International Health Insurance
Before you travel to Budapest, you are required 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. We also encourage students to investigate additional travel insurance that may cover evacuation in the case of medical emergency.
Note: When you travel outside Budapest, you must use your international insurance.
BSME tuition includes a local insurance provided by the UNION Vienna Insurance Group, called UniMed Health Insurance. This is a very limited insurance that covers emergency medical benefits (including hospitalization) within Budapest, but for most purposes, it is more convenient than an international insurance. It will not pay for treatment outside the city limits of Budapest, ongoing treatment for chronic issues, evacuation due to medical emergencies, or other major issues not easily addressed by the municipal health system.
The UniMed insurance:
- covers primary care, outpatient specialist care, and inpatient care in Budapest, at specific facilities of the Semmelweis Medical University for up to 700,000 HUF;
- covers emergency care in Hungary;
- covers some emergency dental care for up to 50,000 HUF;
- covers/organizes limited patient transport;
- provides limited refund for cost of medication.
The UniMed insurance also has a 24-hour medical hotline number: +36-1-461-1590. An English speaking personnel will help you set up an appointment or tell you where to go in case you need help urgently. Keep your health insurance card with you at all times—you will need to show the card and your passport when you see a doctor.
There are several 24 hour pharmacies in Budapest. These have regular business hours—and after hours, you must ring a bell outside the building and pay a small extra fee.
24 hour pharmacies include:
- Teréz Patika: Budapest, 1067, Teréz körút 41; +36-1-311-4439
- Déli Gyógyszertár: Budapest, 1123, Alkotás utca 1/b; +36-1-355-4727
For a full list of 24 hour pharmacies, see:
We believe that a student’s mental health is just as important as their physical well-being. Adjusting to the demands of academic challenges and a new urban environment can be stressful. Talking with a professional counselor can help you find ways to manage academic pressures, personal problems, and cultural adjustments. The BSME Campus provides a counselor who will be available to BSME students. For those seeking long-term counseling outside the campus setting, an experienced clinical and pastoral psychologist is also available.
BSME is committed to providing all participants with equal access and opportunity to our academic environment. We can typically provide the same (or similar) academic accommodations to which you are currently entitled at your home institution. To qualify, you need to provide a reliable proof of conditions to the BSME Budapest Office. A signed letter from your learning disabilities office or advisor, or an email sent by an appropriate staff person from your home institution will suffice.