CIEE: Budapest Central European Studies
Budapest, Hungary (Outgoing Program)
Budapest, a city of approximately two million, is an architectural gem spanning 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.
In order to have an idea of what classes are available, you should visit the CIEE website.
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. Students may also elect to enroll in courses offered by the Faculty of Business Administration at Corvinus University of Budapest in addition to Hungarian language and at least two area studies CIEE courses.
With the advance written permission of their home institution, students may undertake an internship for credit while in Hungary. Students must submit a statement of purpose outlining specific areas of interest, a résumé, and an explanation of all requirements for the granting of credit (for example, keeping a journal, minimum time at the place of work, and the role of the supervisor).
CIEE cannot guarantee an internship placement but will make every effort to find an appropriate placement based on the student’s experience and interest. Past internships have included placements in various Hungarian government ministries (i.e. Ministry of National Resources), the U.S. Embassy, local newspapers, human rights organizations, and other NGOs and schools.
You will need to be sure that you are registered as a full time student according to CIEE and Rutgers University. That means you will need to take at least 15-17 credits per semester. The credit translation system between CIEE and Rutgers University is 1:1, meaning a 3-credit course at CIEE will also be a 3-credit course on your Rutgers University transcript. You will receive 3-4 credits per class taken with CIEE. In some cases classes will only be worth 1-2 credits; however this is rare and usually related to art and culture electives. It is not possible to take classes as not-for-credit or pass/fail.
For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.
Fall Semester: Early September – Late December
Spring Semester: Early February – Mid-May
To view the current academic calendar, please visit the CIEE web page.
*All dates are subject to change. Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by CIEE and the academic dates have been confirmed.
Accommodations and Meals
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.
Program Cost: 2016-2017
For more information about the additional Non-Billable Expenses please click on the Budget Sheet links near the top of this page.
For more information about Finances, including information about Financial Aid and Tuition Remission please visit the Finances section of our website.
As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Rutgers Study Abroad withdrawal policy.
Students are also encouraged to start researching Scholarship opportunities as early as possible. You may find the following scholarships applicable to this program.
Center for Global Education Scholarships- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Center for Global Education program during the fall/spring/academic year/summer. Applications will be released to students after their acceptance and are reviewed on a first-completed basis. For more information please visit the Scholarship section of our website.
Benjamin A. Gilman Study Abroad Scholarships- Available to study abroad students who receive a Pell Grant. For more information about the scholarship and additional eligibility requirements please visit the Gilman website.
Louis Horvath Scholarship Program in Hungarian Studies- The Institute of Hungarian Studies (IHS) offers $2000 travel and research fellowships to support outstanding Rutgers undergraduates who want to study abroad in Hungary or pursue an independent research project in any aspect of Hungarian studies. Application details can be found here.
CIEE CIC-Partner Scholarships ($1500) - Available to Rutgers students participating on eligible CIEE study abroad programs. Students submitting applications for the Center for Global Education scholarships will be considered for a CIEE-CIC scholarship.
CIEE Scholarships- Available to students participating in CIEE study abroad programs. For more information please visit the CIEE website.
Please also visit the Scholarships section of our website for additional information about Rutgers and National Scholarships.