Bard Abroad in Budapest, Hungary

Academics at CEU

The Bard-CEU program provides a balance of independence and support to undergraduate learners who are prepared for the challenge of a graduate school environment. Visiting North American students receive between 12 and 16 credits per semester at CEU.


CEU offers 2-credit and 4-credit courses.  Students should plan to take three 4-credit courses, then choose additional 2 or 4-credit courses up to 16 credits total per semester.  Study abroad students can study during the fall or winter terms, academic year (fall and winter).

Students who participate in the Bard-CEU program can transfer up to 8 credits from their credits earned during the program towards their MA studies at CEU should they decide to apply and are accepted to one of CEU's MA programs. The transfer of credits will be subject to regulations described in Annex 2 of CEU's "Student Rights, Rules and Academic Regulations."

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Language of Instruction

English is the language of instruction and communication at CEU; however, students may also study other languages. The Center for Academic Writing offers courses in: Hungarian, French, German, Russian, and Spanish. Elementary Hungarian is recommended as it provides vocabulary that is helpful in daily life. The Source Language Teaching Group offers courses in regional and classical languages. Recent offerings include: Arabic, Bosnian/ Croatian/Serbian, Classic Hebrew, Greek, Latin, Classical Syriac, and Turkish.

Cultural Program

An orientation is held within the first days of arrival in Budapest to acclimate study abroad students to the academic culture and expectations at CEU.  The cultural program includes a tour of Budapest, group dinners, visits to nearby Hungarian towns and villages, evenings at the theater and opera and a trip to a neighboring country.  Students can also participate in CEU-wide events such as picnics, sports days, coffee house gatherings and club events.

Research Centers

CEU Research Centers complement research and teaching activities, enhancing interdisciplinary connections and integrating academic and policy-relevant activities. CEU Research Centers operate large-scale research projects, organize events, workshops and conferences, and offer fellowships. Expand for more. Expand