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Bard Program at Central European University, Budapest
Budapest, Hungary (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
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Dept Offering Program: Study Abroad OIP Program Type: Study Abroad (semester)
Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: No
Program Features: Academic Study Degree Level: 4 - Junior, 5 - Senior
Time Away: Academic Year, Fall Semester Housing options: Apartment
Program Group: Study Abroad OIP Program Adviser: Jordan Zilla
Program Description:
Program Description:

Bard in Budapest

Please note that you need to meet two different deadlines when applying to this program:

  • Bard application deadline: October 1, 2019
  • Princeton application deadline: October 25, 2019
Take courses alongside Hungarian and other international students at Central European University in Budapest, all while receiving academic and safety/security support from Bard College. Students can take courses in areas such as economics, philosophy, Jewish studies, history, and more. The program is a great fit for students looking for a full immersion experience while taking courses taught in English. 

The University

Central European University (CEU) is one of the most densely international universities in the world. Founded in 1991 as an American graduate-level institution, it is now one of the top ranked social sciences universities in the world. With campuses in both Budapest and Vienna, CEU attracts a diverse group of students who are "working toward a better, more just and sustainable global society."

The Setting

A vibrant city of two million people with many cultural offerings, Budapest is situated on the banks of the Danube River and is known as one of Europe’s most affordable cities. It's many hills, Roman ruins, and beautiful bridges offer a stunning place to study in the cultural hub of Hungary.



Students are required to enroll in a total of 16 credits per semester, which is the equivalent of four Princeton credits. CEU offers both two and four credit courses, and students should plan to take three 4-credit courses, then choose additional two or four-credit courses to complete their course-load. Some of the areas of study include Economics, Jewish Studies, History, Politics, Public Policy, Anthropology, and more. Students can read more about academics by visiting the Bard website. 


For Princeton approval, participants must have at least a 3.0/ B average for the fall and spring semesters prior to the semester of study abroad.

Grading & Credits:

For information regarding credits, grading, and other academic policies, read the Academic Policies on the Study Abroad website.

Academic Calendar

Fall Semester: late August to mid December
Spring Semester: early January to mid April

Please refer to the Bard website for updated calendars


Students will live in shared apartments located in the city center, in the 5th, 6th, and 7th districts. The apartments are fully furnished, including internet access, and students are responsible for purchasing their own meals. More information can be found on the Bard website.

Student Life

From the Bard website:
"CEU actively encourages and supports students’ interests and activities, which range 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 throughout 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."

Money Matters

Students who receive financial aid at Princeton continue to receive Princeton financial aid for the approved costs of study abroad programs during the academic year. For detailed information about financial aid, program fees, and billing for study abroad, please visit the Money Matters section of the Study Abroad website.

For estimated program costs, please click on the Budget Sheet at the top of this brochure.

Passport and Visa

Students are responsible for ensuring that their passports are valid for their entire stay. For further information on renewing or obtaining a U.S. passport, please consult the U.S. State Department passport website.

Students will need a visa to study in Hungary for more than 90 days, so you should either apply for a visa from a Hungarian Embassy or Consulate (application may be submitted in person in Washington, DC; New York, NY, Chicago or Los Angeles, CA), or if you cannot travel to one of the locations or have other circumstances that prevent you from applying in person for the visa, you may apply for a residence permit upon arrival to Hungary. Please visit the Bard website for more information. 

Application Process

Students interested in applying to this program must complete two separate processes:
  1. Apply directly to the program by their deadline. Visit the Bard website directly for application instructions and deadlines. Please note that program application deadlines are often earlier than Princeton approval deadlines.
  2. Complete the Princeton approval process. You may download the course approval form and instructions from your GPS application. Click “apply now” on this brochure to access these items. Check GPS for Princeton’s approval deadlines.


Start planning your study abroad experience!

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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2020 04/30/2020 05/04/2020 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2020-2021 04/30/2020 05/05/2020 TBA TBA
Spring Semester 2021 10/16/2020 10/20/2020 TBA TBA
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