Stipendium Hungaricum Welcome Event 2023
Your application for the Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Programme has been approved.
This guide will walk you through the steps you’ll need to take to start your studies in Hungary. You will find all the information about the process, useful tips and more below.
First StepsInitial online administrative duties
1. After receiving the notification about being awarded the Stipendium Hungaricum scholarship, the first thing you need to do is enter the online application system and accept the scholarship within 1 week, at the latest. It is not possible to accept the scholarship offer after this deadline.
2. Please, keep in mind that there is no way to change the host institution, the study programme, or the study mode that you are allocated to. Yet, you can decide whether you wish to start your studies there or not.
Although you can take it for granted that your future host institution will also contact you, if it does not happen for some reason, take action and write to your Stipendium Hungaricum coordinator.
a. They will send you your Letter of Acceptance, which is one of the documents required for visa application.
b. They will let you know about the date when you are expected to arrive in Hungary, i.e. when the registration period starts and ends.
It is normally during the first few days of September but your host institution will provide you with exact information.
Mind you, you will not be able to download the Letter of Acceptance until you upload all those certificates that were required but you did not have earlier. The final deadline for submitting the missing documents is 1st August.
After you received the Letter of Acceptance, you will be able to download the Letter of Award within a few days from the system, which is the other document required for visa application.
This letter is issued by Tempus Public Foundation and it will be sent to you via email too.
When you have both the Letter of Acceptance and Letter of Award, please start the visa application process right away – within two weeks at the latest!
It is important to make the necessary arrangements well ahead of time because it may take up to 30 days until a visa is issued. In order to apply for a visa to Hungary, you need to contact the relevant consular office. For more information, please consult the internet site of the National Directorate-General for Aliens Policing.
The Sending Authority in your country/territory might finance your travel costs to Hungary but it is not obligatory for them. If you do not have this kind of support, you will need to buy your own plane ticket. Ask your host institution if they can offer you airport transfer or not.
Regarding your accommodation in Hungary, your host institution will provide you help. Basically, you will have two options:
1. if the university/college is able to offer you a dormitory place, you can choose that option.
2. if the university/college is not able to offer you a dormitory place or you do not wish to live in a dormitory, you can rent an apartment/room. In this case, you will receive a monthly allowance of 40 000 HUF from your host institution as a contribution to the costs of renting, and they will probably be able to help you find a place, as well.
As soon as you know your arrival date to Hungary, inform your Stipendium coordinator at your host institution about it.
After arrival, contact him/her again immediately, because you will need to make a lot of necessary arrangements through your university/college in order to have:
- a bank account
- a student ID
- a tax number
- health insurance
- residence permit
- a scholarship agreement
1. We strongly advise you to read the Operational Regulations on our website to become familiar with the rules and regulations of the Programme as well as your rights and duties here.
2. As there are a lot of administrative duties at the university without which it is impossible to transfer your scholarship allowances, you can expect to receive the first transfer only around November. Therefore it is important to arrive with some financial reserve that will help you in the first two months. To have an idea of the living costs in Hungary, you can visit our cost calculator on Study in Hungary website.
3. You can find a lot of useful information.
- if you read the Frequently Asked Questions section of our website
- If you join our Facebook community for the latest SH news, information about Hungarian culture, useful tips, cultural activities and event recommendations in Budapest and other parts of Hungary as well.
After you finish your studies, you should join the Alumni Hungary Network where you can connect and (re)unite with your former fellow students and alma mater, get practical news and tips regarding career and further education possibilities.
4. Please keep in mind that the scholarship allowance contributes to one person’s costs of living and it does not provide either visa or additional benefits or administration services for the person’s family members.
If you cannot start the study programme, please, inform us at firstname.lastname@example.org and your host institution about your decision as soon as possible.
Frequently Asked QuestionsAlready a scholarship holder
Signing the contract with the institution must be arranged between the scholarship holder and the university.
Contact your institutional SH coordinator regarding the agreement and its content.
You do. If you are absent for more than 30 days, you will not be entitled to your living and housing allowance until your return, as these allowances are intended to contribute to your costs of living in Hungary. For details related to abroad stays, please check out section III.3.5 of the Operational Regulations (Scroll down to the Rights and Obligations section).
The scholarship holder must habitually reside in Hungary during the study period and must inform the higher education institute in case of leaving for a consecutive period of more than 10 working days during the study period. In case the intended stay abroad for private purposes exceeds 10 working days but does not reach 30 days within a semester, it is the host institution’s responsibility to authorise the absence. In case of failing to meet the requirement of giving information about the stay abroad prior to the travel, the higher education institute has competency to inform Tempus Public Foundation of the fact, and the unauthorised abroad stay may result in the termination of the student’s scholarship status. For details related to abroad stays, please check out section III.3.5 of the Operational Regulations (Scroll down to the Rights and Obligations section).
In accordance with the effective legal regulations, pursuant to Section 20 (5) of Act II of 2007, thirdcountry citizens with residence permits for study purposes can pursue income earning activities full time for no more than 30 hours a week during their term-time and for no more than ninety days or sixty-six working days outside outside their term-time.
Regarding the fact that the SH scholarship covers studies in Hungary, the scholarship holder is not entitled to use financial support for taking part in other scholarship programmes or partial studies outside Hungary. However, for a short stay (not longer than 30 working days), you are allowed to participate at a conference related to research or studies funded by institutional sources or other scholarship programs (e.g. Erasmus +, CEEPUS), and a stay that does not affect the requirement of the habitual residency principle.
The monthly stipend and accommodation contribution must be arranged between the scholarship holder and the university.
Contact your institutional SH coordinator. (Scroll down to Institutional Stipendium Hungaricum Coordinators section)
The scholarship holder is, unless otherwise provided by the institutional regulation, required to fulfill the study, examination obligation and curriculum development by earning at least eighteen credits (i.e., earns a total of 36 credits) on the average of the last two semesters in which the student status is not suspended (minimum credit requirement).
The host institution, the majors within the institution and the language of studies can be changed only once per each study level after submitting a special student request. Since 2019 the deadline for submitting the requests to Tempus Public Foundation is 1 December (for Spring Semester) and 15 May (for Fall Semester) in every school year.
Institutions, majors and languages can be changed only at the end of the semester, so that the scholarship holder could start the next semester in the new institution, on the new study programme, in the new language.
Institutions, majors and languages can be changed only within one year after beginning the studies. The request–if it is relevant–must also include the extension of the studies with the scholarship.
During the extension, scholarship holders may not receive a scholarship or housing allowance. It shall first be applied to students starting their studies in the 2020/21 academic year in an ascending order.
Documents to be submitted for changing institutions, majors and/or languages:
- a request signed by the student,
- a letter of acceptance by the future host institution,
- a statement by the present host institution.
The student must submit the request for changing institutions, majors and/or languages with the compulsory annexes to the Directorate for Internationalisation of Higher Education electronically.
The Tempus Public Foundation forwards the list of scholarship holders whose changing request has been approved to the Sending Partners for consultation.
Please find all the necessary information related to the change of institution, study programme and/or study language in the following document. Download here!
If you are doing
- a full-time bachelor, master or one-tier master programme → YES
- partial/semester studies → NO
- a doctoral programme → NO
- a preparatory course → NO
- a specialisation course after bachelor or master studies → NO
In the case of doctoral studies, the legal framework does not provide the possibility to extend the time of studies, which is reflected in the Stipendium Hungaricum Programme Operational Regulations (III.4.) as well.
The scholarship holders may extend their scholarship period by a total of two semesters, the request must be submitted to their host institution. The institution sends the list of those who receive approval to the Tempus Public Foundation. The Tempus Public Foundation forwards the list of scholarship holders whose extension request has been approved by their host institution to the Sending Partners for consultation. During the extension, scholarship holders may not receive a scholarship or housing allowance.
It shall first be applied to students starting their studies in the 2020/21 academic year in an ascending order.
Please find all the necessary information related to the extension of the scholarship period in the following document. Download here!
It is possible to postpone exclusively because of health issues or unexpected reasons through no fault of the requestee. If there is such a vis major case, some kind of proof (i.e. a medical certificate) must be submitted to the Directorate for Internationalisation of Higher Education of Tempus Public Foundation, together with a written and signed request. The host higher education institution and the Sending Partner must also approve of the postponement. Those students who have already arrived in Hungary and enrolled in a higher education institution are not entitled to request any postponement.
(Further information in section II.7 of the Operational Regulations.)
Yes, starting from the 2020/21 academic year, every student studying at a full-time bachelor and master programme (including also one-tier master’s degree) will be required to study Hungarian as a foreign language for two semesters. Those who do not attend the course and do not pass the exam will lose all or part of their monthly stipend.
You can reach the application surface on the Alumni Network Hungary website. After registration/login you can find the open positions here: https://alumninetworkhungary.hu/open-positions
You should submit your application in English.
No, you should not. Companies can reach all the concerning applications directly on the Alumni Network Hungary website.
No, there are not any.
It is usually not a demand or, if it is, it is included in the position’s description.
Pursuant to Section 20 (5) of Act II of 2007, third- country citizens with residence permits for study purposes can pursue income earning activities in full time for no more than 30 hours a week during a term and for no more than ninety days or sixty-six working days outside the terms.
It is not. If the internship is compulsory to complete the study programme, the host higher education institution determines its duration. The concrete duration of the internship is determined according to the agreement between the student and the company.
If you would like to acknowledge the internship as compulsory internship at your host institution, the company signs a contract with your host institution. In the contrary case the contract is concluded between the company and the student.
Tempus Public Foundation does not provide any extra benefits for the duration of the internship. However, companies can provide benefits if they have the opportunity to do so. Applicants can discuss this question with the companies during the selection process.
We kindly ask you to inform the company of the rejection as soon as possible.
Only if the company provides accommodation. Centrally there is no extra housing allowance for this period.
Try to prepare to introduce yourself very briefly in Hungarian that may be a plus at the interview.
Join our Hungarian language course and start practicing now!
Join our Hungarian language course and start practicing now!
This free online course is meant for international students in Hungary who would like to cope with everyday situations at the university, in offices of service providers, in shops, restaurants, doctor's offices and many other places.
The course material is divided into 10 modules, so students can prepare themselves for everyday situations step by step. The course is suitable as an additional material in contact courses or for language practise.
The course was designed by Debreceni Universitas Non-Profit Ltd. with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the work was coordinated by the Tempus Public Foundation.
Rights and Obligations
|Previous versions of Operational Regulations
|English – previous versions
|French – previous version
|Hungarian – previous versions
Stipendium Hungaricum Community
We always encourage our students to communicate, to ensure that they do not feel alone or lost while adapting to a new lifestyle, a new country, a new education system. Our team suggests many options for you to be in contact with other international students here in Hungary. The Stipendium Hungaricum team regularly organise events for our international students. You can meet us for example at the Welcome reception, the Farewell Party or the SeeyourHost Day.
These events can be organised by your Host Institution or by the Tempus Public Foundation, but if you do no want to miss them we recommend you to read regularly our monthly Stipendium Hungaricum Newsletter and check the Alumni Hungary Network website!
Stipendium Hungaricum Farewell 2023
Stipendium Hungaricum Welcome Event 2022
The Stipendium Hungaricum Welcome Event was organized on 23 November 2022. We would like to thank all guests and participants to make this event so unique and memorable, and we wish all the new Stipendium Hungaricum scholarship holders to have a wonderful time and study experience in Hungary!
Stipendium Hungaricum Internship Opportunities
Stipendium Hungaricum Internship Opportunities
As a Stipendium Hungaricum scholarship holder you are entitled and often even required to participate in an internship opportunity as a prerequisite of your last semester, just before graduating. During the academic year Stipendium Hungaricum scholarship holders are contacted with internship opportunities via newsletters by Tempus Public Foundation with the contribution of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Open internship positions are available at the Alumni Network Hungary website, published by Hungarian companies that are excited to welcome Stipendium Hungaricum students for a specified period of time. The actual listing is available for registered scholarship holders only. The available opportunities are collected and sent to you via newsletters.
Please note, that while the internship opportunity is available for all Stipendium Hungaricum students, participation is not guaranteed. The selection of students depends on an application procedure where you present your CV, academic and professional background and motivation. The participating companies are responsible for the evaluation of your application.
Stipendium Hungaricum Mentors
The Stipendium Hungaricum Mentor Network organised by the HÖOK (National Union of Students in Hungary) will happily guide you during your university years offering a mentor programme and also different trainings, courses. The various events and the dedicated mentors can help you with almost every problem during your stay in Hungary. The mentors’ responsibility is to assist their mentees’ administrative and educational tasks and to help them in getting used to Hungarian transportation.
Study in Hungary
You can find a lot of useful information about life and education in Hungary on the Study in Hungary website:
When visiting the website go to the “Living In Hungary” menu on the top menu bar where you can find the main topics regarding life in Hungary.
Alumni Network Hungary
Be a member of this inspiring community, the Alumni Network Hungary from the first day of your university years!
The purpose of the Network is to provide you:
- possibility for boosting your professional network
- a forum to connect and (re)unite with your fellow students and alma mater
- exclusive access to our quarterly published newsletter about cultural, educational and training programmes, information about further potential scholarships