Scholarship Holders

Scholarship Holders

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 Steps

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 2 weeks, 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 the latest!

It is important to make the necessary arrangements well ahead of time because it may take 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 and in that way, your dormitory costs will be funded up to 40.000 HUF/month. In most cases, it means that you will not have to pay for your accommodation.

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. 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.
  • a tax number
  • health insurance
  • residence permit
  • a scholarship agreement

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 and your host institution about your decision as soon as possible.

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.kk

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!

The 2nd Annual Stipendium Hungaricum Mentor Network Banquet

The 2nd Annual Stipendium Hungaricum Mentor Network Banquet was held on 15 February at the MOM Sports Hall. The event was attended by 750 SH students from 54 countries, who came from 11 different Hungarian higher education institutions (400 of them from institutions outside of Budapest), as well as ambassadors from 14 different countries. The event was officially opened by State Secretary Orsolya Pacsay Tomassich. The highlight of the banquet was definitely the award ceremony, followed by a wonderful dinner and live performances by the students of Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, Samuel Akinola and other MentorFactor contestants.

MentorFactor 2020

MentorFactor 2020

MentorFactor 2020 organised by HÖOK Stipendium Hungaricum Mentor Network and HÖOK Mentorprogram was a great occasion for SH Students to show off their talents. Contestants could apply individually or in a team. After a professional jury has selected the most talented students based on the videos they received in the first round, the best performers put their talents to the test on the stage of A38.

SeeyourHost Day 2019

A cultural day filled with music, dance, a lot of humour and some information about Hungary.

Organised by the Ministry of Human Resources with the aim of strengthening the SH community.

The Campus Buddy Community

The Campus Buddy Community

Are you interested in an exciting international student community where you can contribute and also develop your own skills? Would you like to participate in the student life of your university campus? Become a Campus Buddy of the Tempus Public Foundation and voice your ideas while you help others with the transition to their higher education institution in Hungary!

As a Campus Buddy you become a student ambassador of your home country and in that capacity you will have the opportunity to attend to exclusive workshops, trainings, presentations and meetings organised by the Tempus Public Foundation.

To join this community, check out the Study in Hungary Facebook page page to find out more about the application procedure and deadlines!

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.

These mentors always attend the same university as their mentees and are there for them to provide help with their problems. Visit them on their website or find out more on their Facebook page.

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Help in changing someone’s world and enlarge my view about other culture inspired me to become a mentor. I realised that become a mentor would help me to understand how the world looks through someone else’s eyes.

Ipsita Laha

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Ipsita Laha

Mentoring is an important job, not only because of the skills and knowledge students can learn from their mentors, but also because mentoring provides professional socialization and personal support to facilitate success in graduate school and beyond.

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Camila Miranda

My name is Camila Miranda, I'm Brazilian and I'm 26. I'm doing a Ph.D. in neuroscience at the Anatomy department of the University of Debrecen. I arrived in Debrecen in September of 2018.

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Farkas Máté András

My name is Farkas Máté András, I’m 25 years old and I’m learning mechanical engineering. I joined the Stipendium Hungaricum in 2019 as a mentor. Before that I worked with foreign students.

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Sourav De

My name is Sourav De, mentor in the University of Debrecen. The Stipendium Hungaricum Mentor Network is a great initiative taken by HÖOK for the newcomers to feel at home.

Living 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:

  1. possibility for boosting your professional network
  2. a forum to connect and (re)unite with your fellow students and alma mater
  3. exclusive access to our quarterly published newsletter about cultural, educational and training programmes, information about further potential scholarships