Interesting, friendly people in a beautiful, vibrant city! Past Review

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 08/30/2017 to 12/15/2017 with

Aquincum Institute of Technology / AIT - Budapest: - Creativity in Computer Science & Software Engineering

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned how to live on my own in a completely new culture, which was definitely worthwhile, although I wouldn't say this is the best program for complete "cultural immersion".

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I did not have health issues during the program

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

I loved how much freedom the program staff gave us. I also enjoyed the interesting classes that I learned from, but they were not so time consuming that I wasn't able to do other things.


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? About 70$ a week on food and expenses
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Hungary is already extremely cheap, but if you cook every meal you will spend very little money on food.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Beginner
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? None
How many hours per day did you use the language? 0

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

* Did you study abroad through an exchange program or did you directly enroll in the foreign university? Exchange

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Freedom given by program
  • The city
  • The classes
* What could be improved?
  • More integration with Hungarians
  • Location of school is very far from where we lived!
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? If you go in the fall, travel in your first month while the weather is still good!

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Mobile Software Development

Course Department: CSCI
Instructor: Péter Ekler
Instruction Language: English
Comments: It was very informative and well taught. The class projects and the professor were the most valuable part of the course
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Computer Graphics

Course Department: CSCI
Instructor: Professor Szecsi
Instruction Language: English
Comments: It was very time consuming but also interesting, unique and rewarding. Professor was extremely helpful.
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Semantic and Declarative Technologies

Course Department: CSCI
Instructor: Professor Szeredi
Instruction Language: English
Comments: An extremely intriguing course, definitely my favorite course abroad. Prolog assignments were the most fun and compelling.
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Hungarian Language and Culture

Course Department: Language
Instructor: Professor Kati
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Very fun though not extremely useful course. It was great getting to know some of the Hungarian words that we would see every day.
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