Bard Abroad in Budapest, Hungary

Student Life

Student Life

Student Life

The CEU Student Services Office assists students with records and registration and student life concerns. CEU’s Student Union supports student clubs, and sponsors social gatherings and cultural activities. Additionally, Student Services coordinates the CEU Medical Center and Psychological Services Center, both of which provide care and referrals to students.


All Bard-CEU Study Abroad Program participants live in shared apartments while studying in Budapest. The apartments are located in the city center, which constitutes the 5th, 6th, and 7th districts of Budapest, and within commuting distance of CEU. The apartments are fully furnished and include internet access. You can view some typical apartments at Budapest Lets.


CEU's educational site is located in one of the most beautiful parts of central Budapest. Seven elegant buildings, ranging from Baroque and Art Nouveau to the late twentieth century style offer a first-class learning environment. Of particular note is the Monument Building, a former palace designed by one of Central Europe’s most famous architects, Mihaly Pollack in the 1830s. The modern 10-story Faculty Tower is home to many of CEU’s faculty offices and classrooms, the library, and the university auditorium.


The Bard Abroad in Budapest programs begins with a comprehensive online predeparture training. Upon arrival on campus, students undertake a two-day orientation that will focus on program expectations (academic and behavioral), safety and health information, a discussion of cultural adjustment strategies, and an introduction to life in Budapest.

Student Activities

CEU actively encourages and supports students' interests and activities. In previous years, there have been a huge number of activities from theater and opera visits, to dance classes and ice skating parties. CEU has two sports centers, with aerobics, yoga classes, and tournaments. There is also an exhibition space within the university where student artwork can be showcased. At the start of each academic year, CEU surveys student interests, and organizes different events and programs accordingly during the year.

There are many clubs to join, from chess and basketball to film and literature. The CEU Debate Society, one of the more prominent student organizations, regularly participates in, hosts, and co-organizes international debate competitions.