BA / BSc programs application information
For international applicants applying to study in English language
If you are a Corvinus applicant or are planning to apply to us, please read this page carefully.
Please also read the pages of any programme(s) you have applied to and download the programme specification here.
You may also live to take a look at our frequently asked questions page.
If you have completed these steps and still have questions, we recommend making an enquiry, rather than emailing. Please allow up to two working days for our staff to respond.
Please note: as of December 2021, Hungarian citizens (including dual nationals) who have completed high school overseas or at an international school in Hungary are eligble to apply to Corvinus as international students.
How to apply?
There are three application routes for international applicants – online applications can be made for each via the links provided:
To apply for an undergraduate/Bachelor (BA or BSc) degree, at Corvinus University of Budapest you will need to complete an online application and provide the following supporting documentation:
- Proof of completing secondary education (the final, legalised certificate, transcripts and translations [if not in English])*
- Minimum B2 knowledge in English, evidenced by a proficiency certificate (see below)
- A valid passport
- Letter of motivation – minimum one page**
*If you are still studying, please provide just your “in-progress” academic transcripts when you make your application. Your final documents can be submitted later.
**Letter of motivation and CV are required for Stipendium Hungaricum and Diaspora scholarship applicants only (not for self-funded applicants).
If you are an applicant for one of the following, you will need to demonstrate mathematics proficiency (see below):
- BSc Applied Economics
- BSc Business and Management
- BSc Data Science in Business
- BSc International Business.
There are no application fees for Stipendium Hungaricum or Diaspora scholarship applicants.
There is an application fee of €75 for self-funded applicants – this is easy to pay when you make your online application
Administering your application
To proceed in the application process, you must:
- Provide all of the documents stated above (including “in progress” academic transcripts and evidencing proof of your English proficiency)
- Pay the application fee (if you are a self-funded applicant) – see above.
Please click on the yellow blocks below for more information.
English language proficiency
Corvinus accepts the following language certificates with the minimum scores stated below:
|Test provider||Cambridge||IELTS||TOEFL||TOEFL iBT||TOEIC||Duolingo|
|Min score (B2 equiv.)||FCE||6.0||65||72||785||95|
Note: the above certificates are only valid for two years after taking the test. If you are applying to study at Corvinus in September 2023, your test date should be later than September 2021, otherwise, you will need to renew the certificate (unless you meet the exemptions below).
English language exemptions
You are exempt from (i.e. do not require) the above:
- If you have completed high school in English and have written, official proof from your school that the language of instruction was English for the full duration of your studies (minimum four years from 14-18).
- If you are a native English speaker – defined as per the list of countries recognised by the UK government – https://www.gov.uk/student-visa/knowledge-of-english (if your country is not on this list, you will need one of the above certificates).
- If you have an A-level (or International A-level) exam in English language with a minimum grade of B.
- If you have an International Baccalaureate in English language, Standard Level 5, Higher Level 4 or higher.
- If you ave an advanced level matura exam in English language obtained in Hungary with a minimum grade of 45%.
- If you have a GCSE (or IGCE) exam in English language with a minimum grade of 6 (or B).
- If you completed an internationally recognized preparatory programme (I.e.: INTO, Study Group, Kaplan, Navitas or the Preparatory Programme of Corvinus University) and the programme management certifies that your English laguage skill is at least a B2 level.
Please provide proof of English proficiency or exemption as soon as possible after making your application.
If you are an applicant for BSc Applied Economics, BSc Business and Management or BSc International Business one of the following is required with the minimum scores stated:
- Advanced Placement exam (Mathematics AB or BC), with a minimum grade of 3;
- SAT Subject Test Mathematics Level II exam, minimum of 680 points;
- ACT exam with minimum of 27 points.
- International Baccalaureate in Mathematics, Standard Level 5, Higher Level 4 or higher;
- Advanced level matura exam in Mathematics obtained in Hungary with a minimum grade of 45%;
- A-level (or International A-level) exam in Mathematics with a minimum grade of B.
If you do not have one of the above you will be required to pass Corvinus’ internal mathematics exam (for more details, please see below).
There are no mathematics requirements for any other programmes.
Our admissions office will evaluate your application and supporting documents. If needed and you are eligible, you will then be contacted to participate in an entrance exam.
Stipendium Hungaricum and Diaspora scholarship applicants will have their entrance exams in April 2023.
Self-funded applicants will have three exam periods, one in January 2023, one in April 2023 and one in June 2023. You may take part in either of these by submitting your application before the given deadline. More information on the deadlines is coming soon. You only have to participate in the entrance examination once.
The passmark is decided by the Dean and the programme management based on the overall performance of all applicants and the available places on the given programme.
If you are an applicant for one of the following and do not meet mathematics proficiency requirements (see above), you will be required to pass Corvinus’ internal mathematics exam:
- BSc Applied Economics
- BSc Business and Management
- BSc Data Science in Business
- BSc International Business.
Applicants for any other programmes (or those who meet the proficiency requirements) will not be required to pass a mathematics exam.
Our mathematics exam will be conducted online.
If required, you will receive an email inviting you to participate a minimum of five days before the exam. Please ensure you whitelist emails from email@example.com and be sure to regularly check your inbox (including junk/spam folders).
Failure to participate may result in your application being rejected.
Preparation materials for the mathematics exam will be provided on this page, soon.
Oral exam (interview)
You will be invited for an interview if you are an applicant for:
- BA Communications
- BA International Relations
- BA Sociology.
Applicants for BSc Applied Economics, BSc Business and Management or BSc International Business do not require an interview.
Our interviews are generally held online – via Teams or Zoom.
You should receive an email inviting you to schedule an interview a minimum of five days before the interview date. Please ensure you whitelist emails from firstname.lastname@example.org and be sure to regularly check your inbox (including junk/spam folders).
Failure to attend an interview may result in your application being rejected.
The following will be assessed at your interview:
- Knowledge relevant to your programme
- Skills relevant to your programme
Interview preparation materials will be made available here soon.
You will be made a conditional offer if you attain the pass mark and meet all other requirements. If a programme quota is filled, applicants with the highest scores (across all admission areas) will be prioritised.
Stipendium Hungaricum and Diaspora applicants will be notified of their results via the DreamApply application platform by the end of April 2022 (for any first-choice programme) and by the end of May 2023 (for any second choice programme).
There are typically three offer statuses you could receive by this point:
|HEI Conditionally Acceptable||Proceed in the admission process and make sure all further requirements are met (as requested by our Admissions office)|
|HEI Rejected (Admission)||You have not achieved the 56% pass mark and your application has been unsuccessful|
|HEI Rejected (Quotas)||You have achieved the 56% pass mark, but due to a quota limit and other applicants scoring higher, your application has been unsuccessful|
Your application could also have the status “Formally Rejected”, for example, if you do not provide statutory documentation or meet prelimiary requirements.
When you submit your application
Please ensure that you upload all the following documents when you make your initial application.
If you are a Stipendium Hungaricum applicant, please upload to DreamApply before 16 January 2023.
If you are a Diaspora scholarship applicant, please upload to DreamApply before 31 January 2023.
Self-funded applicants should provide all documents and pay the application fee upon submitting their online application.
- In progress secondary education certificates and transcripts – please be sure to also state your GPA and maximum GPA possible in your online application form
- Proof of English language proficiency (see above)
- A valid passport
- Letter of motivation* – minimum one page
*For Stipendium Hungaricum and Diaspora scholarship applicants only.
15 April 2023 – Mandatory medical certificate
Deadline to upload your mandatory medical certificate if you are a Stipendium Hungaricum or Diaspora scholarship applicant.
1 August 2023 – completed secondary education
Final deadline to upload your completed secondary education certificate and transcripts (the final, legalised certificate, transcripts and translations [if not in English]).
Please ensure your diploma has been legalised and legally translated (if not in English) and upload it to DreamApply.
Please also complete and upload this complementary form.
Please read our June 2021 blog post for more information about legalising your diploma.
Getting in touch
We receive a high volume of enquiries. To provide an efficient service to you and other applicants, please only get in touch with our Admissions office if you have taken all of the following steps and still can’t find the answer:
1) You have read this page
2) You have studied all the information available on our website about the programme(s) you have applied to
3) You have our frequently asked questions page (for international applicants).
If you then need to get in touch with our Admissions office, please click here to make an enquiry. Please allow up to two days for our staff to respond.
You should not need to email our Admissions office. In urgent circumstances, please follow the following protocols.
- Read all available resources first (including this page!).
- Please keep in mind regular working hours and that Saturday and Sunday are not working days.
- If you need to send an email, always include the following in the email subject line:
– Your full name
– Your application type, e.g. “Stipendium Hungaricum”, “Diaspora scholarship” or “Self-funded”
– Your application ID: e.g. “123456”
In your email body, please describe issues clearly, but as briefly as possible. Attach relevant screenshots if they will help to demonstrate issues.
Please do not send multiple emails to multiple staff members.
- Again, please wait up to two full working days for a response to your email – do not keep sending emails.
Please see p 12 of the Stipendium Hungaricum call for applications.
Please see p 12 of the Diaspora scholarship call for applications.
Nominations and visa expeditions
Corvinus University of Budapest has no influence on sending partner nominations or allocating places to offer holders placed on reserve lists (for Stipendium Hungaricum and Diaspora scholarship programmes).
We are unable to write to Hungarian Embassies or the National Directorate responsible regarding visa applications.
Entrance exam preparation materials
Please click on the links below for the preparation materials.
Busines & economics (mathematics entrance exam required)
The exam is the same for BSc Business and Management, BSc International Business & BSc Applied Economics.
You will have 2 hours to complete the exam. The exam will consist of 8-10 questions. Many of the questions are calculus.
Recommended reading: Precalculus: Mathematics for Calculus, 7th Edition (Stewart, Redlin, Watson)
Section(s) 1.1–1.4: Real numbers, exponents and radicals, algebraic and rational expressions
Section(s) 1.5, 1.7–1.8, 1.10: Equations and inequalities
Section(s) 1.9–1.11, 2.1–2.2: Coordinates, lines and circles; Domain and graph of a function
Section(s) 2.3–2.7: Functions (continued)
Section(s) 2.8, 3.1–3.3, 3.7: Inverse functions; Polynomials
Section(s) 4.1, 4.3–4.6: Exponential and logarithmic functions and equations
Section(s) 5.1–5.4: Trigonometric functions
Section(s) 6.1–6.3, 6.5–6.6: Trigonometry and triangles
Section(s) 7.1–7.5: Trigonometric identities and equations
Section(s) 12.1–12.3: Sequences
Section(s) 12.5–12.6: Mathematical induction, binomial theorem
Social Sciences (oral entrance exam/interview required)