MSc International Economy and Business

All round business, finance and economics - highly international and practical. Uniquely develop problem-solving skills, by applying complex economic theory.

Programme Information

​International Economy and Business is a unique business-economics hybrid programme. This programme will mould you into a well-rounded, pragmatic professional - comfortable with complex economic theory, but capable to apply it to solve real-world problems and become a leader.

You will benefit from a sound methodological foundation in multiple disciplines, from statistics to trade and intellectual property. Strengthen your theoretical background and through soft skill development and building your emotional intelligence you will use it to your benefit.

Learn how to lead medium and large enterprises or complex organisational units, how to negotiate successfully and how to develop effective business strategies. Choose from four different specialisations to complete your professional pallet of skills with Central Eastern Europe (CEE) (for Groningen students); European Union (EU); policy analysis; international development or economic focuses.

International Economy and Business includes field research in three different locations, educational trips and factory visits at companies, such as Suzuki, Mercedes, Bosch, Richter, and the Budapest Stock Exchange (BSE).

Self-funded students will have the opportunity to enrol on a double degree programme in their second year. You can study at one of our prestigious partners in the Netherlands or Belgium – the University of Groningen, Tilburg University and the University of Liege. An exclusive opportunity to gain two degrees for the time and price of one and spend one year in another country!

For admission onto the International Economy and Business programme, you will typically hold an economics, business or finance degree.

This programme may also be a good fit for you if you have a similar academic background, such as Human Resources (HR), Management, Commerce, Marketing, Accounting, Tourism or International Relations (provided you meet the compulsory credit requirements stated below). 

ECTS: 120
Duration: 4 semesters (2 years)
Teaching hours: 10-16 hours/week
Start date: 12 September 2022

Tuition fees (EEA): 610 000 HUF (≈ € 1 700*) per semester
Total tuition fees (EEA): 2 440 000 HUF (≈ € 6 700*)
Tuition fees (Non-EEA): € 2 900** per semester
Total tuition fees (Non-EEA): € 11 600

*Fees conversion amount may vary due to exchange rates.

**The fee must be paid to NON EEA for the whole academic year, the amount for the two semesters in a single payment.

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What you will study
Core Modules

Year 1 

  1. Competitiveness and Capital Flows in the World Economy
  2. Regional Economics
  3. International Business Economics 
  4. Research Design and Methods for World Economics 

Year 2 

  1. Dependant on chosen specialisation.

* The above is not an exhaustive list. Corvinus University of Budapest reserves the right to change modules.


There are two remarkable scholarship opportunities available to Non-EU international students:

  • Stipendium Hungaricum (for non-EU nationals from >70 countries)
  • Diaspora scholarships (for international students with Hungarian ancestry).

Both scholarships entitle you to:

  • Free tuition for the duration of your studies
  • 43,700 HUF (c. €120) per month for the duration of your studies (for living costs)
  • University accommodation or an additional 40,000 HUF (c. €110) per month for the duration of your studies (accommodation allowance)
  • Medical insurance.

Eligibility requirements apply, so please click on “Scholarship opportunities” for more information.

Scholarship opportunities

Application Requirements 

  • A completed higher education
  • You will take part in a preliminary interview
  • Motivation letter and online test about International Economics and actual issues of world economy
  • Minimum B2 knowledge in English, proven by a certificate
  • A valid passport

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Preparatory Programme

If you do not meet the requirements, you can apply for our preparatory programme.

Note: there are three ways to apply to Corvinus as an international student:

  1. Self-funded route (all applicants)
  2. Stipendium Hungaricum route – non-EU applicants only, further restrictions apply
  3. Diaspora scholarship route - non-EU nationals with Hungarian heritage only, further restrictions apply

Credit requirements

In Hungary, there are legal pre-requisite credit requirements to study graduate programmes.

Please make sure you meet the minimum requirements for this programme before applying.

You will need a minimum of 15 ECTS constituted from any of the following areas: 

  • Economics and Methodology (e.g. mathematics, statistics and economics) 
  • Business (e.g. finance, marketing, accounting) 
  • Professional Skills 

Tip: to quickly calculate your credits in ECTS, divide learning hours by 30!

Learning hours should be formally described, but can be constituted of classroom hours, private study and assessment.

More information

I have earned my PhD at the Corvinus University Budapest, International Relations Multidisciplinary Doctoral School. I am the program director of the International Economy and Business Master programme since January 2020. I was a visiting professor at the University of Leeds, EM Strasbourg, University College London and Jagiellonian University in recent years. I have been involved in several international double degree programmes such as SCRIBE21, IMESS and two Horizon 2020 research programmes. I am currently working on two themes: one is finding the connection between economic insecurity and how this influences voting behaviour, while the second one is analysing asylum seeker destination choices.

Dr. András Tétényi
Programme Director

Accreditations and Rankings

Double Degree / CEMS

Double Degree programmes are a unique opportunity, allowing you to obtain two higher education degrees in the time frame of one from two different institutions.

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What our students think

Kateryna Lytvynenko
4th semester

“One well-known economist J.M. Keynes told once: “The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones”. This is one quote that should be true for us, due to the reason, that when we study the new theories of economics, we shouldn’t forget about the old ones. Master Program in International Economy and Business at Corvinus University of Budapest gives every student a huge opportunity to study deeper economics and business, apply complex economic theories, business strategies, choose your specialization and practice your knowledge during class projects and negotiations.”

Career opportunities

Our students are able to find work as Financial Analysts, Economic Analysts, Credit Risk Analysts, Business Analyst and Developers and Project Coordinators.

Our graduates are working at prestigious companies like KPMG, Vodafone, ExxonMobil, Morgan Stanley and FAO.


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