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CIEE Central European Studies in Budapest, Hungary
Budapest, Hungary
Program Terms: Academic Year,
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Program Sponsor: CIEE 
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018 02/25/2018 03/15/2018 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2018-2019 02/25/2018 03/15/2018 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Areas of Study: Anthropology, Art, Art History, Economics, General Business, History, Management, Political Science Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.75
Academic Level: Sophomore Language of Instruction: English
Housing Options: Dorms
Program Description:


Come discover the best kept secret in Europe, Hungary.

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. And with homestays, internships, and cultural activities and excursions, you’ll explore the Hungarian language while immersing yourself a dynamic Central European culture.

Study abroad in Hungary and you will:

  • 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 through an internship
  • Experience rural villages in Transylvania, Romania and stay with local families on a multi-day excursion
The CIEE Difference


In addition to Hungarian language classes, you’ll choose from a host of Area Studies courses on Hungarian and Central European art, ethnicity, history and politics. And with internship options and access to courses at of the leading universities in Budapest, you’ll be able to build an academic program that suits your particular interests. 


The study abroad program includes visits to sites of historic and cultural importance in and around Budapest such as museums, galleries, and theaters. Students also participate in field trips (both day and weekend trips) to the Danube Bend and to other culturally and historically significant parts of Hungary.

A special feature of the program, and a highlight each semester, is a 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.


Step into the professional world with a for-credit internship. Past internships have included placements in various Hungarian government ministries (i.e. Ministry of National Resources), the American Corner, local newspapers, human rights organizations, and other NGOs and schools.


Recommended credit for the semester is 15–17 semester/22.5–24 quarter hours, and 30–31 semester/45–46.5 quarter hours for the academic year.

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

Program Requirements

All study abroad students are required to take a Hungarian language course. In addition to language study, students normally take four CIEE area studies courses taught in English or three CIEE area studies courses plus an internship for credit. Students may also elect to enroll in courses offered by the Faculty of Business Administration in addition to Hungarian language and at least two area studies courses. Students may also take the CIEE Seminar on Living and Learning in addition to their course load of five courses.

About Budapest

Budapest, a city of approximately two million, is an architectural gem straddling the Danube River. As Hungary’s capital, it 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; theaters, opera, concert halls, museums, and cinemas; thermal and medicinal baths and swimming pools; and a variety of restaurants and nightlife.

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 located on the banks of the Danube, centrally located within Budapest, on the Pest side. Its 10,000 students take offerings in general economics, business administration, public administration, and social sciences. The CIEE Study Center is hosted by the Faculty of Business Administration, and courses are taken in various faculties throughout the University.

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 facility. 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, and there are many restaurants nearby and on the University campus.

Academic Program

Established in 1990, the CIEE Study Center in Budapest offers students a series of specially designed courses in a variety of fields such as history, politics, economics, culture, and current issues. The study abroad program allows students to explore a dynamic Central European culture while immersing themselves in Hungarian language, and also offers an internship for credit.

Academic Culture

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

Degree requirements, examinations, grading, and credit policies are similar to the U.S. higher education system. Faculty members are from the regular teaching staff of Corvinus University of Budapest and other universities and research organizations; 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.

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 80 minutes. CIEE classes cover a wide range of topics from history to economics, and from politics to 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.