Central European University, Budapest, V. Nádor u. 5 (00 36 1 327-3000; www.ceu.hu), boasts students from 90 countries with instructors from 30 countries. Based in Budapest, it is accredited by both the Hungarian and the U.S. accreditation agencies, through the University of the State of New York. The language of instruction is English for the entire extensive list of Master and Doctoral programs. Summer programs are ideal for those who want to take a course without leaving their home university. Generous financial aid is offered to all nationalities.
Many universities are now offering Budapest as an option for a study abroad semester. University students should check with their school for opportunities.
If you think you want to learn Hungarian, one of the schools that brags about having the best reputation and longevity having opened in 1927 is the Debreceni Nyári Egyetem Budapesti Nyelviskolája or Debrecen-Budapest Language School. The Budapest location is at V. Báthory u. 4. II/I (+36 52 532 594; www.nyariegyetem.hu). Summer intensives are available in Debrecen, Sopron, and sometimes Eger. The 60-120 lessons, at 6 lessons per day over 2 to 4 weeks will have you speaking elementary Hungarian. Less grueling schedules are the semester-long programs offered only in Debrecen. They can arrange for accommodations for an extra fee.
BrainTurbo Budapest, XI. Villányi út 60, 2nd floor (00 36 30 230-1706) has an innovative approach, claiming to be four times faster than other language-teaching methods learning 1,500 Hungarian vocabulary words in only 12 weeks without homework. First you lie on your back wearing special glasses, while a series of words and sentences are repeated to you both in English and Hungarian putting your brain in a receptive state for learning. Afterward, a teacher helps you to recall the words and expressions you listened to while relaxed. Because the Hungarian software is fairly recent, there is no track record yet to validate the effectiveness.