Budapest, Hungary

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 a variety of restaurants and nightlife.

The Program

The Budapest program, offered through Hobart and William Smith Colleges' affiliation with the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), is based at Corvinus University, founded in 1948 and known as Karl Marx University until 1990. Its 14,000 students take courses 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.


All students take a Hungarian language course and select four courses from among the CIEE area studies electives or Corvinus University economics courses offered in English, OR select three courses and a credit-bearing internship. Detailed course lists are available online.

Academic Focus

This program will be of particular interest to students in economics, political science, history, international relations, and anthropology. Courses are also available in art history and literature/film studies. Internships and community service placements are available to interested students but are not guaranteed.


This program is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors in good academic and social standing who have a minimum GPA of 2.75. Although there are no specific program prerequisites, all students are required to take a Hungarian language course on-site. Due to the challenging nature of study abroad, student academic and disciplinary records will be carefully screened.


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 other Corvinus University or CIEE students. The dormitory has communal kitchens and laundry facilities, and internet is available throughout the facility. It is located in a popular shopping district with cafes, restaurants, schools and a supermarket.


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 excursions to the Danube Bend and to other culturally and historically significant parts of Hungary. In addition, a four-day study tour to rural villages in Transylvania in Romania is included. During this excursion, students stay with families and learn about this unique area, one of Europe's most ethnically diverse regions.

Going Abroad with the CGE

Students will be charged standard HWS tuition and fees, room fees and a $600 administrative fee. This will cover tuition for a five-course semester, housing and all course-related expenses, including excursions. Note that no HWS board fee will be charged. Students should plan to bring their board fee to Hungary to cover meal expenses. While these expenses will vary according to individual tastes, we estimate that about $1900-$2000 should be sufficient for students who typically prepare their own meals. Additional expenses not covered include airfare, books, visa and personal expenses (laundry, entertainment, independent travel, etc.). We estimate airfare for this program at $1100-$1300 from the East Coast, books at $200, local transport at $75 and visa at $100. It is difficult to give an accurate estimate of personal expenses because student spending habits differ considerably. We would suggest a minimum of $1,500 above and beyond meal expenses. However, students on a tight budget should be able to manage with less. If you are concerned about finances, we strongly encourage you to talk to the CGE staff who can offer information and advice based on your specific situation.


  • This program is offered every semester.
  • Applications are available at the Center for Global Education.
  • Applications are due at the CGE office at a selected date in October (for Fall programs) and March (for Spring programs). For specific dates contact the CGE.
  • For specific date contact the CGE.

NOTE: This information is subject to change. Please see the CGE for more information.



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