Humanities courses at AIT aim at acquainting students with Hungary and the Hungarians, their history, art, culture, and language. Budapest through Cinema, People and Streets provides an overview of Hungarian history and culture through watching films, walking in the city and discussing literary, art and cinematic heritage. The film component gives an overview of Hungarian film history and invites students to discuss aesthetic, social, moral, political and psychological issues raised in some of the most influential old and recent Hungarian movies. The Budapest Studies component, which can also be taken on its own, offers a glimpse into the Hungarian way of life, past and present, through learning about the history of the city, visiting famous and lesser-known sites, and some intricate and surprising secrets of Hungarian cultural heritage. An introduction to the practical, everyday understanding and usage of Hungarian Language (gestures, symbols, connotations, etc.) reveals the construction and meaning of linguistic structures as well as the “Hungarian mentality” and the relationship of Hungarians with other peoples living beyond the borders of the country. Hungarian classical music, Central European music, its roots in folk music and very special urban popular music, and the operetta will be introduced in the Hungarian Music in a Central European Contextcourse. In addition to this course AIT offers a wide range of organized concert visits.

Title Faculty Credits Duration
Budapest Studies – life and culture of a city and its dwellers
Mariann Schiller
2 credits weeks 1-14
Budapest through Cinema, People and Streets
Mariann Schiller
Anna Gács
4 credits weeks 1-14
Hungarian Language I.
Katalin Bakonyi Berényi
Márta Magasi
2 credits weeks 1 - 7
Hungarian Language II.
Katalin Bakonyi Berényi
Márta Magasi
2 credits weeks 8 - 14
Hungarian Music in a Central European Context
Lóránt Péteri
Anna Belinszky
2 credits weeks 1 - 14