Dates: May 30 - June 30, 2013
Costs: $3900, excluding airfare (subject to BOV approval)
VMI, in partnership with Zrinyi Miklos National Defense University is pleased to announce a four-week summer program in Budapest, Hungary.
Any current student in good standing with an accredited university is eligible to apply. VMI students need only submit an application. Applicants from other universities should include a faculty letter of recommendation, an official transcript, and a short essay outlining the applicant's personal and academic goals for the program, along with the application. Applications must be received no later than 1 March 2013.
Room and Board
Full room and board is provided by Zrinyi Miklos National Defense University in Budapest. Participants are normally housed in single rooms in the officers’ quarters. Many rooms come equipped with a small refrigerator and television. Board consists of two meals daily, with many affordable eating options available for the remaining meal. The University is on a central metro line, with easy access to the city center. Many grocery stores, restaurants, and markets are within walking distance of the University.
Academic and Cultural Program
Participants will be enrolled in 6 credit hours of political science/history seminars related to Central European Politics and Security. Courses will examine the dynamic political and security situation in modern day Central Europe. Coursework and lectures will be supplemented by visits to historical sites and museums such as: the Hungarian National Museum; the Budapest Museum; the Modern History Museum; the Holocaust Museum; the National Gallery; the Military History Museum; the Roman Ruins outside of Budapest; the 19th century fort at Komarom on the Danube; and the Communist-era sculpture park near Budapest.
The Zrinyi Miklos Military Academy (ZMNE) was founded in 1947 to prepare commissioned officers of the Hungarian army for carrying out command assignments at all levels. The General Officers Course and the Correspondence course were started in 1953. The Academy library boasts nearly 200,000 volumes, and receives over 120 periodicals. As one of the major universities in Hungary, ZMNE also provides officers with the opportunity to earn graduate degrees. It is located just outside the center of the city of Budapest; a nearby subway stop will allow students to be downtown in minutes.