Why study in Budapest?
Spend a semester in a foreign country
The Justice Studies Budapest Program (COLA 657) is a study abroad program for students intending to deepen their knowledge of modern European justice systems. Each fall twelve UNH students, under the supervision of a Justice Studies faculty member, study at Corvinus University of Budapest. Situated along the Danube River, Budapest is an exciting and cosmopolitan city, close to other beautiful European cities such as Prague and Vienna.
Students participating in the Justice Studies Budapest Program in the fall of 2013 will study under the guidance of Professor Donna Perkins. This program automatically satisfies Group V of the general education requirements or the World Culture requirement of the Discovery Program. In addition, successful completion of the JSBP will satisfy Group IV General Education or Historical Perspectives requirement of the Discovery Program, and Group VIII General Education or Humanities requirement of the Discovery Program.
Students participating in the program pay their usual tuition but are exempt from mandatory university fees for the semester. Students pay a housing fee for the semester and are responsible for their own food and travel expenses. For information about financial aid & study abroad scholarships, click here.
Spaces are limited and competitive so students interested in the Justice Studies Budapest Program should apply as soon as possible.
Class Picture from Fall Semester 2010
All students participating in the Budapest Program take 16 credits of coursework. Two courses, JUST 650 and JUST 651, will be taught by Professor Donna Perkins at Corvinus University of Budapest in the fall of 2013. These two courses will satisfy Justice Studies Minor or Dual Major elective course requirements. The earned grade in JUST 650 will figure into the student’s UNH cumulative grade point average. JUST 651 is a credit/fail course. Two other courses will be taught by Hungarian faculty. Students’ grades in these two courses will not figure into their UNH cumulative GPA but, will qualify for transfer credit provided students earn a grade of a C or better.
Beginning in the fall of 2013, students who study abroad in Budapest will be allowed to count another approved JS elective course in place of the JUST 601 (Internship) requirement. Students may still choose to take JUST 601 but, it will no longer be required. For more information please contact the Justice Studies Office.
JUST 650 (4 credits; graded):
School Shootings: Cross-Cultural Comparisons of School Violence and Contributing Factors.
School violence has received much attention in the wake of the highly publicized school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. The goal of this course is to examine the role various social and cultural factors play in school shootings, such as gun laws, school climate and bullying, mental health issues, and the media. This course will also examine possible cultural differences in contributing factors and school violence between the American culture and other cultures around the world.
Co-requisites: COLA 657F1; COLA 657F2
JUST 651 (6 credits; CR/F): Field Studies in the Hungarian Justice System
This course is designed to provide program students first-hand experience with the workings of the Hungarian justice system. Weekly field trips to agencies in law enforcement, the courts, and correctional facilities in the Budapest area will be arranged and periodic lectures by Hungarian criminal justice professionals and scholars will complement these visits.
COLA 657F2 (3 credits; transfer credit) Hungary in the 20th Century: A Historical and Political Overview
Hungary in the 20th century has had a turbulent history, with its political regimes changing radically. Liberal democracy, limited democracy, diverse authoritarian and totalitarian regimes alternated with one another. These general conditions may explain why introductions to 20th century Hungarian political developments are dominated by the historical approach. While the course will respond to change, it will also use a political science approach when providing a conceptual and political institution framework against the background of the historical context. In addition to past history, the course will deal extensively with more recent events, including the Communist heritage, the change in the system, and current issue of consolidation.
COLA 657F1 (3 credits; transfer credit): Contemporary Cultural Trends in Central Europe
This course is intended to provide an introduction to contemporary Central European culture. Central Europe is defined here in a rather narrow sense for practical purposes: the cultural trends of the “Visegrád countries" that is, of Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary are discussed. "Contemporary" is defined as post-World War II.
The course starts with a short overview of the linguistic, ethnic, and religious diversity of the region. The course centers on an analysis of the activities and certain selected works of the following authors, who might be termed as representative of their respective cultures: Czeszlav Milosz, Slawomir Mrozek, and Witold Gombrowicz from Poland; Václav Havel, Bohumil Hrabal, Milan Kundera, and Ivan Kilma from the former Czechoslovakia; and Sándor Márai, Péter Esterházy, Tibor Déry, Péter Nádas, Gyula Illyés, and György Spiró from Hungary. In addition to essays, dramas, short stories, and short novels by the authors listed above, the history of the Central European film after 1945 is discussed with special reference to the works of Andrzej Wajda, Krzystof Kieslowski, Krzystof Zanussi, Milos Forman, Jiri Menzel, Miklós Jancsó, and István Szabó.
Please read the JSBP Policy Manual 2013 before applying. The early decision application deadline is January 25, 2013. The normal application deadline is March 8, 2013.
1. Complete the COLA Center for Study Abroad application checklist.
In addition to the requirements listed in the checklist, a complete JSBP Application will include the following:
2. The completed JSBP Supplement form*
3. 2 JSBP Academic & Personal Reference forms* (one from a professor who has had you in class; one from someone you know outside of an academic setting (i.e. job supervisor). Friends/relatives excluded.
*Please note: MAC users may have technical difficulties with the fillable PDF forms on this page. Be sure to view the PDFs in Adobe Acrobat rather than in Mac Preview. It may be advisable to complete the forms using a PC.