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International students who want to stay in Hungary for more than 90 consecutive days and who are not EU citizens are required to apply for a long-term student visa to stay in the country.

Student visa requirements for Hungary vary, therefore it's important to enquire well in advance about the entry regulations which apply to your home country. To receive a student visa for Hungary, you must first have an offer from a Hungarian university. You can only apply for your student visa prior to your departure from the Hungarian Consulate or Embassy that has jurisdiction in your state or country of permanent residence. Processing a visa usually takes around one month, but could be longer so make sure you apply as early as possible to avoid any unnecessary complications.

Interested in studying abroad in Hungary? We’re here to help make the process a little simpler. 


  • Proof of having paid the tuition fee

  • An acceptance letter from the university regarding your admission

  • Passport valid at least 6 months beyond your date of entry

  • Copy of the photograph page of your passport

  • Passport photo no more than 6 months old

  • Proof of health insurance

  • Proof of address or housing in Hungary

  • Proof of sufficient funds to cover living expenses in the form of bank assurance/statement

  • Visa application form

  • 3 stamped envelopes addressed to the applicant

When the consulates require an appointment, you may need to schedule it around 4 to 6 weeks in advance because appointment times are limited. After the appointment, the visa processing time usually takes an additional 1 to 4 weeks. 

You will need to apply for your residence permit within 15 days of arrival in Hungary. This applies to both EU and non-EU citizens planning to stay in Hungary for longer than 90 days.

To apply for a residence permit, EU and EEA citizens need to submit the following documents:

  • Proof of payment of tuition fees

  • Approval document of the host university in Hungary

  • Proof of health insurance


1. Choose a Program

2. Prepare the Paperwork

3. Check Specific Admission Requirements

4. Submit Your Application

5. Wait to Be Admitted

6. Apply for a Visa

If you are not from an EU/EEA country, upon acceptance into a Hungarian university, begin the visa application process as soon as possible because the process can take up between one to three months and requires several important documents, do not wait. You must apply for a student visa at the Hungarian consulate or embassy before leaving the country. The documents required for a Hungarian student visa are:

  • Admission letter from your accepted university

  • Your passport should be valid at least 6 months after the entry day

  • Proof of accommodation in Hungary

  • Proof of health insurance

  • Proof you have enough funds to cover living expenses during your studies

  • Visa application form


When you get to Hungary, you will need to apply for your residence permit within 15 days. This is necessary even if you are an EU/EEA resident.


7. Arrive in Hungary


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