American Corner Budapest


On February 18th, 2009, the fifth American Corner in Hungary opened at Corvinus University in Budapest. Like the already existing corners in Pécs, Debrecen, Eger and Veszprém, the American Corner in Budapest will provide a window on the U.S. for the general public.

The opening ceremony at Corvinus University took place in the Grand Hall in front of over a hundred educational, cultural, political and business leaders of Hungary as well as representatives of the Hungarian media and the Budapest diplomatic corps.
In her welcoming remarks Ambassador Foley called the new corner "a portal for gaining access to resources about America." And a place "to exchange thoughts and opinions with Americans." She promised that it would serve as "a venue for joint programs with the University, such as lectures, speakers, discussion groups, and exhibits, to increase mutual understanding." Once he concluded his welcoming remarks, the Rector of Corvinus University, Prof. Tamás Mészáros and Ambassador Foley signed the agreement establishing the American Corner.
After the signing ceremony, Dr. Bernard Lafayette, Distinguished Senior Scholar at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, spoke about nonviolent social change. Following the Corner ribbon cutting, there was a tour of the new American Corner and a reception for the assembled guests.

[Source: US Embassy Budapest]

Student Organizations

Student organizations offer a wide range of cultural and professional activities through the whole academic year and create strong communities for the students. Most of them are located on the first floor of the main building.


AIESEC (Association Internationale des Etudiants en Sciences Economiques et Commerciales) is a global network of 50,000 members across more than 83 countries and territories at more than 800 universities world-wide. AIESEC is an international, non-political, non-profit, student-run, independent educational foundation. It is comprised of students and recent graduates of institutions of higher education who are interested in economics and management. AIESEC facilitates international traineeship exchanges and supports activities that provide practical learning experience for the trainees. The Local Committee at Corvinus University is one of the first that were created in the country. There are different activities that AIESEC carries out, including conferences, seminars, simulation games and career days. 


AEGEE (Association des Etats Généraux des Etudiants de l'Europe), the largest student organization of Europe, has also an ‘antenna’ at Corvinus. It is open to every university student, and offers interesting international programs and summer universities for its members, in order to promote student mobility. The office (first floor, 146) does not have official working hours, since there is usually someone who can be asked for assistance. So, just go on, open the door and find new opportunities accompanied by a great community!

AIR (Association for International Relations) aims to help the students to make their way to other European universities of economics, through establishing relations and organizing exchange programs. The most spectacular aspect of their activity is the annually organized series of programs entitled "International Week". During that "Week", young economists from European countries and Japan are invited to attend professional and cultural programs introducing the country, and at the same time prospective European businessmen and economists are given a chance to form personal relationships with one another. 


CEMS Club Budapest is one of the 17 Clubs all over Europe. It was founded in 2000 by a handful of enthusiastic Hungarian CEMS students. Today it is one of the most active Clubs having about 200 members. The CEMS Club has a close and excellent cooperation with the CEMS Alumni and the academic side. To know more about CEMS Club activities at Corvinus and learn about life in Budapest from the student point of view and gain a lot of tips about the semester you would spend with us, please click the link above. 


ESN Corvinus was born 5 years ago at the name of Erasmus Working Group. In 2007, it joined an international student network, called the ESN (Erasmus Student Network), and changed its name to ESN Corvinus. ESN Corvinus makes and supervises all the programs for the international students every semester. They are responsible for the Orientation Day, the Freshcamp, the XChange Megaparty, the Erasmus Info Day, the Farewell Dinner, sightseeing and cultural programs, loads of parties, meetings, etc. Office: main building, 1st floor, room 146. E-mail:


The goal of the Corvinus Society for Foreign Affairs and Culture is to become an independent think tank for future researches. To achieve this, the Society’s activities involve editing of two online reviews, in order to develop a reliable information source for those who are interested in the European Parliament and security policy. They welcome foreign students among their members too, as they would like to expand their work to articles published in English, German, French and Spanish.


The Hungarian Model United Nations Student Association was founded with the aim of establishing a forum for university and college students interested in diplomacy, to model UN and other international organizations like the EU or the NATO. Within its scope students can become acquainted with the functions, the tasks and the structure of each institution, and they can attain the basic rules of advanced debating culture, compromising, negotiating and presentation. International students are also welcome among members. English programs include model conferences, lectures, etc. 


Prelude is the Choir of the Corvinus University of Budapest. It is a juvenile company, which includes not only economists but also other associated members. Their scope of work embraces the whole history of choir literature, from Palestrina to György Orbán. They have had international members throughout the years, who were contributing to the work of the choir in a successful way, taking part in concerts, trips, and competitions. To become a member, some musical background, or an attraction to music is required, along with the ability to read sheet music. For membership request contact Ms Zsuzsa Antalffy.