Please have a valid travel document (passport or ID card) with you when you come to Austria. If you require a visa or have questions about your residence permit process, please visit the Visa and Residence Troubleshooter.
Don’t forget to register your address within the first four days after entering!
Vienna has a typical dry continental climate, with warm summers and cold (often bitterly so) winters. Make sure to bring clothes for all seasons!
Taking last year (2019) as an example:
- The average temperature in August was around 23.2°C (74°F), with a monthly maximum of about 34.4°C (94°F)
- The average temperature in February was around 4.9°C (41°F), with a monthly minimum of -12.1°C (10°F)
Students up to the age of 26 can buy a Semester ticket for 75 €. The semester pass is valid for five months: in the winter semester, from 1 September to 31 January, and in the summer semester, from 1 February to 30 June. Students can obtain a summer holidays monthly ticket for July and August.
If you are over 26 you can buy a yearly pass for 365 € or a monthly pass for 51 €
- your passport or national ID: Passports should be valid at least until the end of 2019.
- your visa (if necessary): You need to apply for a long-term visa (in Hungarian: "tartózkodási engedély átvételére jogosító vízum"). Detailed information is available in the Visa Section of the Admissions Office website.
Other documents you may need to bring to Budapest:
- proof of travel insurance: A travel insurance is required, because it is intended to cover medical expenses, trip cancellation, lost luggage, flight accident and other losses incurred while traveling. Travel insurance can usually be arranged at the time of the booking of a trip and it should be valid until the beginning of the program.
- university-related documents: For more detailed information, please see here.
- medical form: Please bring the original Medical Form with you and drop it off at the CEU Medical Center upon arrival. The completed form ensures that you are provided with the best treatment in the event of health problems or medical emergencies. More information is available here.
- photographs: at least two, passport photos.
As you are coming for almost a whole year, it is best to pack for all seasons. Remember that luggage may be roughly handled on its way here, make sure that suitcases and other luggage are securely strapped and have clearly typed labels with your name and the address of Central European University Budapest (CEU Residence Center: 1106 Budapest, Kerepesi ut 87) both outside and inside each luggage item. If you travel by air, make sure that you do not exceed the weight limit for luggage on the plane unless you are prepared to pay for "excess baggage". On most European flights the limit is 20 kg and for those coming from outside of Europe, the limit is usually two pieces of luggage, each weighing no more than 30 kg, but it is wise to check with the airline before you start packing.
The climate of Hungary can be described as typical European continental influenced climate with warm, dry summers and fairly cold winters. January is the coldest month with daytime temperatures usually around zero, but in some cases winter months can be very cold with temperatures far below zero.
In summer daytime temperatures reach 25°C, but sometimes quite higher, 30°C or more. In most of the time it is dry weather with sunny spells, although sometimes heavy thunderstorms can occur at the end of the day. July is the warmest month with an average temperature of 22°C. The number of hours of sunshine averages between 1900 and 2500 a year - among the highest in Europe.
Although it can be pretty wet in April and May, spring is just glorious throughout Hungary. Generally, the weather is best May-September, when days are warm and the nights are cool, although it rains more in spring than in summer. Summer is warm, sunny and long: holiday resorts can get very crowded in late July and August. Autumn is beautiful, particularly in the hills around Budapest and in the Northern Uplands.
Lightweight cottons and linens during summer months; an umbrella or raincoat is advised for local showers. Warmer clothing and rainwear are needed during the winter months. A sweater may be needed throughout the year in the evenings or for trekking in the mountains, even in the summer.
The following items should be kept with you at all times during your journey to Hungary: your personal documents (passport, ticket, boarding pass). Carry these documents in your hand luggage so that they are easily accessible: buying a small document travel pouch is a good idea.
When entering Hungary, try to remember the name of the border (Hegyeshalom, Liszt Ferenc International Airport, Redics, Roszke, etc.), because you will need this information when registering with the authorities.