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Grand Budapest

Study Abroad Program Overview

Take a path less travelled in Europe and discover one of Europe's regional powerhouses. Bisected by the Danube, Budapest offers stunning architecture, delicious food, an active student life, and an abundance of hot springs. The program features courses in English that range from art to politics and offers access to courses at a leading business university. Volunteering, internships, field trips and cultural activities are an integral part of the program.

This program is offered through the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), a US study abroad provider. CIEE classes are with your fellow US study abroad participants while Corvinus University classes are with international and Hungarian students.

Students attend classes with UC and host country students.

Language of Instruction


Language Study



​​​Go to the Participants section to see current or past calendars. 
Fall :  
late August to mid-December

Spring :  
​late January to late May

Year :  
​late August to late May 







​Reside in a newly-renovated apartment building in a single or shared apartment. All students live in single rooms. Apartments are located close to the Danube River and about a 20 minute walk or 15 minute metro ride from Corvinus University. More information on housing

Extracurricular Activities

Explore beyond the city with day trips to the beautiful Carpathian Mountains, the 1,100-year-old Benedictine Archabbey of Pannonhalma, scenic Lake Balaton, or Opusztaszer National Heritage Park. You will also get an insider's view of Budapest's grand museums, galleries and theaters. Volunteering opportunities help you connect with Hungarians in meaningful ways by helping out at shelters, museums, and schools.

On-site Support

​​​​​UCEAP students are supported by UC’s network of study abroad offices at every UC campus and partnerships with UCEAP host universities throughout the world. CIEE resident staff abroad help students integrate into the culture and provide assistance with academics, housing, safety, and other issues.​​​

Course Opportunities

This program is designed to cover a range of topics, from history, business and economics, to politics, art, and culture. Courses focus on Hungary in the wider context of Central and Eastern Europe, and the transformation of European alliances. Courses are taught in English at CIEE, which is hosted by Corvinus University Business School. Hungarian language courses are optional, though encouraged, to make conversation easier and enable you to interact with locals.

You a​re required to enroll in 5 courses for the semester. The requirements are: 
  • 2 CIEE area studies courses
  • 3 Elective courses chosen from: 
    • Additional CIEE area studies courses
    • Internship
    • Corvinus University School of Business courses (courses taught in English are offered in business, economics, marketing, finance, management, political science)
    • Hungarian language

Use the following resources to learn about courses on UCEAP:


​You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad. 22.5-27 quarter/15-18 semester units are required per semester; five courses. 

Research and Independent Study

​Research and independent study are not available on this program. 

​Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE) Hungary

This program is run through CIEE, meaning that it is open to UCEAP students as well as students from other universities across the US.​ Corvinus University of Budapest is centrally located on the Danube’s Pest side. An internationally recognized institution in both education and research, it provides undergraduate and graduate study programmes in economics, business administration and management, and the social sciences.

Test Drive Your Future

​Internships abroad are a great way to enhance your resume for today’s competitive job market. Stand out from your peers, gain hands-on experience, and develop your global professional network.


For-credit internships are available at successfull startup companies such as Secret Sauce Partners and Medical Robotics Research Center or at organizations such as American Corner, universities and high schools.

Setting Up Your Internship 

  • You will receive an email from CIEE prior to departure requesting preliminary information on your internship interests
  • Some pre-departure paperwork is required through CIEE
  • All internships are secured once you are on-site
  • CIEE staff is available to help set up internships​

Additional Information

  • ​You will enroll in a required course that goes along with your internship. The course is worth 4.5 quarter/3 semester UC units and it can be one of your five required courses. 

Estimated EAP Costs *

OptionWeeksUnits (Qtr)Units (Sem)UCEAP Fees 1Additional Costs 2
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.

1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.

2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.

All fees are subject to change without notice.


Class Level:

Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Language Prerequisites:



2.75 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.

All applicants must also have:

  • Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
  • Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
  • A willingness to abide by program regulations.
  • Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements and be in good academic and disciplinary standing.

Application Information and Deadlines

Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.

Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.

For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.

These are minimum requirements. After selection by your UC Campus EAP Office, final admission is determined by CIEE

Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: