BEST TIME OF MY LIFE!! May 10, 2023

By (Computer Science, Aquincum Institute of Technology) - abroad from 09/01/2022 to 12/22/2023 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 has been months since I finished the program but I couldn’t stop thinking about it, so I think I should leave a review here for future students. It was definitely the best and most memorable time during my college life and I highly recommend any CS students to choose this program. Budapest is a beautiful city. It is in the center of Europe so you could easily travel to any country in the Schengen area. The cost of living is much more affordable compared to other countries so you could save a lot of money. The program is somewhat selective and the academic is challenging compared to what I study in the US (especially math classes), but everyone is very supportive and helpful. You would be taking classes with very bright and smart students from top colleges in the US. Another good thing I noticed about AIT is that you would always find your place. Some of my friends who went to different programs struggle to make friends because they go as exchange students and people already form a friend group there. You won’t encounter this problem at AIT. Everyone is also studying away so they are open to making friends and ready to do things to make the most of their time there. I can’t express enough how fun and memorable my time at AIT was and I still cherish every moment of it. It was definitely one of the best decisions in my life! I would highly recommend anyone who is considering this program to join!! Wish I could go back in time.

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.

The academic is rigorous and challenging

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Very helpful

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The commute to campus is a little bit far and housing is quite old but then you get to live in the city center and experience the culture

* Food:

Food is cheap so I don't cook

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I always feel safe in Budapest

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


* 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)

Budapest is a very affordable city so you could save money to travel to other countries on the weekend

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Get a no international transaction fee credit card


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes

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?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
  • International Students
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?
  • People
  • City
  • Cost
* What could be improved?
  • Housing
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Prepare to have the most memorable time of your life!!