Baylor in Budapest
Department of Journalism, Public Relations & New Media
Q – Why a study abroad program in Budapest?
A – The department had been going to Florence, Italy, for a number of years but recently decided to look at new and exciting locations where no other Baylor program existed. Budapest jumped off the map as a great place to go!
Q – What does Budapest have to offer?
A – The better question is to ask what it doesn’t offer. History, art, architecture, an amazing culture, the beautiful Danube River, live performances … the list goes on. Rated as “a safe place to visit” by the U.S. State Department, it’s a perfect setting. Conde Nast Traveler rates it as the Continent’s No. 2 "must visit" destination, and European travel guru Rick Steves calls Budapest "the cultural center of Eastern Europe."
Q – When will we go?
A – May 2 – July 2, 2017.
Q – What courses are offered?
A – JOU 3389
Magazine in Feature Writing and JOU 4340
Writing and Editing for Online Media. The former will focus on travel writing and the latter on publishing your material. We can also offer JOU 4V95
Special Studies in Journalism to those who need it. The goal is to enhance your portfolio and make you a better candidate for jobs and internships. JOU/FDM 3372
Writing for Media Markets will be a survey of mass media writing styles offered to FDM minors only.
Q – In addition to taking classes, what will we do?
A – We’ve set up a program that includes orientation detailing practical information about living in Budapest; guest lectures on Hungary’s history, culture and media; a city tour; a trip to the symphony; a tour of the Parliament Building; a day trip to a traditional nearby village; a Danube River cruise; and a day of community service work. The schedule will be full. And on the weekends …
A three-day trip to Prague, Czech Republic
, will include a museum tour, a visit to Radio Free Europe, and a high culture event either to the Opera or the Ballet, and a four-day trip to Transylvania, Romania
, a beautiful mountainous region with a unique culture. In Prague we’ll stay in a hotel, and in Transylvania we’ll be hosted by bed and breakfasts operated by local families..
Q – What about other weekends?
A – Students will be free to travel to other European destinations, as long as the trip doesn’t interfere with the regular program and is approved by the program director.
Q – Where will students live in Budapest?
A – To help us truly experience Hungarian culture, we’ll live in carefully screened apartments, fully outfitted, including Wi-Fi.
Q – What about meals?
A – We will have a few group meals, but students are encouraged to shop in the local markets and experience Budapest’s amazing array of restaurants. Meal money is provided.
Q – How will we get around Budapest?
A – Every student will be given a public transportation pass. Budapest has an excellent transit system.
Q – Who will direct the program?
A – Professor Maxey Parrish directs the Baylor in Budapest program. Parrish has led 10 international student mission trips and eight study abroad programs, including the full-semester Baylor in Maastricht and the summer Baylor in Florence programs. Last summer he taught for Maastricht University, giving him almost two years total living in Europe. Altogether he’s been to over 30 countries. Parrish’s wife, Susanne, will accompany the group. She is an adjunct professor in the department and has been the official “mom” of all eight study abroad programs.
Q – Who is making all the arrangements?
A – Our flights are being booked by Millennium Tours of Austin. A leader in specialized group travel, Millennium has partnered with Baylor for years and sent thousands of Bears abroad. Students can change their flights by contacting Millennium Tours and paying a change fee.
The overall program is being arranged by the world’s premier organization of its kind, the Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE), a non-profit founded in 1947 and based in Maine.
Our contact on the ground in Budapest is Dr. Elizabeth Simon, a native Hungarian with a Ph.D. in international affairs from the University of Pittsburgh. In addition to working with study abroad programs, she is involved with government-funded scholarship and academic exchange programs.
Q – What’s it all cost?
A – The program fee is $4100. Budapest is highly affordable - it's ranked No. 8 on the list of Europe's cheapest cities to visit - so we can say the program will be competitive with other Baylor summer programs. And we do know that Baylor’s standard summer tuition for 2016 will be $1,237 per hour, $7,422 for the program. There will also be a study abroad fee assessed on your account in May of $50 per credit hour ($300).
Q – What about financial aid?
A – Your regular aid could apply (see Financial Aid for details) if you're on schedule to graduate early, and there are other special scholarships for study abroad students. Be sure to apply for the Goodrich Scholarship, Baylor's in-house study abroad scholarship, in your application for this program.
Q – What if I have questions?
A – Contact Professor Maxey Parrish for more information at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Q – How do I sign up?
A – Click the "Apply Now" button on the top right of this page.