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We invite you to study abroad with API in beautiful Budapest, Hungary! You can select from a wide array of courses conducted in English in the fields of business, economics, humanities and social sciences. This program also offers volunteer opportunities for those looking to give back to their host community.

Come explore this affordable and cosmopolitan European capital city, experience the fascinating Hungarian culture, take advantage of countless opportunities to meet locals, and earn valuable academic credit toward your degree!

What's Included?


Pre Departure Services


APIConnect Platform

Orientation Materials and Resources

API Alumni Network


On Site Services

Airport Reception

On-Site Orientation



Resident Director


Medical and Life Insurance

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Volunteer Opportunities

Transit Pass


Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation


Alumni Network and API Ambassador Program

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Application Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 G.P.A.
  • Students must be currently enrolled in a U.S. or foreign university
  • Open to freshmen (2nd semester), sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Open to all levels of Hungarian speakers
  • Completed API application
  • University Approval Form
  • One official transcript
  • Additional supplemental materials
  • Entry requirement: valid passport with supporting documents (more information provided post-acceptance)
Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Extended Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Spring Feb 4, 2024 - Jun 1, 2024 $15,500 Oct 31, 2023 No Extension Nov 30, 2023

API students participate in excursions designed to help familiarize them with the culture and surrounding areas of their host city and country. The following is a listing of potential excursions for API Budapest programs. API may need to modify the excursions offered in a given term due to travel restrictions or health and safety concerns.

  • Pécs

    The monuments in Pécs reveal a long history of Roman, Ottoman and Habsburg influence. Remnants of the 1543-1686 Turkish occupation are found in the two former mosques and Ottoman architecture. The 11th-century cathedral and ruins of a 4th-century Roman cemetery illustrate the rich history here.

  • Szeged and Ópusztaszer National Park

    Szeged is the cultural and economic center of southeastern Hungary and a thriving university town. Szeged is sometimes called the City of Sunshine as there is an average of 2,000 hours of sunshine annually. The city is not only a county seat but an informal economic and cultural center of a larger region reaching across the neighboring Yugoslavian and Romanian borders.

    During this trip students will explore the beautiful Neoclassical and Art Nouveau architecture of the city as well as the paprika, salami, and fish that Szeged is famous for.

    On the second day, the group will visit the Ópusztaszer National Heritage Park, a 136-acre park dedicated to the history of Hungary and the culture and lifestyle of the Hungarian people since their arrival to the area around 896 A.D. Highlights of the park include the Feszty panorama, the largest panorama painting in Europe, traditional horse shows, and an Open Air Folklore Museum introducing village living in Hungary.

  • Szentendre

    This 12th-century baroque town has inspired artists for centuries. In 1690, when the Turks invaded Belgrade, more than 6,000 Serbian residents fled to Szentendre and settled there. This gave it a unique Balkan feel with its cobblestone roads and red-tiled roofs. Today, the town is famous for its many museums, including the open-air museum showing Hungarians’ way of life in centuries past.

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 12-15 credits per semester

API students who choose to study abroad in Budapest complete their classes at Corvinus University of Budapest.

Students can specialize in international business courses such as marketing, finance, and economics, or choose from a variety of humanities courses such as law, political science, psychology, and more. All courses are offered in English, with the exception of Hungarian language classes.

All students who have not previously studied Hungarian are required to take a Hungarian language course. Students are automatically placed into a beginning level class. Students who have previously studied Hungarian should contact the API office.

Hungarian language classes are worth 3 semester credits; all other courses are taught in English and are worth 1.5 to 3 semester credits. The courses are designed for American and other international students. Students who wish to take more than 15 semester credits may do so for an additional fee.


API students in Budapest have the exciting opportunity to participate in the Tandem Partners Program. Corvinus University’s Tandem Partners Program facilitates intercultural exchange by matching full-time Hungarian students with recently arrived study abroad students. It is a program with mutual benefits! The local Hungarian students are eager to share the Budapest they know so well with their API Tandem Partner, and the API students are encouraged to integrate with local students and learn more about Hungarian life, both inside and out of the university setting.

With help from the U.S. Embassy, Corvinus University has also established an “American Corner” – a center on campus where students can go for academic support, study/computer areas, and American-style entertainment.


API students interested in assisting in English language classrooms at a local high school can submit a resume and motivation letter to their API Program Coordinator during the post-acceptance process. Participants who volunteer in at least 20 classes (45 minutes each) will receive a certificate of participation. Volunteer hours will take place during the normal school day, between 8am-4:30 pm.


API students will receive a transcript from the Corvinus University of Budapest upon completion of their program.

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    Caroline Mobley

    Caroline Mobley will be your Program Coordinator and will help prepare you for your API program.

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    Gitta Pestalits

    Gitta will be your Resident Director in Budapest and a resource for you while you are in Hungary!


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The course numbering system is intended to help students select courses that are appropriate for their level of experience. Students may take courses at a level or two above or below their current classification. If a student and their advisor feel that the student meets the requirements for a particular class, the student is encouraged to apply. With proper background, students may also mix and match lower- and upper-level or graduate-level coursework. The sooner students apply, the better the chance at enrolling in their preferred classes.

Corvinus offers an intensive course option in which students can sign up to take one 3-credit (6 ECTS) course within a one-week intensive period in the middle of the semester. This option will be available to you during course registration later in the post-acceptance process. The intensive course will count towards the 12-15 credits you are required to take.

NOTE: The course selection is subject to change and enrollment in specific courses can only be guaranteed upon formal registration at the university. Some courses may require a minimum enrollment, and not all courses are offered each semester. Some courses may have prerequisites. In these cases, equivalent coursework and/or experience may be considered. API recommends that students obtain pre-approval for all of their course selections and alternates prior to departure.


Corvinus University of Budapest summer program operates on the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), wherein the number of credits earned depends on the time spent in class. To determine the conversion of contact hours to U.S. semester credits, divide the ECTS hours available by 2.


The Hungarian for Beginners course is required for all students who have not previously studied Hungarian.

Courses at Corvinus University of Budapest

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Courses at Corvinus University of Budapest

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Courses at Corvinus University of Budapest

For the most up-to-date course availability on this program, explore our Class Finder. Sort courses by term, area of study, and more!

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  • Classes taught in English except for Hungarian language classes
  • Tandem partner program
  • Volunteer opportunities

Semester students in Budapest live in chic, student dormitory-style housing with other API participants. Students are given a single room with a private bathroom and basic kitchenette. Bed linens and wifi are provided. Students are responsible for providing their own meals as these are not included in the program fee.

Note: Housing between the fall and spring semesters is not included.

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