Academic Focus: 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 open to all majors, but may be particularly suitable to students with academic interest in the majors listed above.
Approximate Dates: Fall: August to mid-December; Spring: January to late May
Eligibility Requirements: Minimum 3.0 GPA; good academic standing.
Program Information: 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 students to explore a dynamic Central European culture while immersing themselves in Hungarian language. The CIEE program in Budapest 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.
The CIEE Budapest program is based at The Corvinus University of Budapest. 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 7,000 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. 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, and are also available (mostly as electives) to other international and local Corvinus students.
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 4-day study tour to rural Hungarian villages in Transylvania (in Romania), which are seldom visited by foreigners. Students stay with families and learn about this unique multiethnic area, one of Europe's most ethnically diverse regions.
The program offers volunteer opportunities in the local community, including teaching English to NATO officers, outreach programs among Roma children, assisting with Holocaust education programs, and working with environmental conservation.
Courses: 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. Emory students must complete a total of 15 credit hours (five, three credit courses). All students are required to take a 3 credit Hungarian language course, instruction is offered at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels.
Emory College Study Abroad maintains a list of blanket approved courses. This list specifies how courses taken abroad will transfer back to Emory. PLEASE NOTE: Students may obtain additional approvals for courses that are not currently on this OISP Master Blanket Approval List
Living Arrangements: During orientation, students are housed in a Corvinus University of Budapest dorm within walking distance of the University. During the remainder of the semester, students usually share an apartment with one or two other CIEE program participants. A limited number of homestays are also available, sharing an apartment with a Hungarian family.
The Resident Director arranges housing for students based on availability and preference. Students are responsible for direct payment of their housing costs to their landlord or homestay family through a sufficient monthly stipend distributed to students by the Resident Director. Meals are not included in the program fee and are the responsibility of the student. Students can prepare meals in their apartment, and there are many restaurants nearby and on the University campus. Homestay students can also arrange for meals prepared by their host at an additional cost.
Students have access to e-mail at the University and in the CIEE office, and receive an account shortly after arrival, free of charge. Students are encouraged to bring wireless-enabled laptops.
: A full description of the program costs and billing procedures is described in the budget sheets. Please click here for Budget Sheet. Spring Fall
Financial Aid & Scholarships
: Students are eligible to carry existing financial aid and scholarships on Emory-approved study abroad programs. Students may also be eligible to apply for the following scholarships: Diversity Abroad (scholarships for under-represented students), Benjamin Gilman Scholarship. For more information, please click here.
IMPORTANT! CIEE has a rolling admission policy, therefore you are encouraged to submit your application before the deadline. Your CIEE application should be completed no later than the Emory College Study Abroad application deadline.
For more information on Emory University's Structured Independent Language Study Program (SILS) please click here: SILS