We would like to provide some guidance and a reminder as well about the necessary tasks you need to complete after your arrival and enrolment.
Please keep in mind that the last date of enrolment is 15th October 2022, after this date you won’t be able to join our university and start your studies this semester. We encourage you to complete your registration as soon as possible. Please keep in mind that the last date of registration (which is the first step of enrolment) is 9th September 2022.
What do you need to do after your arrival?
1. NEK Identifier
Your NEK Identifier is a unique code which is generated when you get registered in the National Card System. This code is necessary for you to be able to get a student card. To obtain this code, you need to visit one of the government offices called either “Kormányablak” or “Okmányiroda”. There you can tell the officers that you wish to get a student card and they will know what to do. In the end you will get a document, in the upper right corner of this paper you will find your NEK Identifier.
2. Temporary Student Card
Once you get your NEK Identifier, you’ll be able to apply for a Temporary Student Card which is given to you while your permanent student card is getting ready. The card is valid for 60 days, so pay attention to the expiration date. You can ask for a new temporary card at the Student Services Office.
You need to submit your application via Neptun:
3. Residence permit
You need to have a valid residence permit to be able to stay in Hungary and to be able to travel to and from the country. You can pick up your permit at the National Directorate-General for Aliens Policing (Address: 1135 Budapest XIII., Szegedi út 35-37., ground floor (Twin Office Center Irodaház)
The Directorate can be easily accessed by the following buses from Keleti Pályaudvar: 20E, 30, 30A, 32, 230. You have to get off at “Szegedi út” stop.
Monday: 8.00 – 14.00
Tuesday: 8.00 – 14.00
Wednesday: 8.00 – 14.00
Thursday: 8.00 – 14.00
Friday: 8.00 – 12.00
We recommend you to book an appointment in advance, click here.
You should take with you the following documents:
- filled application form (Adatlap a tartózkodási engedély kiadásához, find it attached)
- passport and its full copy
- passport-sized photo
- visa and its copy
- enrolment certificate
- Letter of Award
- dormitory contract (signed and stamped) OR lease contract (signed by the landlord)
- accommodation reporting form signed by the owner of the dormitory/hostel/apartment
- health insurance
Please keep in mind that you have 30 days from the date of your entry to pick up your permit. Your visa only allows you to enter Hungary, it is not the legal document which allows you to stay in the country for a longer period.
4. Bank account
You need a Hungarian bank account to receive your scholarship but luckily opening one should be quite easy to do and is free of charge. We recommend you to choose OTP, which is the largest bank in Hungary, but other options (CIB, Erste, Raiffeisen etc.) are available as well. You will need your valid passport to open an account, but banks can also require an address card and a valid permit to process your request. (In certain cases they might request further documents as well.)
In case your bank account number changes, please update us by changing the relevant information in Neptun and sending a message to email@example.com. Make sure you have provided the correct data as any mistake means your stipend will be delayed.
5. Tax number/card
To receive your scholarship you will also need to provide your tax ID number. To obtain one you need to submit a request by filling out the form “T34” available to download, if you click here.
A guide is available, if you click here.
Please carefully read the guide as the form is only available in Hungarian. After you printed it out, bring the completed form to the National Tax and Customs Administration (Nemzeti Adó- és Vámhivatal – NAV) to the following address: 1096 Budapest, Vaskapu u. 33-35. Here, you will receive your Tax Identification Number on the spot (the card itself later). Please note that the first application for a Tax Card is free of charge.
You will need to register your Tax Identification Number in the Neptun system.
6. TAJ card (the card for Hungary’s national health insurance scheme)
With the “TAJ card” scholarship holders are publicly ensured, enabling access to public healthcare for free at the health care institutions in their district. Once you have your Hungarian residence permit, you can apply for a TAJ card.
You will receive further information about the exact steps in an upcoming message.
The following documents will be needed for the application:
- Passport (a copy of the page with your picture and personal data)
- Valid residence permit (copy of both sides)
- Accommodation confirmation or address card (copy of both sides)
- Letter of Award (download it from your application profile)
- Enrolment Certificate / Student Status Verification Form (not older than 30 days!)
- Application Form (will be shared with you later on)
- Power of Attorney (will be shared with you later on)
7. Getting familiar with the rules and regulations of the scholarship programme
During your studies there will be certain rules to follow and requirements to meet. Please get familiar with these as soon as possible. You can learn about these if you visit the official page of the scholarship programme by clicking here.
Here, look for the latest version of the Operational Regulations which also includes your rights and should give a comprehensive understanding about the programme.
It’s a good idea to read through the FAQ section of the same page which answers the most common questions about the programme.