Studying Abroad in Budapest Past Review

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 08/19/2019 to 12/18/2019 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?
It was worthwhile, for sure. I learned a lot about Hungary and about myself!

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

I love the AIT Staff! They are so great!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Some problems with the place, but people were really helpful with getting them fixed.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Very easy to not be a part of Hungarian culture at all because the program is all American students and relatively isolated out of the city.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I didn't have any experiences, but your website is requiring me to rate health issues. I don't know what you want me to say. I had no experiences with health care so obviously I can't rate that. Why is this question required?

* Safety:

I always felt very safe. It was a great place to live.

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

I would do the same program but I would get out more! It's really comforting to be in classes with other American students, but that makes it easy to not integrate yourself in Hungarian culture.


* 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)

Really inexpensive city. A little goes a long way!!

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 50-100


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

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?

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • The staff are great.
  • The classes are interesting.
* What could be improved?
  • If classes were taught at ELTE we would meet so many new people and actually feel like a part of the community.
  • Shorter / more convenient class times
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? The Budapest Erasmus Network is a facebook page that organizes really cool events for students in Budapest from all around the world. Take advantage of it and go meet some new people!

Reasons For Studying Abroad

To help future students find programs attended by like-minded individuals, please choose the profile that most closely represents you.
The Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Mobile Software Development

Course Department: CS
Instructor: Ekler
Instruction Language: English
Comments: It was not my favorite class. Really focused on development environment details and aspects of dev that I am not interested in.
Credit Transfer Issues: No.
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Applied Cryptography

Course Department: CS
Instructor: Buttyan
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Really, really hard, but very interesting!
Credit Transfer Issues:
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Semantic and Declarative Technologies

Course Department: CS
Instructor: Szeredi
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Not super challenging, but the instructor clearly knew a lot about the Prolog language and was very helpful. Interesting material, too.
Credit Transfer Issues:
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Graph Theory

Course Department: CS
Instructor: Gabor Wiener
Instruction Language: English
Comments: This is my favorite course I have taken in my life. Graph theory is fantastic and so interesting and the professor was so enthusiastic and helpful. The format of the class was perfect for letting natural curiosity drive learning and the exams, while challenging, were genuinely enjoyable to take. I can't recommend this course enough. I wish I could take it again.
Credit Transfer Issues: