Interdisciplinary & Global Studies Division

Budapest, Hungary D2013

Term – D 2013

Project Opportunities – MQP (CS, MA)

Housing – Shared student apartments

Director – Professor Gabor Sarkozy

Preparation – 1/3 unit preparation course in C 2013

Application Deadline – November 3, 2011 (before 1:00 PM)


Hungary has gone through a deep-rooted transformation during the past 20 years, and today it is a free and democratic country with a smoothly working market economy.  The country has enjoyed steady GDP growth, a bullish stock market and a decreasing inflation rate as well.  As a result of these changes Hungary became a full member of the European Union on May 1, 2004 and took the rotating EU presidency in 2011.  


Hungary is a link between Eastern and Western Europe.  New investment is revitalizing the country, and grand old Budapest is being restored.  It is the country's cultural, political, intellectual, and commercial heart, teeming with cafés, restaurants, markets, and bars.  Budapest offers breathtaking Old World grandeur and thriving cultural life.  Situated on both banks of the Danube River, the city unites the colorful hills of Buda and the wide, businesslike boulevards of Pest.  The city is simultaneously peaceful and bustling. A big metropolis and yet friendly, it treasures the old and embraces the new.  With all the changes happening, Budapest is one of the most exciting places in Europe.



These CS MQPs will be at the Computer and Automation Research Institute in Budapest (SZTAKI,  This Institute is the national research center in Hungary for information technology, computer science and their related fields.  In addition to pursuing basic and applied research, system design and system integration, consulting and software development are also among the activities of the Institute.  The Institute puts a special emphasis on education related activities; it is closely affiliated with several Hungarian and European universities, including the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME) and the Eotvos Lorand University of Sciences, Budapest (ELTE).




Estimated of Out-of-Pocket Expenses*


Note:  In calculating the extra expense to participate in an off-campus project experience, compare this figure to expenses incurred while living on campus (groceries or meal plan, entertainment expenses, transportation, etc.)

Travel to site (RT airfare)

$   800


$   500

Dining out (10 x term)

$   200

Travel, tourist activities, entertainment & incidentals

$   600

Estimated total out-of-pocket expenses


Expenses included on your WPI bill*


Housing and program expenses

plus some local transportation




Estimated Total expenses


Tuition and on-campus housing not included

* Subject to change due to fluctuations in exchange rate







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