Program Overview

Established in 1990, the CIEE Study Center in Budapest offers you a series of specially designed courses in a variety of fields such as history, politics, economics, culture, and current issues. This program will allow you to explore a dynamic Central European culture while immersing yourself in Hungarian language. This program also offers an internship for credit.

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. You may also elect to enroll in courses offered by the Faculty of Business Administration in addition to Hungarian language and at least two area studies courses. You may also take the CIEE Seminar on Living and Learning in addition to you other five courses. 

You will take CIEE classes with CIEE students, although the classes are open to Hungarian and other international students as well. Corvinus University classes are with CIEE, Hungarian, and other international students.

This program includes visits to sites of historic and cultural importance in and around Budapest and to other culturally and historically significant parts of Hungary. For example, a special feature of the program, and a highlight each semester, is a four-day study tour to rural villages in Transylvania in Romania, which are seldom visited by foreigners. You will stay with families and learn about this unique multiethnic area, one of Europe’s most ethnically diverse regions.

For further information about the program, including dates and course information, please visit: CIEE: Business and European Studies in Budapest.

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.

Application process

If you are interested in applying to a CIEE program, we strongly advise you to meet with an advisor prior to applying.

Selection for the program is based on a review of your written application, recommendation, transcript(s), and completion of the interview process. Qualified applicants are recommended by a GEO Study Abroad Program Advisor. The final selection of participants is made by CIEE.

IMPORTANT: Application for a CIEE program involves two parts:

  • Completion of the GEO application process.
  • Completion of the CIEE application process.

Please note that the GEO deadline supersedes the CIEE deadline. An application fee is due at the time of application and is non-refundable under any circumstances.

Dates and Deadlines

To confirm the exact program dates, please consult CIEE.
TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Spring Semester201910/15/2018Late JanuaryMid-May
Fall Semester20194/1/2019Early SeptemberMid-December
Academic Year2019-204/1/2019Early SeptemberMid-May
Spring Semester202010/1/2019Late JanuaryMid-May

Travel Advisories

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