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Hungary: Creativity in Computer Science (AIT)


Todd Heidt

Director, Eleanor Stellyes Center for Global Studies

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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The Aquincum Institute of Technology (AIT) provides a unique English language study abroad experience for  undergraduates from North American colleges and universities  majoring in computer science, software engineering and related disciplines. Following in the tradition of innovative education, AIT brings together globally-acclaimed scholars, designers and entrepreneurs to provide an inspiring academic program with small classes (5 to 15 students in a typical class) that emphasize interactivity and creativity. AIT's curriculum integrates design, entrepreneurship, and foundational courses in computer science with advanced applications in computational biology and computer vision applications for digital cinema as well as humanities courses related to Hungary's rich cultural heritage.

Tailored to the needs of North American computer science and software engineering undergraduates in their sophomore through senior years, AIT offers semester-long programs to bridge the gap between the worlds of academia and business. Classes are taught in English by Hungarian professors, most of whom have had teaching experience in North American universities. Teachers closely monitor each individual student's progress. Considerable time is devoted to problem-solving and encouraging student creativity in the fields of computer science. Emphasis is on depth of understanding rather than on quantity of material. The academic program is based on a philosophy of small and intimate classes, close collaboration of students and faculty, and hands-on work through group projects. The program is located in a newly developed tech park on the outskirts of Budapest, on the Danube River, in beautifully designed, modern facilities.

In addition, a diverse range of extracurricular activities are offered for exploring the historic heritage and contemporary cultural life of Budapest and the region. Prior to the academic program a 2-week-long intensive Hungarian language course (not for credit) is also offered. This language course is organized by a language school for a separate fee.

Learn more about the AIT Hungary: Creativity in Computer Science program.

Credits: 4.5 Knox credits for successful completion of the fall or spring semester.

Advisors: Professor Jaime Spacco

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