Study Abroad in Budapest, Hungary

Study Abroad in Budapest: Courses

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Courses taught in English can be selected in art, art history, business, communications, economics, finance, international relations, law, politics, psychology and sociology. Hungarian for Beginners is taught in Hungarian.


ART 300 (3) spring only | Budapest in the Twentieth Century: Historical Layers and Cultural Practie

The aim of the course is to present how the recent history of Hungary is reflected in literature, film and visual arts. The course if offering an overview of the twentieth century history of Hungary, as well as an outline of how art is reflecting on key historical events. During the course we are going to look for traces of history in the urban spaces of Budapest, we will visit important locations and intriguing institutions. We will also discuss issues contemporary works of art raise, and their critical societal visions. The course aims to achieve its goals through the implementation of an intermedial and interdisciplinary view.

ART 302 (3) | Fields and Scenes: Arts, Culture and Design

Provides an overview of how cultural fields are shaped and constructed from the perspective of the classics of scholarship on cultural production and art, taking stock of the current trends and interpretations of how cultural organizations, the art markets, and culture beyond markets work.

ART 305 (3) | Budapest Explorations of the Urban Space

The goal of our course is to find out about these layers and aspects, and to gain first hand experience through organized city walks. By going on tours and strolls in Budapest students will learn about the history, culture, music, architectural heritage, the multi-ethnic and ideological complexity of this city, as they are articulated, shaped and preserved in the contemporary urban space.

HIS 293 (3) fall only | Communism in East-Central Europe

This course is designed to examine the rise and fall of Soviet domination in the countries of East-Central Europe after 1945. The primary focus will be on Hungary and we will investigate the Sovietization of the country, the Stalinist political and social system, the phase of state socialism, everyday life during communism and the period of the transition to democracy.

HIS 352 (3) | Film and History

This course is designed as a general survey of the history of Central Europe in the 20th century as well as trends and events in Hungary. Special attention will be paid to visual representation and to understanding historical events, trends and personalities through film analysis.

HIS 445 (3) | History of Modern Europe

This course aims to provide an overview of the history of twentieth century Europe. A focus will be on Central Europe, in particular Hungary, and on the way how major West European states and the superpowers influenced and shaped political and economic developments in Central and East-Central Europe, transition from communism and integration with Europe.

LNG 105 (3) | Hungarian for Beginners

This course is offered for students who want to acquire a basic command of the Hungarian language which would help them to obtain simple information and to express their requests and/or messages in a simple form. The course is also recommended for students who need only so-called “survival Hungarian”.

Business, Marketing and Management

ACC 191 (3) fall only | Elements of Accounting

The course will include foundations, techniques and basic items of the financial statements such as: inventories, property, plant and equipment, receivables – payables, corrections, revenue recognition, etc. Although the course is not designed to explain a specific set of accounting regulation, the specific Hungarian rules will be discussed in brief.

ACC 314 (3) | Managerial Accounting

This course is designed to develop knowledge and understanding of principles and concepts relating to managerial accounting and explain how to use the available techniques such as costing methods, preparing of reports for managers.

BUS 276 (3) fall only | Business Economics

In this course, students will receive an introduction into marketing in the areas of marketing research, product development and pricing, distribution, and promotion, and learn the fundamentals of management including leadership styles and skills, planning, organizing, controlling, directing, evaluating, and motivating. Human resources management and the effect of current technology on management will also be presented.

BUS 435 (3) | Business Enterprise- Start-up to SME

This course covers the characteristics students would need to develop to be successful in business and how new or existing businesses generate their product or service ideas and test them through market research.

BUS 436 (3) spring only | SME Marketing

Students in this course will study and understand marketing theory and practice, and learn how to apply their marketing knowledge and skills to real life problem solving situations by creating marketing action plans for SME organizations.

BUS 439 (3) spring only | Business Policy and Strategy

The course will teach strategic management process as an objective, logical, systematic approach for making major decisions in an organization. The students will be exposed to subjects such as choosing intuitive and analytic approaches to decisionmaking and managers’ strategic-management analyses at all levels of an institution.

BUS 453 (3) | International Business Case Studies

Increasingly, enterprises of all types are required to compete in multiple foreign markets. Understanding the challenges associated with global business activity, and developing skills in these areas, have become essential requirements for success. The International Business course is designed to provide students with the skills, knowledge, and sensitivity required to work within a global environment.

BUS 489 (3) fall only | Business Communication

In this course, students will be given the tools necessary to communicate in a variety of business situations. Emphasis is placed on the student’s ability to understand a situation, argue logically in favor of their position or goals, and then apply a correct communications strategy to the situation and the person they are communicating with.

BUS 498 (3) | Business Ethics

The course will familiarize students with basic philosophical concepts and principles of ethics; understand and analyze the ethical dimensions of everyday business practices and help students become more aware of their own moral beliefs as well as the beliefs of others.

BUS 499 (3) | Corporate Social Responsibility

Via dozens of corporate examples, by applying a great variety of exercises, through the diverse lenses of numerous stakeholders let’s discuss how socially and ecologically responsible businesses do/could work. The aim of this course is to provide a meaty and creative environment for teasing ideas on the controversies and complexity of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Social Entrepreneurship plus other trendy and sensible buzzwords of this field.

BUS 500 (3) | Global Anti-Corruption Business and Governance Strategies

The course will commence with an overview of corruption, its various forms and types as it applies to the business world globally and regionally, moving on to define the problems associated with tackling these types and the continuing need for governmental participation and development on a global scale in order to address and empower against corruption and corrupt practices. The course will consider what corrupt practices are common globally, as well as distinct problems and issues associated with particular regions or economies, such as developing economies. There will also be an examination of the EU’s strategy and contribution, as well as the roles of the international community in terms of organizations such as multilateral agencies and donors. Political efforts by way of improving public administration transparency and accountability will be considered and the course will conclude with consideration of the obstacles to reform and the anticipated future strategies to maximize potential impact in governance and business practices.

IEC 483 (3) | Tourism Management and Marketing

There will be an analysis of the policy and stakeholder frameworks for tourism that governs its management on an international, regional and local scale, as well as the business and industry decisions that affect its development. The course will include an overview of the tools and techniques that are used to manage and market tourism, the relationship between tourists and local residents, and the role of tourist behavior and education.

MAN 479 (3) | Environmental Management

The course is planned for students who, while not specialists in environmental issues, would like to receive insight into causes of environmental problems and the possible corrective actions that can be taken at company level.

MAN 481 (3) | Organizational Behavior

The purpose of this course is to provide the student with theories and concepts to enable understanding of the behavior of individuals, groups and organizations in today’s global business environment. The interactions between elements of the organization as well as personality, leadership, motivation, job satisfaction, individual performance to achieve organizational effectiveness will be explored.

MAN 485 (3) | Human Resource Management

In this course, students will be provided with the technical background needed to be a knowledgeable consumer of human resource products and services, to manage HR effectively, or to be a successful HR professional. Above all, the course will emphasize how managers can more effectively acquire, develop, compensate, and manage the internal and external environment that relates to the management of human resources.

MAN 488 (3) | Introduction to International Business

This course presents an introduction into the international world of business, and the impact and consequences of globalisation and competition on the firm. The student will study how firms adapt to their environment, and simultaneously deal with increased competition, new markets and opportunities, technology and the growth and influx of specialised services, and changing customer tastes. Prerequisite: Microeconomics and Macroeconomics.

MAR 370 (3) | Marketing

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the main principals of marketing in the 21st century. The focus will be on analyzing and integrating elements of the marketing program and developing marketing decisions, the main objective being the development of profitable long-term customer relationships.

MAR 432 (3) | International Marketing

This course addresses global issues and describes concepts relevant to all international marketers with an environmental/cultural approach and is designed to provide students with an understanding of different cultures and the role of cultural differences in international marketing practices. Throughout the course, a variety of country markets in various regions of the world will be discussed and a variety of different types of products and services will be addressed.

MAR 475 (3) | Cross-Cultural Communication and Marketing

The focus of the course will be on discussing cultures, different theories of culture, country images, stereotypes and on analyzing specific countries from different points of view. In the second part of the course, the students will practice how to use this knowledge in evaluating companies’ international marketing activities and formulating intercultural marketing strategies.

MAR 523 (3) | Services Marketing

The service sector of the world economy is huge and still growing, the complexity and diversity of services have been increasing over the past 50 2 years. All of the developed economies now have large service sectors and many service firms operate internationally. The course will highlight the fundamental differences between goods and services focusing on the managerial implications. An overview will be provided on service operations including service-related issues on innovation, communication, pricing, managing demand and managing people. Prerequisite: Marketing (MAR 370).

MAR 525 (3) | Consumer Behavior: Millennials and Generation Z

This course will provide a deep dive into the consumer behavior of both millennials and Gen Z and explore how effectively brands utilize messaging and emerging technologies to grab the attention of those who have short attention spans.

MAR 577 (3) | Brand Management

The purpose of this course is to provide an in-depth understanding of the subjects of brands, brand equity and brand management. We highlight the specific characteristics of diverse brands such as retailer brands, country brands, luxury brands. The central theoretical model of the course is the customer-based brand equity model, both its sources and outcomes will be covered. We also focus on brand growth options and d iscuss the opportunities of brand architecture, brand extensions, brand revitalization and global branding. The course is designed for business students and requires basic marketing knowledge. Prerequisite: Marketing (MAR 370).

OPR 212 (3) | Decision Techniques

This course provides a multidisciplinary approach to the various organizational contexts where managers work. Problem structuring, modeling, decision-making and its techniques will be considered, with specific emphasis on their practical aspects. This course is intended for students in the various management disciplines.

OPR 313 (3) spring only | Operations Management

The focus of the course is on recognizing the tools that are appropriate for each situation and on mastering the use of the tools for analytical purposes. On completion of the course, the student should be able to identify, isolate, and critically analyze the individual and holistic systems within a business system or entity.

OPR 518 (3) | Project Management

The course is based on the paradigm of strategy-oriented project management. Students gain knowledge and skill regarding such project management tools that are in use in the course of implementing single (both internal and external) projects. Students who complete the course successfully are able to work as project team member and to provide assistance (as a junior project manager) to project managers in an efficient manner.

NK4 NBK (3) | Security Studies

This course is a basic introduction to the field of security studies. It will examine contemporary issues in conflict and security studies and current major issues within the European and the Transatlantic security architecture (NATO, the Common Foreign and Security Policy of the EU), and global security issues (role of the UN Security Council, the emerging Responsibility to Protect doctrine in human security, the emergence of the so-called “new” security agenda) and surveys national security policies in Europe since the end of the Cold War. The course will also examine the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (nuclear weapons, chemical and biological weapons) and international non-proliferation and arms control regimes. The course covers a wide variety of topics to facilitate understanding of the global and regional security issues like current energy security developments and vulnerabilities related to EU, terrorism and counter-terrorism.


COM 453 (3) fall only | Effective E-Business Management

The aim of the course is to provide a comprehensive overview of the business and technical aspects of the e-business sector. On successful completion of this module, students should be able to: Appreciate the importance of e-business in the modern economy; Describe the history and principles behind e-commerce infrastructure; Explain the role of technology and information systems in an e-business enterprise; Define the main ideas behind e-commerce and discuss the importance of website design and maintenance; Consider the roles of various stakeholders in the e-commerce process; Analyze business processes with the intent to gain competitive advantage; Apply principles and key methods used in defining customer requirements; Construct business models to analyze business plans; Explain sound user interface design guidelines and system usability; Utilize techniques and tools of payment systems; Explain the role of different types of information system vulnerabilities, security and data protection measures.

COM 485 (3) fall only | Web Development

This course gives a comprehensive view of the client-side web development including the optimization of the webpages for the different browsers, resolutions and search engines. The students will learn HTML coding, webpage layouts and technique of using CSS and the main web developer tools, such as Adobe Dreamweaver CS5, First Page 2006 and Adobe Photoshop CS4.

COM 512 (3) | Managing ERP with SAP R/3

The course aims at giving general overview of business information systems with special respect to enterprise resource planning software and the field of their applications. At first, students has to understand the value of IT in an enterprise, after that, they will get familiar with the idea of ERP. After that, students will work with SAP, leader ERPs, and they will see real-life scenarios in a widely used enterprise IT system. The main goal is not teaching the usage of the software, but demonstrating real life scenarios and their solution with integrated information and resource planning system.

COM 535 (3) | Business Intelligence

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the field of business intelligence. Topics such as data warehousing, business analytics, business performance management systems, data, text and web mining will be covered. The course has three major objectives: a) to highlight the theoretical background of business intelligence; b) to demonstrate students the tools necessary for understanding the features of business intelligence; c) to offer practical experiences about the application of different business intelligence systems. (in fall COM 534 Intelligent Systems)

Economics and Finance

ECO 131 (3) fall only | Microeconomics

This course introduces students to the most basic ideas and analytical tools of economics as a science. It provides the ‘building blocks’ necessary for analyzing more complex problems that characterize the modern market economy. It will also discuss basic forms of cooperation and conflict (competitive markets, oligopolies, externalities, public goods and firms).

ECO 136 (3) spring only | Macroeconomics

This course will provide an overview of basic models of macroeconomics and central issues; the determination of output, unemployment, inflation and growth. Monetary and fiscal policies are also discussed by illustrating principles using real-life examples.

ECO 238 (3) fall only | International Economics

The course introduces students to the main theories and methods of international economics. The first half of the course deals with the basic models explaining international trade, such as the theory of comparative advantages, the Hecksher-Ohlin model, and various alternative trade theories. The effects and reasons of government intervention in international trade, a topic of growing importance today, will be discussed, along with the pros and cons of protectionism. During the second part of the semester the course will discuss other topics of international economics, such as international factor flows, international finance and foreign exchange. The course combines rigorous economic analysis with attention to issues of economic policy alive and important today. Special attention is given to analyzing current world economic events, as well as the relevance of empirical application of the theories and models discussed. Prerequisite: Microeconomics and Macroeconomics.

ECO 305 (3) | Globalization (Economic Theory)

The course aims to explore the complexity of political economic and social interactions in the global environment, as well as the rapid changes in different settings and practices caused by global, technological and cultural changes which make it difficult to perceive ethical issues in the era of cultural globalization.

ECO 395 (3) | Economics and the European Union

The aim of this course is to enable students in understanding the developments in the European Union by exploring the origins and structure of the EU, the key areas of its economy and the main aspects of EU economic policy.

ECO 411 (3) | Economics and Ethics of Globalization

This course examines the norms or principles that establish and justify societies and determine the rights and responsibilities of a society in a globalized world. The course will also consider the application of these principles to such issues as justice, ethics, political, and social institutions in a world community.

ECO 415 (3) | Transition and Post Transition Challenges in Hungary

The course aims at analyzing the particular Hungarian regime change events and the transition process, as a leading reformer in the early 1990s, and as a candidate to join the European integration and struggles with economic slowdown, persistent inflation, problems in public finance, and `adjustment fatigue`.

FIN 156 (3) spring only | Basic Finance

The course will introduce students to basic financial mathematics through an in-depth discussion on the time value of money and calculations on annuities, perpetuities and uneven cash-flows. The course will extend this newly acquired knowledge of financial mathematics to the valuation of stocks and bonds, including the variants of these instruments and markets, as well as the determinants of their values. It will also explore the relationship between risk and return and portfolio diversification.

FIN 351 (3) | Corporate Finance

The aim of the course is to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the principles and techniques of corporate finance and applying them to the main decisions faced by the financial manager. The course will begin with the concept of valuation and continue to discuss share and bond valuations and in-depth discussion and critical analysis of the various techniques used in investment appraisal decisions. Prerequisite: FIN 156 (Basic Finance).

FIN 441 (3) | Essentials of Investing

This course will provide students with an insight into money and capital markets as well as the instruments traded in these markets. It will also provide students with a rigorous grounding in the methods and tools of investment analysis used by financial analysts as well as introduce the techniques of portfolio selection and management. This course also aims to hone students’ skills in conducting a sophisticated assessment of the current issues and debates covered by both popular media and the more specialised finance journals. Prerequisite: Corporate Finance (FIN 351), Economics, Statistics and Accounting.

FIN 451 (3) spring only | Corporate Finance (II)

The course will introduce students to Capital Structure and the proportions of debt and equity financing which companies should adopt. The aim will be to teach students how to plan and manage working capital and short term financing and the basis of share repurchase and dividend policies.


LAW 462 (3) spring only | Introduction to Legal Studies

This course deals with the legal system as the set of principles and standards of conduct, as well as the law as a ruling system governing society and having general application for it. Main topics of the course are the basic problems of legal reasoning, process of law making, legal sources and systems and different types of law such as Contract Law and Labor Law.

LAW 465 (3) fall only | International Business Law

The course aims at teaching international legal framework with an introduction to international business, international law and world’s legal systems. It deals with methods of resolving commercial disputes; influence and function of international organizations such as the WTO and protection of licensing agreements, intellectual property rights and foreign direct investment.

Politics and International Relations

POL 301 (3) | International Debate (Model UN)

The class will act as committees of the United Nations, with the main aim of discussing, researching, and voting upon strict matters of UN policy and activities. Students will represent various countries during debates, and will be tasked with upholding “their” nation’s interest during meetings.

POL 377 (3) | International Relations from 1945 to Present

This course gives a broad overview of international relations since 1945. It traces the major political, economic, and ideological patterns that evolved in the global arena from the end of World War II to the present day. The course will consist of five parts: the West and the Cold War; the Soviet orbit; the end of colonialism and Third World nationalisms; global power: from a bipolar to a multipolar order; and the global South and emerging powers.

POL 386 (3) | European Union Politics

This course will provide an overview of the European integration process since 1945. The focus will be on West European integration in the form of the European Communities (1945-90) and the inclusion of Central and Eastern Europe in an evercloser Union.


PSY 311 (3) | Personality Types and Team Dynamics

This course offers knowledge and practical experience related to processes and issues that teams face: team development, social dilemma, communication, conflict, power, decision-making, leadership, problem solving, creativity, diversity, virtual teamwork, culture, reward systems, and training. Students synthesize course content in a final service-learning group project in the community.


SOC 450 (3) fall only | The New East-European Underclass

This course deals with those most affected by this long-term transition period by summarizing the social and spatial aspects of the transformation to a market economy. It also reviews “society below society” and “underclass” theories. Students will also have the chance to participate in ecological tours in Budapest and in some less developed regions of Hungary.

SOC 457 (3) | Global Social Change and Global Inequalities

The course analyzes main forms and theories of global social change in the context of the development of global capitalism and global inequalities. It reflects on key theories and general interpretations of these changes from the perspective of current globalization.