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Budapest: CIEE Central European Studies at Corvinus University

Budapest, a city of two million, is an architectural gem straddling the Danube River. As Hungary’s capital, it is the administrative, business, educational, and cultural center of the country. Despite Cold-war scars, Budapest retains a turn-of-the-century feel with its marvelous architecture and rich history. It is an easy city 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.

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.

Program Dates: Academic Year, Fall (Aug-Dec) or Spring (Jan-May) semester

Fields of Study: Anthropology, Art, Art History, Economics, History, Hungarian Language, Field or Independent Study, Political Science

Eligibility & Application Requirements:3.0 CGPA; Completion of coursework with Central European content.

Students should submit both the Tulane application and the CIEE application to the OSA by the appropriate deadlines. The CIEE application can be found on the CIEE web site.

Academic Program: In this hybrid program, students enroll in a full courseload, 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.

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, phyical education and culinary arts is not permitted.

Tulane awards three credits at the 500 level for each course for a total of 15 credits for the semester.

Public Service, Community Engagement and Integration
At this time, this program is not approved to satisfy the Tulane Public Service graduation requirement. Volunteer projects and non-credit internships continue to be an integral part of the CIEE Budapest program, as these opportunities provide invaluable opportunities for student integration with host nationals.

Excellent examples are the decade-long relationship with the NATO Partnership for Peace Language School and with the Eight District Roma Service where CIEE students provide language tutoring/conversation classes.

Students participated in the following volunteer projects and internships during the 2007-08 academic year:

Fall 2007:
• NATO Partnership for Peace Language School
• Eight District Roma Service (Outreach program for Roma students)
• Eotvos Jozsef Collegium (Eotvos Jozsef School of Advanced Studies)
• Ministry of Education and Culture

Spring 2008:
• NATO Partnership for Peace Language School
• Eight District Roma Service (Outreach program for Roma students)
• Ministry of Education and Culture
• Terezvarosi Szakkozepiskola (Secondary School of Terezvaros)
• Institute of International Education
• Eotvos Jozsef Collegium (Eotvos Jozsef School of Advanced Studies)
• Budapest Historical Museum (for-credit internship)
• Holocaust Museum

Housing and Meals
Housing is included in the program fee. 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.

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