Hungary: Business Semester in Budapest with ESSCA
GVSU partner programs are highly independent. These programs require students to have a high level of flexibility and the ability to navigate much of the program independently. For these reasons, partner programs are not the best fit for many students planning to study abroad. GVSU has many options available that offer a high level of support and guidance with external study abroad providers and through our faculty-led options.
L’Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Commerciales d’Angers (ESSCA) is one of the leading state accredited business schools in France offerings programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. It's main campus is located in Angers, France; however, it also has campuses in Paris, Shanghai and Budapest. ESSCA Budapest is situated in the heart of the city of Budapest, close to the metro, tramway, buses, shopping, restaurants, and cafes. ESSCA occupies a floor in a building near to Corvinus University of Budapest. While the ESSCA program in Budapest is relatively small and intimate, students are close to a larger campus community and students from other campuses. The ESSCA program consists of degree-seeking ESSCA students, many of whom are French, and exchange students from all over the world. ESSCA Budapest offers courses in the fall and spring (GV's winter) semesters, as well as a summer program. Students can take courses in cross-cultural management, business in Hungary, Central and East European economics and politics, Hungarian language and culture, consumer behavior, principles of auditing, and information systems in finance. See the ESSCA website for updated offerings.
This program requires students to exercise a high degree of independence, self-reliance, and flexibility. While there are basic support services available through this program, participants should not expect to receive the same level of support they are accustomed to at GVSU.
Program Dates and Application Deadline
Estimated Program Dates: August 2022 - December 2022
Application Deadline: February 1, 2022 (Closed)
Estimated Program Dates: January 2023 - May 2023
Application Deadline: September 1, 2022 (Closed)
Estimated Program Dates: August 2023 - December 2023
Application Deadline: February 1, 2023
ESSCA-Budapest offers academic tracks for Undergraduate and Graduate students. Courses are conducted in English.
Course Options Use this button to see all courses available on this program.
Pre-Approved Courses Note: This course list indicates courses that have been previously approved. It is not a list of available courses on this program.
Course Approval Process Students registering for courses that have not been pre-approved will need to follow the course approval instructions.
Students interested in satisfying general education courses abroad can find more information on our General Education page.
Students cannot mix courses offered at the undergraduate level and the graduate level. Students will select one of these programs and select courses only from that program. Students in their final year (4th year) of undergraduate study at GVSU may be eligible to apply for the graduate level courses (subject to approval by ESSCA).
Note: ESSCA uses the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). In general, 2 ECTS credits is equivalent to 1 US credit.
ESSCA provides information to international students to assist them in finding appropriate living accommodations. Students often stay in a local hostel during the first week while they conduct an apartment search. Students will find comfortable and affordable apartments in the center of the city, within walking distance from ESSCA. Most students finalize their housing selection within the first day or two after arrival. Additional information is available in the ESSCA Budapest Practical Guide.
Cost and Scholarships
NOTE: "Other Expenses" listed above are general cost estimates. Due to COVID-19, costs may increase for basic goods and housing. These estimates are provided as a guide to help students in their planning, but they are subject to change.
Questions? Contact [email protected] or 616-331-3898
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Open to all majors. 2.5 GPA required.
Proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 is required for participation in this program.
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US citizens studying in Hungary for more than 90 days must apply for a visa prior to entering Hungary. For additional information, please reference our student visa guide. Please note that the appropriate consulate or embassy must be consulted for the most up-to-date visa information.
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Fall: August - December, 16 weeks
Winter (ESSCA's Spring): January - May, 15 -18 weeks, depending on the program
Summer: June - July
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