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Frequently asked questions: international applicants

General questions

Can I apply for a scholarship?

Non-EU students may be eligible for a Stipendium Hungaricum scholarship, see Section 3.

How do I have to pay?

You will have to pay per semester and upon receipt of your offer being issued. 
Please refer to the program pages of our website for fees.

Is there an application fee?

Yes, we ask you for a €120 application fee. You do not have to pay to make an online application, but will be asked to pay before interviewing. 
Stipendium Hungaricum students do not need to pay an application fee.

Can I stay in a dormitory or student accommodation?

There are options available. See Section 4. for more information about living costs and living in Hungary. For more information about accommodation, please click here.

How can I find out more about my program (including the syllabus, who is teaching me, fees and contact hours)?

The latest information is available for each program at https://www.uni-corvinus.hu/main-page/about-the-university/documents/?lang=en

Please note: only syllabi for 2020 are published. This may change for students starting in September 2021.

Is insurance included in my tuition fee?

For Stipendium Hungaricum students, yes. 
Self-paid students must source private insurance and/or arrange a “TAJ card” (State Health Insurance Card).

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What are the general admissions requirements?

Applying to Corvinus University is simple. 
If you are a non-EU student and want to apply for a Stipendium Hungaricum scholarship, please see Section 3. 

If you are a self-funded student, you can apply online at [direct to 3.2 of new webpage URL]. 

To apply as a postgraduate, you generally need to have a completed, undergraduate degree. 


To apply as a postgraduate, you generally need to have completed an undergraduate degree (in a related discipline) with a good GPA, scores or grades. A minimum of three years of work experience is required for MBA and Executive programs too.


Once you have submitted your online application, we will ask you to send us electronic copies of some documents. 

For all our programs, we invite international applicants for a Skype interview in English. The interview will test your motives to study the program you have applied for and your aspirations. The interviewer will also make a general assessment of your English speaking and listening skills.


For admission onto some of our Master programs, you may be given a short admission task or test. 

If you pass the interview and any required tasks/tests you will be offered a place on the program.

What else do I need?

You need an email address to make your online application. Always check your junk email for communication from us – you should get an email once you have submitted your application.

You will need a Skype ID for your interview – you can let us know this later.

What documents do I need to provide?

Once you complete your online application we will ask you for the following: 

  • Passport
  • Qualifications and transcript*
  • English-language certificate*
  • Mathematics test*.



*You can provide these later. Mathematics tests are only required for business and economics programs – see “Do I need a Mathematics test?” (2.6), for more information.

How do I know if my undergraduate degree is in a “related discipline”?

Please have a look at the program pages here.

If you are not sure, please feel free to contact us, and a member of our team will be happy to help.

Do I need to take an English test? What are the requirements?

You can take a test after submitting your online application. 
We accept the following internationally recognised English certificates with minimum scores required listed below.

CEFRCambridgeIELTSTOEFLTOEFL iBTTOEIC
B2FCE6.06572785

If you hold an undergraduate degree in English you do not require an English test.
If you hold a passport from one of these countries, you do not need to take an English test 

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • The Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada*
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America.



*Canadian citizens should provide proof that they have studied in English.

Do I need a Mathematics test?

Business and Economics students may require a mathematics test. 
You can take a test after submitting your online application. 

If you have studied mathematics in high school, you are not required to take a test.

We accept the following internationally recognised certificates:

  • SAT mathematics level 2
  • AP Calculus (AB or BC)
  • ACT (mathematics part only).

Stipendium Hungaricum

What is the Stipendium Hungaricum scholarship?

If you are a non-EU student you can study in Hungary for free!

The scholarship also provides undergraduate and postgraduate students with: 

  • 43,000 HUF ≈ €120 per month for cost of living
  • And university accommodation or up to 40,000 HUF ≈ €110 per month for private accommodation. 




Scholarships are available for different programs depending on your nationality. To check which programs are available to you, please visit the Study in Hungary website. 

For more information, download our Stipendium Hungaricum factsheet, or visit the Study in Hungary website.

How is my application assessed?

First, applications will be shortlisted. If you make it to the next stage you will be invited for a Skype interview. 
For admission onto some of our Master’s programs, you may be given a short admissions task or test. 

If you pass the interview and any required tasks/tests you will be offered a place on the program. 

The process is the same as making a regular application (see Section 2. Above).

Is there an application fee for Stipendium Hungaricum?

No.

When can I make my application for a Stipendium Hungaricum scholarship and programme?

Applications open online Study in Hungary website after 16 November. 
You must make your application before 15 January (for the next academic year) because the online application system will close.

If I fail my interview or test, can I be admitted as a self-funded student?

If you are not shortlisted for an interview, yes, you can make an application via before 15 June 2021. 
If you fail the interview or test/task, we may invite you to start at our university preparation program (see Section 5.). You are also welcome to make an application to this program, but your English language should be a minimum of B1 level.

Do I need a medical certificate to make my application?

No, you do not. You will be invited to take part in a medical examination (organised by Corvinus) upon enrolment.

Accommodation/costs of living

How much does accommodation cost in Budapest?

Accommodation ranges from approximately €3,000 – 4,000 per year.

What additional costs of living are there?

We would advise you to allow €1,500-2,000 per year for food and travel.
Does the university offer dormitory/accommodation? 
Please note that as of December 2020, all university accommodations are closed due to the global pandemic and governmental legislation.


If an accommodation becomes available for September 22021, there will be limited spaces available, with Stipendium Hungaricum students given first priority. 


We encourage students to source private accommodation.

Can the university help me to source private accommodation?

We can offer limited support by recommending you to some third party suppliers. Feel free to contact our team if you have any questions [redirect to 3.2 of new landing page].

University Preparation Program

What is the University Preparation Program?

In some countries, high school ends at a lower level than in Hungary. We, therefore, will ask certain applicants to start on the University Preparation Program (depending on the level of their high school qualification). However, you are welcome to apply for an undergraduate degree. We will refer you to the preparation program if this is a better fit for you. 

If you have B1 English-language knowledge, we will refer you to the preparation program as the requirements for our undergraduate, postgraduate and executive programs are B2 leveled.
If your English language level is below B1, it would be deemed too low for the preparation program.
The University Preparation Program focuses heavily on English language. Participants also benefit from Hungarian classes, mathematics and subject-specific introductions in business, economics and social sciences. The program offers mentoring, support and helps students to adapt life in Hungary. Participants leave the program well-prepared for further studies at Corvinus.

What are the fees for the preparation program?

The fees are €4,670 (this excludes accommodation).

Can I apply for Stipendium Hungaricum scholarship?

Not for the preparation program. However, you can for any further studies (if your program and nationality makes you eligible – see Section 3. for further details).

When is the next intake?

We have two intakes per year. October and February for the preparation program. 
Can I go straight onto my undergraduate, postgraduate or executive program after finishing the preparation program? 

Yes, subject to satisfactory attendance, and passing our internal English test (pass mark 70%).

Visa questions (non-EU students)

Note: EU students may live, work and study freely in Hungary without a visa.

What do I need?

You should have your letter of offer, original qualifications and English-language certificates. You should pay your first semester’s fee.

Can my spouse join me in Hungary under my student visa?

No. However, they can obtain a 3-month visa and apply for residency (though they must work or study to be a resident).

Visa questions (non-EU students)

Note: EU students may live, work and study in Hungary without a visa.

How long do I need to apply for my visa?

We recommend you allow at least 30 days.

What do I need?

You should have your offer letter, original qualifications and English language certificates. You should pay your first semester’s fee.

Can I work whilst studying?

Yes, you can work up to 20 hours per week.

Can my spouse join me in Hungary under my student visa?

No. However, they can obtain a 3-month visa and apply for residency (though they must work or study to be a resident).

What are the post-study options for international students here in Hungary?

You can remain in Hungary if you secure employment before graduation. Many multinational firms in Budapest hire talented English-speaking staff.

Do I need medical insurance?

If you are a Stipendium Hungaricum student, you do not need insurance.
If you are a self-funded student, you should obtain medical insurance.

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