CIEE Central European Studies Program
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About the Program
The CIEE Study Center is located at Corvinus University of Budapest, known as Karl Marx University until 1990. The CIEE program office is located in the main building of Corvinus University. The office serves not only as the administrative center of the program but also as an important meeting place for students and teachers alike. The office also houses a modest collection of books for student use, a computer with internet access, and a small student lounge area.
Buda and Pest, two halves facing each other across the wide Danube River, make up this great city. It’s home to 80 geothermal springs, a medieval neighborhood and castle, Baroque architecture, and hundreds of museums, theaters, and galleries. As Hungary’s capital, Budapest is the administrative, business, educational, and cultural center of the country. Despite the scars inflicted by four decades of communist rule, Budapest still has marvelous architecture and a rich history. It is easy to live in, with excellent public transportation systems; numerous theaters, opera, concert halls, museums, and cinemas; thermal and medicinal baths and swimming pools; and a wide variety of restaurants and discos.
In this hybrid program, students enroll in a full course load, including a Hungarian language course and four area studies courses taught in English or three area studies courses plus an internship for credit. One course should contain Hungarian or Central European content.
- 3.0 CGPA
- Previous coursework with Central or Eastern European content strongly recommended
CIEE courses meet twice a week for 75 minutes. CIEE classes cover a wide range of topics from history to economics, and from politics to art and culture. Course materials focus on Hungary, but always in the wider context of Central and Eastern Europe, and the transformation of European alliances.
Tulane students may not enroll in courses at the International Study Program (ISP) without prior approval from the director of study abroad at Tulane. Coursework in finance, business, applied technology, education, physical education and culinary arts is not permitted.
Fields of Study
Hungarian Language, Anthropology, Art, Art History, Computer Science Economics, History, Political Science.
In addition to the courses you will take through CIEE, you will get involved with the Hungarian community through volunteer opportunities, excursions and site visits. Each semester, CIEE organizes excursions to various museums, events, and cultural activities around Budapest and Hungary, to places such as the 1,100 year-old Benedictine Archabbey of Pannonhalma, Lake Balaton and the Opusztaszer National Heritage Park. Students in the past have interned at the Ministry of Human Capacities, the American Corner and the Medical Robotics Center of Budapest University of Technology. If volunteering is more your speed, you may find yourself in such organizations as the RES Women Homeless Shelter or the Hungarian National Gallery, depending on your interests!
CIEE will work to engage students as much as possible in local culture and daily life in order to maximize your integration in your host city.
Students are housed in Corvinus University’s Raday dormitory located within walking distance of the University. Each student shares a double room with a Corvinus University or another CIEE student. The dormitory has communal kitchens and laundry facilities, and wireless Internet is available throughout the facility. It is located in a popular shopping district with cafés, small restaurants, schools, and a supermarket.
Meals are not included in the program fee and are the responsibility of the student. Students can prepare meals in the dormitory, and there are many restaurants nearby and on the University campus.
CIEE Budapest Central European Studies Website
Contact Past Participants
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