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 stipendiumhungaricum@tpf.hu and your host institution about your decision as soon as possible.

Frequently Asked Questions

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. However, you do not lose your scholarship status.

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 14 days during the study period. In case of failing to meet the requirement of giving information about the stay abroad prior to the travel, the higher education institute has a competency to decide to terminate the scholarship status of the student.

Pursuant to the effective legal regulations, on the date of introducing these regulations, pursuant to Section 20 (5) of Act II of 2007, third-country citizens with residence permits for study purposes can pursue income earning activities full-time for no more than 24 hours a week during a term and for no more than ninety days or sixty six working days outside the terms.

Regarding the fact that the SH scholarship covers studies in Hungary, the scholarship holder is not entitled to use financial support for doing programmes or partial studies outside Hungary, e.g. Erasmus + and CEEPUS, Campus Mundi, except for a short stay (not longer than 14 days), participation at a conference related to research or studies funded by institutional source, and a stay that does not affect the requirement of habitual residency principle.

The monthly stipend and accommodation contribution must be arranged between the scholarship holder and the university.

Contact your institutional SH coordinator.

The scholarship holder is, unless otherwise provided by the institutional regulation, require to fulfil 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 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 SiH Directorateelectronically.

The Tempus Public Foundation forwards the list of scholarship holders whose changing request has been approved to the Sending Partners for consultation.

REQUEST FOR CHANGING INSTITUTION/STUDY PROGRAMME/LANGUAGE

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 and the Sending Partners does not object to the extension. 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.

Postponement request

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 maior case, some kind of proof (i.e. a medical certificate) must be submitted to the Study in Hungary Directorate 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 2019/2020 academic year, every student studying at a full-time bachelor and master programme 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.

Previous versions of Operational Regulations
English – previous versions

Stipendium Hungaricum Programme – Operational Regulations, 5 July 2022 (provisional translation)

Stipendium Hungaricum Programme – Operational Regulations, 30 March 2022 (provisional translation)

Stipendium Hungaricum Programme – Operational Regulations, 9 November 2021 (provisional translation)

Stipendium Hungaricum Programme – Operational Regulations, 30 July 2021 (provisional translation)

Stipendium Hungaricum Programme – Operational Regulations, 10 December 2020 (provisional translation)

Stipendium Hungaricum Programme – Operational Regulations, 29 April 2020 (provisional translation)

Stipendium Hungaricum Programme – Operational Regulations, 27 February 2020 (provisional translation)

Stipendium Hungaricum Programme – Operational Regulations, 24 December 2019

Stipendium Hungaricum Programme – Operational Regulations, 18 April 2019

Stipendium Hungaricum Programme – Operational Regulations, 21 December 2018

Stipendium Hungaricum Programme – Operational Regulations, 18 January 2017

French – previous version

Règlement intérieur du programme Stipendium Hungaricum, 18 janvier 2017

Hungarian – previous versions

Stipendium Hungaricum Program működési szabályzata, 2022.07.05.

Stipendium Hungaricum Program működési szabályzata, 2022.03.30.

Stipendium Hungaricum Program intézményi megvalósítását segítő végrehajtási útmutató, 2022.04.28.

Stipendium Hungaricum Program intézményi megvalósítását segítő végrehajtási útmutató, 2021. november 9.

Stipendium Hungaricum Program működési szabályzata, 2021. november 9.

Stipendium Hungaricum Program működési szabályzata, 2021. július 30.

Stipendium Hungaricum Program intézményi megvalósítását segítő végrehajtási útmutató, 2021. július 30.

Stipendium Hungaricum Program működési szabályzata, 2020. december 10.

Stipendium Hungaricum Program intézményi megvalósítását segítő végrehajtási útmutató, 2020. december 10.

Stipendium Hungaricum Program működési szabályzata, 2020. április 29.

Stipendium Hungaricum Program intézményi megvalósítását segítő végrehajtási útmutató, 2020. június 22.

Stipendium Hungaricum Program intézményi megvalósítását segítő végrehajtási útmutató, 2020. április 22.

Stipendium Hungaricum Program működési szabályzata, 2020. február 27.

Stipendium Hungaricum Program működési szabályzata, 2019. december 24.

Stipendium Hungaricum Program működési szabályzata, 2019. április 18.

Stipendium Hungaricum Program működési szabályzata, 2018. december 21.

Stipendium Hungaricum Program működési szabályzata, 2017. január 18.

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 2022

Every year we say farewell to the graduating Stipendium Hungaricum students who finish their studies in Hungary and get their university diplomas.

Stipendium Hungaricum Welcome Event 2021

Every year we welcome the new Stipendium Hungaricum students coming from all around the world and this year was no exception.

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.

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 holder international students are contacted with internship opportunities via direct emails, tailor-made by the Tempus Public Foundation and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The list of opportunities is collected and sent to you based on your field and advancement of your study and consists of the Hungarian companies that are excited to welcome Stipendium Hungaricum students for a previously specified period of time.

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 and the participating companies are responsible for the evaluation of your application.

More information for companies can be found here: https://alumninetworkhungary.hu/form/internship-opportunity-corporate

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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Sourav De

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Living in hungary

You can find a lot of useful information about life and education in Hungary on the Study in Hungary website:

www.studyinhungary.hu

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