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Computer Science Study Abroad
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Computer Science Study Abroad
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Why AIT?

  • AIT is specifically designed for computer  science and software engineering students
  • AIT is in English
  • AIT is located in the heart of Europe, in beautiful Budapest, on a lovely campus
  • AIT program is small and friendly
  • AIT offers courses beyond computer science
  • AIT organizes fun extracurricular activities
Thavy Thach
University of Puget Sound

"From the best accommodations to having delicious Hungarian dishes to high caliber classmates to fabulous staff to enthusiast professors teaching grand classes to being located in my favorite city in Europe, AIT-Budapest has my highest recommendation of all time. It was truly my first time abroad living my best life and it was 'nagyon jó'." 

Aida Zhumabekova
Mount Holyoke College

"Studying at AIT gave me an opportunity to take innovative courses that focused on teaching skills and providing experience relevant to the actual state of professional software engineering. Our projects resembled what we would actually be doing at work, something that is not readily available in the traditional world of academia. Most of my professors at AIT actually came from industry and not only taught us useful material but were also able to provide us personal advice and guidance in career planning. At AIT I discovered the fascinating world of Computational Graphics and it became my cornerstone to pursue career as a VR developer."

Nick Tan
Lewis and Clark College

"Studying abroad in Hungary was one of the best decisions in my life. I love the city and its vibrant culture, and cherish my relationships with the professors, staffs and friends, many of whom are lifelong friends and people I look up to. If I had one word to describe my experience on the AIT program, it would be impactful."

Meihua Pan
Macalester College

"2020 Spring semester has been a wild ride for everyone. Mine included fleeing from Hungary back to the US within 20 hours. The night before I left, I was at the karaoke night at the pub in Budapest, having fun with all the lovely AIT friends. Little did I know that it would be the last time I could see most of them, and I would be booking a flight leaving in 20 hours back to the states after I got home. I had a lot of hopes and dreams for this semester. It’s not the most common thing for seniors in their last semester to study abroad, and I put in a good amount of effort to make this happen. I was looking forward to making great friends, traveling around Europe, learning about new cultures, expanding my horizons and growing as a person. The two months that I did spend in Europe were an absolute blast, and I will cherish those memories forever. I loved everyone I met at AIT and every minute we spent together. Thank you all for being so awesome! For sure I’m very disappointed that the semester was cut short, but in a way this once in a lifetime experience also taught me valuable lessons that I will carry with me."

Madeleine Hardt
Grinnell College

"Studying at AIT was a wonderful challenge. It was a new experience to balance coursework, exploring a new city, and traveling at the same time, but the challenging aspects made it more rewarding. The faculty and staff were a particular highlight as they customise and care about each student’s experience and work continuously to build the AIT community. Budapest has history, museums, food, and coffee and tea houses to keep you busy all semester, and as well as easily allowing weekend trips to other Central European countries."

Hossam Mabed
Harvard University

"Even though I was with AIT-Budapest during Spring 2020 and our semester was cut short due to COVID-19, that semester was still the best semester I've had in my college career, absolutely surpassing my expectations. Not only did I get to live in the gorgeous city of Budapest, right at the city center, but I also got to study exciting practical Computer Science taught classes by engaging and helpful professors. The coursework is enough to keep you engaged and motivated, but light enough to still allow you to explore Europe most weekends. The staff are incredibly helpful, generous, genuine people and will become some of your best friends at Budapest. The cherry on top is all the amazing classmates you get to meet from all over the world!"

Aleksandar Hrusanov
Grinnell College

"The unique opportunities at AIT and Budapest are endless. All the immersive applied classes taught by great professors, the city’s concert venues, clubs, the cosy teahouses and cafés. Staff and students are amazing. Get to know the city and the people, play Star Craft with Péter Ekler and sign up for the Bagázs volunteering trip if you can! Make countless memories and reasons to smile!"

Derry Li
Pomona College

"AIT is a perfect abroad program for those who want to hone their practical programming skills while exploring all of Europe on the weekends. The support and care I received from the staff and faculty during my remote learning experience is also one that I will always be grateful for. Köszönöm!"

Chris Klusendorf
Colorado College

"At AIT, I was able to focus on computer science and design, explore the great city of Budapest, and befriend my fellow students and the amazing staff. I can’t imagine a more welcoming and dedicated place for studying abroad."


Melissa Grueter
Pomona College

"My semester at AIT in Budapest was the best study abroad experience I could have imagined. The city is absolutely magical: the fascinating history, gorgeous architecture, amazingly convenient transport system and the thermal baths were a few of the highlights which ended up making Budapest my favorite city. AIT did a fantastic job of facilitating the entire experience. My classes were engaging and allowed me to learn about broad areas of computer science while still having time to take in the cultural side of study abroad by exploring the city and traveling. The AIT community made the experience special; its small size makes the program feel really close-knit, and the AIT staff are really going out of their way to try to make sure everyone has a great experience. I can't recommend this program highly enough."

Carlo Sivilotti
Swarthmore College

"AIT was the best I could have wished for in a study abroad program.  The curriculum options and excellent professors led to an academic experience that I could never have had at my home institution.  The staff was friendly, incredibly helpful, and generally made Budapest feel like a home away from home.  I was able to take great classes, explore a different culture, and play water polo again thanks to AIT."

Mike Zou
Grinnell College

"The AIT program is a perfect experience for anyone who's passionate about languages, culture and technology. I had such a blast exploring the beautiful city of Budapest with all her historical architecture and delicious cuisines, while taking on projects and classes I'm truly excited about. But of course, it's the people I met from the program, from my dance classes, from my weekend getaway trips, that made this an indelible memory in my college years."

Juleen Graham
Vassar College

"AIT-Budapest surpassed all my expectations. The staff of AIT are incredibly amazing. I always felt like I could go to them if I had any questions or needed help with anything from advice on places to visit and how to cook a certain Hungarian food to how to make an appointment in Hungary and they always greeted me with warmth. The students also helped to make the programme a great experience. I'm not sure if it was luck or that AIT just does a great job at choosing its participants. The professors were also really helpful and usually willing to stay after classes to answer questions. The city of Budapest is beautiful with so much to see and do. I recommend exploring it as much as possible and eat as much Hungarian food as you can. Better yet, try to make some of those foods. In short, AIT-Budapest is a great choice which I don't regret!"

Ojaswi Acharya
Smith College

"Studying abroad in Budapest was unlike anything I’d ever done in life. Living on my own, taking care of myself and taking classes that I’ve always wanted to helped me learn so much about myself and about adult life. You get to take classes during the week and travel around Europe in the weekends. I am so glad I made the decision to do it and I recommend it to everyone thinking about doing it."

Max Zhuang
Dartmouth College

"AIT-Budapest is the ideal place to study abroad. Living in Central Europe, I had a fantastic opportunity to not only immerse myself in the unique culture but also travel across Europe (at low prices). Furthermore, the staff, professors, and fellow classmates are all helpful, excellent, and collaborative creating an inspiring environment to learn. The program offers a mix between fun and travel with school and projects providing you with the autonomy to find the balance that you want from studying abroad. AIT is a truly worthwhile experience."

Tucker Gordon
Bowdoin College

"Deciding to study abroad in Budapest at AIT is one of the best decisions I have ever made. Budapest is beautiful city that also has something new for you to find. The AIT program complimented my liberal arts education by offering classes I would not have been able to take otherwise, including the Design Workshop and Android Application Development. The program also allowed for a lot of independence while abroad. Instead of feeling like a student going to school in Budapest, I felt like an adult who lived in Budapest and sometimes went to school. I cannot emphasize enough how thankful I am to have done this program."

Akeem Williams
Amherst College

"AIT-Budapest was honestly one of the most amazing experiences I have had in college thus far. From spending time learning from some of the best Hungarian professors with fellow Computer Science students in AIT’s beautiful facility during the week to exploring Budapest’s cuisine, social scene, and historical monuments on the weekends, the entire semester felt like a dream. On top of that, Hungary’s centrality with respect to Europe allowed for travel to neighbouring European countries in and out of the Schengen zone, a privilege which gave me the opportunity to not only see what Hungary had to offer, but also the surrounding area as well. Overall, this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I would absolutely recommend to any college student looking for a unique and unforgettable semester."

Jonathan Gilmour
Grinnell College

"Studying at AIT-Budapest immersed me in Hungary's fascinating culture and allowed me to befriend and collaborate with dozens of dedicated, passionate students from all over the world. AIT staff and professors were fantastic, the classes were engaging, and the program afforded me the rare opportunity to travel throughout Eastern Europe. I feel truly fortunate to have studied abroad at AIT and I strongly recommend the program."

Derek Yau
Bowdoin College

"Spending the semester abroad with AIT was one of the best decisions I have ever made. The staff at AIT are all wonderful. The AIT building is modern, clean, and cozy. Not to mention, Hungary is the perfect country to serve as home base for traveling to the rest of Europe - everywhere is accessible and cheap, and at the end of the day I was always excited to return to Budapest. I have made life-long friends in Budapest because of AIT, and I'm so grateful for my semester abroad. To potential applicants - AIT will provide you with a home away from home, and the chance to forge special memories that you will never forget. If I could, I would absolutely do it all over again."

Andrea Dean
Lewis and Clark College

"Living in Hungary and being a student at AIT were among the most impactful experiences for my personal and career growth in college. I fell in love with the people and culture in Budapest, and some of my AIT classmates remain my closest friends and role models. I'm so impressed with the AIT staff and professors, and I can't recommend this program enough!"

Nhung Hoang
Swarthmore College

"Studying abroad at AIT is the highlight of my college experience. The city itself is a magnificent place to call home. I loved exploring the streets of Budapest and seeing how the city lights up for its famous nightlife. Budapest’s location makes weekend travels throughout Europe super easy and affordable! The AIT community is small and close-knit. The friendships I’ve made there are for forever." 

Samantha Sheppe
Wesleyan University

"AIT creates the perfect abroad experience. From the classes taught by incredible, knowledgable and well regarded professors to the time spent with fellow students, each day was more fulfilling than the last. Coming from a liberal arts school, I was thankful to continue learning in small, personal classes with students of similar values. Budapest is the best city to spend one's time exploring with an amazing group of students... it's hard to find the right words to explain how meaningful my months with AIT were."

Jackie Hang
Colby College

"Choosing to go to AIT was one of the best decisions of my life!! From the student coordinators to the professors, everyone at AIT wants to help you thrive and have an educational and safe experience! Since it is a smaller program, you really get to bond with the other students and make lifelong friendships. Budapest is a city filled with history and culture, as well as AMAZING public transportation! The city is also perfectly located and makes international travel super convenient! I love and miss AIT and Budapest dearly, and recommend it to anyone considering it!"

Doren Lan
Harvey Mudd College

"For me, AIT was an opportunity to grow. I was able to immerse myself in a new culture and experience life in a different country. The program allowed me to take classes I was excited about while having the freedom to explore life outside of school. The professors were engaging and personable. Each staff member was genuine and cared about making my experience as full as possible. In addition to that, I was able to meet some of the coolest people in the program. This was one of the most memorable semesters I've ever had."

Hector Solis
Princeton University

"AIT added another dimension to my college experience. Living in Budapest for a semester gave me the opportunity to discover what life is like on the other side of the world. The classes offered at AIT were both novel and informative, taught by some of the most dedicated professors I’ve ever met. The students were truly the heart and soul of the program, and I’m grateful for getting the chance to make lasting connections with them."

David Goodell
Carleton College

"My fall semester in Budapest was one of the best times of my life. It was so good to be in a place uncomfortable yet safe, culturally rich yet affordable. When you combine that place with a program full of academic rigor and peers eager to embrace challenge, you get AIT."

Kendell Byrd
Swarthmore College

"At AIT, I was allowed to take diverse courses, immerse myself in Hungary’s technology environment, and learn from all my peers, and professors, which gave me a study abroad experience that exceeded my expectations. Studying computer science abroad at AIT not only increased my coding, problem-solving, and design skills, but it allowed me to become more culturally aware increasing my desire to compassionately serve, and to reach out to the world as I continue my computer science journey."

Becky Tang
Swarthmore College

"A lot of people boast that they had the best study abroad experience, but I truly believe that AIT is, without a doubt, the most amazing program any person could go on. Not only are the professors and staff genuinely interested in your intellectual and personal growth, but you are also surrounded by people who are just as passionate as you are about technological and entrepreneurial innovation." 

Alice Ren
University of Pennsylvania

"AIT Budapest was the best semester I've ever had — everyone I met, from staff and faculty to other students, was incredibly friendly and genuine. Budapest is a beautiful and interesting city to explore, and a great location to travel from. If you've ever considered studying abroad, I would definitely recommend this experience to everyone!"

Josh Pitkofsky
Carleton College

"I loved my time at AIT, the faculty were world class and offered incredible mentorship, fellow students were brilliant and passionate about learning, becoming a family away from home. Easily one of the highlights of my undergrad experience."

Yina Wang
Vassar College

"Being at AIT helped me establish a brand new life in a country I wasn't familiar with. I came out of my semester with lifelong friends, an incredible bond with the AIT staff, and a deep appreciation for Budapest that I had never expected before. I have learned things about myself and about living on my own that I will remember forever."

Jazzmin Cooper
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

"You have access to classes you probably can’t take anywhere else, taught by the leaders in their respective fields."

Wenli Zhao
University of Pennsylvania

"AIT was, hands down, the best time of my life. The AIT Team is so dedicated, caring and fun. The professors are top-notch. Budapest is breathtakingly beautiful. On top of all of this, the community at AIT is unparalleled. I made countless memories and friendships that I will cherish forever."

Megan Zhao
Carleton College

"Being surrounded by professors who are passionate about what they teach and are experts in their fields, peers who are talented and are dedicated to learning about computer science, and staff members who care about you created an amazing experience for me. What's even better, like everybody else, I fell in love with the city and its beauty." 

Laura Romero-Suarez
Northeastern University

"From the sheer magic of Budapest to the incredibly warm and attentive staff, my five months in Hungary were a period of amazing personal and academic growth. Being able to take upper level CS courses in addition to Hungarian culture classes was a huge plus, made even better by the remarkable professors I learned from, and by the brilliant students who became my friends. Choosing to study abroad at AIT has definitely been one of the highlights of my college career."

Joseph Perla
Princeton University

"I’m really glad I came to Budapest because the city is beautiful, Hungarians are incredibly friendly, and the other students are brilliant. I didn’t know anything about Hungary before AIT, so I feel very lucky to have found out how perfect this program was for me."

Whitney McMackin
Smith College

"AIT is a new unique study abroad program that really bridges the chasm between academia and industry."

Kevin Zhu
Princeton University

"I had an opportunity to study with Hungary’s top mathematicians and scientists, and entrepreneurs like Gábor Bojár, the Bill Gates of Hungary."

Rebecca Schutzengel
Olin College

"Here at AIT, I found a multi-cultural community. AIT cares about you and your learning, embraces Hungarian culture and community."

Pratik Prasad
University of Washington

"AIT is an unmatched opportunity to gain insights about business and entrepreneurship, learn and practice design, meet great people and study computer science in a vibrant and beautiful city."

Justin Murray
Dartmouth College

"AIT is an academy for innovation: in fields from industrial design to programming to business, we learned skills to take our ideas from conception to production. If you are a technical student looking for a compelling study abroad program in a spectacular location, AIT will satisfy you; but if you are a technical student looking to build a business and a life as a pioneer, then AIT is perfectly tailored for you."


Sarah Llewelyn
Skidmore College

"AIT has been inspiring, full of amazing people and unique classes. It's an eye-opening experience -- both in terms of cultural immersion and the breadth of computer science."

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