- Classes taught in English except Hungarian language classes
- Tandem partner program
- Volunteer opportunities
- International excursion
- Minimum 2.5 G.P.A.
- Students must be currently enrolled in a U.S. or foreign university
- Open to freshmen (2nd semester), sophomores, juniors and seniors
- Open to all levels of Hungarian speakers
- Completed API application
- University contact information form
- One letter of recommendation
- One official transcript
- Copy of passport
- Additional supplemental materials
- Entry requirement: valid passport with supporting documents (more information provided post acceptance)
Dates & Fees
API students participate in several excursions per session designed to help familiarize them with areas of their host city, country, and surrounding region. The following is a listing of all excursions for API Budapest programs. All excursions are subject to change.
DANUBE BEND (ESZTERGOM AND VISEGRÁD)
Esztergom was once the medieval capital of Hungary. Today, the main attractions are the palace on Castle Hill and domed Basilica – the nation’s largest church. In the 14th century, Visegrád was the capital of Hungary, and its castle was made into a royal palace that was once described as a “paradise on Earth.” Although history has taken a toll on the village, the ruins can still provide interesting insight into Hungary’s past.
The fascinating folk tradition of the Busó Carnival in Mohács celebrates the bidding of farewell to winter and the welcoming of spring. During the festivities, the male inhabitants of the town of Mohács dress up in sheepskin coats turned inside out, and wear huge wooden masks, painted red. Carrying many bells and rattles, they march through town, making as much noise as possible to scare winter away. As part of the celebrations, students will see many folk dance shows and may be invited to join in!
The monuments in Pécs reveal a long history of Roman, Ottoman and Habsburg influence. Remnants of the 1543-1686 Turkish occupation are found in the two former mosques and Ottoman architecture. The 11th century cathedral and ruins of a 4th century Roman cemetery illustrate the rich history here.
PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
Prague is and has been one of the most beautiful European cities since the Middle Ages. It is known as the “City of 100 Towers,” “Heart of Europe” and “Golden Prague.” In the 18th century, six independent towns were incorporated into the city making up today’s quarters. Because the city stayed relatively untouched by the wars of the 20th century, much of its historic architecture remains, with styles ranging from Art Nouveau to Baroque, Renaissance, Cubist, Gothic, Neo-Classical and Ultra-Modern.
KRAKOW, POLAND (INCLUDING VISIT TO AUSCHWITZ)
Poland’s former capital has always been famous for its beauty, charm and culture. Structurally, Krakow survived WWII virtually untouched with elegant squares, charming castles, an historic Jewish district and museums. Southwest of Krakow is Oswiecim (Auschwitz). From 1940 until 1945, morethan 1.5 million people lost their lives in this Nazi concentration camp. Students will tour the camp and learn about this tragic episode in world history.
This 12th century baroque town has inspired artists for centuries. In 1690, when the Turks invaded Belgrade, more than 6,000 Serbian residents fled to Szentendre and settled there. This gave it a unique Balkan feel with its cobblestone roads and red-tiled roofs. Today, the town is famous for its many museums, including the open air museum showing Hungarians’ way of life in centuries past.
In Transylvania students discover one of the less frequently traveled parts of the Eastern Bloc. Kolozsvár (Cluj), the unofficial capital of Transylvania, is renowned for its amazing historical legacy and culture. The Torda gorge and the village of Torockó are well-known for their beautiful scenery and unique hiking trails. This part of Romania is one of those rare parts of Europe where time seems to have stood still and many people live as their ancestors did centuries ago.