BUDAPEST: Aquincum Institute of Technology

Budapest, Hungary

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Dates

  • Fall Semester - August - December
  • Spring Semester - Early February - Late May

Application Deadline

  • Fall Semester - March 1
  • Spring Semester - October 1

Description

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (e.mcclanahan@neu.edu)

Fostering student creativity has been a hallmark of mathematics and science education in Hungary for over a century; John von Neumann, to whom we owe the principles of stored-program digital computers, Andy Grove, longtime leader of Intel, and Charles Simonyi, father of Microsoft Office, all got their start in the schools of Budapest. American students now have the opportunity to experience this tradition through a study-abroad program offered by the Aquincum Institute of Technology (AIT), Budapest. AIT offers a unique English language study abroad experience for U.S. computer science and computer engineering majors. The program is built on four pillars:

An array of theoretical and practical computer science and engineering courses taught by international leaders in these fields
Novel courses on design and entrepreneurship in a global environment taught by European pioneers such as Dr. Ern

Courses

The main areas covered in AIT's program are IT entrepreneurship, design, software ergonomics and mathematical foundations. AIT also offers a hands-on introduction to cutting edge uses of computers in research (computational biology) and industry (architectural design, navigation, film and media, and others). Classes are taught in English by eminent Hungarian professors, most of whom have had teaching experience in North American universities. In keeping with Hungarian tradition, teachers 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 the philosophy of small and intimate classes, close collaboration of students and faculty, and hands-on work through group projects. Optional Language Course A 2-week long Hungarian language course is offered for AIT students prior to their studies in AIT. This intensive Hungarian language course is held in downtown Budapest. This is an optional course, not included in AIT's tuition fee. The cost of this optional intensive language class is about $420 and is payable in the language school upon arrival in Budapest.

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Host University

The newly-established Aquincum Institute of Technology (www.ait-budapest.com) provides a truly exceptional study abroad experience for US undergraduates majoring in engineering, computer science or related disciplines. Fostering student creativity has been a hallmark of mathematics and science education in Hungary for over a century; John von Neumann, who developed the principles of stored-program digital computers, Andy Grove, longtime leader of Intel, and Charles Simonyi, father of Microsoft Office, all got their start in the schools of Budapest. Following in this inspiring tradition, AIT brings together globally-acclaimed scholars, entrepreneurs and designers to provide an academic program based on small and interactive classes, close collaboration of students and faculty, and hands-on work through group projects. The main areas covered in AIT's program are IT entrepreneurship, design, software ergonomics and mathematical foundations. AIT also offers a hands-on introduction to cutting edge uses of computers in research (computational biology) and industry (architectural design, navigation, film and media, and others). These are the areas in which achievements of Hungarian researchers and entrepreneurs have been the most remarkable.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 2 completed terms at NU, one of which may be a summer term
  • GPA of at least 3.0
  • Transfer students and spring admits, please contact OISP for eligibility

Application Procedure

    • Completed online OISP applicatin

      Please submit the following directly to OISP:

    • Completed host institution application
    • Official Transcripts
    • Photocopy of Passport ID Page
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Cost

Fall 2014 or Spring 2015:$21,367

Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 16 NU credits ($21,267), and 24/7 worldwide emergency assistance ($100). Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.

Hungary, Budapest: Aquincum Institute of Technology Study Abroad Program Budget (Semester)

 

Accommodations

AIT students are advised to rent pre-approved apartments in the city. Generally, two or three students will share a two or three bedroom apartment. All accommodations will be within easy reach of the university using the frequent and inexpensive public transportation. Program administrators in Budapest will help students with housing and any problems that arise.

Destination

Budapest, Hungary's historic capital is a vibrant European metropolis. Traversed by the famed River Danube and featuring several world heritage sites and architectural treasures, Budapest is one of the world's more beautiful capital cities. Budapest is also a principal cultural destination in Central Europe. It offers a great opportunity to get acquainted with the traditions of a cosmopolitan center known for its innovative and creative spirit. The AIT campus is located on the banks of a picturesque bend of the Danube, in a state-of-the-art industrial science park hosting the Hungarian headquarters of Microsoft, Apple, SAP, Servier, AMRI, Canon, Graphisoft, Thales Nano and many other high-tech R&D firms from the IT and pharmaceutical industries.