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AIT Budapest: Computer Science In Hungary
Budapest, Hungary (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Fall,
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Restrictions: Gustavus applicants only
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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2021 09/15/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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Program Partner:
AIT - Aquincum Institute of Technology
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Semester only
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Housing Options:
Apartment (Shared)
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Areas of Study:
Computer Science, Entrepreneurship, European Studies, Film Studies, History, Hungarian Language & Literature, Information Technology, Music Program Design: Direct Enroll, Group based, Theme based
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Computer Science in Hungary

View from Pest hill in winter
The castle-like battlements adjacent to Matthias Church, atop the hill on the Pest side of the river, afford a wonderful view of the city and the flatter Buda side.

Tailored to the needs of North American computer science and software engineering undergraduates in their sophomore through senior years, AIT offers semester-long programs to bridge the gap between the world of academia and business. Classes are taught in English by eminent Hungarian professors, most of whom have had teaching experience in North American universities. Professors closely monitor each individual student's progress. Considerable time is devoted to problem-solving and encouraging student creativity. Emphasis is on depth of understanding rather than on the quantity of material. The academic program is based on a philosophy of small and intimate classes, close collaboration of students and faculty, and hands-on work through group projects.

The program is made up of four course groups, each containing several different course offerings:
  • Foundational Courses in Computer Science
  • Advanced Applications
  • Creative Design and Entrepreneurship
  • Humanities Courses Related Hungary's rich cultural heritage
Students can select any combination of classes from the four main course groups. While the four groups contain classes in different areas of science, entrepreneurship and culture, the examples below illustrate how these are integrated within the AIT curriculum.

Castle reflection in pond Goulache with noodles
Left: Hungary's landscape is idyllic, complete with castles and beautiful natural scenery. Right: Paprikash (a slightly spiced stew of meat and vegetables) is often served with noodles.

Example 1: Focus on Architectural Design Software
  • Students will learn about the mathematical foundations of 3D modeling.
  • Students will learn how to build a specific software product on that, such as 3D building modeling (BIM: Building Information Modeling). They will be confronted with the fact that less than 5% of such an application is dealing with 3D modeling, while the other 95% is indispensable in order to have a usable application.
  • Students will understand the implications of building and running a company to market such a product.
  • …and finally, as part of the humanities curriculum, students may learn about Central European architecture.
Example 2: Focus on Computer Vision Applications for Digital Cinema
  • Students will learn math foundations about the subject, including Linear Filtering, Object and Class recognition, Gaussian Blur, Image Gradient, Normalized Cross Correlation, Harris Detector, and the like.
  • Students will learn the details and the operation of Colorfront’s technology relating to digital film post production.
  • Students will learn about the business model of Colorfront.
  • …and finally students may elect the Hungarian cinema course, including Hungarians’ significant contribution to developing Hollywood.
Example 3: Focus on Computational Biology and Medicine
  • AIT offers foundational courses, like Data Mining and the Structure and Dynamics of Complex Networks.
  • Students will learn about how to apply these theories to the complex task of decoding the human genome, and will become familiar with the IT challenges in computational biology and personalized medicine.
  • Students may learn about the business model of IT companies capitalizing on this emerging industry.
  • As part of Erno Rubik’s design class, students will be guided through the history of great Hungarian innovations, including our contribution to the field of medicine, from Ignaz Semmelweis (pioneer of antiseptic procedures) to Albert Szent-Györgyi (discoverer of vitamin C).
For Gustavus Adolphus students: AIT uses US semester credits. Each GAC unit = 4 US semester credits. Thus, AIT courses that are worth 3 US semester credits each are worth 0.75 GAC units. Be sure to discuss the irregular unit totals with your advisors as you select courses.

In addition, a diverse range of extracurricular activities are offered for exploring the historic heritage and contemporary cultural life of Budapest and the region. Prior to the academic program, a 2-week-long intensive survival Hungarian language course (not for credit) is also offered. This intensive language course is organized by a language school that charges a separate fee. Students who elect this survival course will arrive in Budapest two weeks earlier.

AIT helps students find reasonable accommodation for their stay. Following acceptance to AIT, students should complete the Room Match Form electronically on the website. We try to find the most suitable accommodations for the semester in Budapest. After collecting all housing requests, apartments will be assigned randomly by ballot. Generally, two or three students will share a 2- to 3-bedroom apartment. Housing options will be specified on the Room Match Form. Apartments are equipped with internet connection, linens, sheets, washing machine (clothes dryers are rarely used in Hungary), and a fully equipped kitchen. A cleaning service is brought in once a month.

Students often like to take advantage of Budapest’s spectacular cultural offerings and vibrant night life, so AIT offers accommodation in the city center. Living downtown is more convenient for evening programs and on weekends, but this will entail a 40-50-minute commute every day to the AIT Campus. Students will purchase a transportation card, which costs about $20 per month for unlimited use. In most cases, they will have access to transportation 24/7.

Summer Internships
Students enrolled in the spring semester program may be able to remain in Hungary for a summer internship with a software company or similar organization following the semester. These internships cannot be guaranteed in advance and must be sought after arriving in Hungary. Students who are successful in finding an internship should keep in mind the Gustavus deadline for international summer internships. See the Gustavus Career Development website for details.

More detailed information in the AIT website >>>

Hungarian Parliament
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