Welcome Information

Dear Students,

Welcome to Szent Istvan University. Hereunder, we share with you some pieces of information about your stay and living as well as your studies in Hungary.


Please note that the academic year will start on 14 September 2020 (instead of 7 Sep).





Students outside EU countries should turn to the relevant authorities (and their websites) at least 2 months before the beginning of their studies.

They should hand in their application for a D5 student visa at the Hungarian Embassy in their home country. With a valid student visa they can apply for a residence permit also from the embassy or when they arrive in Budapest. The student visa may take up to 60 days to obtain.

The regulations for the registration of the place of residence and the residence permit can also be found on the website of the Office of Immigration and Nationality (www.bmbah.hu) and/or of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (http://konzuliszolgalat.kormany.hu/en).

You will need the following items for your visa application if you need visa. 

  1. visa application form
  2. passport (must be valid for at least 18 months, but preferably valid until the end of your studies.)
  3. three passport-size photographs
  4. Letter of Acceptance from the university
  5. (transit visa if needed)
  6. bank receipt of transfer of tuition fee payment or a Payment Certificate from the university OR Letter of Admission from the donor institution of the scholarship if you are scholarship holder
  7. the Embassy may ask for your airplane reservation or fare ticket

the Embassy may ask for proof of accommodation


Gödöllő Campus

Gödöllő Dorm (address: H-2100 Gödöllő, Páter Károly u. 1.)                                                                
Coordinator: Ms. Bea Karpati (karpati.beata@szie.hu)

If you are a Stipendium Hungaricum (SH), Scolarship for Christian Young People (SCYP) or FAO scholar, you can be accommodated in the dormitory of Szent István University. The dorm offers double and quadruple rooms for newcomers.

Please send the Hostel application form directly to the dormitory international coordinator, Ms. Bea Karpati

In case you are a Stipendium Hungaricum / SCYP / FAO scholarship holder, your accommodation fee will be covered by the scholarship programme. Please note that FAO scholarship covers accommodation only in the dormitory.

If you have an accommodation outside our dormitory, please let us know.

Please, also note that due to the huge over-demand, the dorm maintains its rooms only for students, so if you arrive with your family, you have to find an accommodation other than the dormitory. We kindly ask for your understanding.

If you are a self-fincancing student, please, check the site here.

Please note that since the dormitory has limited places, newcoming scholarship holders have priority. Senior students’ accommodation in dormitory is subject to good behaviour and their academic performance.

Buda Campus

Somogyi Imre Dormitory, Budapest Campus
Address: 1118 Budapest, Szüret u. 2–18., Phone: (+36 1) 305 7100 / Ext. 7580).
Dorm coordinator: Ms Ildikó Fedor (fedor.ildiko@szie.hu)

For the first year, rooms are automatically booked for Stipendium Hungaricum, Scolarship for Christian Young People (SCYP) scholars and for two years for FAO scholars in Somogyi Imre Dormitory.  

Otherwise there are limited places in the dormitory. For further information, please contact Ms Ildikó Fedor dormitory coordinator at fedor.ildiko@szie.hu

For accommodation in Budapest, please check the site at http://sziu.hu/accommodation.

Kaposvár Campus

New Dormitory and Csukás Zoltán Dormitory
Address: 7400 Kaposvár, Guba Sándor u. 40.
Phone: +36 82 505 832

Kaffka Margit Dormitory
Address: 7400 Kaposvár, Bajcsy-Zsilinszky u. 6.
Phone: +36 82 502 517

Kaposvár Dorm coordinators:
Ms. Kitti Kolber: kolber.kitti@szie.hu                                                          
Mr. László Hahn: hahn.laszlo@szie.hu

Keszthely Campus - Georgikon

Please, note that all incoming first year scholarship holders are accommodated in one of the dormitories automatically. It is not necessary for them to fill in any hostel application form.

Pethe Ferenc Dormitory
Address: 8360 Keszthely, Festetich út 5.

Georgikon Student hostel
Address: 8360 Keszthely, Georgikon utca 5.
Keszthely Dorm coordinator:
Mr. György Pásztor: pasztor.gyorgy@szie.hu

Gyöngyös Campus

Student hostel
Address: 3200 Gyöngyös, Mátrai út 36.

Gyöngyös Dorm coordinators:
Ms. Barbara Tátrai Bíró: tatraine.biro.barbara@szie.hu

Ms. Dóra Póka: poka.dora@szie.hu

Students participating in international incoming mobilities should inform the Campus Coordinator about their request for dormitory accommodation via email. Besides this, there is no need to fill in any hostel application form. All students participating in international incoming mobilities are most probably provided dormitory accommodation.



Transport to Budapest

There is a good public transport between Liszt Ferenc Airport and Budapest:
Transport from the Airport  to Budapest City centre
If you choose public transport, plan your trip here: Trip Planner
In any case, please fill in this ARRIVAL FORM and note if you need help to find your way to your accommodation in Budapest and we'll try to arrange buddies or mentors to help you.

Transport to Gödöllő Dormitory

Szent István University International Office provides free transport between Budapest and Gödöllő upon arrival to small groups of students (at least 2 people) with the taxi driver contracted by SZIU. For individual American, Kazakh, Korean, Japanese, Indian exchange students, Stipendium Hungaricum, SCYP and FAO students it is free. Individual travellers have to pay the transfer fee individually, HUF 10,000 (+ waiting time) cash to the driver.

If you know the date and time of your arrival, please fill in the Arrival Form with the required data.

Transport to Kaposvár

At the airport, find bus E200, then change to the underground M3 until Népliget.

For the bus E200 and for the underground you have to buy a ticket from a machine. (English language service is available)


Please check timetables for the regular bus service.

Select Budapest – Kaposvár  to see the exact time of your departure and arrival.

As you get to the bus station in Kaposvár, you can take bus 8E, 8 or 18.

Please inform the campus coordinator about the exact time of your arrival in Kaposvár so that someone can be arranged to help you get to the University / to the dormitory!



You will need a residence permit to stay in Hungary during your studies. For detailed information, please read carefully the webpage of the Hungarian Office of Immigration and Nationality and the page focusing on Residence Permit for the Purpose of Studies as well as http://sziu.hu/residence-permit.

During the first weeks after your arrival, we will reserve some administration days at the Immigration Office so that you can arrange your residence permit as easily as possible.

PRACTICAL MATTERS (opening a bank account, insurance etc.)

At Gödöllő Campus, there is a Student Service Office (SSO), which will help you in practical matters. For more information , please visit http://sziu.hu/practical-matters

Stipendium Hungaricum, SCYP and FAO scholars, please note that your insurance is expected to be valid only one month after your arrival, so please take care of the coverage of your first month’s insurance. Similarly, your scholarship for September is expected to be paid at the beginning of October, so please make sure to have enough money for the living costs of the first month.



General Information: Student life

If you are not familiar with our country, please read the Wikipedia page on Hungary

There are a lot of sights to see and things to do in Hungary. Have a look at these pages:
Gödöllő, Budapest, Hungary


In the dormitory rooms (and most houses in Hungary) you will have clean running water (drinkable without boiling), electricity, central heating, and internet.


You can have a variety of foods and drinks, in grocery stores, market places as well as in restaurants. Vegetarian food is available also in the two restaurants/canteens of the Gödöllő Campus.

Halal food is available in Budapest. Some well-known restaurants that serve Halal food in Budapest include Szeraj, Al-Amir, Cairo Café, and Antalya Kebab. There are a few Halal meat shops in Budapest. More information regarding the best Halal restaurants in Budapest can be found at one of the mosques or Islamic Centers in the city, such as the Budapest Mosque which is located at H-1119 Budapest, Fehérvári út 41.

Those who come from tropical countries should note that there are colder seasons in Hungary including a winter, so be prepared to bring or buy warmer clothes.


Having a laptop for researching and writing is strongly recommended, although the university campus has computer facilities.

For details of your programme and faculty, visit the various faculties’ homepages.


You can follow us on Facebook and there are two main Facebook groups for SZIU international students to share quick info about academic and social events. Please join both of them:


We provide mentoring to Stipendium Hungaricum and Young Christian sholarship holders in the SH mentor group and all other students in Erasmus Student Network (ESN). See details at http://sziu.hu/mentoring-system-1
You should also feel free to seek contact with senior students already here, they can help you a lot. In addition, our Hungarian students will be also eager to help you.

We hope you will have a pleasant time at SZIU, and we are looking forward to meeting you soon in Hungary!

International Relations Centre