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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. 

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 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: Make an appointment 

Please make an appointment at your local Austrian embassy or consulate, 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
*Please note: you may need to visit the embassy multiple times before your application is approved.

Step 3: Prepare all required documents for the application, listed here. Please make sure that those documents that are not issued in German are filed together with a translation made by a certified court translator.  A Confirmation of Acceptance document will be made available on your applicant portal once you have officially accepted an offer of admission.

Step 4: Wait for approval from the embassy or consulate.

Step 5: Apply for a visa D to enter Austria with.

Step 6: Travel to Austria and apply for an appointment at MA35.

Step 7: Prepare the documents to pick up your residence permit.

Step 8: Pick up the residence permit.

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.