The visa information outlined below refers to students joining CEU in 2019/20. information for candidates accepted in 2020/21 will become available shortly.
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).
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 paid the general deposit (payment deadline indicated in the acceptance offer), at least 2 weeks prior to their visa interview. Enrollment and tuition fee payments can be made via the CEU Payment Gateway.
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. Visa letters cannot be issued after May 31, 2019.
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 four to ten weeks.
If you require a visa, please book a visa appointment for a date that is not later than June 15, 2019. Failing this, we will not be able to help you arrive at CEU by September 2, 2019 and then obtain a Hungarian residence permit in time. With the permit and a mobility certificate issued by CEU Vienna, you will also be entitled to legally stay and study in Austria.
While waiting for the confirmation of acceptance from CEU to arrive, make sure to compile all necessary documents listed on the relevant consular website. Once the interview has taken place and the consulate has accepted all necessary documents, the evaluation process may take up to six weeks.
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.
|Documents to be enclosed to the long-term visa application form:||Available at:
|Visa application form & Annex (both are mandatory)|
|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**:
|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 and MA students who are awarded the maximum stipend amount plus housing usually do not need to provide a bank statement.
**Students who receive dorm accommodation as part of their financial aid offer do not need to submit proof of accommodation, as the confirmation of acceptance (visa letter) includes the accommodation confirmation.
Proof of sufficient funds:
Students need to budget an average of 700 EURO (approx. 210,000HUF)* 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.
If you would like to find out more about visa requirements for family members of accepted students, check the relevant section of the Online Orientation.