions of higher education: Eotvos Loránd University, Karoli Gaspar University of the Reformed Church in Hungary, and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

All Courses

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.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.

CIEE Language Courses

HUNG 1001 BUDP

Hungarian Language, Beginning Hungarian I

HUNG 1002 BUDP

Hungarian Language, Beginning Hungarian II

HUNG 2001 BUDP

Hungarian Language, Intermediate Hungarian I

HUNG 2002 BUDP

Hungarian Language, Intermediate Hungarian II

HUNG 3001 BUDP

Hungarian Language, Advanced Hungarian I

HUNG 3002 BUDP

Hungarian Language, Advanced Hungarian II
The course meets three times a week and focuses on speaking skills, while making use of resources available in a Hungarian-speaking environment. Instruction is offered at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

Elective CIEE Area Studies Courses

AHIS 3001 BUDP

19th and 20th Century Hungarian Art
The past two centuries witnessed the rapid development of painting and architecture in Hungary. The course covers this very rich and exciting period when a distinctly Hungarian art movement emerged. Lectures are complemented by slide shows and excursions to galleries, art museums, and major buildings. Course hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

ANTH 3001 BUDP

Ethnicity, Rural Society, and Folk Culture in Historic Hungary
The course looks at ethnic subcultures and rural society of the region, from a historical and anthropological perspective. It gives an interpretation of the social and cultural content of rural existence in Central Europe from the Middle Ages until recently. The wider Central European context is studied for comparison. Course hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

CEAS 3001 BUDP

Political Problems of Transition in Central Europe
This course looks at Central European political culture, the development of the new democratic institutions, and an interpretation of the most important political debates in the last 15 years. Historical continuity and discontinuity and the nature of democratic transitions in the region are examined, with an emphasis on Hungary. Course hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

CEAS 3002 BUDP

Contemporary Cultural Trends in Central Europe
This course covers post-WWII developments in select Hungarian, Polish, and Czech literature and film. By studying various works, it examines national identity, cultural superiority and inferiority, questions of responsibility, and reflections of the socialist experience. Course hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

HIST 3001 BUDP

History of Hungary and Central Europe: From West to East and Back
The course provides a concise overview of the history of Hungary. Lectures focus on political history, but attention is also given to economic, cultural, intellectual, and religious history. Although the focus is on modern Hungarian history, the class explores developments in other Central European countries. Course hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

HIST 3002 BUDP

Nations in the Crossroads of History: Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe
This course is intended to provide a comprehensive survey of modern Central and Eastern Europe. First, the geopolitical importance of the region is discussed. Second, the different and, most of the time, highly conflicting power interests are recognized by identifying those countries outside of the area which have primary or secondary interests here either politically or strategically. Special attention is paid to the ethnic and religious fabric of the different societies, and the changes in the ethnic composition of the population in Central and Eastern Europe in a historical context. Course hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

3003 BUDP

Internship
Qualified students may undertake an internship for credit while in Hungary with the advance permission of their home institution. Interested students must submit a résumé and statement of purpose before arriving on site. The CIEE resident director explores internship placements and, after arrival, meets with the student and the organization’s director to outline the academic requirements of the internship. CIEE cannot guarantee an internship placement but will make every effort to find an appropriate placement based on the student’s qualifications, interests, and experience.

POLI 3001 BUDP

Hungary, European Integration, and European Security
The course examines the process of European integration after the end of WWII. Students become acquainted with the preeminent organizations of integration foremost, the EU and NATO, and study concrete historical events occurring around the process. Course hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

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.

Fall

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

Spring

Business
Business Policy and Strategy
Business Valuation
Corporate Social Responsibility
Global Business Strategy
Media Economics
Strategic Management

Economics
Comparative Political Economy
Macroeconomics
Transition and Post Transition Challenges in Hungary

Finance
Basic Finance
Corporate Finance
Corporate Finance II
Investment Analysis

Management
An Overview of Non-Profit Management
Environmental Management
Human Resource Management
Organizational Behavior and Design

Marketing
Advertising Marketing
International Marketing
Marketing
Services Marketing

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

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