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.
Students 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). These students 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.
|Documents to be enclosed to the long-term visa application form:||Available at:
|Visa application form|
|Confirmation of Acceptance from CEU||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 and, if applicable, the amount of the CEU tuition.
Please note that some consulates require a payment confirmation of the entire tuition amount (irrespective of the CEU tuition payment schedule), and will not issue a visa unless the full tuition has been paid in advance.
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.