Destinations! Szeged, Hungary

DATES:  September - December

Take classes in English through the Hungary & East-Central Europe International Studies Centre (HUECESC) of the University of Szeged (Szegedi Tudományegyetem - in Hungarian). The core course offerings examine Hungary and East-Central Europe.  Hungarian language is also offered in an intensive form. Study history, literature, folklore and arts, as well as East-European economics, sociology, and current politics!

The HUECESC maintains ties with the local administration and small businesses in the region, representatives of which are also involved in courses as regular or guest lecturers. Numerous field trips provide international students with direct contacts and "real life" experiences.Check the website: Hungarian & Central-European International Studies Center for more information.

To read about what a recent participant gained from the Hungarian experience, click here.  

Click here to view a Powerpoint presentation from a past participant!

Application Deadline: December 1 of the prior academic year for guaranteed consideration. Please check with the International Programs Office for availability after deadlines have passed. 

 Go to the Applications page for forms and further information.


Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors in good standing with a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA from all academic disciplines with maturity, motivation, and preparation.  Knowledge of the Hungarian language is not required. 
Extend your study abroad to one year!  After completing the fall semester in Hungary, you can continue studies in Krakow, Poland


Program Includes:

  • 15 Weeks in academic program at the University of Szeged.
  • Room and Board throughout the semester. Independent living in an apartment shared with either group members or Hungarian students.
  • UWSP tuition for Wisconsin Residents (Minnesota students qualify for reciprocity, surcharge for other out-of-staters is only $1000).
  • UW-System mandatory health/travel insurance.
  • Train transfers on arrival and deparure -- Budapest to Szeged.
Plan your budget to cover international airfare*, passport and personal personal expenses.
*For information on how to book an airline ticket, please click here.
International airfare is not included as some students may already be in Europe on a Semester I program. If you are flying to Europe to start the program, International Programs will help you find a flight and assist in the purchase of affordable airfare if you'd like. For information on how to book an airline ticket, please click here.

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Upper division classes in the Humanities and Social Sciences.  Small classes, taught by Hungarian faculty in English, provide individual attention. Students from all over the world will attend classes with you.

Required Core Classes: 7 cr.

HUNGARIAN 101 or HUNGARIAN 101/102 ‑ First Year Hungarian: 
Hungarian for Beginners

4-8 credits, GDR: FL BA BM/BFA
Develop basic conversation skills in everyday practical contexts. The class will focus on all skills including communication, grammar, listening.

INTERNATIONAL STUDIES 381 - Culture & Civilization: Hungary
 3 credits, GDR: HU4; GEP:HU
Advanced survey of events, people and creative expression defining Hungarian culture. Themes covered may be defining political and cultural boundaries, defining heroic events and individuals, preserving folklore and musical traditions, etc.   

Sample Course Options:6-9 cr.*

COMMUNICATION 362 - Topics in Film History: 
Hungarian Film  3 credits, GDR: HU1; GEP:ART
Topics will include major dramas and dramatists in Hungary, the contemporary scene, great traditions of Hungarian films and film makers, and the social role of the cinema in Hungary; the new wave of documentarism. There will be discussions of films and current releases, video screenings, and backstage visit to the local theater.

English 383 - Themes in Literature: Readings from 20th Century East European Literature. 3 credits, GDR: HU2; GEP:HU Works of several writers, selected from the manifestation of a theme or related themes, to be determined by the special interest of the staff member offering the course.  This course aims at surveying the most important topics of Hungarian literature.  The readings have been selected to represent the cultural plurality manifest in this rich corpus and offer a varied approach to the interconnections and the interplays of socio-political realities, ethical stances and authorial roles of the particular writers.

HISTORY 396 - Regional History through Study Abroad: Hungary & East Central Europe since 1848 
3 credits, GDR: HU4; GEP:HU
Past, Present, Perspectives: The survey of the historical background starts with 1848, touches upon the flowering and the dissolution of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy, the two world wars and the rise and fall of communism. This course is not simply a historical survey, it also reflects on human mentalities and ideologies. Although the focus of investigation will be the case of Hungary, it is discussed in a broad East-Central European (ECE) context.

INTERNATIONAL STUDIES 391 – Special Topics. Subt.: Contemporary Hungary.  3 cr.  Explore everyday life in Hungary through fieldtrips and classroom work.  Sessions held in the classroom serve as background information and discussion periods.  Potential fieldtrips include cultural and religious institutions, public offices, and local manufactories.

POLITICAL SCIENCE 490 - Selected Problems: Political Transition and Integration Policy in Hungary
3 credits
Examination of problems in political thought or political activities. This course will aim to update students on the most important developments of the present-day Hungarian political and social scene. Topics will be discussed on a weekly basis concerning the activities of the government, the parliament and other timely issues that have an impact on the political and social life as well as the media. Occasional guest lectures on current issues of government and politics; on changes in economy; Hungarian-American relations; newest developments in literature and the arts, etc.
*NOTE: Not all course options are offered every year.  Some courses are offered every other year.  Check with the International Programs office for annual updates.


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