Hungary: Justice Studies and Humanities

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Spring Study Abroad Program

Spring-term program with Justice Studies and Humanities emphasis at Károli Gáspár University.

The UNH Budapest Spring Program is open to any student interested to deepening their knowledge of modern European history, culture, and justice systems. Each spring semester a group of students study at Károli Gáspár University of Budapest. Situated along the Danube River, Budapest is an exciting and cosmopolitan city, close to other beautiful European cities such as Prague and Vienna.

Program benefits

  • Costs less than a semester at UNH Durham
  • Fulfill up to 4 Discovery Requirements (WC, HP, HUMA, FPA)
  • Choose your academic track: Justice Studies or Humanities – both open to all majors
  • Travel with UNH students and faculty
  • Learn about Hungarian law and culture
  • Courses taught in English
  • Prepare yourself for a global economy
2024 Study Abroad Justice Studies Budapest
10 UNH students studying abroad in
Budapest, Hungary enjoying the night life
along the Danube River


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Program dates

January - May 2024

Information Session

Thursday, March 30, 2023, 4-6 Hamilton Smith room 150

Application Deadline

May 1, 2023 (early admission)
Sept 30, 2023 (final admission)

Deposit deadline

October 15, 2023

How to apply Financial Aid/scholarships


Susan Siggelakis
Associate Professor of Political Science
Justice Studies Budapest Program Co-Director
Phone: (603) 862-1780 

Will Smiley
Assistant Professor of Humanities
Justice Studies Budapest Program Co-Director
Phone: (603) 862-4837


The program is open to all majors from all UNH Colleges and there are no academic pre-requisites.


All students participating in the Budapest Program take 17 credits of coursework through one of two academic tracks: Justice Studies or Humanities. Courses will be taught by a combination of UNH and Károli Gáspár University (KRE) faculty, with some work done online prior to departure. The table below summarizes the courses work involved in each track:



Preparing for Study Abroad (1 credit, online, taught by UNH prior to departure)

JUST 650: Special Studies in Comparative Justice Systems
(4 credits, taught by UNH)

HUMA 550: Special Studies in Comparative Ideas 
(4 credits, taught by UNH)

JUST 651: Field Studies in Hungarian Justice Systems
(6 credits, taught by UNH)

HUMA 551: Field Studies in Art and Culture
(6 credits, taught by UNH, FPA Discovery)

*Hungary in the 20th Century: A Historical and Political Overview
(3 credits, taught by KRE, HP Discovery)

*Totalitarianism in the 20th Century
(3 credits, taught by KRE, HUM Discovery)

* Courses taught by KRE will be considered transfer credit, which means the grade you earn will not impact your UNH GPA, but it will be reflected on your transcript. Students also must earn at least a C to receive credit for the class at UNH.

Notes for Course Equivalencies at UNH

  • JUST 650 and 651 will satisfy Justice Studies Dual Major or Minor elective course requirements. The earned grade in JUST 650 will figure into the student’s UNH cumulative grade point average. JUST 651 is a credit/fail course.
  • HUMA 550 and 551 will satisfy Humanities Dual Major or Minor elective course requirements.
  • The program encourages students from outside the Justice Studies and Humanities programs at UNH to enroll. You may discuss with your home department if any of the courses you take on the program can be counted for major or minor credit. Otherwise, they will most likely count towards your general elective total (unless they are satisfying a Discovery category for you).
  • Justice Studies dual majors may be able to use their study abroad experience in Budapest to satisfy the JUST 601 (Internship) requirement. Students may still choose to take JUST 601 but, it is no longer be required. For more information please contact the Justice Studies Office.

Discovery Categories

  • All students will earn World Cultures and Historical Perspectives Discovery from the program.
  • Students on the Humanities track will also satisfy the Fine and Performing Arts Discovery category from HUMA 551.
  • Some electives from KRE are pre-approved by UNH to count for Discovery categories, such as Humanities. Spring 2023 elective classes will be confirmed soon.

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. 

Students participating in the Budapest Program will pay the following on their UNH tuition bill:

  • UNH Tuition
  • UNH Fees
    • Technology $102.50
    • Study Abroad Administration $200
    • International Health Insurance: $150
  • Estimated Budapest Program Fee $2,000 
    • Covers housing and activities/excursions 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.

Housing and Meals

Students will be housed in international student dorms at Károli Gáspár University. The dorms are located on the Buda side of the city, within easy commuting distance to the main academic buildings of the university. Students must plan for their own meal costs, though there are some limited common meal preparation spaces at the dorms. Otherwise, Budapest is a great city for budget-conscious eaters. 

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 occasional 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
  • Visa fee
  • Comprehensive international travel insurance and assistance program

Not Included

  • Airfare to and from Hungary
  • Meals
  • Mobile phone (required)
  • Local transportation
  • Personal spending and travel money

Payment Information and Refund Policy

All students must submit a non-refundable $400 deposit payment following acceptance.

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