IBS Budapest

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From a school that was founded in 1991 as the first private higher education college in Central Europe, International Business School has grown into a truly modern and dynamic business school. We are proud to work in cooperation with a prestigious British university, The University of Buckingham which is rated top for graduate employability and has been leading the British National Student Survey in student satisfaction. 

It is an attractive place to learn and teach because of our collaborative culture – a blend of academic rigour, cooperative teamwork, entrepreneurship, diversity, and continuous innovation. The academic experience we offer is providing our students from over 100 countries of the world not only with an undergraduate or postgraduate degree but skills and networking opportunities that bring lifelong competitive advantages.

"I believe that a school in the third millennium must teach us to learn, work, and live together with others.
I believe that higher education in the third millennium must lay the foundations of lifelong learning.
I believe that a business school in the third millennium must prepare students for international business in a globalised world.
I believe that International Business School Budapest is the business school of the third millennium.
I am fully confident that IBS Budapest, founded in 1991, is an institution which stands on firm foundations both academically and financially. Our school trains professionals who, with their excellent linguistic, cultural and marketing skills, will be highly successful in their domestic as well as international activities."

Dr. István TAMÁS, Founder and Rector Emeritus

"We firmly believe that internationalisation is more than a market-driven necessity. Rather, it is an opportunity to provide intercultural education for our students with the resulting academic, cultural, intellectual and emotional gains in terms of their personal growth, sense of identity, self-esteem, life quality, openness and tolerance vis-a-vis others. We at IBS recognise and respect innovative curricula, modes of delivery and best practice developed by others in Europe and beyond."

Dr. László LÁNG, Rector

Vision and mission

Our vision is to be a regionally acknowledged, multiply accredited, multi-country provider of higher education services for a highly international and mobile student body, interested in the frontier areas of business and management.

Our mission is to provide economically and culturally relevant, English-language business and management-related education to people who can benefit from it. We are demand-led and customer-focused. We enhance learning, build confidence and create an opportunity for all who choose to invest in studying at our school.

We value:

  • creativity and innovation in the pursuit of excellence,
  • the potential of every person,
  • the expertise and commitment of our staff,
  • partnership and form strong and enduring collaborations where we can achieve more by working with other than alone,
  • quality and we continually enhance our quality assurance processes.


IBS opened its gates in 1991 welcoming students who wished to study business in English. The founders of the school had long-term plans and thus they moved the college (practically run in some rented rooms of an office block) from Kelenföldi railway station to the second district, one of the most beautiful districts of Buda. In 2014, IBS moved to the north of Budapest and is now offering a real campus experience with 3 brand new buildings in a business environment. The completely renovated, reshaped, and well-equipped buildings in Graphisoft Park – with the Residence Hall in its close vicinity – is a perfect place for studies as well as recreation with its riverside setting and garden.

Following a successful institutional accreditation in 1997, IBS became a recognized private college in Hungary, with the right to issue Hungarian college degrees (called Bachelor's degrees today) besides the English degrees.

Owing to the continuous and systematic development process, by now IBS runs numerous Bachelor's and several Master's programmes in addition to the single programme (BA in Business Studies) available in 1991.

The first degrees were awarded in 1995; the number of IBS graduates by 2012 is over 3300.

Our graduates can be found in almost every country in the world, which provides enormous networking possibilities. To maintain this ‘human’ capital IBS treats its Alumni community as a top priority and organizes monthly Alumni Evenings. We are proud that every third graduate is an Alumni member, which is a very high rate considering that almost 50% of the students come from abroad.

Important dates

2021 Cooperation with Dublin Business School
2020 'MSc in IT for Business Data Analytics' programme
2018 MBA programme
2017 PhD programmes
2016 25th birthday of IBS
2014 Brand new Budapest campus in Graphisoft Park
2013 MSc programmes in Vienna, Austria
2013 New programme portfolio, incl. 8 new BSc programmes
2012 Cooperation agreement with The University of Buckingham
2012 'Superbrands' title in Hungary
2011 'Superbrands' title in Hungary
2010 'Superbrands' title in Hungary
2010 Accreditation by the British Accreditation Council
2009, 2010, 2011 ’Excellent business school with 3 palms’ prize in the business school ranking by Eduniversal
2008 ’MSc in Marketing Management’ programme
2007 ’BA in Arts Management’ programme
2007 Exam centre for the Examination Board of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry
2006 ’MSc in Financial Management’ programme
2004 ’MSc in International Business’ programme
2004 'BA in International Business Relations’ programme
2003 Accreditation by the Adult Training Accreditation Body
2000 ’BA in Finance and Accounting’ programme
1997 Cooperation agreement with the International Advertising Association
1997 Accreditation by the Hungarian Accreditation Committee
1991 ’BA in Business Studies’ course
1991 Cooperation agreement with our first British partner, Oxford Brookes University

Why British degree?

  • British universities are widely recognized for their research and teaching excellence.
  • An independent body, the Quality Assurance Agency is responsible for maintaining the high standards of British university education. A British degree guarantees you a good quality education.
  • 1,000 years of extraordinary academic innovation - currently the UK ranks third in the world for innovation.
  • Three of the ten top universities in the world are in the UK, including the university ranked first in the world.
  • British degrees are important to employers because they have a strong emphasis on gaining practical experience in the relevant field and they equip you with all the skills and knowledge necessary for a successful international business career.
  • The student-centred approach to learning in British education means that you will develop the independence, self-discipline and analytical skills sought after by employers.
  • English is the language of global business so studying a British degree enables you to improve your English language skills.
  • Class sizes are generally small enough to ensure that students have access to equipment and enough time to talk to their lecturers.
  • We give considerable importance to increasing students' employability skills. IBS has set up its UpSkill programme, which enhances and develops the skills which are most demandable in the job arena and lets our graduates have an advantage over others in job applications.
  • British programmes are shorter, saving you time and money. Our Bachelor’s programmes are 3-year full-time courses and our Master's programmes take 1 year.
  • 38 per cent of Nobel prize winners who studied abroad did so for a British degree.

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