Location: Budapest, Hungary, Europe

Program Type: UMSL Exchange Program open to undergraduate and graduate students

Language of Instruction: English

UMSL Term Abroad: Academic Year, Fall, Spring. 

Approximate Dates Abroad:
Fall Semester: August - December
Spring Semester: January - May

Application Deadline: We encourage applicants to this program to apply by the priority deadline - your chances of admission are increased by doing so.

  • Fall/Academic Year: February 16 (priority), April 16 (final)
  • Spring: September 23 (priority), October 23 (final)

UMSL Study Abroad Eligibility Requirements

Subject Available:

  • Business - Business Administration (also available at graduate level)
  • Business - Finance (graduate level only)
  • Business - Information Systems (also available at graduate level)
  • Business - International Business (also available at graduate level)
  • Business - Management (also available at graduate level)
  • Economics (also available at graduate level)
  • Languages - Hungarian (also available at graduate level)
  • Languages - French (graduate level only)

The University: ESSCA, one of UMSL's partner universities in France, runs an international management seminar in Budapest each fall and spring semester.

Academics: The program is taught entirely in English, with opportunity to take a Hungarian language course. The multicultural dimension is emphasized by cross-cultural teamwork, whereby local and international students together complete a major group project.

Designed for students who already have a solid grounding in these subjects, it offers both core and more specialist modules, covering the new phenomena and emerging trends in the two fields. In addition to the specialization courses a wide selection of elective courses are also available. During the semester a multicultural dimension is emphasised by the range of courses, and nationalities of both students and professors and the importance placed on cross cultural team work and projects.

Housing: ESSCA Budapest has only two residence flats for 8 people. If they are full, they will offer help to find accommodation in Budapest (most of the students live at walking distance from the school). Some of these apartments or houses are often situated in well-off districts and are usually very beautiful, but more expensive. 

Activities and Programs:

Location: Budapest is a beautiful city located on the Danube River in Hungary. It has a population of approximately two million people. Known as the "Paris of Eastern Europe," it combines Western luxury and simple traditions. Budapest presents a unique architectural mixture of ancient Roman, Baroque, Turkish, 19th century and Art Nouveau styles. In recent years, Budapest and Hungary have become synonyms for the rapid and exciting changes that can only be witnessed in the emerging countries of Central Europe. Hungary joined the European Union in 2004.

Hungary is fond of water sports, and there are many indoor and outdoor swimming pools and beaches (called "Strand") in Budapest. Amongst the town's main attractions are the thermal baths, which are open all year round. Fancy swimming in an outdoor pool surrounded by snow and with people playing chess in comfortably hot water? Another attraction not to miss: "vízimozi" parties, a giant disco in a Turkish bath. Apart from this you will find wonderful places for horse riding, football, aerobic or bodybuilding, etc.

International Office Website:

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Spring Semester:

Cost Estimates for 2013-14*

Use the Budget Worksheet to compare the below cost to your personal budget or living on campus at UMSL.

Tuition $3789.60
Books and course materials $40.00
Mandatory HTH insurance $140.00
Accommodations  $1450.00
Meals & Personal Expenses $212500.00
Airfare $1125.00
Local Transportation $200.00
Other $-
Total $8869.60*


Course Equivalencies: Each student is responsible for researching what courses are available to take and for obtaining an UMSL equivalent course. The UMSL equivalent course number is the course for which you will receive credit on your UMSL transcript. Finding courses to take while you are abroad requires some time and research. More information is on the course equivalency page.

Upon Acceptance: Students will be required to submit supplemental materials, purchase HTH insurance, and participate in a mandatory orientation. More information will be distributed to all accepted students.

* UMSL tuition fees are based on 12 undergraduate credit hours at the 2013/14 rate - 2014/15 tuition rate TBA April 2014. Non-resident fees may apply. 
* Costs are based off a four month semester.
* Airline estimate based off of online search.
* Please note that expenses are ESTIMATES. Costs vary depending on the exchange rate, the inflation rate, individual spending habits, and amount of extra travel. The cost estimate above does not include visa expenses, personal expenses, independent travel, which vary widely from student to student.
* Program information is subject to change.