AIT Budapest provides a unique English language study abroad experience for North American undergraduates majoring in computer science, software engineering, and related disciplines. 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’s curriculum integrates design, entrepreneurship, and foundational courses in computer science with advanced applications in computational biology and computer vision for digital film post-production as well as humanities courses related to Hungary’s rich cultural heritage.
For additional information, visit the AIT Budapest website.
The City of Budapest
Home to 1.9 million people, Budapest is the vibrant center of Hungary as well as its capital city. It was originally two cities built on either sides of the Danube, Buda and Pest. The two districts are still distinct in their contrasting makeup, with the older and more charming Buda comprising atmospheric cobbled streets, little picturesque colored houses and a medieval, neo-Classical mixture of architecture set among the gentle hills of the west bank. Pest lies on a flat plain and is the commercial core of the city. It bustles with fashionable shopping areas and has characteristically wide, leafy boulevards.
Did you know…?
Budapest’s numerous thermal springs give rise to 70 million liters of thermal water rising to the surface – daily! This has caused Budapest to be a hot spot for medicinal baths and hot springs across the city.
The program at AIT Budapest is for Engineering students with Computer Science (and related) majors only.
Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0
Language of Instruction
A full course load at AIT consists of 16-20 credits (typically 4-5 courses) per semester.
Penn students must maintain a full course load while abroad and may only enroll in courses at the undergraduate level.
The program is made up of four course groups, each containing several different course offerings. Students can select any combination of classes from the four main course groups:
Foundational Courses in Computer Science
Creative Design and Entrepreneurship
Humanities Courses Related Hungary's rich cultural heritage
As on all Penn Abroad programs, grades are recorded on the Penn transcript and are calculated in the cumulative grade point average. The pass/fail option can be exercised according to the Penn on-campus policy of your home school. For more information on Penn Abroad’s academic policies, click here.
AIT reports grades using a standard A to F scale. The pass/fail option can be exercised according to the Penn on-campus policy.
All Penn students are required to attend the orientation activities organized by AIT Budapest prior to the start of each semester. More information on AIT Budapest’s orientation activities can be found here.
Prior to the academic program a 2-week long intensive Hungarian language course (not for credit) is also offered in downtown Budapest by AIT’s partner, Babilon Language School. The Survival Hungarian Course is an 80-hour intensive course in conversational Hungarian offered during the two weeks immediately preceding the start of the AIT-Budapest semester. This language course is not part of the AIT-Budapest program; it should not be confused with the slower-paced Hungarian language course offered for credit by AIT-Budapest during the semester.
Penn students are required to take the intensive pre-semester course. More information about the course can be found here.
In years past, AIT students have participated in summer internships at top Hungarian software companies, such as Prezi and LogMeIn. Spring semester students who are interested in an internship are encouraged to speak to AIT staff once they arrive in Budapest, so AIT can facilitate talks between the student and software companies that fit the students’ interests. More information can be found here.
Excursions & Cultural Activities
AIT organizes a wide range of cultural events and excursions for its students. All of them are optional, except for the orientation and closing events. Some of the programs are organized and orchestrated by AIT staff (like guided city tours with professional tour guides). More information can be found here.
Participants must be willing to live under local conditions for students.
AIT arranges reasonable accommodation for students in shared apartments in the city center. Students should expect a 40-50 minute commute to the AIT Campus. Information regarding accommodation can be found here.
Cost and Finance
Penn Abroad Financial Policies
Students are charged Penn tuition and academic fees for all Penn Abroad programs. Additional expenses will typically include items such as housing, visas, and airfare. Please see the program budget sheets below for more information. For more on Penn Abroad’s financial policies, click here.
Financial Aid and Study Abroad
In most cases, financial aid applies to Penn-approved programs. Student Financial Services reviews program budget sheets each semester to determine how to appropriately adjust your aid package. For more information on how Financial Aid will work during your semester abroad, click here.