For third-country nationals under visa obligation

Foreign nationals (under visa obligation) wishing to pursue studies in Hungary are required to apply for entry for a long stay (exceeding 90 days) for the purpose of studies in their home countries and enter the country on the entry permit issued by the Hungarian Embassy or Consulate (you can find the list of Hungarian embassies and consulates, click here).

Download “The application form for residence permit” here.

The entry permit is valid for a single entry and up to 30 days of stay in Hungary. Within thirty days on arrival, you will have to register your address and submit your application for the residence permit to the Immigration Office in Budapest.

The following documents are required for the application for the entry permit:

  • A wholly and legibly completed Application for residence permit for the purpose of studies (you can obtain an application form the Hungarian embassy in your country or download it from the Internet at – for instructions, see above)
  • a valid passport valid for at least eighteen months at the time of submitting the application. Applicants from West Africa must have the new biometric passport
  • two passport size photos (colored before white or light blue background, not older than six months)
  • Letter of Acceptance from McDaniel College Budapest
  • proof of payment of the tuition fee*
  • proof of financial means ensuring livelihood in Hungary (bank statement about the balance of your credit card, cash, or a declaration by the parents that they will provide the funds for all your expenses in Hungary throughout your studies)
  • an application fee of EUR 60
  • the Hungarian Embassy may ask for your flight reservation and air ticket
  • the address of your residence in Hungary (you should write the address of the Star Hotel in response to this question on the application form (1078 Budapest, István u. 14.) at which you can stay for the first couple of days, unless you have already made arrangements for a permanent place of residence in Budapest)
  • Schengen Travel Insurance cover for medical expenses for at least one month with a minimum premium of EUR 30,000. When you arrive in Hungary, you will be covered by the student health insurance plan offered by the college
* Citizens of countries in Asia and Africa and the Middle East are required to transfer the tuition fee for the first academic year in full (EUR 7,200) before applying for the entry permit.

Payment of tuition fees

The tuition fee is EUR 7,200 per year for the first two years and EUR 7,800 per year for the upper two years in Budapest. It does not include the cost of textbooks and auxiliary teaching materials. Payment can be made in US Dollars or other convertible currencies according to the rate of exchange to Euro at the time of payment.

  • Payment should be made by transfer to the following international bank account:
    MKB Bank
    H-1051Budapest, Szent István tér 11.
    (Main Branch: H-1056 Budapest, Vaci u. 38.)
    Swift/BIC code: MKKBHUHB
    Holder of the Account: College International
    IBAN: HU03-1030-0002-2032-4720-4882-0026

The transfer sheet should include the name of the student for whom the payment is made.

Application for the residence permit on arrival

You will be required to report to the Immigration Office within thirty days on arrival. The residence permit is granted for a period of one year, and it has to be renewed at least one month prior to its date of expiry. Students are required to declare on the application form that they do not suffer from AIDS, leprosy, lues (veneral disease), tuberculosis, or typhoid diseases, nor are they carriers of HIV, typhoid or paratyphoid.

The following documents will be required for the residence permit:

  • Certificate of Enrollment from McDaniel College Budapest in Hungarian
  • your passport valid for a duration of at least six month longer than the period of stay you are applying for
  • lease contract for the apartment in Hungarian – two copies (it has to specify the landlord’ s and your personal data – date and place of birth, mother’ s maiden name, permanent address, landlord’ s ID number, your passport No. The contract has to be signed by two Hungarian witnesses)*
  • title deed (property registry sheet) of the apartment (tulajdoni lap) to be provided by the owner (original document, not older than one month)
  • housing registration form (lakcimbejelento) signed by the owner of the apartment
  • one passport-size color photo
  • students who entered the country under the new Schengen regulations and paid EUR 60 for the entry permit stamped into their passports DO NOT HAVE TO PAY a stamp duty when they apply for the residence permit for the first time. When you apply for an extension of the residence permit later on, you will have to pay a stamp duty of HUF 6,000 each time
  • proof of funds to cover your expenses (bank statement indicating adequate funds available for living expenses (you will have to open a bank account in Hungary and request a bank statement, verifying a current balance of at least EUR 1,500-2,000
  • receipts of the exchange of foreign currency into Hungarian Forints (HUF) since your arrival in the minimum of USD 5/600. When the time comes to apply for the renewal of your residence permit, you will have to attach a summarized history of the transactions on your bank account in the previous six months. The last six statements of your account mailed monthly by the bank or ATM receipts from the previous six months are also acceptable.
  • certification of valid medical insurance coverage in Hungary for the whole period to be covered by the residence permit
* If you stay with an acquaintance or a relative as a guest, a statement of admission (befogadói nyilatkozat) has to be attached from the owner of the apartment in Hungarian stating that you stay in the apartment as a non-paying guest. The statement has to be signed by two Hungarian witnesses, giving their ID Nos and addresses. If the apartment is your property, a title deed has to be attached to verify it. If you rent the apartment through an agency and you signed the contract with a representative of the agency, the agency should provide 1/ official authorization from the owner of the apartment for the lease of the apartment, 2/ title deed to verify the ownership of the apartment, 3/ a statement from the agency that the person who signed the contract on behalf of them has authorization to do so. Each document needs to be countersigned by two witnesses of Hungarian citizenship. Please note that if the housing contract has been signed for a specified period of time and not for an indefinite period, the residence permit will be granted for the period covered by the valid lease contract.

Terms of payment

The tuition fee after the first year should be received by McDaniel College Budapest in two equal installments prior to the date of registration for classes. Students who do not meet their payment obligation will not be allowed to register for courses and attend classes. If the tuition fee does not arrive at the bank account of McDaniel College Budapest by the end of the second week of the semester (deadline for course drops) at the latest, the student concerned will not be allowed to enroll for the given semester.

Office of Immigration and Nationality


1117 Budapest, Corner of Budafoki u. 60. and Szeregova köz

 Phone: +36-1-463-9100

Office Hours

Monday 8:30 am to 1:00 pm
Tuesday 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Wednesday 8:30 am to 12:00 noon (special office hours for international students at No 60 Budafoki út)
Thursday 8:30 am to 1:00 pm
Friday 8:30 am to 12:00 noon

How to get there: Bus lines of 133 and 233 at „Hengermalom út” stop. (These lines also stop at: Keleti pályaudvar – Blaha Lujza tér – Astoria – Ferenciek tere – Gellért tér)
Bus line of 33 from „Móricz Zsigmond körtér”. Get off at „Hengermalom út”.
Bus line of 103 from „Népliget M”. Get off at „Hengermalom út”. This line also stops at „Közvágóhíd H” and terminates at „Kelenföld vasútállomás M”.