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Budapest, Hungary

CEA plans to welcome students abroad in 2021 and 2022 terms. We have developed and continue to refine our COVID-19 protocols, and are actively monitoring the global health landscape to support the safety of our students and staff.

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Crowning the Danube River on both sides, Budapest is a hidden gem of Central Europe, a city dating all the way back to the ancient Roman Empire with a rich and fascinating history to match. Learn more about the impact of World War II and the Soviet Union’s occupation of the Hungarian capital simply by exploring the city streets and monuments, surrounded with architectural styles ranging from Gothic to Baroque to Art Nouveau. The city’s many flowering gardens and green parks, some of which you can find on the seven islands dotting the Danube, will keep you connected to nature while you study abroad in Budapest. Discover why Hungarian food is widely considered the tastiest and most popular of eastern and central Europe as you sample the many stews locals prepare, along with Hungarian fry bread, stuffed cabbage leaves, and pastries. When in Budapest, experiencing the spa culture is a must: the city’s thermal baths, fed by natural hot springs, have been a main attraction for thousands of years. Study abroad in Budapest, a uniquely charming and different European city, to further your education and improve your future.

Programs to love in Budapest

Programs to love in Budapest

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Business & Economics

Business & Economics

Corvinus University of Budapest

Study abroad in the heart of Europe! Expand your international experience by taking business courses with local Hungarian and other international students. Take courses in marketing, finance, and economics, with an option to choose from a variety of humanities courses such as political science, law and more. All courses are taught in English, with the exception of a beginner Hungarian language course.

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  • Starting at $13,995
Social Sciences

Social Sciences

Corvinus University of Budapest

This program incorporates a variety of subjects from history to political science and cultural studies. It allows students to develop foundational competence on contemporary global issues. CEA students take courses in English with local Hungarian and other international students at Corvinus, truly integrating into campus life.

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  • Starting at $13,995
What's included in your Program'

What's included in your Program

From housing to excursions, our inclusions make studying abroad easy!
  • Personalized Pre-Departure Advising
  • Visa & Immigration Advising
  • Financial Advising
  • Tuition and Registration
  • Airport Pick-up
  • On-site Orientation
  • City Tour
  • On-site Staff Support
  • 24/7 Emergency Assistance
  • Travel Medical Insurance
  • International Emergency Service Support
  • Welcome & Farewell Events
  • Centrally Located Housing
  • Wellness Activities
  • Cultural Engagement
  • Excursions
  • Student Clubs & Organizations
  • Host Institution Services & Amenities
  • Official Transcript(s)

Danube Bend

Lake Balaton

Village of Hollókö


One of the benefits of studying abroad is the opportunity to explore your host country and surrounding destinations. Excursions are offered for all semester and summer programs; you’ll receive a calendar of available excursions during orientation. Here are a few past excursion


This 2000-year-old city is just a train ride away from Budapest, not far from Hungary’s border with Croatia. Originally founded by the ancient Romans, Pécs has a long and fascinating history full of regime changes and cultural shifts. Visit the 12th century Pécs Cathedral, which has functioned as both a Christian church and Turkish mosque, for its architecture and interior frescoes. Tour the Gallery of Modern Hungarian Art, home to over 12,000 pieces. Make a wish at the Zsolnay Fountain, considered one of the symbols of the city. If you like theater, go see a play at the National Theater of Pécs and find out why the city is considered the Hungarian capital of the dramatic arts.

The Danube Bend

Hungary’s famous River Danube takes a sharp turn just north of Budapest, and the bend is widely considered the most beautiful stretch of the entire river, surrounded by green hills and charming little towns on both banks. On the West bank, you’ll find Szentendre, a historically Serbian town known for its arts scene; Visegrád, where palace ruins mark the first recorded spread of the Renaissance outside Italy; and Esztergom, home of the largest Hungarian cathedral. On the East bank, you can visit the botanical garden in Vácrátót or hike through the scenic landscape of Nagymaros. 

Village of Hollókő

This mountain town an hour outside Budapest provides a window into traditional Hungarian culture. With a population of just under 400 people, Hollókő is great destination for a quiet retreat from big city life. Visit the castle ruins that date back to at least the 1300s and walk through the charming streets of the village where its businesses operate out of the unique white-washed houses with thatched wooden roofs first built in the late 17th century. Take the opportunity to see locals dressed in the unique and colorful folkloric costumes they’ve inherited from their ancestors and watch as locals parade through the streets in horse-drawn carriages for special events. Hollókő’s the perfect spot for star-gazing on a clear night and the pastoral landscape surrounding the village makes a beautiful backdrop for the many festivals and cultural activities the locals organize or for a simple walk on a sunny day.    


This small village west of Budapest is well-known for its wine and film studio, locally considered Hungary’s version of California’s Napa Valley and Hollywood rolled into one. Etyek is home to several small wineries and the Korda Filmpark and Studios. Join a wine tour or visit Etyek during May’s Cellar Festival, and learn more about the filmmaking business and Hungarian movies on a tour at Korda Filmpark.

Lake Balaton

Spend a day at the largest natural lake in central Europe, where you can go for a swim and hang out on the shore with friends. Lake Balaton is surrounded by popular resort towns along its southern shore and mountainous wine country to the north, giving you plenty of alternatives to lake activities while you’re in the area. Sailing, fishing, and other water sports are popular ways tourists spend time at Balaton during the warmer months, and if urban activities are more your thing, enjoy the night life in the resort towns after spending daylight hours on the water.

CEA offers a variety of local immersion activities to match your interests. Whether you enjoy concerts, clubs, sports, cooking classes, language exchanges, or something entirely different, our resident staff helps you get involved in the local culture.

Natural Hot Springs

Budapest is world-renown for its natural hot springs and thermal baths, which have been prized since the ancient Romans took over the area to enjoy them. If you’re in the “City of Baths,” you’ll want to take the opportunity to experience this unique cultural feature.

For the ultimate thermal bath outing, participate in the Night of Baths. This one-night special event happens every year in the spring, some time between February and April. Go on a bath crawl through Budapest that can last late into the night, experiencing many of the city’s thermal baths. The night attracts plenty of locals and tourists alike and features entertainment such as concerts, DJs, and fire juggling.

Folkdance house

Hungary has a long history of folkloric dance and music, and dance houses help keep these traditions alive. A folkdance house is a venue open to the public where dance lessons are complemented with singing lessons, arts and crafts, and ethnographic presentations. Folk dance experts sometimes perform at dance houses dressed in traditional Hungarian folk costume. The dance houses welcome everyone, regardless of level of exposure to the dance style, and visiting is one fun way of learning more about Hungarian traditions alongside locals of all ages.

Jewish Heritage

With the biggest Jewish population in Central and Eastern Europe today, Budapest contains several important sites of Jewish history and community, including the largest synagogue in Europe. Dohany Street Synagogue, located in the city’s Jewish Quarter, is home to Budapest’s Jewish Museum, the Heroes’ Temple, and the Jewish cemetery. Wander the quarter to enjoy Jewish food and sweets at neighborhood restaurants and confectioneries and to see where local Jews have long lived in Budapest. Beyond the Jewish Quarter, you can stop at the city’s Holocaust Memorial Center to learn more about the Nazi occupation of the country.

Hungaricum Tour – Inventions & Scientific Discoveries

This special tour of Budapest focuses on exploring the city through Hungarian inventions and food. Start off at the Zwack Unicum Museum & Shop to learn more about unicum, a Hungarian herbal liqueur aged in oak casks considered one of the country’s national drinks. Next, you’ll stop at the Central Market Hall where you can sample traditional Hungarian food like lángos, goulash, and strudel; you can also purchase special souvenirs to take home like tins of goose liver, embroidered tablecloths, traditional Hungarian dolls, leather goods, etc. After the Market Hall, follow the tour to the Herend Porcelain Brand Shop and Ajka Crystal Shop, then see Szamos Gourmet Palace, where marzipan roses were created. You’ll visit the patisserie of Emil Gerbeaud, inventor of the Konyakos meggy sweet, a dark chocolate covered sour cherry soaked in cognac. Your final stop is the Hungarian National Museum, permanent exhibition of Hungarian Scholars Who Created the 20th Century that features Hungarian inventors and their most important products: the ball-point pen, the hologram, the automatic gear box, vitamin C, and others.

Sweet Days – Chocolate and Candy Festival

Chocolate is the main attraction at this three-day annual festival in September, where multinational sweets companies and local Hungarian chocolatiers showcase their best products. Besides chocolate, guests can also enjoy honey, coffee, vanilla, wine, macarons, and other delicious treats at a number of food stalls. Take a chocolate tasting tour and learn fun facts about chocolate-making and wrapping. The festival features evening entertainment in the form of swing, jazz, and funk concerts. Admission is free. 


Mobile Journalist Program

Want to build your creative digital portfolio while you study abroad? Join the Mobile Journalist (MOJO) program! You’ll blog, photograph, and film your experiences abroad, then share them on social media.

Alumni Ambassador Program

Your study abroad adventure doesn’t have to end when your program is over. Keep sharing your study abroad love on your home campus by becoming an Alumni Ambassador! This internship allows you to help other students on their study abroad journeys while gaining work experience and growing your professional network.

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What's included in your Program

Budapest Housing

CEA is adjusting our housing to meet CDC guidelines. As CEA implements CDC aligned protocols, our housing providers are also applying measures as required by local guidelines and laws. Students should expect to see the four factors below, as well as other local regulations, in all CEA housing locations.

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Limited Occupancy

Limiting housing occupancy to a 4 student maximum per apartment, and 2 student maximum per bedroom.

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Social Contracts

Students will also agree to additional policies to safeguard the health of each person in the shared living space.

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Respectful Spacing

CEA is following U.S. CDC guidelines for “family groups” to allow for respectful spacing within housing assignments.

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Social Distancing

All student sleeping accommodations will be adjusted to allow proper distance between beds.

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CEA Budapest students can enjoy city-living with the apartment option. Apartments are a perfect fit for students who want to experience Budapest like a local. Share your apartment with other CEA students but get to know your Hungarian neighbors, too. Fully furnished with modern amenities, apartments are conveniently located near local shops and services. All apartments have easy access to the city center and the university.

Typical Commute

  • 20-40 minutes walking or public transportation to Corvinus University of Budapest

Meals Included



  • 1-2 students per room
  • 2-5 students per apartment

Unit Amenities

  • Shared or private bedroom (depending on availability)
  • Shared bathroom
  • Bed Linens included
  • Shared full kitchen
  • Washing machine only
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Desk and chair
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Corvinus University of Budapest
Corvinus University of Budapest

Founded in 1920, Corvinus University of Budapest (CUB) is a highly respected institution specializing in business administration, economics, and the social sciences. CUB has been ranked in the top fifty schools on the Financial Times European Masters in Management list, and Corvinus Business School holds EQUIS accreditation. The university hosts an average of 11,000 students annually, almost 13% of them being international, and includes undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral programs. Courses at Corvinus are available in four languages of instruction, including English, and all courses CEA students can take are English-taught. 

Corvinus prides itself in being a humanist institution, and as a research university, it pledges to promote its faculty, students, and researchers as important contributors to the Hungarian and international scientific communities. CUB prioritizes its relationships with other institutions of higher learning around the world and sends hundreds of its own students abroad each year. The university’s main building belongs to an UNESCO Heritage Site on the Pest side of the Danube River, within walking distance of popular streets and picturesque neighborhoods.   


Corvinus University of Budapest (CUB) is accredited by the Hungarian Accreditation Committee which is a member of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA). Corvinus Business School holds EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System) accreditation, is a member of the prominent CEMS (The Global Alliance in Management Education) network, and is a member of PIM (Partnership in International Management). The CUB Business & Management program, an English language degree in the faculty of Business Administration, holds EPAS accreditation from the European Foundation for Management Development.

Percentage achieved Hungarian grade
International grading scale Explanation for the Hungarian grade
97 - 100 5 A+ Excellent
94 - 96  5 A Excellent
90 - 93 5 A- Excellent
87 - 89 4 B+ Good
84 - 86 4 B Good
80 - 83 4 B- Good
77 - 79 3 C+ Satisfactory
74 - 76 3 C Satisfactory
70 - 73 3 C- Satisfactory
67 - 69 2 D+ Pass
64 - 66 2 D Pass
60 - 63 2 D- Pass
0 - 59 1 F Fail
  Nem jelent meg DNA Did not attend (no credit)
  Nem vizsgázott I Incomplete
(no credit)
  Aláírva S Signed
(no credit)
  Megtagadva R Refused
(no credit)

Please note that this grading scale is recommended by CEA and CUB, but that final credit and grade evaluation is ultimately determined by a student’s home university.

Classroom and Information

  • Experienced faculty teach all courses.
  • Midterms, homework assignments, presentations, and final exams will be administered.
  • Class attendance is generally mandatory and monitored by professors.
  • Teaching styles in Hungary may differ from those in the U.S. Be prepared to adapt to different classroom structures and coursework expectations.
  • Class size ranges between 25 and 35 students.
  • Most courses are held Monday through Thursday, though some are held Fridays as well.
  • Classes will be with students from diverse backgrounds (Erasmus students and other international students).

  • Clubs & Organizations
  • Student Government
  • Student Center
  • Student Lounge
  • Study Room
  • Study Area
  • Counseling Services
  • Student Health Services
  • University Library
  • Computer Lab
  • Student ID
  • Printing Services
  • Internet Access & Wi-Fi
  • Academic Advising
  • Tutoring
  • Fitness Facilities
  • Student Sports Teams
  • Cultural Engagement
  • Dining Facilities
  • Banks & Post Office
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Karoly Kopasz

Karoly Kopasz

Program Director – Budapest