Budapest: European hub & cultural trove

explore the rich culture of eastern Europe

Budapest is the tenth largest city in the European Union and the capital & most populous city of Hungary. Its strategic position on the Danube between eastern and western Europe has led to its being attacked repeatedly by foreign powers, including the Mongol and Ottoman empires. Today, Budapest is also a highly treasured city, though for its architectural beauty, cultural and historical importance, and fast-developing global economy rather than strategic military location. While there, you can ride on the world’s 2nd-oldest metro line, enjoy a performance at the world-famous Budapest Opera House, visit one of the city’s 80 geothermal springs or explore the world’s 3rd largest Parliamentary building.

Fellow: Lauren | Texas Christian | 2019 summer:


worked with bcg alumnus project lead

“Being by yourself and with completely new people for a month in a country or city that you’ve never been to…really brings you a lot of insight about different cultures…and a different way of life.”



The Beacon Fellowship is offered in 10-day winter programs and 4-week summer programs. Fellows can participate in multiple programs at a significant discount.

Note: Site-date combinations may become unavailable as sessions become full, so we encourage you to apply early! Reach out to for details on current program capacities

Summer 2020:

3-week programs

  • May 23 - Jun 12

  • Jun 13 - Jul 3

  • July 4 - July 24

  • July 25 - Aug 14

Winter 2019/2020:

10-day programs

  • We’re not currently offering any winter programs in Budapest. Check out our other locations for winter program offerings.

We are currently offering a post-grad Fellowship in Madrid from May 23 - June 19. Click here to learn more about this post-grad track. Post-grads who wish to choose a different date/location (Budapest, for example) may do so, but will be with both undergraduates & post-grads.


What do fees cover?

Beacon is an investment, like other programs of its kind. The returns are both short and long-term: Fellows experience the immediate joy of being abroad and working on a challenging project. Additionally, they can leverage the experience for future internships, graduate school applications and jobs. Fees cover the following program elements:

  • Project Leads

  • Training from experienced McKinsey/Bain/BCG alumni consultants

  • Housing accommodations

  • Travel health insurance

  • Weekly excursions to local attractions, neighboring cities, etc.

  • On-site transport while abroad

  • Group breakfasts and some lunches and dinners

Program Options

Fellows can choose from programs with different lengths and price ranges. Whichever length you choose, you’ll get the same high quality Project Lead with experience at one of the MBB firms (McKinsey, Bain, or BCG).

The fee listed below includes the $900 enrollment fee which is paid upfront to reserve a Fellow’s spot.

  • 3-week summer program: $5,499

If you’re interested in a 6 week program, you can enroll in two 3 week programs at a discount of $900 (you’ll pay just one enrollment fee). Contact us for more information!

Possible Discounts

Pay in full discount:

When you pay the full program fee within 7 days of enrollment, you’ll receive a $150 discount off the total cost of your Fellowship.

Multiple program discount:

When you enroll in multiple programs, you only have to pay one enrollment fee, which means you save $900.

External funding sources:

Another way to reduce the Fellowship cost is to seek external funding via scholarships or other sources. See here for ideas on funding your Fellowship.

start your application

There is no deadline to apply, but there are many benefits to enrolling as early as possible.

  1. Enroll early to secure a spot in the program of your choice and make plans for the rest of your summer (i.e. do another internship before/after Beacon).

  2. Students who enroll earliest get first picks on clients and Project Leads once they are announced.

  3. The best flight prices usually occur around 5 months out. Purchasing flights early can save you hundreds of dollars and there are usually more flight options to choose from.

  4. Students who enroll by Oct 18 get a free 3 month Rosetta Stone subscription. A great way to take advantage of being in a foreign country is learning some of the language!

The application process consists of 4 steps:

  1. Start your online application via the button below.

  2. Complete and submit your application.

  3. If selected, conduct a 30-minute video interview with an Admissions Coordinator.

  4. Receive notification of Beacon's decision.