Update for 2021 Fall students
Pre-Departure Information for Fall 2021 students (updated with Covid precautions).
Required Post-Acceptance Forms
Upon acceptance to BSME, you will be given access to various post-acceptance forms. These forms are required for participation in the program. Please complete and submit them as soon as possible. This will give us ample time for scheduling and coordinating.
Visa / Residence Permit
Fall & Spring participants:
Since you are staying in Hungary for more than 90 days, you may need a visa to enter Hungary even if you are a US citizen (and even though the US has a visa waiver agreement with Hungary).
You will have to decide between (1) obtaining a D type visa (a pre-approved residency permit) before you travel, and simply pick up your residency permit after arrival, or (2) enter Hungary without a visa, and apply for the residency permit after arrival. Please read the information provided in this link to guide you in making that decision. On the Travel and Visa Form (one of the required online forms), we will ask you about the decision you have made regarding the visa.
Obtaining a visa can be a lengthy process. To allow yourself enough time to complete all the necessary steps, we advise you start the process as soon as you receive the letter of acceptance from BSME.
US and Canadian students will not need a visa or a residence permit, since their stay in Hungary will be less than 90 days. International students must check with their home country consulates for the most current and accurate information.
Make sure you have a passport that is valid until the end of your planned stay in Hungary. If you need a visa, your passport must be valid for six months after the end of your stay.
Make sure you have a US (or equivalent) international health insurance that is valid in Hungary (and countries you plan to travel to) covering at least up to 40,000 USD of your health expenses, and is valid for your entire stay. Read more on Health Services.
If you use prescription medications, please take steps described on the Health Services page.
Banking and Phones
Please check the Living in Budapest (essentials) section of our website for details you need to arrange with your bank and cell phone provider.
Traveling to Budapest
Please read the section Traveling to Budapest on our website. Note that Summer@BSME participants will not be needing letter for the airlines nor documents for the resident permit application.
Here are some cultural differences that you may experience while living in Budapest.
Read the Logistics sections of our website for information on the logistics of living in Budapest.