Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Info Session for CS Study Abroad in Budapest! Tuesday October 29, 3:30 pm in CSE 691

NEW! An extraordinary study abroad program, AIT Budapest, for students interested in computing, design, and entrepreneurship.
The program includes innovative courses in topics like Computer Vision for Digital Postproduction, Mobile Software Development, Quantum Probability and Quantum Logic, and many others. You can hear about this in detail from one of AIT’s Professors visiting UW at CSE 691 (Gates Commons) on October 29, 3:30 pm (pizza and refreshments will be provided).
AIT also offers summer internships at major Hungarian software companies including LogMeIn and Prezi.
AIT also offers a one-month summer session from late May to late June.  You can combine that with the spring term to take additional courses (mobile software development and/or a course on the history of Budapest) – making the AIT spring + summer term equivalent to two academic quarters of credit.  You can also apply to just the AIT summer program.
While many AIT students are CS majors, the program welcomes all students with an interest and background in computation.  For example, students contemplating their own tech startup or with interests in application areas such as computational biology are likely to find the program compelling and rewarding.  CS majors will find that AIT offers a number of courses that are required for their major (e.g., theory of computation, algorithms, and others), making it possible to take both traditional major courses while also taking other courses that are unique to AIT.
The AIT program has a first-rate faculty including professors such as Erno Rubik (inventor of the Rubik’s Cube and recent recipient of the U.S. Outstanding Contributions to Science Education Award) teaching an extraordinary collection of courses, many of which are not available at most colleges or universities.
All classes are conducted in English on AIT’s lovely campus on the banks of the Danube River.  Students live in vibrant neighborhoods of Budapest and have ample opportunities to interact with Hungarian students and explore Hungary and the region.
AIT is small and friendly, with typical class sizes of 5-15 students.  Here are the schools from which students have come to AIT:  Amherst, Arizona State, Brown, Carleton, Cornell, Dartmouth, Grinnell, Gustavus Adolphus, Hampshire, Harvard, Harvey Mudd, Knox, Lewis and Clark, Macalaster, Mt. Holyoke, Oberlin, Olin, Pomona, Princeton, RPI, Rhodes, Rochester, Skidmore, Smith, St. Olaf, Swarthmore, Vassar, Williams, U. of Puget Sound, U. of Washington, Wesleyan, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and Yale.
The program also includes Hungarian students from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics.
Applications for Spring 2014 are due November 1, applications for the summer term are due March 1, and applications for Fall 2014 are due April 1.
The AIT website and application materials are available at: www.ait-budapest.com
Prof. Ran Libeskind-Hadas (ran@cs.hmc.edu) and Prof. Michael Orrison (orrison@math.hmc.edu) at Harvey Mudd College are serving as the North American Co-Directors for AIT and are happy to answer any questions that you might have and/or put you in touch with current and former AIT students so that you can get their impressions directly.