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 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’ll 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 Central-East Europe, if not Europe in whole.

The University

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’s 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 EMPA Program at Corvinus

The exchange program is focused on the comparative analysis of questions of public administration, public policy and public management in different (EU and non-EU) European countries in the context of processes of internationalization, Europeanization and European integration.

The method is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of public sector structures, policies and processes as well as a framework for analyzing and dealing with different structures and processes of public sector management, guidance and control.
Active Corvinus students enrolled in the MSc in Public Policy and Management may complete the EMPA program in the second year of the study program, thanks to strategically designed equivalency between EMPA and selected MSc courses.
Courses are taught in English.

For more information, including the course curriculum please click here.

•    Corvinus University can host 10 (max. 15) students per year from the partner universities.
•    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 department


Department of Public Policy Management
8 Fővám tér
Budapest, 1093