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Bard: Central European University
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 Bard-CEU website.
The Bard-Central European University (CEU) program provides a balance of independence and support to undergraduate learners who are prepared for the challenge of a graduate school environment. Students have the freedom to choose their own courses while receiving close mentoring to facilitate engagement and success. All students are required to enroll in the course, Identity Politics, Nationalism, Human Rights, and Minority Rights: A Comparative Introduction to Theory and Practice.
English is the language of instruction and communication at CEU; however, students may also study a foreign language.
You will need to be sure that you are registered as a full time student according to Bard-CEU and Rutgers University. That means you will need to take at least 12 credits per semester. 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 – Mid-December
Spring Semester: Early January – Early April
To view the current academic calendar, please visit the Bard-CEU web page.
*All dates are subject to change. Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by Bard-CEU and the program dates have been confirmed.
Accommodations and Meals
Students are housed in in shared rental apartments located in the city center, and are within walking distance of CEU and all amenities. The apartments have been recently renovated, are fully furnished, and include internet access.
Meals are not included in the program fee and are the responsibility of the student. Students can prepare meals in their apartments, or eat out at many of the restaurants nearby and on the University campus.
For more information about accommodations please visit the Bard-CEU web page.
Program Cost: 2017-2018
For more information about the additional Non-Billable Expenses please click on the Budget Sheet links near the top of the 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.
Please also visit the Scholarships section of our website for additional information about Rutgers and National Scholarships.