Advanced Technology Higher Education Network/Socrates

The ATHENS week was established with the support of the European Communities SOCRATES Programme receiving an annual subsidy of 50 000 Euros from 1997-2001. Today, the Programme is mainly founded by contributions from the member institutions.
The ATHENS Programme is aimed at carrying out intensive specialization courses, given at each member institution during one or two defined periods ("Sessions") of the academic year (November and March), enabling students to attend one of the courses offered by the network universities during 7 days. This experience, in many cases, gives students the desire to carry out studies of a longer duration (MSc and PhD levels) at an institution different from their home institution and thus facilitates exchanges between students of the major European technological institutions.

More information about the network:
Members of the network:
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Czech Technical University in Prague
Delft University of Technology
Instituto Superior Tecnico Lisboa
Istanbul Technical University
KU Leuven, Université Catholique de Louvain
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
-Arts et Métiers ParisTech
-Chimie ParisTech
-École des Ponts ParisTech
-ESPCI ParisTech
-Institut d'Optique Graduate School
-MINES ParisTech
-Télécom Paris
Politecnico di Milano
Technische Universität München
Technische Universität Wien
Universidad Politecnica de Madrid
University Politehnica of Bucharest
Warsaw University of Technology

Information for incoming students 

Next session: November 16-23, 2024


Arrival information – Please read everything carefully!

Arrival: TBD


Arrival information HERE

Official first program: Guided tour in Budapest 

Time: 16th November, Saturday, 11:00 am

Venue: Great Market Hall entrance (Fővám tér)


Program of the week: TBD

Location of the course: BME Building K, TBD

Address: Muegyetem rkp.3.

Important note: please bring your laptop to the course!


Social event:

  • TBD



Please kindly note that you have to make your own reservation!

Recommended hostels:

Avenue Hostel (Budapest, Oktogon 4, 1067)

Adagio Hostel 1.0 (Budapest, Andrássy ut 53., 1062) 

Adagio Hostel 2.0 (Budapest, Andrássy út 2, 1061)


If you do not wish to choose these options, there are several other hostel or AirBnB options in Budapest. I suggest you to pick one that is easily reachable from the university campus: Műegyetem rakpart 3, 1111



Information and application for BME outgoing students 


Next ATHENS Session: 16-23 November, 2024

Application period:   September, 2024 (TBD)

Application deadline: September, 2024 (TBD)


List of the courses is found on the application website:

To get better chances of getting accepted to the program, we suggest to apply for 3-6 courses.

To avoid cancellations later, please apply to courses that you are actually interested in. Before application, please consider if your studies or other circumstances (e.g. work) will allow you to participate.


Application documents:

  1. Registration form and Student Commitment filled and signed (available HERE)
  2. One recommendation letter from a professor/lecturer of BME in English or in Hungarian (signed by professor, on official letter paper of the Faculty if relevant)
  3. Declaration in the text of your e-mail that your contact information can be shared with other BME students travelling to the same city for theit ATHENS course. 


Applications must be sent to e-mail address. Hard copies are not required. Late or incomplete applications will automatically be rejected.

Participation at the academic courses is free of charge, but travel and accommodation costs, as well as European Dimension Activity or extra program costs must be covered by participating students themselves!


Further information:

BME ATHENS coordinator contact:

Ms. Bibor Bánfi Klekner: