Useful Information

 

1. Before you leave

1.1 Getting ready

1.2 Visa Application

1.3 Dormitory or rented accommodation

2. When you’re here

2.1 International office at PPCU’s Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

2.2 Registration and enrollment

2.3 Residence Permit

2.4 Bank Account

2.5 Tax ID

2.6 Student ID card

2.7 Phone number

3. How to get to downtown Budapest from the airport

4. Dormitories in Esztergom

5. Dormitories in Piliscsaba

6. Useful information

6.1 Neptun (administrative system)

6.2 Regulations and Information on Studies

6.3 Public Holidays in Hungary

6.4 Public transportation

6.5 Mentoring Service for International Students

6.6 Survival Hungarian

6.7 Emergency Phone Numbers

6.8 Contacts



1. Before you leave

1.1 Getting ready

Applicants with ’Scholarship Awarded’ status are contacted by PPCU’s international officer by email to walk them through the visa application procedure and share valuable information on administrative tasks in connection with their studies and residence in Hungary.

Please, keep in mind that you may be asked to present the following documents:

  • highest original diploma (high school, BA or MA)
  • English translation of your diploma
  • original language certificate

A passport photo of roughly 35mm x 45mm (width x height) will be necessary for enrollment.

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1.2 Visa Application

Please, visit the website of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Consular Service to get familiar with the procedure and the compulsory documents.

For information on how to apply for visa visit this page.

Application form for the purpose of study is available here or download from our website (application form, appendix 14, student mobility notifier)

Please note that students holding an SH or SCY scholarship are exempt from visa fees!

When planning your trip to Budapest it is important to bear in mind that students are expected to arrive during the last week of August, so they can do their registration and perform all their administrative duties before the study period starts.

We advise everyone to read "General information for entering Hungary" on the Consular Services website. Choose "Entry for long stay" at the bottom of the page and read the information on residence permit application for educational purposes.

Make sure you have the documents bellow when submitting your application.

- passport (validity should be at least for one year from the time of application);
- visa application form filled and signed;
- a passport photo (always have some extra photos with you);
- a statement signed by you or your employer or your family confirming the financial means to cover expenses that are not covered by the scholarship, at the bottom of this document, there have to be two witnesses, too;
- a statement signed by one of your parents giving their permission for you to study in the Stependium Hungaricum Scholarship Program;
- a bank Statement with history for three months, if you don't have a bank account you can provide the bank account of a member of your family (parents or brothers/sisters);
- Letter of Award by Tempus Public Foundation (you can download it from your Dream Apply account);
- Letter of Admission (provided by the university, contact the university if you don't have it yet);
- excerpt of family book.

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1.3 Dormitory or rented accommodation

You need to decide whether you’d like to rent accommodation or opt for a place in one of the faculty’s dormitories in Esztergom and Piliscsaba.

Please note that the number of beds are limited!

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2. When you’re here

2.1 International office at PPCU’s Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

BTK Z, 1111 Budapest,  Bertalan Lajos 2. room 211

After your arrival in Hungary, you are kindly asked to visit the International Office within 24 hours to

  • sign your scholarship agreement;
  • fill out your health insurance application form and hand in necessary documents (copy of passport and visa, letter of award, letter of acceptance), this is necessary to get access to the Hungarian National Health Insurance Scheme;
  • fill out the complementary health insurance registration form, which is a complementary health service;
  • have your credentials copied for further administration;
  • complete the accommodation reporting form.

Please note that some administrative procedures require further documents that can only be handed in later.

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2.2 Registration and enrollment

As you’re at the international office and the enrollment period is open it makes sense to visit your registrar right away. Enrollment takes only a short time and it’s an important step. However if the enrollment period is not open yet it’s advisable to visit the immigration office first to apply for a residence permit. To obtain your permit is one of the most important things to do it is a prerequisite to other administrative procedures to follow.

Students are requested to register in Neptun before visiting the Registrar’s Office of their respective department soon after their arrival in Hungary. You can log in to your account with your login name (provided by the university) and default password (NeYYYYMMDD(date of birth) e.g. Ne19960527)

We advise everyone to change their password upon first login.

Necessary documents for enrollment:

  • passport
  • original diploma
  • a passport photo of roughly 35mm x 45mm (width x height)


Certificate of student status is issued a few days after the registration window closes!

Registrar’s Office:

Archaeology MA:

Esztergom, Majer István út 1–3
Ms. Váné Krisztina
Monday-Friday: 9:00–12:00

History PhD and Linguistics PhD:

Budapest, Mikszáth tér 1, Sophianum, room 102 
Ms. Subicz Katalin
Tuesday: 10:00–18:00
Friday: 8:00–16:00

International Relations MA and Political Science MA:

Budapest, Mikszáth tér 1, Sophianum, room 005
Ms. Varga Ildikó Zsóka
Tuesday: 13:00–16:00
Wednesday: 9:00–12:00
Thursday: 13:00–16:00
Friday: 9:00–12:00

English Studies BA and MA, History MA and French MA:

Budapest, Bertalan Lajos u. 2, BTK Z, room 210: 
Ms. Szentkirályi-Kiss Lili Luca
Tuesday: 13:00–16:00
Wednesday: 9:00–13:00
Thursday: 13:00–16:00
Friday: 9:00–12:00

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2.3 Residence Permit

Students are required to apply for residence permit no later than 30 days after their arrival. The sooner the better because other authorities may need a residence permit to issue documents prerequisite to payment of your scholarship.

Make sure you have the following document with you when you go to immigration office:

  • passport with valid visa,
  • accommodation report form,
  • application form,
  • appendix 14 to residence permit application,
  • letter of acceptance and reward/certificate of student status and a dormitory/lease contract are generally not required but officials may ask you to present them in certain cases.

Office for Esztergom residents: 2800 Tatabánya, Győri út 13.

Office for Budapest residents: 1135 Budapest, Szegedi út 35-37.

You can also download the application form from Immigration and Asylum Office’s website.


Please, ask for assistance from our mentor students. They are more than happy to give you a helping hand in every administrative or study-related procedure.

Profiles are available here.


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2.4 Bank Account

Scholarship holders have to open a local bank account in Hungary, so that they can receive their scholarship via money transfer. Hungary provides a wide array of banks that you can choose from. To prepare for opening an account you need to keep in mind that banks will require certain documents from you.

  • passport


Some banks might also ask for:

  • certificate of student status
  • residence permit
  • accommodation reporting form
  • an additional declaration


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2.5 Tax ID

Scholarship holders are required to apply for a Hungarian tax ID, which will later be registered in Neptun by respective registrars. It is a must for scholarship payment.

You can apply for a tax ID in any tax office by filling out the necessary form and presenting your passport. The English guide will help you.

Please, visit this page.

Please note that having received your tax ID number it must be registered in Neptun by your respective registrar!


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2.6 Student ID card

Students with active status at PPCU are eligible to apply for a student ID card. Applications are registered in the Neptun system provided you have received your Nek number.

Your NEK data sheet that contains your number is issued by any local government office for issuing documents (okmányiroda).

Make sure your personal data on your sheet matches information in your passport. Your personal info section in Neptun will be completed based on what is in your passport. Any discrepancy will result in a new visit to the office.

When your card is ready, you can pick it up in the registrar's office.


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2.7 Phone number

Students are advised to buy a Hungarian SIM Card to make communication easier. Major service providers are the following:


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3. How to get to downtown Budapest from the airport

From the airport to downtown Budapest, you can choose one of the following routes:

There are two buses connecting the airport and downtown Budapest. Bus E200 stops just outside the terminal. The ticket vending machine is near the bus stop. Buy a transfer ticket. Ride the bus to Kőbánya Kispest Metro station where you can change for the underground. Get off at Deák Ferenc tér, right in the city center.

Bus 200E is a direct line from the airport to the city center. It’s only 3 stops. Tickets are available from the vending machine or the bus driver.

Getting to the city center by taxi costs roughly 9000 HUF

Please note that HUF/USD and HUF/EUR exchange rate is unfavorable at the airport, so it is advisable to exchange only as much as needed to cover your trip to the city center, and there you can find better exchange rate offers.

Ticket prices:

  • airport Shuttle bus (E100) - 900 HUF,
  • a single ticket - 350 HUF,
  • a transfer ticket - 530 HUF,
  • train ticket from Budapest, Nyugati Railway Station to Esztergom - 1250 HUF,
  • train ticket from Budapest, Nyugati Railway Station to Piliscsaba  - 650 HUF

Budapest public transport: https://bkk.hu/en/tourist-information-about-budapest-public-transport/

BKK Futár app on Google Play may come in handy when planning your journey using Budapest public transport services.


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4. Dormitories in Esztergom

The faculty may provide accommodation for its scholarship holders in the following dormitories:

Kőrösy László Dormitory at 2500 Esztergom, Szent István tér 6. Web →

Bus E200 stops just outside the terminal. The ticket vending machine is near the bus stop. Buy a transfer ticket. Ride the bus to Kőbánya Kispest Metro station where you can change for the underground. Get off at Nyugati Pályaudvar (railway station). Leave the underground and find the ticket office. Buy a ticket to Esztergom and get on the train. At the terminal station change for bus 8529, get off at Béke tér, it’s only 6 stops away. The dormitory is within 300 m.

Google Maps route →

Vitéz János Dormitory at 2500 Esztergom, Kossuth Lajos utca 25. Web →

Bus E200 stops just outside the terminal. The ticket vending machine is near the bus stop. Buy a transfer ticket. Ride the bus to Kőbánya Kispest Metro station where you can change for the underground. Get off at Nyugati Pályaudvar (railway station). Leave the underground and find the ticket office. Buy a ticket to Esztergom and get on the train. Get off at the terminal station. The dormitory is within 20 minutes walking distance. Google Maps will guide you.

Google Maps route →

Students arriving in groups can ask for a mentor student’s help to get to the campus.


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5. Dormitories in Piliscsaba

Iosephinum Living and Learning Center Residence Hall, 2081 Piliscsaba, Fő út 2/A Web →

Bus E200 stops just outside the terminal. The ticket vending machine is near the bus stop. Buy a transfer ticket. Ride the bus to Kőbánya Kispest Metro station where you can change for the underground. Get off at Nyugati Pályaudvar (railway station). Leave the underground and find the ticket office. Buy a ticket to Piliscsaba. Get on the train. Get off at Klotildliget station. The residence hall is within 15 minutes walking distance. Google Maps will help.

Google Route →


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6. Useful information

6.1 Neptun (administrative system)

Neptun is an application for registering personal and study related information, your courses and exams. It is also a means of receiving messages concerning your studies. Please click on this link to learn more about Neptun.


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6.2 Regulations and Information on Studies

Please click on this link to learn more about the regulations of PPCU.


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6.3 Public Holidays in Hungary

For information on holidays, please visit this page.


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6.4 Public transportation

Budapest public transport: https://bkk.hu/en/tourist-information-about-budapest-public-transport/

BKK Futár app on Google Play may come in handy when planning your journey using Budapest public transport services.


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6.5 Mentoring Service for International Students

Beginning your study in a foreign country and coping with a different cultural environment can sometimes be a daunting task. To help tackle tasks like registration, dealing with authorities and settling in the new environment PPCU offers its mentoring service. Designated senior students assist international students to adjust to their new life at PPCU.

Mentor Student – Budapest
Ms. Eliza Kollerits
E-mail: kiskosaras@gmail.com

Mentor Student – Esztergom
Ms. Dorka Turbéki-Wertán
E-mail: dorka901620@gmail.com

Mentor Student – Esztergom
Ms. Viktória Fehér
E-mail: esztergom.mentor@gmail.com

 


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6.6 Survival Hungarian

It is highly recommended that you learn some basic and useful phrases in Hungarian. For a start, you can click on this link.

A User Guide to Hungary →


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6.7 Emergency Phone Numbers

General emergency number

112

Police

107

Ambulance

104

Fire service

105

English language telephone directory service

191

24 hour English language crime hotline

+36 1 438 8080

International operator

199

 

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6.8 Contacts

Student Affairs Coordinator
Dr. Sam Mohamad
E-mail: mohamad.sam@btk.ppke.hu

Faculty Stipendium Hungaricum Coordinator
Mr. Tamás Hógenburg
E-mail: hogenburg.tamas@btk.ppke.hu

Phone: +36-70/399 4523

Head of International Department
Mr. Gábor Ulakcsai
E-mail: ulakcsai.gabor@btk.ppke.hu
Phone: +36 30 828 3276


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