Feb 1 - May 31, 2014
INCLUDES: 15 credits tuition, Student housing in shared apartments with other program participants, internship placement in Budapest, health insurance, emergency evauation insurance, Budapest public transportation pass for the duration of the program, excursions and tours around Hungary, pre-departure orientation at GMU, CGE T-shirt.
*International Airfare Not Included
9 credits for three courses:
*Courses subject to change based on departmental approvals
6 credits for the internship:
You may be able to earn internship credits in your major. Please speak to CGE and your department.
All students are guaranteed 15 total credits from GMU for the semester.
Apartments with other participants
GMU and non-GMU students encouraged to apply.
October 3, 2013
Spend the Spring 2014 term on banks of the Danube river in beautiful and historic Budapest, Hungary.
Participants earn 15 credits over the semester while interning 3 days per week and taking classes two days per week.
This program merges the academic, cultural and social experiences of a semester abroad in Europe with the practical experiential-learning of an internship. Students participating on this program can expect to return with a semester of European travel memories and a professional internship experience as an enchancement to their resumes before graduation.
Participants live in shared apartments with other students in the program. Included is a transportation pass for the public transit system, to make travel in and around the city as easy as possible.
Cultural and sightseeing trips in Hungary during the orientation week and throughout the program are included in the program fee.
Hungary's location in Central Europe provides an exceptional starting point for weekend trips all over the continent.
NIOK – Hungarian Nonprofit Information and Documentation Center
Open Society Institute, Budapest
Open Society Archive
Roma Education Fund
European Roma Right Center
Menedek – Hungarian Association for Migrants
Hungarian Helskini Committee
Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU)
Center for Media and Communication Studies (CMCS)
Hungarian Europe Society
DIA Foundation for Democratic Youth
American Chamber of Commerce
Hungarian Tourism Board
Q: What do I need to apply?
Online application and $125 application fee
Submit all supplemental materials: 1 Passport-size photo, Electronic Resume, Electronic Cover Letter discussing your motivations for the internship, your academic and professional goals and why Hungary interests you, 1 letter of recommendation (academic or professional) and copy of of your passport.
For Non-GMU students: Official Transcripts from home university and Non-degree contract course enrollment/VA tuition rates form. Non-GMU students (in-state or out-of-state) pay the same program fee plus an additional 1-time $50 "non-Mason" fee.
Materials can be sent to the CGE office or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: What should my cover letter look like and to whom should it be addressed?
The cover letter should be thought of as a "statement of motivation" rather than a typical cover letter. This document should give CGE, our partner organization working on the internship placement and potential employers an idea of who you are as a student, a young professional and an individual.
Q: What are the requirements for acceptance?
Minimum of 45 credit hours completed by the start of Spring 2014 and an overall 2.5 GPA
Q: What are my chances of being accepted to the program?
As long as students meet the minimum qualifications, they have a very good chance for acceptance. There is no cap on the number of accepted students.
Q: If I don’t attend George Mason University, can I still apply?
Absolutely. Many program participants attended universities in Virginia and across the United States. Recent graduates and graduate students are also encouraged to apply.
Q: Do I need Hungarian language experience to apply?
No. Students are not expected to have any Hungarian language skills to participate in the program. Courses will be in English and your internship placement will have English-speaking staff.
Q: What is the process for be placed in an internship?
Program participants are placed in an internship after acceptance to the program. Participant resumes and cover letters are forwarded to potential host employers for selection. The placement process can take weeks to months, however every participant is guaranteed an internship.
You are placed in an internship based on your academic background, personal interest, and professional experience, however you cannot choose the exact company. A placement is guaranteed and your background is used to place you in the position. All efforts are made to place you in a position most related to your field.
To earn internship credits in your major, you must first speak with your department’s internship coordinator. If you fit the department’s requirements to earn credit, the CGE will work with you and your department to obtain your preferred credit. If you are not eligible to earn credit in your major, you can still earn the same amount of credit with the program’s default credit options.
Participant housing is in an Apartment with other program participants in Budapest.
*CGE reserves the right to make changes to a program in light of currency fluctuations, changing security and safety conditions, or any other unforeseen circumstances.