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.  

If you have any questions about the visa application process please consult the website of the  Admissions Office or contact them directly at


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

Required documents for residence permit for students entering on a long-term visa: Available at:
Application Form 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,
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 D-type visa and complete passport, blank pages excluded  

One passport size photo


In case of authorizing the Student Center to collect the residence permit: Completed CEU Authorization Form, including the signature of two witnesses. The Authorization Form is available in the Student Center.

If you have received a CEU Master's 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 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.

In case you change your address, please follow the instructions for non-EEA citizens on this page. If you have any questions, please write to