- Budapest, Hungary
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- Spring Semester
- Program Description:
According to estimates, over one million refugees and migrants entered the European Union since 2015. This tidal wave of migration has been caused by wars in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, poverty in states such as Kosovo and Albania, and unrest and uncertainty in a number of other states outside Europe. At the same time, a number of factors have attracted these migrants to Europe, including jobs, safety, and family unification. The refugees’ plight has sparked an unparalleled humanitarian crisis which has not been seen since the World War II leading to an ongoing political turmoil with far reaching implications beyond Europe’s borders. The crisis has led to new political and social divisions causing realignments within the Europe Union, and leading to an intense debate on how Europe should handle the crisis both on its external borders and inside the continent. The Brexit vote is a case in point.
This unique and innovative semester program offers students an unparalleled opportunity to closely examine these issues by focusing on topics such as humanitarian and asylum law, migrant absorption policies, border security, racism and xenophobia, opposition to integration of refugees, cultural preservation and international cooperation. As such, students will explore existing tensions between state sovereignty on the one hand, and transnationalism on the other, and the growing controversy on the future of the European Union.
While the crisis has directly affected countries like Greece and Germany as a point of entry or intended destination, respectively, Hungary has been in the forefront of the debate for its radical, rejectionist policy which stands in stark contrast to the “open door” approach advocated by the Western European members of the EU. In contrast, many organizations within Hungary's vibrant civil society have been advocating alternative approaches to the government's position. Therefore, studying these topics in Hungary presents students with a unique vantage point on migration and the new refugees of Europe, making Budapest a highly attractive venue for studying this phenomenon.
This semester program is based in Budapest, Hungary, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and a perfect location for studying migration and refugee issues. Students will enroll in three classes two days per week: External and Internal Determinants of the Recent Global Migration to Europe: A Sociological Approach; International Law, Migration, and the Media: EU Migration Policy and the Response to the Current Migration and Refugee Crisis; Political Theory of Pluralism and Multiculturalism: Migration and Refugee Issues. Students will work as interns in various organizations in Budapest three days per week. Students will be housed in shared fully furnished apartments in downtown Budapest with all amenities. Housing is in close proximity to public transportation. During the program, students can look forward to a three-day field in Serbia. While there, you may have the opportunity to visit refugee camps and meet with refugees, as well as Hungarian, Serbian, United Nations officials, and representatives of the myriad NGOs involved in assisting the refugees.
Hungary is located in the heart of Europe with perfect access to Western and Eastern Europe, convenient for weekend trips and spring break trips.
- Program Cost (Spring Semester 2018): $12,195 Included: Tuition (15 credits - undergraduate; 12 credits - graduate) Housing - shared student apartment for the semester, double rooms at Erzsebet Hotel during Orientation. *Single rooms are available at an additional cost of $2,650. Internship placement and on-site support Guided sightseeing tours, including entrance fees to museums Guest speakers and professional site visits Hungarian University ID entitling students to significant discounts for p
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