This section provides guidance about residence requirements and application processes in Austria and Hungary for all CEU students.
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Non-EU/EEA students who spend more than 3 months in Austria need a visa (up to 6 months) or a Residence Permit.
For incoming students who apply the first time please visit the admission page for the relevant information.
For continuing students who would like to extend their permits, please visit this page.
According to Hungarian law, international students must fulfill all requirements for residency in Hungary: failure to do so may result in suspension of enrollment.
Students holding multiple passports are advised to choose the easiest way to settle their residence status in Hungary: European Union citizens receive their legal documents rather easily, involving minimal efforts.
Please review the table below or menu to the left and select the category which applies to your circumstances:
Citizens of countries outside the EEA
Citizens of EEA Member States
New arrivals - see here
Citizens of visa required countries to Hungary, starting studies at CEU - see here
Citizens of EEA member states, starting studies at CEU - see here
Continuing students - see here
Citizens of visa required countries to Hungary, continuing (Master's or PhD) studies at CEU - see here
Citizens of EEA member states, continuing (Master's or PhD) studies at CEU - see here
If your situation differs from any of the previous ones, or you need additional information, you could always contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Directorate-General for Aliens Policing (former Immigration and Asylum Office):
Address: 1135 Budapest, Szegedi ut 35-37 (Twin Office Center Building).
Regular office hours:
- Monday: 7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
- Tuesday: 12:00 noon - 6:00 p.m.
- Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
- Thursday: 7:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
- Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
By public transport: bus 32 to ‘Szegedi ut’ stop - departing from Ors Vezer tere (along Metro Line 2) or from Göncz Árpád városközpont (along Metro Line 3).
Another option to reach the customer service is to take bus 20 E, 30 or 30 A, departing from Keleti Palyaudvar – along Metro lines 2 and 4. In all cases one should get off at the ‘Szegedi ut’ stop.
INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS MOVING TO VIENNA
HUNGARIAN POLICE CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE
Continuing (third country) students planning to submit their residence permit application to the Austrian embassy in Budapest are required to obtain also a Police clearance certificate (called Certificate of good conduct). This certificate is free of charge and is issued in Hungarian. After obtaining the certificate, it should be translated into German by any translation office. It is not required to legalize this document. Please check the details of obtaining and translation of this document.
STUDENTS CONTINUING IN HUNGARY
The section below provides information about residence requirements in Hungary for continuing CEU students.
Are you considered a continuing student?
- you are enrolled in a two-year Master's program;
- you are a doctoral student;
Students from countries outside the European Economic Area (EEA) continuing their studies at CEU have two options:
A. Extension of your current residence permit
- As a continuing student you have the possibility to renew your residence permit but you must submit a complete application no later than 30 days prior to its expiration date.
B. Application for a new visa
- Some students may prefer not to extend their residence permits. In such cases, they must leave Hungary before their residence permits expire. To re-enter for the start of the next academic year, they need to follow the procedure explained on this page.
Students of EEA member states who continue their studies at CEU and already have a registration certificate, do not need to do any further registration unless they change their accommodation. In this case the student must obtain a new address card. Please follow the instructions for EEA citizens on this page.