AIT - Budapest
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(6 Reviews)

AIT - Budapest

AIT was established in 2007 by the successful Hungarian software entrepreneur, Gábor Bojár, to provide an exceptional study abroad experience to North American undergraduates in IT fields. AIT received its accreditation through Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME), which is one of the largest universities in Hungary, and was founded in 1782 as the first engineering institution at the university level in Europe. The AIT campus is located in a state of the art business park in Budapest that houses top multinational IT and R&D companies.

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Erik
Male
24 years old
Middletown, CT
Wesleyan University

A Safe Extension

9/10

This is definitely not a cultural study abroad program, however the option to study Hungarian Language and Culture provide some opportunity for motivated students to fill this gap. Beyond that, the has some incredible professors/courses and some flops. If possible, talk to a recent grad of the program to see which are worth taking. On the whole, the program isn't particularly taxing, though it can be if enough courses are taken. This goes back to the cultural aspect of the program – most social experiences must be self-inititated. That isn't to say they can't be awesome, but for some that is a possible red flag.

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Jonathon
Male
24 years old
Minneapolis, MN
Carleton College

Great City, Great Program

9/10

AIT Budapest was an awesome experience. The academic program was well organized, and the city was always great to explore. Getting around can be a bit difficult at first, but very easy to get the hang of.

How can this program be improved?

I ask that the Computer Vision course give a full number of credits, as it was quite challenging and required more hours than expected.

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J.
Male
24 years old
United States
Harvey Mudd College

Great abroad experience

8/10

I participated in the summer term and had a very enjoyable and informative experience. The mobile software development course was both interesting and useful. We produced a lot of examples that demonstrated the best practices for each platform. The support staff made themselves available. Budapest is a fun city with great (and cheap) nightlife. Housing was made very simple. I was very pleased with my experience.

How can this program be improved?

I would have liked more programs organized by the support staff for the whole group. It would have also been nice to have a better sense of things to bring, such as a mobile phone with a sim card that could be switched out, adapters that would fit in the sockets (not all adapters are created equal...) and other small things that like, which help things run a little smoother.

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Berit
Female
24 years old
Boston, MA
Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

Hungry for Hungary

9/10

I had a great time at AIT. It's a small program, so it's easy to get to know everyone really well.

Course-wise, I was pretty pleased with my classes. They were all really interesting and not the kind of thing I would have been able to take at my home school. The professors were all great. More importantly, the classes weren't so difficult that I couldn't take weekend trips around Europe on a whim.

Budapest is an amazing city, and our apartments were right in the middle of the city, which was fantastic. If there is one thing I regret about my stay, it's not taking advantage of all Budapest has to offer. There were a few weekends where I stayed in and did work or something. Don't make my mistake.

For me, the highlight of the program was definitely the coordinators. They are all wonderful people who put a huge effort into their jobs, from spending a few hours with me when I flew in to help me get situated to arranging for a lot of awesome things for us to do like a weekend trip to Lake Balaton or entering us into a rowing competition.

How can this program be improved?

This is my fault, but I really wish that I had made more time to do the touristy bit and learn more about the history of Budapest.

I also would have like to spend more time with Hungarians. The time I did spend with them (students, coordinators, and friends) was awesome, and I wish I could have done that more. It would be nice if AIT did more to facilitate that, especially at the beginning of the semester.

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AIT
Male
24 years old
USA
Carleton College

Fantastic Experience!

10/10

Great balance of academics and free-time/culture. You can take as easy or as challenging a course-load as you like, and the professors are truly top-notch. The AIT staff are also incredibly helpful, and really welcome students into the program and Budapest. I couldn't have been happier with my time at AIT!

How can this program be improved?

The location of the school -- it's about a 30-40 minute commute from the city center (but totally worth it!)

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