Budapest: The Pearl of the Danube

Falling in love with Budapest is simple: the charming age-old buildings, mixed with some of the best aspects of the modern metropolis. To really view the city at its most glorious, a night trip to the Castle District and nearby Fisherman’s Bastion, with the beautifully illuminated cityscape hanging below, is essential.


The city itself is split down the middle by the grand Danube River, the longest waterway in the European Union, forming the western Buda and eastern Pest. 
Tranquil Buda is nestled in rolling hills, with plenty of natural beauty, which can make for a perfect relaxing Sunday stroll. Pest, on the other hand, is the true beating heart of the city.  Beginning from Parliament to St. Stephens Basilica to Váci Utca and perfectly finishing at Corvinus University, you will quickly understand why so many exchange students beg to stay an extra semester. 
Budapest is not only the majorly up and coming heart of Hungary, but one of the most significant cities in Central-East Europe, if not Europe in whole.

Corvinus University of Budapest

Corvinus University of Budapest continues to be the best institution of its kind in Hungary and also in the region. Receiving accolades from publications like Financial Times, it is clear already that the rest of the world is starting to take notice of the University’s instructional and research prowess.

With seven faculties offering Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral programs in the fields of Economics, Business, Public Administration, Horticultural Science, Food Science, Landscape Architecture and Social Sciences, it would be difficult not to find a study area that perfectly suits your interests.

The Department of Public Policy and Management is part of the Faculty of Economics and hosts the majority of courses of the MSc. in Public Policy and Management.

The Master of Science in Public Policy and Management (PUMA)

The MSc in Public Policy and Management (PUMA) is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of structures, policies and processes of the public sector, as well as tools to analyse and understand different structures and processes of public sector management, guidance and control.

It focuses on the comparative analysis of public administration, public policy and public management in EU and non-EU countries in the context of internationalisation, Europeanisation and European integration. 

The EMPA programme is offered to students enrolled in public administration / public policy programmes at partner universities of the EMPA network. During their semester in Budapest, they can choose from a variety courses from the program of PUMA, but also from the free elective English-language courses of Corvinus.

Courses of PUMA:

Managing Organizations in the Public Sector
Academic Writing, Qualitative Methods and Research Design
Quantitative Research Methods
Economics of the Public Sector
Institutions and Processes of Public Policy
Public Policy Analysis
Multi-level Governance
Institutional Economics of the Public Sector
Public Financial Management
Cost-Benefit Analysis
Program and Performance Evaluation
Practicing Public Policy
NGOs Management and Civil Society
Digital Era Governance
Health Policy and Finance
Health Economics
Public Policies for Human Development


  • Corvinus University can host about 10 students per academic year under EMPA

  • Students are free to choose whether they come during the first or second semester

  • English language is required for studies


Contact person
Prof. dr. György Hajnal
Head of Programme, MSc in Public Policy and Management


Department of Public Policy Management
8 Fővám tér
Budapest, 1093