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In 2020 the tuition in the Fall semester starts on 7 September 2020. The week before this date is the orientation week, therefore it would be wise to arrive at the very end of August or very beginning of September. 

The last possible registration date in the study program coordinator’s office is 5 October 2020. Unfortunately we can’t accept you as a student if you arrive after this date.

1.    Public transport

a)      Bus 200E stops at the airport every 7-10 minutes. It takes you to Kőbánya-Kispest metro station. From here you can travel to the city center with metro replacement bus (metro line 3 is under renovation). At the airport you can buy a transfer ticket at one of the vending machines for about 2,50,-EUR. You will get two tickets. Validate the one with nr. 1 on the bus at one of the machines and then validate the one with nr. 2 at the entrance of the metro. You can use your debit/credit card when you buy the tickets.

b)      Bus 100E stops at the airport every 30 minutes. It takes you directly to the city center. A single bus ticket is about 3,-EUR.

2.    Taxi

You can take a taxi at the airport. The official taxi company of the airport is Főtaxi. They have a booth in front of the arrival terminal. It is a good and reliable company and the ride to the city center is about 30,-EUR.

3.    Airport shuttle

One ride to the city center is about 16,-EUR/person.

Change some money at the airport as debit/credit cards and foreign currencies are not acceptable on the bus and metro. Don’t change too much though as the exchange rates are not very customer friendly at the airport. The taxi and shuttle companies may accept debit/credit cards.

Please note that the scholarship program doesn’t cover your flight ticket and airport transfer.   

You get a mentor in August, who helps your integration in the everyday life in Hungary. You will get information on the mentor program in August.

  • registration at your study coordinator’s office
  • registration in the Stipendium Hungaricum office
  • application for the residence permit at the “Immigration and Asylum Office” if you don’t travel with a D visa
  • opening a Hungarian bank account
  • requesting a tax number
  • getting a student id code

You can fulfill these tasks in any order. Check the following question for the answers on the how to do these tasks.

Your study program coordinator will send you information on this via e-mail at the end of August. This registration must be done only at the beginning of the first semester of your studies. Your study coordinator will send you the exact details of this registration in August.    

Registration in the SH office is a must at the beginning of each semester. The SH office will send you information on this via e-mail twice a year, at the end of August and at the end of December. Please note that you have to sign your scholarship agreement in your first year at the first visit and no scholarship transfer can be done without a signed scholarship agreement.

You must have a valid residence permit allowing you to study in Hungary during the whole period of your studies.

There are two possible scenarios.

1.      You are entering the Schengen Area with a D-visa and a Non-EU/EEA passport.

2.      You are entering the Schengen Area as a tourist and without a visa – Non-EU/EEA passport.

Please check the Survival Guide for further details.


You have to have a Hungarian HUF account in any bank in Hungary in order to get any kind of payment eg. scholarship, accommodation money etc. from the university. The branches of the big banks near the university (the followings are rather examples and most students have accounts in these banks) are:

CIB Bank: 1094 Budapest, Ferenc körút 15.

Erste Bank: 1082 Budapest, Baross utca 1-3.

K&H Bank: 1053 Budapest, Kálvin tér 3.

OTP Bank: 1085 Budapest, Kálvin tér 12-13.

Please send your bank account number to your CUB study program coordinator, who will register it in Neptun. Please note that the scholarship transfer is not possible if your bank account is not registered in Neptun!!!

Please visit the tax office near the university. Only your passport is needed for the tax id application.

Address: 1097 Budapest, Vaskapu u. 33-35., Website

Office hours

Mon 08.30-18.00, Tue 08.30-12.00, Wed 08.30-18.00, Thu 08.30-12.00, Fri 08.30-11.30

The card will be sent to you several months after the application, but you get the number immediately when you apply for it.

Please send your tax id number to your study program coordinator, who will register it in Neptun. Please note that the scholarship transfer is not possible if your tax number is not registered in Neptun!!!

You have to visit the Document Registering Office (Okmányiroda in Hungarian), where you have to sign the application form and your photo will be taken. You have to identify yourself with your passport.

Address: 1051 Budapest, Erzsébet tér 2-3.

You will receive a NEK-code that you must register in NEPTUN system.

Steps of the registration

1.      Go to Neptun/Administration/Student card request/click on "Add new".

2.      Register your NEK code (right side of the NEK paper, numbers and letters only).

3.      Choose: First application

4.      Confirm your permanent address and save.

You can get a temporary student card from your study program coordinator until you get the permanent plastic card, which takes about 2-4 months. Please note that the temporary student card is valid only for 60 days and you must ask for another one if you don’t get your permanent id during this period.

When you receive your permanent student card, please have it validated by picking up a sticker at your study program coordinator’s office. The permanent card is NOT valid without a sticker and it must be validated each semester.

Steps that lead to your first scholarship transfer. These can be done in a different order of course.

1. In September, at the beginning of your first semester you sign the Stipendium Hungaricum scholarship agreement during the scholarship registration. This must be done only once.

2. You register for the scholarship in person during the Enrollment/Registration week. In the first semester identifying yourself with your passport, later either with your passport or with your residence permit. This registration must be done at the beginning of each active semester until the end of your active student status. The SH office sends you a reminder on this in August and in December.

3. You apply for a tax id and your tax id is registered in Neptun.

4. You open a HUF account in a Hungarian bank and your bank account number is registered in Neptun.

5. You activate your student status in Neptun.

The first scholarship and accommodation contribution (if applicable) transfer will be done only if all of the above are fulfilled.

If you are a first-year student you have a chance to get the first scholarship in October but only if you activate your Neptun by 10 September at the latest and your bank account and tax numbers are registered in Neptun by 25 September at the latest.

 Registration in person for the scholarship is a must at the beginning of each semester. Please note that due to technical issues we are not be able to transfer any scholarship and accommodation contribution in September and in February.

You receive the September and October amounts due to you in a single installment in October and the February and March amounts due to you in a single installment in March.

IMPORTANT: the October and March scholarship amounts (and any further amounts due to you in the course of the Fall and Spring semesters) will be transferred ONLY IF you register for the scholarship in person during the Enrollment/Registration week and you activate your Neptun status by the 10th of September/February at the latest.

Should you miss these deadlines for any reason whatsoever, your scholarship transfer will be delayed by a month and you will get the first transfer (including the September, October, November amounts) only in November/ (including the February, March, April amounts) only in April. After the first instalment of each semester, you get the scholarship at the beginning of each month, by the 15th of the given month.

According to the Stipendium Hungaricum Rules and Regulations you are entitled to get a dormitory place depending on the capacity of the university OR 40.000,-HUF accommodation contribution per month until the end of your active student status. However Corvinus also has a dormitory rule for SH students. “(6) For students participating in the Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Programme (hereinafter “SH students”), up to 110 places can be distributed in the Kinizsi Dormitory and the Tarkaréti Dormitory each (altogether 220). The basic principles of place distribution are as follows:

a) The altogether 220 places must be distributed among first-year (newly admitted) and PhD (newly admitted and senior) SH students in the order of arrival of their application.

b) If from among the first-year and PhD SH students the number of students applying for a dormitory place does not reach the altogether 220 places available, the remaining places can be distributed among the senior SH students applying for a dormitory place. In this case, the places are distributed among the senior SH students having the best scholarship average of grades. If the averages of grades are equal, the SH student having submitted his application first should be granted the dormitory place.”

The SH office will send you the dormitory application link at the end of July 2020. Please note that application doesn’t mean acceptance. We can’t promise you a dormitory place for sure. The application result will come out at the end of August 2020. The dormitory managers will inform you via e-mail about the result of your application. In the info letter you will get a dormitory welcome letter (only if you get a place) that you must read very carefully. Moving in is possible only on 06.09.2020 (or later if you don’t arrive by that date) but not before. However we can’t guarantee that you get a place in the dormitory you choose. You may get a place only in the other one or in none of them at all.

We have two dormitories where you can stay. Both buildings have been partially renovated, but not all the rooms are renovated. Please note that we can’t guarantee that you get a renovated room if you get a dormitory place.

IMPORTANT

Please apply for the dormitory only if you accept the following rules:

• The dormitories accept male and female students as well. Genders are not mixed in the rooms, but the common areas are mixed and there can be a male room next to a female room. This is totally common and accepted in Hungary.

• You cannot request to be placed or not placed in the same room with a person of a certain nationality. The room distribution is done by the dormitory manager before your arrival in Budapest.

• You cannot ask to be placed or not placed in the same room with someone of a given religion. You have decided to live in a foreign country. Part of this experience is to achieve cultural understanding, e.g. acceptance of the fact that someone may have a culture and religion different from yours. Everyone is, of course, allowed to practice their religion, but, at the same time all are expected to respect the customs and religion of others.

In case of any problems or disagreements, you must accept the decision of the dormitory manager.

You get the following amount of money each month in the framework of the Stipendium Hungaricum scholarship program. This amount will NOT cover all your needs as this is only a contribution. You can check below how much money you actually need to live on.

BA/BSc and MA/MSc students

- 43.700,-HUF scholarship plus 40.000,-HUF accommodation contribution per month if you don’t stay in the dormitory. Please note, that you don’t get any accommodation contribution if you live in the dormitory. All in all you get either 43.700,-HUF or 83.700,-HUF per month depending where you live.

PhD students

- In the 1st and 2nd year of your studies - 140.000,-HUF scholarship plus 40.000,-HUF accommodation contribution per month if you don’t stay in the dormitory. Please note, that you don’t get any accommodation contribution if you stay in the dormitory. All in all you get either 140.000,-HUF or 180.000,-HUF per month.

- In the 3rd and 4th year of your studies - 180.000,-HUF scholarship plus 40.000,-HUF accommodation contribution if you don’t stay in the dormitory. Please note, that you don’t get any accommodation contribution if you stay in the dormitory. All in all you get either 180.000,-HUF or 220.000,-HUF per month.

If you stay in the dormitory, which is paid by the scholarship program, you will need about 100.000-150.000,-HUF/month based on your needs.

If you rent a room, you will need the same amount to live on plus the rent. Renting one room costs about 85.000-100.000,-HUF/month + utility (25.000-30.000,-HUF). All in all you will need about 210.000-280.000,-HUF/month and again based on your needs.

In the first month you will probably spend more money as you have to buy some basic things.

You are entitled to the following two health insurances for free of charge. 

1.  Hungarian social security card called TAJ card (Social Security Card)

2. Private insurance with insurance company UNIQA

For more information on the two insurances please check the document below.
TAJ card vs UNIQA
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