Study Abroad in Budapest, Hungary


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.

About the Country


Study abroad in Hungary to combine education with relaxation and see a side of the world most people only dream of. This central European country has serious personality. Find out for yourself in a range of Hungarian cities and towns, each different from the next, how much Hungary has to offer. Indulge in Budapest’s spa culture with frequent visits to the public thermal baths that have been the city’s hallmark for thousands of years. Spend a weekend in Szentendre, a city known for its art galleries and museums, where colorful houses and cobblestone streets create an enchanting atmosphere. For a taste of Hungarian cultural authenticity, visit the rustic village of Hollókȍ, with its signature white washed brick houses, where the Paloc people continue to keep their folk traditions alive through food, dance, costume, festivals, and crafts. Go back in time at Visegrád, a historic citadel once home to King Charles I where medieval ruins still stand and the annual Royal Palace Festival attracts visitors every year to experience a recreation of medieval festivities. Stop in Esztergom, another city on the Danube, to see its domed basilica that crowns the skyline up close. The basilica shares a complex with a Neoclassical castle and houses the world’s largest Catholic altarpiece. Whether you want the dynamic energy of a big city or the quiet stillness of a small town, Hungary has you covered.  

Ahmad Refky, Senior Director of International Operations

Ahmad is originally from Cairo, Egypt, where he lived for 22 years. His first foray into study abroad came when he lived in the U.S. as an exchange student during his senior year of high school. That experience inspired him to work in international education, where he has built his career over the past decade. After graduating with a BA in International Relations from the American University in Cairo, Ahmad immigrated to the U.S. in 2001, where he pursued his graduate studies at DePaul University and studied abroad in The Netherlands as part of the Summer Institute on Sexuality, Culture, and Society. More


Breathtaking Budapest


Local Highlights

Buda Castle & Castle District

Ride the funicular train car up a steep hill to the famous and historical Buda Castle, where generations of Hungarian royalty once lived. The palace complex sits on Castle Hill, which borders the charming Castle District full of medieval, Baroque, and neoclassical architecture. Buda Castle’s grounds feature impressive sculptures, a gorgeous fountain, gardens, a cave system, and wine cellars. The Budapest History Museum is also housed in the castle.

House of Terror

Learn more about Hungary’s dark political history in the building that formerly housed the country’s Nazi headquarters, the Hungarian Communist Secret Police, and the fascist Arrow Cross party. The permanent exhibition covers all of these oppressive regimes that dominated Hungary throughout the 20th century and allows you to take a tour through some of the former prison space in the building’s basement.

Széchenyi Thermal baths

Spend an afternoon soaking in Europe’s largest medicinal bath, where the water contains several important minerals. The pools offer a variety of temperatures and depths, and the bath complex also offers saunas, steam, massages, and other spa services. Open since 1913, Széchenyi Bath is also a fascinating piece of Budapest’s history and a good example of neo-Baroque architecture.

Ruin Pubs

Spend a night out with friends in one of Budapest’s “ruin pubs,” hip bars opened in abandoned buildings that were never renovated. Ruin pubs have become wildly popular with the locals over the last decade, and it’s easy to see why: they offer a fun, gritty atmosphere thanks to the spaces they occupy, often decorated with retro furniture and quirky art.

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Be prepared for anything. Study abroad will bring experiences and situations that you can never plan for, but you can handle them and have an amazing time.

Alex Kuhns
Indiana State University,
Fall 2018, Budapest, Hungary
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