Health & Wellness

Update, March 21, 2021

Dear Students,

This message is to remind those of you in Hungary that here the number of Covid infected people continues to rise to high levels. With that in mind, please remember to take all possible precautions--always using a mask when out of your homes, frequent washing of hands and maintenance of social distance--and keep to the rules meant to lower the possibility of Covid transmission:

  • All shops must close by 7:00pm.
  • There is a curfew against going out to the street from 8:00pm till 5:00am each day.
  • Restaurants are closed, except for ordering out.
  • Large group meetings and events are forbidden.
  • Masks are mandatory in all shops, on public transportation and at public. transportation stops and hubs, at all health facilities, and on the street according to the district.
  • Team sports are forbidden; only individual athletic exercises are allowed (e.g. jogging, bicycling, etc.)

If you have any questions at all, please reach out to us.
With best wishes for your health and safety,

Matthew Adamson, Jessie Labov, Adriána Márton, Zsuzsi Elekes

Update, March 2, 2021

In Budapest and in Hungary, several measures are still in effect to minimize the spread of the Covid-19 virus. It is important to know these rules and abide by them while you are here. They include the following.

  • All shops must close by 7:00pm.
  • There is a curfew against going out to the street from 8:00pm till 5:00am each day; this curfew will be in place until March 16.
  • Restaurants are closed, except for ordering out.
  • Group meetings and events are forbidden.
  • Masks are mandatory in all shops and shopping malls, on public transportation and at public. transportation stops and hubs, at all health facilities, and on the street according to the district.
  • Hotels are not open for business.
  • Team sports are forbidden; only individual athletic exercises are allowed (e.g. jogging, bicycling, etc.)
  • Police are strictly controlling these measures and fines can be assessed for the breaking of these rules.

At the moment, the vaccination registration is open only to Hungarian citizens and for residents who have a Hungarian address and Hungarian TAJ number. (The registration page is only available in Hungarian.) If you have these things and need more guidance on exactly how to register, then please contact me at Please know that the Dean of the Faculty and the administration of McDaniel College is in the process of gaining more information on the rules and protocols for the vaccination of international students. We will alert all students as soon as we know more. We kindly ask for your patience until we know more.

Update, January 11, 2021

The restrictions set in place in Hungary to limit and reverse the spread of the Covid-19 virus will be kept in place until February 1. McDaniel College’s campus in Budapest will begin the Spring 2021 semester online.
The Hungarian government has announced the extension of the current lockdown until February 1.

A reminder of the main safety/prevention measures in place:
  • Online university and high school teaching
  • Social gatherings with more than 10 people are banned
  • Public events are banned
  • The curfew between 8pm and 5am remains in place
  • Restaurants, spas, gyms remain closed; restaurants are permitted to serve take-away food only
  • Museums and theatres remain closed
  • No amateur team sports are permitted; individual sports that take place outdoors are allowed
  • Mandatory mask-wearing in public spaces: while the requirements vary from district to district, we suggest you wear a mask at all times to ensure you are in compliance with local regulations

McDaniel College’s campus in Budapest will begin the Spring 2021 fully online. At the start of the semester, students will be provided with the zoom room links in your schedule.

At the same time, the College appreciates the desire of students and instructors to return to in-person instruction at McDaniel as soon as it is safe and possible. We wait to see if circumstances will permit a return to in-person instruction after spring break, and, if so, we will continue to observe the same health and safety protocols that we put into place at the start of Fall 2020 semester.

Update, November 11, 2020

As of Wednesday, November 11, 2020, because of the increasing number of Covid cases, there are new regulations in effect in Hungary in order to restrict the spread of the virus.
In particular, please note:

  • There is now a curfew between 8:00pm and 5:00am. During that time, only people going to or from work are permitted in public areas.
  • In each district of Budapest, the local mayor’s office has the authority to decide in what public places masks are required; we advise students to wear masks when walking around the cities as many streets and places will require them.
  • All restaurants are now closed and can only be used for home delivery.
  • All stores and businesses must close by 7:00pm.
  • Individual sports activities are still allowed (jogging, bicycling, etc.), but team sports are not permitted. (In the case of jogging and bicycling, one is not required to wear a mask.)

All of the previous rules regarding mask-wearing remain in place—masks must be worn inside shops and on public transportation.

We urge all of you to observe all hygiene and social distancing practices to minimize the chance of infection.

Update, September 28, 2020

Announcement: As of October 5th, we will be conducting all education online for the immediate future.

We realize that this comes as a disappointment for many, as faculty and students both have very much enjoyed meeting in the classroom, despite the technological challenges that sometimes come with providing access for remote students. However, given the situation in Budapest with COVID-19 cases on the rise and every segment of the population touched by the Coronavirus, for the health and safety of students and faculty we feel obliged to pursue the option that best assures everyone’s well-being.

Logistically, online learning will consist of synchronous meetings in zoom rooms as well as asynchronous exercises and assignments. If your courses are already meeting online, then please continue to use the same links. For courses which have been meeting in person, as of October 5 students in the degree program should go to their personal schedules on the website and click on the given Zoom link to join the course online.

If you have any questions or concerns about your technical arrangements for learning online, then please contact Dr. Adamson or Dr. Labov.

If you require administrative documents (student certificate, student ID, etc.), then please contact Ms. Adriána Márton and Ms. Zsuzsi Elekes.

If the second Covid-19 wave subsides in time and the transmission rate and case numbers are low enough, it is our sincere hope that we will be able to return to in-person teaching before the end of the semester.

Update August 31

Rules and regulations concerning College attendance and health & safety measures
Applicable from 24 August 2020

The college building is open between 8:00 and 20:00 on a regular basis.

Individuals can only enter the college building if – to best of their knowledge – they are not infected by SARS-CoV-2 and they do not have any symptoms of COVID-19. Individuals can be exempted from this rule if they have a chronic disease with symptoms similar to those of COVID-19, such as sneezing or coughing due to allergy or asthma. In this case, they are to inform the college upon registration, and present medical documentation of their condition issued by their doctor, and are to wear a mask at all times in the building.

If a person or a family member of a person entering the building is suspected of a SARS-CoV-2 infection or shows symptoms similar to those of COVID-19, s/he is not allowed to enter the building, or if the symptoms are discovered while s/he is in the building, s/he is required to leave the building immediately.

Everybody is to disinfect their hands when entering the college building. There are several touch-free hand disinfecting stations provided throughout the building.

Everybody is to wear a mask in the communal areas of the college building upon entering the building and for the duration of their visit. The masks are to be worn throughout the building as well as when meeting staff members and/or students. Anyone entering the building to arrange administrative affairs is only allowed to do so if wearing a mask.

In offices where staff might be in close proximity to students, Plexiglas barriers separating students from staff have been installed. In the student secretariats, windows have been built into the doors. Students’ administrative affairs are to be managed primarily via digital means (email, zoom, online platforms, etc). Students are to use their own pens when signing any document.

Everybody is to adhere to the rule of keeping the social distance of 1.5 meters when waiting in a line as indicated on the posters or signs.

The classrooms are provided with furniture positioned in accordance with the pandemic regulations issued by the National Public Health and Medical Officer Service, and they are to be used according to these rules, keeping social distance of 1.5 meters between each person. Students should in each class sit at the same desk throughout the semester. Anyone entering a classroom is to wash or disinfect their hands according to the regulations.

The classrooms which are not in use are locked.

Students are to wear a mask in the classroom. Students and instructors must make sure to air out the classrooms regularly. The air conditioning equipment which circulates the air in the classroom cannot be operated.

The masks are to be worn in the restrooms as well. The windows of the restrooms are to be kept open so that their continuous ventilation is secured. Antiviral soap is also provided in the restrooms, and its use is highly advised.

All individuals in the college are to use only their own possessions e.g. pens, pencils, erasers, etc.

Only contactless greetings are allowed (i.e., without touching each other).

Larger groups which may block the corridors are forbidden.

All in the building are to take care of their personal hygiene to avoid the possibility of infection. This includes wearing a mask covering the nose and mouth, adhering to the practice of covering one’s mouth when sneezing or coughing, avoiding the unnecessary touching of the face, washing or disinfecting hands frequently and keeping the social distance of 1.5 meters between each other.

The college accepts delivery of packages and letters sent to the students by post. Packages received are to be stored in isolation. Students will be informed of the arrival of such packages by the secretariats via email. If students expect the delivery of a package, they are to contact Ildikó Ördögh at her email address:
Students are to make an appointment with her after the arrival of the package to receive it.

If any particular sign that may indicate infection or illness is detected in the institution, it is to be reported immediately to the colleagues at the office of the particular program in accordance with the pandemic regulations.

Being aware of their criminal liability, students are to report if they travel/have travelled abroad or have/had visitors from abroad during the time of instruction. People returning or receiving visitors from abroad are allowed to enter the building only with permission. The conditions of such permission may change according to the pandemic situation.

If students violate the regulations defined in this document, they severely violate the regulations of the institution (i.e. the Student Code of Conduct) and consequent measures will be taken, including the possibility of their entrance to the building being barred or their academic studies being suspended.

If a deliberate, false declaration is made regarding health status, it is considered a crime according to Hungarian law.

The above measures are introduced to provide protection against COVID-19 pandemic and to avoid infection. We appreciate your understanding and keeping to the rules and regulations.

If you discover that you have the symptoms of COVID-19, inform the coordinator of your program immediately.

The measures defined in this document may be modified by the Board of Directors any time if need be.

This document is in effect until further notice.

Dr. Frenyo V. László
Dean of McDaniel College

Update: July 31, 2020

Mental health and career counseling.

Please note that both mental health counseling and career counseling continue to be available on an appointment basis for the remainder of the summer.

For further information, please see below.
Mental health counseling: Prof. Levente Somogyi,
Career counseling: Prof. Luis Murillo,

Prof. Somogyi notes as well the following: Due to Hungarian national emergency regulations related to COVID-19 on-campus student counseling service is shifting to an online format while government restrictions are in place. Regular office hours are on Mondays between 12:00 pm and 3 pm during the academic year; however, during the academic breaks please, keep in mind that services are limited to need bases only. You can set up regular meetings (in the spring and fall term) through our online appointment booking system and irregular ones (during breaks) by directly contacting the counselor by e-mail. Once you set up a meeting, you will receive detailed instructions on what to do, how to go about initiating an online counseling session. Thank you for your understanding!

Update: Full Support for Visa-Seeking Students

The staff of McDaniel College’s campus in Budapest aims to help all of its students travelling from countries around the world to Hungary to join us for the Fall 2020 semester. No matter where you are from, you should not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns regarding the process of entering Hungary and the European Union. All of us realize that the Covid-19 outbreak has complicated this process, and this means all the more that you should not feel alone but instead should contact us if you have questions.

Your main contact for information regarding entry into Hungary, obtention of a visa, housing in Budapest, and health insurance:
Ms. Zsuzsi Elekes
Assistant Director of Student Programs
+36 30 485 9308

For questions concerning the semester calendar, and the Fall 2020 academic semester:
Dr. Matthew Adamson
Director of Academic and Student Affairs
+36 30 495 9420