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Many students never consider Budapest as a possible study abroad destination. Big mistake! This gorgeous city is an ideal location for students who want to study in Europe, but are looking for something a bit off the beaten path. Less expensive day to day than Prague, this is a great choice for students who want to experience the beauty of central Europe without the expense.
The program is intended for students who have an interest in Hungary and Central Europe, as well as political, social, and/or economic transformation from state control to democratic market-based systems. This program is very suitable for a student who would like to do volunteer work or an internship.
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, cinemas, thermal and medicinal baths, swimming pools, and a variety of restaurants and nightlife.
All students are required to have a valid student visa
IAP expects you to be an active participant in preparing yourself for your study abroad experience. As a participant on an IAP program, you will receive a pre-departure orientation, either in-person or online. The type and format of this orientation will vary by program and will be provided to you upon acceptance to the program.
A mandatory orientation session, conducted in Budapest at the beginning of the program, introduces students to the country, the culture, the 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, students receive introductory language instruction in conversational Hungarian. Ongoing support is provided on an individual and group basis throughout the program.
You will live in Corvinus University's Raday 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 cafes, small restaurants, schools, and a supermarket. You can prepare meals in the dormitory and there are many restaurants nearby and on the University campus.
Excursions and Activities
The 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.
Use the links below to find out more information on academics, daily life and student impressions for this program.Program Handbook
(Spring - 2013-14)
Returned Student Network
to contact a returned student.
How to Apply
First complete the IAP Online Application. UW Affiliate programs may require you to apply directly to the affiliate either simultaneously during the IAP application process OR after you have received a preliminary admissions decision from IAP. After you have completed the IAP Online Application, the following forms will become available to you through the application portal. Be sure to read the instructions carefully for information on when to apply to the affiliate.
CIEE Online Application
Unofficial Transcript (Student Record)
Unofficial Transcript - OPTIONAL - Additional File
Forms are subject to change. Complete the forms according to the checklist provided to you in the online application portal.
After the Deadline
IAP will review your application and make a preliminary admissions decision. You will be notified of the admissions decision via email. The affiliate university or organization will make the final admissions decision.
All 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.
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 program allows you to explore a dynamic Central European culture while immersing themselves in Hungarian language, and also offers an internship for credit.
You have the option to take up to two courses offered by the Faculty of Business Administration at Corvinus University of Budapest. Corvinus is a leading university in business, economic, and social sciences education. The language of instruction is Hungarian, but the University offers a wide array of business, economics, and social science courses in English.
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.
You may also take the CIEE Seminar on Living and Learning in addition to their course load of five courses.
Please note that Hungarian Language is not currently offered at UW-Madison. Students will not be able to take Hungarian on campus before or after their study abroad program.
Program Web Page(s)
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