Laura Paine Schiff

Hungarian Parliament Building

Aquincum Institute of Technology (AIT) Computer Science

Language of Instruction: English
Term: Academic Year, Spring, Fall

Participate in a specialized program for computer science and software engineering majors

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Aquincum Institute of Technology (AIT) is a specialized study abroad program for computer science and software engineering majors. The program is dedicated to keeping small class sizes, and all courses are taught in English.


AIT is located in the vibrant and beautiful city of Budapest. You will learn from Hungarian scholars, designers, and entrepreneurs in a small classroom setting that emphasizes close collaboration. Coursework focuses on problem solving, interactivity, and creativity. Course offerings range from foundations in computer science to advanced computer science applications and more. You also can take humanities courses related to Hungary's rich cultural heritage. You should expect to take 4-5 classes on this program.

An optional Hungarian language and culture course is available, which you are encouraged to take advantage of.

Program Features

You will live in an apartment with other program participants. Also, to help you integrate into Hungarian culture, you can participate in extracurricular activities hosted by AIT. Past activities include city tours, music concerts, and Hungarian countryside excursions.


Review eligibility to ensure that you meet all Columbia requirements to study abroad.

Review the external program webpage to understand any additional program prerequisites.

Application Instructions

To apply, you must complete the two steps below. Deadlines vary, and some applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Therefore, you should complete the steps below simultaneously:

  • To apply for Columbia clearance (approval) to study abroad, click on "Start Your Application" on this webpage. Clearance applications are approved on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this webpage.
  • To apply for program admission, complete an external application directly on the program webpage. Note that this deadline may be in advance of the Columbia clearance deadline.
    • This is a popular program that is dedicated to keeping small class sizes. Please visit the program website for more information on admissions. You can also discuss this with the adviser listed on this webpage. You may want to consider a backup study abroad program choice.

Fact Sheet

Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, Columbia General Studies
Language of Instruction:
Academic Year, Spring, Fall

Dates & Deadlines

Academic Year
Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, March 1, 2022
Admissions Decision Date: 
Tuesday, March 1, 2022
Application Deadline: 
Saturday, October 1, 2022
Admissions Decision Date: 
Saturday, October 1, 2022