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Program Overview

Program Overview

Budapest, the best-kept secret in the heart of Europe, will amaze you with its beautiful landscape, eclectic mix of architecture, rich history, and vibrant present. In Budapest, on the banks of the majestic Danube River, you will have a unique opportunity to enrich your understanding of a dynamic and changing country, Hungary.

Study abroad in Budapest and you will:

  • Explore the city in one of three 4-week summer sessions
  • Gain an understanding of forces shaping Hungarian and Central European history and politics in the 21th century
  • Study and experience Hungarian art in the wider European context
  • Participate in cultural activities and in excursions that enrich course content
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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:

  • 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

Cultural Activities

CIEE organizes various local field trips and cultural activities designed to help you gain a better understanding of Hungary’s past and present. Local activities may include guided tours of the Hungarian House of Parliament; the House of Terror Museum, a memorial to the victims of fascist and communist regimes in Hungary; the National Gallery of Hungarian Art; a visit in one of Budapest’s thermal baths as an example of Hungarian balneology; an evening at a local dance house and folk dance instruction.

Volunteering

Giving back and making a difference in the host community is an important part of the CIEE Study Abroad experience. You will have opportunities for community service or to volunteer at a children's home, a homeless shelter, or in local community centers.

Coursework

Choose from courses on a variety of topics. Explore the turbulent and heroic historical and political developments of a region during the 20th century. Study the masterpieces of Hungarian painting and architecture, and discover the rich literary and cultural tradition of Hungary and Central Europe. Challenge yourself by attaining basic communication skills in an uncommon foreign language, Hungarian.

Cultural Immersion

The program will include various educational and cultural activities helping you to experience a taste of local way of life. Activities may range from participating in local festivals to experiencing folk traditions through arts and crafts, dance, and music.

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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.
Program
Application Due
Start Date
End Date
Costs
Summer Session I 2017 (4 wks)
04/01/2017
05/22/2017
06/19/2017
$4,650

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, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, local transportation pass, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$3,133
Housing
$1,050
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
$600
International Airfare *
$1,150
Local Transportation
$50
Books & Supplies
$50
Personal expenses
$700

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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Summer Session I and II 2017 (8 wks)
04/01/2017
05/22/2017
07/17/2017
$8,350

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, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, local transportation pass, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$5,783
Housing
$2,100
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
$1,200
International Airfare *
$1,150
Local Transportation
$170
Books & Supplies
$100
Personal expenses
$1,400

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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Summer Sessions I, II and III 2017 (12 wks)
04/01/2017
05/22/2017
08/13/2017
$12,050

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, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, local transportation pass, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$8,433
Housing
$3,150
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
$1,800
International Airfare *
$1,150
Local Transportation
$220
Books & Supplies
$150
Personal expenses
$2,100

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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Summer Session II 2017 (4 wks)
04/01/2017
06/19/2017
07/17/2017
$4,650

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, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, local transportation pass, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$3,133
Housing
$1,050
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
$600
International Airfare *
$1,150
Local Transportation
$50
Books & Supplies
$50
Personal expenses
$700

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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Summer Session II and III 2017 (8 wks)
04/01/2017
06/19/2017
08/13/2017
$8,350

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, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, local transportation pass, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$5,783
Housing
$2,100
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
$1,200
International Airfare *
$1,150
Local Transportation
$100
Books & Supplies
$100
Personal expenses
$1,400

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

More Information
Summer Session III 2017 (4 wks)
05/01/2017
07/17/2017
08/13/2017
$4,650

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, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, local transportation pass, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$3,133
Housing
$1,050
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
$600
International Airfare *
$1,150
Local Transportation
$50
Books & Supplies
$50
Personal expenses
$700

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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Eligibility
2.5 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.5
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours per course, per session. Students may also enroll in the optional Communicative Hungarian Language class for an additional 1 semester / 1.5 quarter credit hours.
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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Students take one course per session for 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours. They may also take the Communicative Hungarian course during one session for an additional 1 semester / 1.5 quarter hours. All area studies courses are taught in English.

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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 is home to 80 geothermal springs, a medieval neighborhood and castle, diverse 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 left by four decades of communist rule, Budapest retains an early 20th 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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Dora Kovacs

Program Coordinator

Dora Kovacs holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Szeged. She has experience in event planning and customer service. At the CIEE Study Center her responsibilities include coordinating internships, faculty-led and short-term programs, and the HAESF Scholarship

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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 CIEE Budapest Study Center celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2016. It is located in the School of Business at the Corvinus University of Budapest, known as Karl Marx University until 1990. It is centrally located on Pest side of the Danube. About 14,000 students take offerings in general economics, business administration and management, and social sciences. While the program is based at Corvinus University, participants should understand that all of the courses are CIEE courses taught specifically for CIEE students only.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Students will either be placed in student dormitory or in double-occupancy rooms in apartments. Please note that meals are not included in the housing options. Students living in the residence hall may purchase food at local restaurants or prepare meals in shared kitchens. Students living in the apartments may prepare meals in their kitchens.

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Orientations

Orientations

Before leaving for Budapest, students will participate in an online pre-departure orientation to help them understand more about the program and address important logistical questions about arrival and the first days on-site. CIEE resident staff will share information about the program and site, and students will have the opportunity to ask questions.

A multi-day on-site orientation at the beginning of each academic session introduces students to Budapest, Hungarian society and culture, and the CIEE academic program. Practical information about living in Hungary and navigating Budapest will also be shared. Excursions in and around the city introduce students to the public transit system and showcase major points of interest, resources, and amenities.

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Internet

Internet

Internet access will be provided in student housing, and it is also available at the CIEE Study Center, and in local cafes. Students are encouraged to bring a Wi-Fi enabled laptop.

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Academics

Academics

Classes meet several times a week for a total of 45 contact hours (not including time spent on homework and studying). Co-curricular events and excursions in and around Budapest are integrated into each course’s content in order to further introduce you to Hungarian society and culture.

Academic Culture

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. Classes typically meet daily Monday-Friday and include a combination of lectures, group discussions, local field trips, and student presentations.

Nature of Classes

Courses during the short-term program are for CIEE students only.

Grading System

Students are graded on the basis of class participation, homework, individual project work, presentations, and midterm and final examinations.

Language(s) of Instruction

English
Hungarian

Faculty

All courses are taught by faculty members from either Corvinus University of Budapest or another Hungarian institution of higher education, including 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 Area Studies Elective Courses

Session I

Political Problems of Transformation in East Central Europe

Session II

Hungarian Art and Architecture

Session III

Contemporary Literary and Cultural Trends in Central Europe

All Sessions

Communicative Hungarian Language (1 credit)

Course Descriptions

Session I

CEAS 3004 BUDP

Political Problems of Transformation in East Central Europe
The course is designed to provide an understanding of democratization, which presents the bottom-line of the political transformation of post-communist countries. The course offers an introduction to the key elements and variations of the democratic political systems, and also includes a description of the main characteristics of the former communist regimes. We also explore post-communist democratization by answering the fundamental questions of “From where? To where? And how?”

Session II

AHIS 3002 BUDP

Hungarian Art and Architecture
The course covers a rich and exciting period of about 200 years. It concentrates on the most outstanding Hungarian artists, their works, and influences. Apart from lectures accompanied by slide-shows, in situ presentations, visits to art galleries, museums, and major buildings will enrich the learning experience. The course will enable students to apply their new knowledge in a wider European context and Hungarian cultural history.

Session III

LITT 3001 BUDP / CEAS 3003 BUDP

Contemporary Literary and Cultural Trends in Central Europe
This course covers post-WWII developments in select Hungarian, Polish, and Czech literature and film. By studying various works, we examine national identity, cultural superiority and inferiority, questions of responsibility, and reflections of the socialist experience.

Session I, II, III

Note: Students with an interest in Hungarian language may take an optional Communicative Hungarian course (15 contact hours) for 1 semester / 1.5 quarter hours during one session of their choice.

HUNG 0001 BUDP

Communicative Hungarian Language
To acquire basic Hungarian language skills, students are exposed to a balanced treatment of grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, and skills combined with communicative strategies. Emphasis is placed on effective communicative skills in order to navigate life in the host country and remain safe. Through learning key phrases and vocabulary, students will gain a window into local culture. Students will acquire fundamental, real-life language skills to interact with local community members, and to learn to discover interesting aspects of the host culture.

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