This program introduces students to the rich culture and history of Hungary and Central Europe by taking them beyond more common portrayals of the region and providing first-hand, authentic experiences with the local people and culture of Hungary and Poland. Through dynamic academic experiences and rich cultural immersion, students will develop an understanding of the region's history, geography, and politics along with a keen knowledge of contemporary movements in modern media and politics.
Students who travel on this program will
Expand their knowledge of Central European culture
Explore the interaction of history, culture, and the urban environment
Collaborate with other students to create a video using Adobe Premier
Develop critical analytic skills about narratives and mass media
While in Hungary, students will participate in multiple walking tours of Budapest and Warsaw, meet with local people working in politics and media, travel to many culturally important sites such as Orszaghaz (the Parliament Building), picturesque Szentendre, the historic Visegrad Castle, the Warsaw Ghetto, Turkish baths, and the Habsburg crypts. In Poland they will visit Warsaw and Krakow, examining the “Old Town” and seeing the “Round Table” in Warsaw as well as the Warsaw Uprising and Jewish Museums; in Krakow they will explore sites related to World War II including the Schindler Museum and Oswiecim/Auschwitz while also touring the city on a bicycle.
Students will spend 3 weeks in Budapest and 1 week in Poland. Budapest lies in the center of the Carpathian Basin and is spread across both sides of the river Danube. The city is home to a lively cafe culture along with many world-renowned sites, theaters, monuments, and spas. In recent years several parts of Budapest have been placed on UNESCO's World Heritage list.
Students will study at the Budapest Metropolitan University (METU). As a pioneering private institution in Hungary, the college boasts modern buildings, 2 locations convenient to central Budapest, a pleasant academic atmosphere, campus WiFi and a host of other up-to-the-minute technologies, including fully equipped multimedia production studios.
The city of Warsaw dates back to the twelfth and thirteenth centuries and became part of the Russian Empire in the 18th century. Though WWII brought widespread destruction, the city has since been rebuilt anew. Modern Warsaw has a wonderful ambiance produced by a combination of modern urban development and historical architecture. Much like Budapest, parts of Warsaw have been placed on UNESCO's World Heritage List, such as the unprecedented post-war re-creation of the Old Town. Krakow was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and is a seat of Catholicism—former Pope John Paul II was born nearby and rose to papal power under the Polish Communists from his stronghold in Krakow.
Students will stay in a centrally-located hostel in doubles, triples, and quads. Breakfasts and dinners will be provided at the hostel.
Admitted participants are required to register in three hours of Slavic 2797.02. This course can be used to satisfy the Education Abroad Open Option GE.
Coursework includes readings, films, lectures, architectural tours, ethnographic observations, dialogue with residents in Budapest and Warsaw and collaborative work with Hungarian and Polish students. The final class project will consist of a Multimedia Presentation that draws on the experiences, knowledge, photographs, music, and film footage students have compiled during their time abroad. The following videos were created by students during the 2015 Global May Hungary study abroad program: BudaPest, Budapest Cafe Culture, and Animals in Budapest.
Please note that upon application, a $150 application fee will be assessed. The application fee will be refunded only if the applicant is not accepted or a written request to withdraw the application is submitted prior to the application deadline.
Passports are required for every Ohio State education abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about applying for a passport, go to travel.state.gov.
Students are responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a $2,757 program fee. The program fee includes accommodations, most meals, excursions, the field trip to Poland, in-country transportation and supplemental insurance. It does not cover international airfare, lunches or personal expenses.
This program has been generously subsidized by the College of Arts and Sciences.
The detailed breakdown of costs can be found on the budget sheet.
If students withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.
Students who receive or are eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant are encouraged to apply for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. This program is Gilman eligible. Interested students should first verify their existing award package and make an appointment with Student Financial Aid as needed. After researching the scholarship, students wishing to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship should be in touch with the listed education abroad coordinator to begin working on a competitive application.
Monday, October 29 from 5-6:30 pm in Enarson Classroom Building 160
Tuesday, November 13 from 2:30-4 in Enarson Classroom Building 160
U.S. Department of State: travel.state.gov (travel advisories/country-specific safety information)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: cdc.gov/travel (pre-travel health guidance)
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I gained so many things from this program it is hard to choose just one. However, to me, I think the most valuable thing I have gained would be my appreciation for other cultures. I learned more in the class in Hungary than I could have ever expected I would. Learning about the history of the countries we visited in a classroom, and then being able to go out and see it's effects first hand really make me see and appreciate things in a different light. It's eye opening to look at the same history you have learned your entire life from a different perspective. I believe that because of the way this program is set up I have become both more worldly and open minded.