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  • Locations: Budapest, Hungary
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Program Homepage: Click here
  • Restrictions: Grinnell applicants only
Grinnell Approval Deadlines/Program Dates:
Grinnell Approval Deadlines/Program Dates:
Term Year Grinnell Approval Deadline Grinnell Decision Date Program Start Date Program End Date
Fall 2019 12/05/2018 02/18/2019 TBA TBA
Spring 2020 12/05/2018 02/18/2019 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Subject Areas of Interest: Central and East Europe, Computer Science, Entrepreneurship, Film Studies, History, Linguistics, Math, Music Language of Study: English, Hungarian
Campus Program Advisor: Jerod Weinman OCS Contact: Jonathan Larson
Housing: Apartment
Program Description:

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Why study in Hungary?

  • Classes with leading scholars, designers, and entrepreneurs on a unique program for computer science and software engineering students in a beautiful and historic European capital, internationally noted for creativity in mathematics and computing

  • Small group courses taught in English

  • Additional options in Budapest Studies, Entrepreneurship, Film Studies and Music.

  • Intensive Hungarian language (Grinnell requirement)
Open to all majors and may be of particular interest in these subject areas:

Central and East European Studies
Computer Science
Entrepreneurship in Information Technology
Film Studies

Preparatory coursework recommended by Grinnell

Coursework in Russian, Central and East European Studies Concentration, such as RES 291.

Program Overview

Aquincum Institute of Technology provides a unique English language study abroad experience for North American undergraduates majoring in computer science, software engineering, and related disciplines. Hungary has a proud tradition of creativity in computing: 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 tradition of innovative education, AIT brings toether globally-acclaimed scholars, designers, and entrepreneurs
to provide an inspiring academic program with small classes (5 to 15 students in a typical class) that emphasize interactivity
and creativity. AIT was established in 2007 by the successful Hungarian software entrepreneur, Gábor Bojár, to provide North
American undergraduates in IT fields with a curriculum that integrates foundational courses in computer science, advanced
applications, design, and entrepreneurship as well as humanities courses related to Hungary’s rich cultural heritage.
AIT’s distinguished faculty includes Ernô Rubik (inventor of Rubik’s Cube), András Falus (Professor of Genetics and Immunology and
member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences), and software entrepreneur Gábor Bojár (founder of Graphisoft, the most successful
global software company from Central Europe).

Tailored to the needs of North American computer science and software engineering undergraduates in their sophomore through senior
years, AIT offers programs to bridge the gap between the world of academia and business.


Classes are taught in English by eminent Hungarian professors, many of whom have had teaching experience in North American universities.
Professors closely monitor each individual student’s progress. Considerable time is devoted to problem solving and encouraging
student creativity and the emphasis is on depth of understanding rather than on the quantity of material. The academic program is based
on a philosophy of small and intimate classes, close collaboration of students and faculty, and hands-on work through group projects.
The program is made up of four course groups, each containing several different course offerings:

  • Foundational Courses in Computer Science

  • Advanced Applications

  • Creative Design and Entrepreneurship

  • Humanities Courses Related to Hungary’s Rich Cultural Heritage

Budapest and AIT Campus

Budapest, Hungary’s historic capital, is a vibrant European metropolis with a history dating back to the Roman Empire. Traversed by the
famed Danube River and featuring several world heritage sites and architectural treasures, Budapest is one of the world’s most 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, SAP, Servier, Canon, Graphisoft, ThalesNano, and a number of other high-tech R&D firms from
the IT and pharmaceutical industries.

Internship Opportunities

Taking advantage of the AIT campus’s prime location in the immediate vicinity of the Hungarian headquarters of multinational high-tech
companies, students will gain invaluable experience through direct interaction with top researchers. Several Hungarian software companies
are offering 2-3 month summer R&D software engineering internships for AIT students.