Citizens of countries outside the European Economic Area (EEA)
Students who are citizens of countries outside the European Economic Area (EEA) will receive a "Confirmation of Acceptance" letter from the CEU Admissions Office. They need to apply for a long-term visa for study purposes (in Hungarian: “tartózkodási engedély átvételére jogositó vízum”). 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.
Students entering Hungary on a long stay (D-visa) need to visit the Immigration and Asylum Office within 30 days of arrival to obtain their residence permit. It is strongly recommended to visit the office as soon as you receive your Certificate of Enrollment: this document can be requested after you have completed your matriculation form at CEU.
Keep in mind that at the start of the academic year long waiting lines are expected at the Immigration and Asylum Office.
Please consult the table below to know what documents you need to submit to the Immigration and Asylum Office. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Required documents for residence permit for students entering on a long-term visa:||Available at:
|Application Form||Dean of Students Office or here|
|Student's Declaration||Dean of Students Office or here|
|Proof of health insurance in Hungary (original and photocopy)
All enrolled students who receive financial aid from CEU are covered by the CEU Generali Providencia Health Plan for which they need to register upon arrival. Enrolled students who are not covered, can purchase this Plan from CEU.
Dean of Students Office
|Certificate of CEU Enrollment (after completing the matriculation process)||
Student Records Office
|“Accommodation Reporting Form” signed by Dormitory official or by legal owner(s) of the apartment||Dean of Students Office|
|For Dormitory Students: Certificate of Accommodation||Dormitory (Send request to: the Residence Manager, email@example.com)|
|For Off-campus Students: rental contract in Hungarian or English (one original and one copy)||Blank contracts are available at Dean of Students Office|
|Passport (valid for at least 18 more months at the time of application)|
|Copy of complete passport, blank pages excluded|
|One passport size photo|
If you have received a CEU Master's Excellence Scholarship or CEU Doctoral Scholarship, you do not have to present proof of possessing additional funds in order to receive a residence permit. If you have been awarded a CEU Master's Scholarship, you should have approx. 45,000 HUF per month on your bank account to present to the Immigration and Asylum Office.
If you are not a recipient of the CEU Master's Excellence Scholarship or CEU Doctoral Scholarship, the Immigration and Asylum Office in Budapest may require that you submit a bank statement to certify that you are able to cover your living expenses and/or the amount of the CEU tuition (if applicable). CEU estimates that students need to budget an average of 200,000 HUF per month to cover accommodation costs, costs of utilities, meals, city transportation, instructional materials, as well as other personal expenses and incidentals.
If your application package is complete you can expect to receive your residence permit card within one month from the Immigration and Asylum Office. You are advised to collect the card in person, and not to request the permit to be mailed to your address – since our experience shows that students have difficulties receiving their residence card at their address. However, this does not apply to students residing in the CEU Residence Center: these students may request their document to be mailed to the dormitory.