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|Pazmany Peter Catholic Univeristy in Piliscsaba, Hungary is located outside of Budapest and is centrally located in the heart of Europe. Although not a traditional "Hot Spot" for study abroad students, Hungary is a culturally diverse and historically rich country with friendly people and extraordinary scenery- in a very low cost of living area of the world. Students at Pazmany Peter Catholic should expect to easily find courses that fulfill general elective, history, international studies and political science credits.
Piliscsaba is a village situated in a valley between the Pilis and Buda-hills and is located about twenty miles from downtown Budapest. Cited as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, Budapest boasts an extensive World Heritage Site located along the Danube River, a number of geothermal springs, and the second oldest underground railway.
Access to the rest of Hungary, including the Carpathian Mountains and Lake Balaton, is easily accomplished from the local train or bus stations. Hungary has much to offer students, including extensive historic sightseeing in Budapest, hiking in one of the many mountain ranges, and soaking in a thermal hot spring.
Pazmany University is one of the oldest universities in Hungary; the humanities campus is located in Piliscsaba while the rest of the university is located in Budapest. USD students are able to pursue a number of courses in English, mainly within the subject areas of history, political science, culture studies, religion, and international studies. USD students will study alongside other international students and local Hungarian students and will learn about topics ranging from Central European minority politics, to the European Union and modern-day Hungary, to European law and government. This program is well-suited for students majoring or minoring in the social sciences and humanities, or who need to complete general education requirements for their program of study.
Universities in Hungary approach academics in a very different way than in the United States. Students may not receive a syllabus and, if they do, it will not contain the same amount of detail provided in USD syllabi. Students are expected to pursue more independent study outside of the classroom while still continuing preparation for final exams. This course layout allows students the opportunity to pursue personal academic interests within the context of the course without having the additional reading and writing assignments typically found within the American higher educational system. Students’ grades will typically be only based on a final exam.
While at Pazmany University, USD students will have access to the full range of student organizations, wellness center, and other student-oriented services. Students will receive a local student ID, which will allow them access to exercise classes (aerobics, ballet, soccer, basketball, among others), concerts, and theatrical productions. Students are paired with a Hungarian "buddy" who will help them navigate life and academics in a new country.
International student information
Information on full course catalog (catalog varies significantly each semester)
USD students can choose to live in Piliscsaba in student dormitories, which are typically single rooms with access to fully equipped shared kitchen and common living areas, or independently find an apartment in Budapest. Students will have access to the inexpensive student cafeterias on campus; the university does not offer meal plans.
Information on housing options at Peter Catholic
Pazmany is a USD Direct program, which means students will continue to pay USD tuition and fees. Students will continue to receive any federal financial aid (with the exception of federal work/study) and most USD scholarships (Coyote Commitment, Mickelson, Presidential-Alumni, SD Opportunity, and Ullyot).
Due to the low cost of living in Hungary, this exchange is one of USD’s most affordable options. The central location also allows for easy travel throughout Europe.
Students will pay for housing upon arrival in Hungary.
Explore our interactive budget calculator for this program:
- Piliscsaba, Hungary Semester Budget Estimator
- Piliscsaba, Hungary Academic Year Budget Estimator
USD students must complete the Global Learning application before being nominated to Pazmany University. Students will work in conjunction with overseas staff to coordinate their arrival in Hungary, course registration, and housing.
This program is offered on a semester or academic year basis; there are no summer programs available.
Fall Semester Early September to mid December
Spring Semester Early February to late May
Academic Year Early September to late May
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