THE MOST IMPORTANT RULES AND REGULATIONS OF THE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME
Staying in Hungary during the study period
The scholarship holder is required to stay habitually in Hungary during the study period. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you cannot leave Hungary but your travel outside the country should not exceed 10 working days per semester (national holidays and breaks are not counted).
If you have to leave the country for more than 10 days but less than 30, you need the authorization of the university in advance. Please keep in mind that you need to give a proper explanation (of a valid emergency) and we will ask you to provide proof as well of the reasons of your travel.
Staying outside of Hungary for more than 30 days during the study period is only allowed in case of emergency (such as childbirth, illness etc.) and the authorization of the university is required in advance.
There might be exciting academic opportunities during your studies which you don’t have to ignore: during the study period, you are allowed to attend foreign conferences, internships or join shorter research programmes. In all cases the written approval of your Faculty is needed. Please keep in mind that you have to inform the university about any such event in advance.
Collecting credits during your studies
During your time at the university, you should pay attention to fulfilling the study and examination obligations by earning at least 36 credits during the last two (continuous) semesters. (For example, if you could only collect 15 credits during a semester, you should collect at least 21 in the next one.) If you do not meet this requirement, according to the regulations we have to terminate your scholarship status. Although you can submit a leniency request, this will only be considered in case of emergencies (such as illness, family tragedies etc.). Additionally, the student must inform the university of such a circumstance not only when submitting the request but at the time of its occurrence as well. No situation will be considered if the leniency request is the first time the student informs the university about it.
Please keep in mind that this is the minimum credit requirement, meaning that you should – if possible – collect more than 36 credits in two semesters so you can finish your studies in time. The normal credit load for one semester is 30 credits. (PhD students are exempt from this requirement.) If any circumstance arises during the semester which can prevent you from completing enough credits, reach out to the university immediately. Please also remember that credits accepted as part of a credit transfer (from previous studies) DO NOT count when checking whether you fulfilled this requirement.
Except for PhD students, all scholarship holders are required to attend the “Hungarian as a foreign language and culture” course provided by the university in the first year of their studies. This is usually provided in two parts, Course 1 and 2 in your first and second semester. Should you fail to fulfil this obligation, the amount of your stipend will be reduced.
Obligatory medical examination for freshmen
New students joining the university have to undergo a compulsory medical examination after their arrival to Hungary.
Once the examination is completed, your doctor will provide a certificate with the results of your examination, which you must upload to your application profile to a new TASK within 8 days after receiving the document.
Further information about the examination will be provided later on.
Extending your scholarship status
Scholarship holders may extend their scholarship period by a total of two semesters. You have to submit a request during your last semester to the university. Although the university decides whether we can support your request or not, the final decision is made by Tempus Public Foundation. Usually, the request is submitted via Neptun, before it becomes available for students, we send out a message as a reminder.
The university will only consider valid emergencies or situations which couldn’t have been avoided by the student. The student must inform the university of such a circumstance not only during the extension request but at the time of its occurrence as well. No situation will be considered if the extension request is the first time the student informs the university about it.
If your request is approved by Tempus, they will update you directly by sending a decision to your email address.
It’s very important to keep in mind that during the period of extension you cannot receive a stipend. (Students who joined the university from or after the academic year 2020/2021.)
Students joining the university for PhD or partial studies cannot submit an extension request.
Informing the university about issues affecting studies
The scholarship holder must cooperate with the host institution and the Public Foundation for the success of their higher education studies and scholarship, and in particular, shall notify the Public Foundation and the SH coordinator of the host institution of any material circumstance affecting the fulfilment of this Operational Regulations and the student agreement without delay, but no later than 8 days after its occurrence.
Changing institution, programme or study language
The scholarship holder can change their institution, programme or study language during their first year of study. Requests have to be submitted directly to Tempus Public Foundation. Apart from the request itself, you need the approval of your institution and in case of changing your university, the acceptance letter from the university you would like to join.