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  • Locations: Budapest, Hungary
  • Program Terms: Spring Break Program
  • Restrictions: SIUE applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Housing Options: Apartment Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Program Type: Faculty Led
Area of Study: Business, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, HR Management, International Business, Management, Marketing, MBA, MIS Program Sponsorship Indicator: SIUE
Instructor: Hair, Michael, Manning, Norris
Program Description:

SIUE Faculty-led School of Business Program

International Business in Central Europe:
Culture & Business in Hungary

This SIUE short term faculty led program allows students to experience the growth occurring in Hungary's thriving capital city. This EU country is undergoing economic transition that integrates historical background with the modern touches of international influence. Students will be able to personally explore the change through visits to both Hungarian and American businesses, guest speakers, and field trips to the local service sector. Participating students will also experience Hungarian cuisine, culture, and social life; explore the city's districts; and meet and work with students enrolled in ESSCA Budapest, the only French Business School in Hungary granting a degree accredited by the Conference de Grandes Ecoles. Must-see sites include the Central Market Hall (photo below right), Vaci Utca, Heroes' Square and City Park, the Jewish quarter with its Great Synagogue, Castle District, and the amazing bridges of Budapest!

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Academic Content

MBA 532 International Business in Central Europe (Graduate level) 3 credit hours
GBA 489 International Business in Central Europe (Undergraduate) 3 credit hours

Students taking this class will pay the current SIUE tuition rate, approximately $835 for 3 credits. (undergraduate rate) Graduate level tuition is approximately $915.
  This faculty led program is designed for graduate students and select upper-level undergraduate students in the School of Business. Prerequisite requirements include ECON, FIN, MGMT and MKTG core courses or consent of instructor.


Prices and Payments

$2,300 Approximately

The program fee includes:
  • Air Ticket St. Louis to Budapest
  • Lodging in shared flats
  • Welcome and Departure Meals
  • Ground Transportation
  • Field Excursions and Cultural Experiences
  • Health and Evacuation Insurance
The Program Fee does not include:
  • SIUE tuition: Students are billed with Spring tuition
  • Most Meals in Budapest
  • Books and Materials
  • Passport
  • SIUE Study Abroad Fee ($75)
  • SIUE Technology Fee (about $45)
  • Personal Expenses ($200-300 for gifts, souvenirs etc.)
Payment Schedule:
  • 50% deposit due within one week of notification of acceptance to the program
  • The remaining balance will be due the first week of February
Payments are made through the SIUE School of Business International Programs page.


Contact Information


Dr. Michael Hair
Management and Marketing
Founders Hall 2134
618/650-2586; Email:

Mr. Norris Manning
School of Business, Director of Academic Services
Founders Hall Rm 3126
Tel: (618) 650-5450


Program Itinerary

Day 1 Depart St. Louis for overnight flight to Budapest
Day 2 Arrive Budapest, check in a flats. Opening Dinner
Day 3 -7 Lectures, excursions, company visits
Day 8 Final Exam. Farewell Dinner.
Day 9 Excursion and/or free time
Day 10 Return to St. Louis from Budapest
This itinerary is subject to change. Final itinerary information will be provided to participants by the program leader.



Participants must be prepared to encounter cultural and social situations that require a high level of mature independence and respond appropriately to such situations.  Participants must be able successfully navigate transportation systems (air, train, bus, car) to the travel study destination(s) following all rules and laws pertaining to international travel and destinations.  Participants must be able to independently and collectively travel as a coherent group and maintain emotional maturity as warranted by the trip and its variety of educational experiences.  Participants must be prepared to independently walk long distances; carry personal luggage and groceries; walk up and down stairs; and navigate entrances and exits to public transportation, buildings, and cultural sites.   Participants must be prepared to encounter environments different from the United States which can include cigarette/cigar smoke, automobile exhaust, loud noise, congested streets and crowded public areas and a variety of other environments which may not be known except upon encountering them.  If you have any physical or emotional limitations, consider your health and capabilities carefully in consultation with your doctor before undertaking this trip. 


Dates / Deadlines:

This program is no longer accepting applications.