The AIT-Budapest exchange program is offered through The Frank J. Guarini Institute for International Education. In the fall, the program runs from mid-August to mid-December; this is the more popular option. AIT's spring semester, however, begins in mid-January and ends in May, overlapping both winter and spring terms at Dartmouth. Students who choose to enroll for the spring semester in AIT (referred to at Dartmouth as the Winter exchange program) have to take a leave term in spring.
Participants enroll as full time students and choose from available courses they are qualified for at AIT. Students must take at least four courses and/or at least 16 credits. Credits for these courses can be transferred back to count toward their Dartmouth diploma.
Students must take COSC 50 before arriving at AIT (they may take it after applying, however, as long as they have taken it before going). It is also recommended that they take COSC 30 before arriving at AIT. Program participants will need to know how to code in C on UNIX systems.
AIT-Budapest was established in 2007 by Hungarian software entrepreneur, Gábor Bojár, to provide an exceptional study-abroad experience to North American undergraduates in IT fields. AIT's curriculum integrates foundational courses in computer science with advanced applications and courses from the fields of creative design and entrepreneurship as well as humanities courses related to Hungary's rich cultural heritage. The instructors come, for the most part, from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BUTE).