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Visa and Residence Permit Information for Vienna Campus (Austria) - read more

Applicable to all Master's and PhD programs with the exception of the programs listed below.

Visa and Residence Permit Information for Budapest Campus (Hungary) - read more
Only applicable to the following programs:
-- There are currently no CEU degree programs held in Budapest. --

Visa and Residence Information for the CEU Vienna Campus (Austria)

Visa and residence permit applications can only be processed by the Austrian immigration authorities. You can find your nearest Austrian representation office here. The office for immigration in Vienna is the MA 35. CEU PU is not allowed to apply for a Visa or Residence permit on behalf of students, nor are we legally entitled to make inquiries with relevant authorities on the student's behalf. Please follow the steps on this page for application instructions and recommendations. Please check the government website in case of updates and changes unbeknown to us. 

Please note: citizens of non-EU/EEA countries are encouraged but not required to pay the tuition and enrollment fee prior to applying for a residence permit in Austria. Please check with the relevant Austrian Consulate before your interview, as this information is subject to change.

First time applicants 

Step 1: Find out what you need before entering Austria.   

  • Non-EU and Non-EEA nationals (third-country nationals): find out if you need a visa to enter Austria. Please check this OeAD list to see if you have the right to a 90-day visa-free stay. If you need a visa to enter Austria, please submit your student residence permit application in your home country as soon as you receive your confirmation of acceptance for visa purposes (see Step 2, item 12 below). 
  • 90 Day visa-free entry: we strongly recommend applying for your residence permit in your home country as soon as you receive your admissions offer before traveling to Austria, due to possible delays with the residence permit application process. If you exceed your visa-free stay before your residence permit has been approved, you will need to leave the country until you receive your student residence permit. 
  • EU or EEA citizens: you do not need a visa, nor a residence permit to reside in Austria, however, you must apply for a Confirmation of Registration (Anmeldebescheinigung) within four months of your arrival to Austria. You can find further information on the government website.

Step 2: Prepare all required documents for the application, listed below. Please make sure that all documents that are not issued in German are filed together with a translation done by a certified court translator: 

  1. Completed application form for a student residence permit. (You can find the form
    called “Aufenthaltsbewilligung - Antrag" here, along with explanations in English.)

  2. Valid passport or equivalent legal travel document. Please make sure that your passport is signed and valid for at least another year at the time of your residence application. 

  3. Biometric passport photo. Make sure that the photo is not older than 6 months. Please check the required specifications of the photo on the government website

  4. Birth certificate, or another equivalent document. You will need an Apostille or diplomatic certification.
    If applicable, please also bring the following documents: 
    - Marriage certificate.
    - Civil partnership certificate.
    - Divorce certificate.
    - Certificate of dissolution of a civil partnership.
    - Adoption certificate.
    - Documents proving family relationships.

  5. Legal proof of adequate accommodation (Proof of ownership, lease, rental agreement). Read more about housing options in Vienna here.

  6. Document that shows your monthly rent or running costs of the accommodation. This information is usually included in your rental contract or agreement. 

  7. Travel health insurance that is valid in Austria and covers all risks. An original letter from your insurance company confirming coverage in Austria is recommended. Once in Vienna, CEU will provide health insurance for all students enrolled in full-time degree programs. 

  8. Proof of enough means of subsistence in Austria (e. g. scholarship, bank statement of the last six months, proof of regular payments made to the bank account). Persons under 24 years of age must prove a monthly income of at least EUR 552.53. Persons over 24 years of age must prove a monthly income of at least EUR 1000.48. Please make sure that the bank account is in your name.  (If you have been awarded a monthly stipend as part of your CEU financial aid, you can deduct its amount from the required minimum monthly income.) Please also consult our Proof of Sufficient Funds Guidelines.

  9. Adequate proof of the source of funds. Examples: certificate of employment with salary information, pay slips, financial aid or scholarship confirmation. Please include a written declaration that explains where the finances are coming from (e. g. if you have saved money while working please state so, if you receive money from your parents or legal guardians, your legal guardians or parents will need to provide a written declaration stating that the finances are coming from them and that they are solely at your disposal).

  10. Statement of Financial Liability/declaration of guarantee (Haftungserklärung) if your stay in Austria is sponsored by someone residing in Austria. Please see further information on the government website if this applies to you. 

  11. Certificate of good conduct/Criminal Record with apostille, which is usually available at your local police station and should not be older than three months at the time of application. 

  12. Your "confirmation of acceptance for visa purposes" issued by CEU. You will receive this document from the CEU Admissions Office prior to your visa appointment.

Step 3: Make an appointment 

Please make an appointment at your local Austrian embassy, or at the MA 35 office in Vienna. The appointment should be scheduled as soon as you have accepted your CEU offer of acceptance. Please apply in person. If you are applying at the MA 35, please check their office hours on the website

Extension of residence permit (renewals)

If you need to renew your Austrian student residence permit, please follow the instructions here.

Visa and Residence Information for the CEU Budapest Campus (Hungary)

Citizens of EU/EEA member states may travel to Hungary without a long-term study visa. However they need to obtain a registration card for the duration of the studies in Hungary. For more information please visit the relevant section of the CEU Online Orientation.

Accepted candidates with a citizenship in a country outside the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA) will receive a "Confirmation of Acceptance" letter from the CEU Admissions Office after they sign the acceptance offer and pay the deposit* (see also: Information For Accepted Students). 

*Please note:
As required by the Hungarian immigration law, accepted candidates who are citizens of non-EU/EEA countries must pay the enrollment fee (and, if applicable, tuition fee) right after they accept an an offer, at least 2 weeks prior to their visa interview.
Upon receipt of the above-mentioned payments, these candidates will receive a visa letter ("Confirmation of Acceptance for Visa Purposes") along with the payment confirmation for the purpose of the visa application.

All non-EU/EEA citizens need to apply for a long-term D type visa for study purposes. Please note that this type of visa is a special national single entry visa that enables its holder to apply for a residence permit for study purposes after enrolling in a university in Hungary. This visa, contrary to the Schengen (tourist) visa, can only be obtained from the Hungarian consulates listed here.

Please do not travel to Hungary on a Schengen visa or a Schengen residence permit issued by another Schengen country, in the expectation that you can change your visa status while in Hungary. If you do this, you will have to return to your home country to apply for a long-term visa, a process which can take between six to ten weeks.

If you require a visa, please book a visa appointment as soon as the relevant Hungarian consulate reopens. Failing this, we will not be able to help you arrive at CEU by September 7, 2020 and then obtain a Hungarian residence permit in time.

While waiting for the confirmation of acceptance from CEU to arrive, make sure to compile all necessary documents listed on the relevant consular website.

IMPORTANT: CEU sends the confirmation of acceptance to the mailing (correspondence) address indicated in the application form. If you wish to use a different address, please update the mailing (correspondence) address on the Applicant Portal accordingly.

Please note that the visa information we provide is a summary of current regulations which are subject to change, and may vary depending on the consulate in question. Make sure to check the relevant consular website for specific information regarding your D-type study visa application.To apply,  you will need to prepare the following items (check with the relevant consulate for specific additional requirements):
Documents to be enclosed to the long-term visa application form: Available at:
Visa application form & Annex (both are mandatory)

Residence Application Form & Appendix 14 

Confirmation of Acceptance from CEU, including payment confirmation for the enrollment fee and, where applicable, tuition fee Admissions Office
Your latest bank statement (in English) indicating an account balance, sufficient to cover living expenses* your bank

Proof of (temporary) accommodation:
documentary evidence to verify the reservation of accommodation and payment

booking confirmation of hostel/hotel/CEU Residence Center
Passport (valid for at least 18 months from the planned time of entry into Hungary)  
Four passport size photos  
Visa fee: 60 EUR  
Travel insurance (A travel insurance is required to cover medical expenses, trip cancellation, lost luggage, flight accidents and other losses incurred while traveling; it can usually be arranged at the time of the booking of a trip and should be valid for the duration of your trip to Budapest until the beginning of the study program)

*Doctoral students who are awarded the CEU doctoral scholarship usually do not need to provide a bank statement.

Proof of sufficient funds:
Students need to budget an average of 700 EURO (approx. 250,000HUF)* per month which is the amount required by the relevant Hungarian immigration authorities to cover accommodation costs, costs of utilities, meals, city transportation, instructional materials, as well as other personal expenses and incidentals.

For a detailed breakdown of estimated living expenses please consult the dedicated section on Cost of Living.

Click here to find out more about visa requirements for family members of accepted students.