The rules for entering Hungary, and for obtaining a residence permit here, differ according to where you are from. There are three categories of countries to consider: EU/EEA members states, “visa free” countries, and countries with visa obligations. Remember that if you are required to obtain a visa, then you must allot adequate time to do so—the process can be lengthy, depending on where you are from, so be sure to give yourself adequate time.
The Housing Services Office of College International is located in Room 202 and is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This office is charged with providing information to students throughout the semester about available housing—apartments, rooms to rent, etc.—within Budapest. If sometime during the semester you want or need to move, the staff will help you find another place by arranging appointments for you to see a flat. If needed, an English-speaking Hungarian student will be available to go with you to speak with the owner.
The campus of McDaniel College Budapest is in Budapest’s VII District, within easy reach of subway, bus, trolley, and train lines. The Budapest transportation authority has a route planner to help you with your travels. The address of the school is:
Tuition costs are divided into two half-year billings, each due prior to registration for classes at the beginning of the semester. The exact fee depends on your year and your eligibility for our tuition reduction program. Payment can be made by bank transfer in EUR to the bank account of McDaniel College Budapest or by cash payment in person at any MKB Bank branch office.
|Account name: College International|
|Account (IBAN) number: HU03-1030-0002-2032-4720-4882-0026|
|Bank name: MKB Bank|
|Bank address: H-1056 Budapest, Váci u. 38, Hungary|
|Swift/BIC code: MKKBHUHB|
Note: The transfer sheet should include the name of the student as it is recorded in the passport and the remark “McDaniel.” Personal checks and money orders are not accepted. Please note that commission charges should be paid by the student and that the above mentioned net amounts should arrive at the McDaniel account.
The sine qua non of the American higher education system is flexibility. Although you can declare a major when you are admitted to McDaniel College and many students do, you are not required to do so immediately. You have up to two years to gain familiarity with different major programs, and then make up your mind. That said, you will need ultimately to make that decision. Here are some pointers for doing so.
Your first semester here, you choose courses the Friday before classes begin, with either the Director of Administrative Affairs or the Director of Academic Affairs. For all subsequent semesters, you will sit down with your appointed academic advisor (your advisor depends on your major), and choose courses—for Spring courses, this meeting takes place the previous November, for Fall courses, this meeting takes place the previous April.
When choosing courses, it is best to aim for a balance between major courses and courses that fulfill general education requirements.
Upon your arrival in Budapest, you will find many chances to meet people, most especially, of course, other students. Here are some examples.
Once you’re started at McDaniel College Budapest, you’ll need to refuel during the lunchbreak (11:45am-12:30pm) with something to eat. Some students bring a lunch, and heat it in a microwave provided for the students. Others look to buy lunch at a number of locations:
A variety of foods and snacks are available in the cafeteria, which is located in the basement. The cafeteria opens at 8:30 a.m., at which time service includes sandwiches, pastries, and hot and cold drinks. Hot dishes are served from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. The cafeteria closes at 4 p.m, Monday-Thursday, and 12pm, Friday.
Another option is provided by the cafeteria of the Veterinary University, which is cadder corner to the McDaniel campus. Building four houses the cafeteria (the same building in which the basketball gymnasium is found), and it offers hearty Hungarian options at good prices.
In the neighborhood, you will find other options on Bethlen Gábor utca, Istvan utca, and Nefelejcs utca.
Budapest has a comprehensive and excellent value public transport system that reaches even the remotest corners of the city with regular frequency whether by underground, suburban trains, trams, buses or trolley buses. The city’s fourth metro line (M4) opened in spring 2014 and it can be accessed very close to McDaniel College Budapest, as can the M2 line, both at Keleti Station, which is also the Budapest’s main train station.
Click on the following link to plan your route: BKK Futar.