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AIT Budapest - Computer Science

VISION

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.

QUALIFICATIONS

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.)

CREDITS

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

COSTS

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.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE & DEADLINES

All Gordon students applying to this program must first submit an online seat application to the Global Education Office before applying to your program.

After you've been approved by the Global Education Office proceed with the Budapest AIT application. Spring applications are accepted until October 15. Fall applications are accepted until March 15.

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