For students wishing to learn some “survival” Hungarian before the AIT semester starts, an intensive 11–day long language course will be offered in downtown Budapest by AIT’s partner, the Babilon Language School. The cost for the course is approximately $350, which is payable to AIT North America, Inc.

The survival Hungarian course has been designed for English-speaking university students studying in Hungary. It is an intensive 11-day long course in Budapest downtown preceding the start of the AIT-Budapest Fall or Spring semesters.

The fee for the language course is 90,000 Hungarian forints (approximately $350), to be paid to AIT by the due date indicated on your invoice. The fee includes:

  • in-class language lessons held by professional teachers
  • textbook
  • outdoor activities to practice the language elements in real life situations
  • an official welcome and farewell session
  • a welcome dinner with culinary and cultural insights
  • a guided tour discovering the neighborhood
  • a cultural movie night

Beyond the above mentioned themes, Babilon Language School is offering optional extracurricular activities for additional fees. In the afternoons and at the weekends field trips are organized focusing on different aspects of history, art and design, Jewish heritage or visiting other cities outside of Budapest. 

This survival language course is not part of the AIT-Budapest program; it should not be confused with the slower-paced Hungarian language course offered for credit by AIT-Budapest during the semester.

If you decide to participate in the language course, we recommend that you arrive in Budapest a few days earlier to reduce jet lag before classes start. Also, please let us know in advance if you do not expect to arrive in time for the first day of the language course.