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Europe’s Best Kept Secret

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.  

Cities of Hungary

Cities of Hungary

Budapest

Divided by the serene Danube River, Budapest has long been a lively cultural center and focal point of Hungary and is considered a hidden gem of Central Europe.
Population
1.7 Million
Summer Temp
70°F (21°C)
Winter Temp
32°F (1°C)
Geography
Urban
Sample Programs
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Social Sciences

You’ll probably arrive in Hungary without any expectations about the native food, which means you’re in for a pleasant surprise! This country’s cuisine is hearty, tasty, and easy to embrace. Start with the Hungarian classic, goulash, a beef soup typically made with potatoes and vegetables. Whether you eat it at a restaurant or get it homemade, goulash is comfort food you can count on. Other popular Hungarian dishes like lángos (fry bread), fözelék (a unique vegetable stew), cabbage stuffed with meat and rice, paprikash (chicken in a paprika cream sauce), and rakott krumpli (layered potatoes) will have you developing a sincere appreciation for Hungarian food. Satisfy your sweet tooth with Hungarian desserts like krémes, a pastry filled with vanilla custard; dobostorta, a chocolate buttercream sponge cake; and kürtȍskalács, spiral-shaped pull-apart bread rolled in sweet spices. By the time you’re ready to return home, you won’t want to leave Hungary’s food behind.The arts in Hungarian culture are a mix of the standard and the different: folk music and dance, the embroidery of traditional costumes worn in dances and parades, porcelain production, classical and contemporary classical music, art museums and galleries, and a complex literary history. Take lessons in Hungarian dance at one of Budapest’s dance houses, where local amateurs and professionals alike gather to keep the tradition alive. Hear the music of famous Hungarian classical composers Franz Liszt, Bartók, and Kodály performed in their homeland. Visit one of the largest porcelain factories in Europe, Herend, which opened in 1826. Spend an afternoon at the annual Festival of Folk Arts, tour the Hungarian National Gallery to see fine art, or take a look at some of the country’s newest paintings in the industrial Budapest Art Factory. Visit one of the city’s many independent bookstores that carry plenty of titles in English and find out more about Hungary’s past of literary censorship and political resistance. However you want to get in touch with Hungary’s creative side, you have plenty to explore.  

Popular Programs

Popular Programs

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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  • SU
  • SE
  • YR
  • Starting at $13,995
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

If spending time in the great outdoors is more your speed, the Hungarian landscape offers an abundance of beautiful spots to discover and enjoy. Sunbathe on the banks of Lake Balaton, Central Europe’s largest lake, or venture onto the water to sail, wind surf, or cave dive. Stroll across charming vineyard grounds in the Tokaj wine-growing region or go spelunking in the caves of Aggtelek National Park. Hike through Hortobágy National Park where you can see hundreds of bird species, Hungarian Grey cattle, water buffalo, sheep, and horses. Hortobágy is the largest semi-natural grassland in Europe. Take a long dip in Lake Héviz, the world’s largest thermal lake, if you want an alternative to Budapest’s many thermal baths. For a fun afternoon close to Budapest, visit Margaret Island Park on the Danube River, where you can sit by the musical fountain, go for a run, swim in the Olympic-sized pool, and catch a picture-worthy view of the city from Margaret Bridge. Hungary will remind you why life is better outside. When you study abroad in Hungary, you’ll get the chance to step into a new culture and locale very different from your home country. Pick up some Hungarian language skills as you engage with new friends, classmates, and professors, while enjoying the ease of courses taught in English. Learn more about Hungary’s 20th century history of political upheaval through exposure to the lasting remnants of Soviet and Nazi occupation found throughout Budapest and beyond. Distinguish yourself from students who study abroad in Western Europe and return home with stories you can’t live anywhere else.    

Hungary Points of Interest

Hungary Points of Interest

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.