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 like 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:
- Stipendium Hungaricum (application deadline 16 January 2023) – more information here.
- Diaspora scholarship (application deadline 31 January 2023) – more information here.
- Self-funded – The application deadline is 30 April.
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, legalized certificate, transcripts and translations [if not in English])*
- Minimum B2 knowledge in English, evidenced by a proficiency certificate (see “English language proficiency” section below)
- A valid passport
- Letter of motivation – minimum one page**
*If you are still studying, you can provide your “in-progress” academic transcripts when you make your application (i.e. submit your transcripts up until your last fully completed academic year/term). 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
- BA Philosophy, Politics, Economy (PPE).
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. Any doubts, still? Check our guide on how to pay the application fee.
Administering your application
To proceed in the application process, you must:
- Provide all of the documents stated above in the “How to apply?” section (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.
- Meet all the requirements listed below, including passing any entrance exams.
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||100|
Note: the above certificates are only valid for two years after taking the test (with the exception of the Cambridge FCE, which has no expiry). If you are applying to study at Corvinus in September 2023, your test date must 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.
- 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 not be considered as a native English speaker).
- 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 have 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 language skill is at least a B2 level.
Please provide proof of English proficiency or exemption as soon as possible after making your application.
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. The programme BA Philosophy, Politics, Economy (PPE) has both a mathematics exam and an interview as part of the entrance examination. The other programmes only have one as detailed below.
Stipendium Hungaricum and Diaspora scholarship applicants will have their entrance exams in April 2023 (first choice) and May 2023 (second choice).
Self-funded applicants will have two exam periods, one in February 2023 and one in May 2023. You may take part in either of these by submitting your application before the given deadline.
The deadline to submit all documents for the February exam period is 15 January and for the May exam period is 30 April.
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, 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
- BA Philosophy, Politics & Economics (PPE).
Applicants for any other programmes will not be required to pass a mathematics exam.
You are exempt from needing a mathematics exam if you can produce any of of the following (with the scores stated). Note: if you are still studying (e.g. you only have an AS-level in mathematics at the time you apply) you will need to sit the Corvinus mathematics exam.
- Advanced Placement Exam (“APE”) (Mathematics AB or BC), with a minimum grade of 3;
- SAT I, minimum of 680 points in the mathematics component;
- ACT exam with minimum of 27 points in the mathematics component;
- 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.
Our mathematics exam will be conducted online. If required, you will receive an email inviting you to participate before the exam. Please ensure you whitelist emails from firstname.lastname@example.org and be sure to regularly check your inbox (including junk/spam folders). Note: this is a no reply email address.
Failure to participate may result in your application being rejected.
See the “Entrance exam preparation materials” section at the bottom of this page for more information and a practice paper.
Oral exam (interview)
You will be invited for an interview if you are an applicant for:
- BA Communications
- BA International Relations
- BA Philosophy, Politics, Economy (PPE)
- BA Sociology.
Applicants for BSc Applied Economics, BSc Business and Management , BSc Data Science in Business 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 email@example.com 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
See the “Entrance exam preparation materials” section at the bottom of this page for more information to help you prepare.
You will achieve a score out of 100 based on your performance in entrance exams. For each programme, the Dean will set a points threshold. Applicants scoring above the points threshold will be conditionally accepted – the points threshold can vary from year-to-year.
Stipendium Hungaricum and Diaspora applicants will be notified of their results via the DreamApply application platform by the end of April 2023 (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 points threshold in your entrance exams.|
|HEI Rejected (Quotas)||You have achieved the points threshold, 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 preliminary 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 addition please upload the following:
- 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]).
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 read 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.
If you are a prospective student, you should not need to email Corvinus. 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 the Stipendium Hungaricum call for applications.
Please see 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 mathematics test consists of 26 questions and is 60 minutes long.
Questions can be of two types: problem solving and data sufficiency.
To answer them, you need some knowledge of arithmetic, elementary algebra and geometry. Sample questions and answers are available here (these questions are the same as in the practice paper below).
Click here for a practice paper in the real test environment. Note: you will only get one attempt, you will receive your score at the end of the test. Please do not use another email account to attempt the practice test multiple times. We recommend that you only take the practice paper after you have studied the sample questions and answers.
Social Sciences (oral entrance exam/interview required)
Note: applicants for BA Philosophy, Politics & Economics (PPE) must pass both the mathematics exam and the interview to be admitted to Corvinus.