Hungary: Humanities Budapest Program

Spring Semester Program

Program for students of all interests and backgrounds who wish to gain a better appreciation for European history, culture, and art. All coursework is in English and many Discovery categories can be satisfied. 

The Budapest Spring Semester Program is available to any undergraduate at UNH interested in living and studying in the historically rich city of Budapest. Budapest is the capital of Hungary and among the most beautiful cities in Europe. Straddling the Danube River, the city offers beautiful architecture, wonderful museums, lively and varied cultural activities, and major universities that contribute to a vibrant student life in the city. The city is also a convenient hub for travel to the region and the rest of Europe.

The Humanities Spring Budapest Program provides undergraduates with a study abroad experience that uses the historic city of Budapest to open a window on European history and culture, and to give them an opportunity to live in a vibrant European capital. The program provides numerous benefits:

  • Open to all students! All courses are conducted in English and there are no pre-requisites
  • Cost! Budapest is one of Europe's most affordable study abroad destinations
  • Satisfy multiple Discovery Category requirements in one semester (FPA, HP, WC, and more)
  • Live in one of Europe's most beautiful cities
  • Live and study with both UNH and Hungarian/other students from around the world
  • Support of on-site UNH faculty
Program dateS

Feb.-May, 2020 (Exact dates TBA)

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Application Deadline


Deposit deadline


How to apply Financial Aid/scholarships


Jim Parsons
COLA Study Abroad Coordinator
Phone: (603) 862-3962

Stephen Trzaskoma
Professor of Classics
Humanities Budapest and Greece Program Director
Phone: (603) 862-3648

At the time of application, all students are expected to meet the following criteria:

  • At least 12 credits earned at UNH
    • Freshmen students not meeting the 12-credit requirement may be allowed to participate in the program. Approval is needed from both the Program Faculty Director. Contact the COLA Center for Study Abroad for guidance.
  • A declared major
  • A minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA
    • Students who do not have a declared major or who have an established GPA between 2.0 and 2.5 may still apply. Admission will be at the discretion of the program faculty director.
  • Good standing with the Student Conduct System
    • A student who is on probation, regardless of the underlying violation, must successfully petition through the Academic Standards and Advising Committee (ASAC) for permission to participate. Students who have had a past violation will also be required to petition. Please contact your Dean’s Office for more guidance and the petition form, if needed.

The program is open to all majors from all UNH Colleges. Although the program has an academic focus on humanities, history and culture, there are no pre-requisites.

Sample Field Trips

Week 1
Orientation to Budapest: An architectural tour (emphasis Turkish, Neo-Gothic, Baroque, Art Noveau, Bauhaus)

Week 2
Train excursion to Roman ruins of Acquincum and continuing excursion to Szentendre and the Hungarian Open Air Museum

Week 3
History tour of Budapest: Royal Palace, Matthias Church, St. Stephen’s Basilica, Hero’s Squire

Week 4
The Turks in Central Hungary: train excursion to Eger (city tour, Castle of Eger, Turkish Minaret, Turkish Bath)

Week 5
Austro-Hungarian Empire: bus excursion to Vienna (Schoenburnn Palace, Belvedere Museum, St. Stephen’s Cathedral)

Week 6
Austro-Hungarian Empire: Hungarian National Museum (War of Independence 1848-49); Hungarian Parliament tour
Hungarian Life and Culture: bus overnight excursion to Gyor (city tour and visit to Pannonhalma Archabby)

Week 7
Visual and Performing Arts in Budapest: Museum of Fine Arts; Museum of Applied Arts; Hungarian State Opera performance

Week 8
Budapest and the Holocaust: Dohany Synagogue and Old Jewish Quarter; Holocaust Memorial Center

Week 9
The Holocaust: 3-day bus excursion to Krakow and Auschwitz

Week 10
Hungary under the Soviets: House of Terror Museum, Budapest Prison

Week 11
Hungarian Revolution, 1956: revolutionary walking tour of Budapest

Week 12
Hungary and Central Europe: hydrofoil excursion to Bratislava, Slovakia

Week 13
Hungarian Life and Culture: bus excursion to Pec (city tour, Pec University, Zsolney Ceramics Factor, Viallany wine region)

Week 14
Hungary since 1989: Hungarian National Museum; Statue Park; European Institute of Innovation and Technology

Week 15
Hungarian Music: Bela Bartok Museum; Franz Liszt Academy of Music recital

Students will meet in-person with the program faculty and the COLA Center for Study Abroad over the course of the fall semester to prepare for the program, apply for their visas, and make travel arrangements. Note that all non-EU citizens will be required to apply for a Hungarian student visa. This will require students to apply in-person at the Hungarian Consulate in New York City during the fall semester. While the program will help students with the application process, organize an optional group trip to New York to submit an application, and pay for the application fee, the costs associated with travel to and from New York must be paid by students. 

The program is open to all students and no prior coursework is necessary or expected. The program is hosted by a partner university located in the city of Budapest. Students enroll in a mixture of classes taught by both UNH faculty and Hungarian faculty from the host institution. The UNH faculty serves as an on-site director for the program, teaching two courses and supporting and advising students.

Students take 17 credits of course work:

  • one online course conducted prior to arrival in Hungary (1 credit)
  • two courses taught by a UNH faculty member in residence (10 credits total)
  • two taught by Hungarian faculty (taught in English, 6 credits total)

Course Descriptions

One-credit preparatory online course

This course is conducted entirely online prior to your departure to Hungary. It is designed to help students both prepare for an intercultural experience and maximize their semester abroad.

HUMA 550 - Special Studies in Comparative Ideas (4 credits; graded). Taught by UNH professor-in-residence

This course involves periodic offerings in literature, art, history, philosophy and political science designed to stimulate reflection on ideas and issues in Hungarian and Central European history and culture in a larger global context. Topics vary depending upon the expertise of the resident faculty. 

HUMA 551 - Field Studies in Arts and Culture (6 credits; graded). FPA Discovery, taught by UNH professor-in-residence

This course is designed to provide students with first-hand experience of art, history, culture, folklore, and traditions of Hungary and Central Europe. The course combines preparatory readings with guided field trips to museums, historial sites, and culturally significant events and locations. Students maintain a weekly blog reflecting on field trip experiences

COLA 657F2 - Hungary in the 20th Century: A Historical and Political Overview (3 credits; transfer credit). HP Discovery, taught by Hungarian faculty (in English)

Hungary in the 20th century has had a turbulent history, with its political regimes changing radically. Liberal democracy, limited democracy, diverse authoritarian and totalitarian regimes alternated with one another. These general conditions may explain why introductions to 20th century Hungarian political developments are dominated by the historical approach. While the course will respond to change, it will also use a political science approach when providing a conceptual and political institution framework against the background of the historical context. In addition to past history, the course will deal extensively with more recent events, including the Communist heritage, the change in the system, and current issue of consolidation.

COLA 657F1 - Various options (3 credits; transfer credit). Taught by Hungarian faculty (in English)

Students will customize their academic experience in Budapest by choosing a fourth course from our partner institution. These courses focus on the culture, history, politics, and art of Central Europe and Hungary. Information about specific course options will be made available soo. Depending on the course, credit may count towards major, minor, or Discovery credit.

Situated and defined by the Danube River, Budapest is one of Europe's most romantic and stunning citites. The history of Budapest and the region extends back to the early Romans who were drawn to the region by the thermal baths. Extensive remains of the largest Roman settlement in the region lay just outside the modern city. The Romans were succeeded by Attila and the Huns in the early Middle Ages, and then by the arrival of the Magyars and the founding of Hungary at the end of the 9th century. In its modern history, Hungary has been occupied in turn by the Ottoman Empire, the Austrian Empire, and the Soviet Union. Hungarians have fought for their independence in two tragic and unsuccessful revolutions – in 1848 against the Austrians and 1956 against the Soviet Union. Each of these has left its marks on the city, making it an extraordinary museum and laboratory for studying this extraordinary history.

Post-communist Budapest is a modern and continually growing metropolis of nearly 2 million people. The city has a young and cosmipolitan feel with a large student population and vibrant nightlife. Today the city seems to hang in between its status of a modern EU capital and its cultural traditions dating back to its late-19th century heyday. It retains the romance of Old Europe with its decadent cafes, neoclassical buildings, and stately beauty while offering students a fun, accessible, and culturally enriching living environment.

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Students pay their usual tuition but are exempt from mandatory university fees for the semester. Students pay a program fee covering housing and excursions for the semester, an international health and travel insurance fee, and a study abroad administrative fee. Students are responsible for their own meals and travel expenses. Financial aid recipients continue to receive their scholarships and aid. 

Estimated Program Costs

  • UNH Tuition
  • UNH Fees
    • Technology $100.50
    • Study Abroad Administration $200
    • International Health Insurance: $150
  • Estimated Budapest Program Fee $2,700 (nearly $1,000 less than previous years)
    • Covers housing and excusions/activities organized by the Resident Director

Note: Students must also pay a housing damage deposit of $500, any refund of which is returned after the students return to the United States.

Cost Comparison between Durham and Budapest



UNH Tuition, In-State: $7,570.00

 UNH Tuition, In-State: $7,570.00

UNH Tuition, Out-of-State: $15,260.00

UNH Tuition, Out-of-State: $15,260.00

UNH Mandatory Fees: 1,679.50

 UNH Mandatory Fees: 450.50

Double Room : 3,610.00

 Budapest Program Fee: 2,700
 (subject to change)

Meal Plan: 2,180.00
(least expensive option)

 Meals*: 1,200.00
 (average personal cost estimated by past students)

Total, In-State: $15,039.50

 Total, In-State: $11,920.50

Total, Out-of-State: $22,729.50

Total, Out-of-State: $19,610.50

Difference of -$3,119  to spend the semester in Budapest
(to put toward things on 'not included' list)

Housing and Meals

Participants will be housed in one of our partner university's student dormitories. This arrangement allows us to keep program costs very low and give students the opportunity to engage with Hungarian and other international students. The dormitory is located in a residential area on the Buda side of the river within easy commuting distance of central Budapest (25-30 minutes by public transportation).

Students must plan for their own meal costs. The dormitories will have limited kitchen space for students, but there are also many cheap meal options throughout the city. Some group meals are provided when traveling together on program-related activities.

Other Inclusions

In addition to housing, the program fees also include:

  • Excursions. These include weekly cultural outings in the city as part of classwork and occassional trips outside of Budapest. Past visits include theatre performances, museum visits, concerts, and trips to other cities in Hungary or neighboring countries in Europe.
  • Pre-departure preparation by UNH faculty and staff. In-country support by program faculty and staff
  • Comprehensive international travel insurance and assistance program

Not Included

  • Airfare to and from Hungary
  • Travel to and from New York City for the required visa application
  • Visa fee (approx. $60)
  • Meals
  • Mobile phone (required)
  • Local transportation
  • Personal spending and travel money

Payment Information and Refund Policy

All accepted students will be required to pay a $200 non-refundable deposit.

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