The Hungarian forint (HUF) is the currency of Hungary. ATM machines are readily available in Budapest and accept most major credit and bank cards. If you arrive in Budapest without forints, simply exchange some US dollars for forints at the airport or train station, or withdraw forints from an ATM machine.
Personal checks, cashier checks, money orders, etc., cannot be readily exchanged, as international banking is quite slow. However, it is a good idea to bring some personal checks along in case, for example, you would need to send in graduate school applications.
As part of your BSME tuition, you will be provided with a Hungarian student insurance. This is a very limited insurance that covers emergency medical benefits (including hospitalization) within Budapest. 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. For long-term benefits and coverage outside of Budapest, it is mandatory that you have a current US or Canadian international insurance policy that is valid for your travel and entire stay in Hungary. We also encourage students to investigate additional travel insurance that may cover evacuation in the case of medical emergency.
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. College International (where BSME classes are held) 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 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.