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AIT Budapest - Computer Science


The Gordon Computer Science Department encourages its majors to consider a semester's study at Aquincum Institute of Technology in Budapest, Hungary. AIT follows in Budapest's proud tradition of creative computing by offering students the opportunity to work with globally-acclaimed scholars, designers, and entrepreneurs. AIT’s curriculum integrates design, entrepreneurship, and foundational courses in computer science with advanced applications in computational biology and computer vision applications for digital cinema, as well as humanities courses related to Hungary’s culture and history.

In order to take full advantage of the cultural offerings of Hungary as well as the rich CS offerings at AIT, Gordon College's CS faculty encourages students to read about all four areas in which courses are offered, and view course syllabi online (follow links from the pages linked above). The four areas are:

  • Foundational courses in Computer Science
  • Advanced applications
  • Creative design and entrepreneurship
  • Humanities courses related to Hungary's rich cultural heritage

Please see under CREDITS for course specifics.


Interested CS majors/minors should:

  • Have Junior or Senior standing when you attend the program.
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA (each applicant is evaluated individually and there is no automatic GPA cut-off, so long as the student has a minimum 2.5)
  • Have completed at least one course involving programming
  • Have been exposed to concepts in data structures
  • Possess mathematical maturity developed through a college mathematics course beyond calculus (e.g. linear algebra, discrete mathematics, etc.)


An optional two-week Hungarian language course (not for credit) takes place before the semester begins. At AIT's semester program all courses (with the exception of the language course) are taught in English. Students can expect to earn 16 to 20 credits.

Course equivalence:

  • Theory of Computer fulfills CPS320 Models of Computation (major requirement)
  • Mobile Software Development fulfills CPS371 Mobile Devices (major elective)

The following fulfill CS major electives:

  • Semantic and Declarative Technologies
  • Combinatorial Optimization
  • Data Mining – Parts 1 & II (2 credits each – 4 total for both)
  • Algorithms and Data Structures  (Gordon students who have taken CPS222 should take the AIT variant for students who have studied data structures)
  • Computer Graphics
  • Computational Biology
  • Computer Vision Applications for Digital Cinema
  • Applied Cryptography
  • User Interface Design (2 credits)

The following culture courses fulfill the following core areas:

  • Hungarian Music in a Central European Context fulfills 2 credits Fine Arts
  • Hungary through Hungarian Cinema fulfills 4 credits Fine Arts

For students under the pre-2016 Core, Global Understanding core credit can be fulfilled by this semester program when students participate in COR210 pre-departure and COR211 upon re-entry. Lab fees apply.


You will be charged Gordon tuition and fees as indicated in the academic catalog, and you may apply your internal scholarships to the cost of the program. Room and Board are not charged by AIT to Gordon, and so are not charged by Gordon to the student. Students should be prepared to pay those directly on the ground. Please consult with Student Financial Services to review your situation. Regular Gordon tuition and fees cover the following:

  • Tuition: 16–20 semester hours
  • 0-credit 2-week intensive Hungarian language course
  • Airport-pickup, Orientation, and assistance in finding apartment housing

Items not covered (please see note regarding starred items):

  • Flights
  • Room and Board*
  • Personal expenses
  • Independent travel and local transportation
  • Mandatory Hungarian health insurance*
  • Residence permit fee*
  • Books

*The amount normally charged for a semester’s Room and Board at Gordon is enough to cover all the following: rent (2 weeks for language course + 4-month semester), board, utilities, mandatory Hungarian Health Insurance and the residence permit fee.


Students wishing to study abroad must first submit an online seat application and have an interview with the Global Education Office.

Online seat applications must be submitted and interviews completed by March 1. You will be notified within 5 days of the deadline regarding the decision on your seat application.

After you've been approved by the Global Education Office, proceed directly with your program's application process. AIT's application deadline for fall semester is March 15.

Online seat applications must be submitted and interviews completed by September 30. You will be notified within 5 days of the deadline regarding the decision on your seat application.

After you've been approved by the Global Education Office, proceed directly with your program's application process. AIT's application deadline for spring semester is October 15.

Online Approved Program Seat Application

This application requests information that will be used to evaluate your eligibility for an off-campus program. The College reserves the right to grant seats to applicants based on proven academic performance, moral maturity and personal motivation.

Please fill out the application form below with your information. Your responses to these questions will be used in evaluating your applications for a seat in an off-campus program. We encourage you to take your time and write considered responses to the personal statement questions.

1. Date of application:

2. Semester:

3. Program:

4. In order to study abroad, all students are required to attend the safety and security meeting, the pre-departure seminar, and the re-entry seminar. (Unless your program is in the United States, please check all three.) I understand that in order to study abroad, I will be required to attend:

Safety and Security Meeting
Pre-Departure Seminar: 1 full-Saturday course at the end of the semester before you study abroad
Re-entry Seminar: 1 full-day, Saturday course at the beginning of the semester after you return to campus
Not Applicable: My program is in the United States

5. Last Name:

6. First Name (Given Legal):

7. Middle Initial:

8. Gordon College ID #:

9. Gender:


10. Date of Birth:

11. Place of Birth:

12. Country of Citizenship:

13. Valid Passport:

Not necessary for my program

14. If yes, what is the expiration date on your passport?

15. Full Name exactly as it appears on passport:

16. Email Address:

17. Campus Mailing Address:

18. Campus Phone/Cell:

19. Parent/Guardian (Last, First, MI):

20. Parent/Guardian Phone:

21. Parent/Guardian Email

22. Parent/Guardian Address in full:

23. Emergency Contact if other than Parent/Guardian: (Provide Name, Address, Phone and Email in full)

24. Off Campus study can affect your eligibility for institutional, federal and state financial aid. Please check with your Financial Aid Office to determine eligibility status should you be accepted into an off-campus program.

I receive Financial Aid and will meet with my Financial Aid Officer to determine which forms of financial aid are transferable to this program.
I am not currently receiving any forms of financial aid.

25. Do you have any chronic physical conditions that require regular medical attention or that may be relevant for consideration in a program that requires physical activity such as walking, etc.?


26. Do you have allergies to foods, plants, etc.? Are there any prescription or non-prescription medications that you take regularly that you would anticipate needing while you are attending this program?

27. Do you have any learning disabilities you would like the program faculty to be aware of?


28. Current Class Level:


29. Expected Graduation Date:

30. Major Field of Study 1:

31. Major Field of Study 2:

32. Minor Field of Study:

33. Current Overall GPA (Grade Point Average):

34. Name of Major Advisor:

35. Major Advisor’s Email:

36. Name of Faculty Reference:

37. Faculty Reference’s Email:

38. Name of Student Affairs Reference (someone in Student Life or an RD - not an RA):

39. Student Affairs Reference's Email:

40. What is your motivation for participating in the program for which you are applying? How does the program meet your academic, personal and/or professional goals? (AT LEAST 250 words)

41. What in your past experience (international, educational or other) has prepared you for success in this program? What qualities or strengths do you possess that will contribute to your success in the program? (AT LEAST 250 words)

42. In the context of your own personal journey of faith, reflect upon your willingness to engage culturally diverse expressions of Christian experience. What is your experience with such engagement? (AT LEAST 250 words)

43. The program for which you are applying is structured with conditions of greater personal freedom than is normally the case in a Christian college environment. How are you likely to respond to this greater freedom? (250 word minimum)

44. PIKE and IA MAJORS only: Please identify the name and provide a brief description of this program fits the specific requirements of your major/contract. (Has your IA advisor approved the program, or is this specific program written into your Pike contract?)