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Public safety

Hungary is generally a safe country. Hungarian people are hospitable and welcoming of visitors. Hungary share similar experiences with other countries and major cities frequented by visitors.


Scams

When travelling in a foreign country, it is practically impossible to validate who is a genuine police officer and who is an impersonator. Many scams are based on the “police intimidation” factor, where false IDs and uniforms are used. The most important fact that you should be aware of is that police officers are NOT allowed to accept cash as payment for fines in Hungary!


Restaurants

Hungary offers a wide range of excellent culinary entertainment. Its traditions are deeply rooted in its history and place in Europe. Unfortunately, the reputation of this industry is also being damaged by a few opportunists targeting visitors. In the vicinity of some large hotels you can be charged exorbitant prices in certain bars, clubs and restaurants. Common scams include adding a 20,000 HUF (€80,00) surcharge per drink to the final bill or charging up to 100,000 HUF (€300,00) for a meal. Individuals who have been unable to settle their bills have frequently been accompanied by the establishment’s security guards to a cash machine and forced to withdraw money under threats of violence.


You should avoid all establishments where menus do not display prices clearly.


If you have any doubts about a bar, restaurant or club – do NOT go in.


Exchanging money

Exchanging cash at the point of arrival (airport, railway station) is usually more expensive in most countries. Railway stations are some of the MOST EXPENSIVE places to exchange money in city centres.


Hungary has a competitive money exchange industry. Always check the current official exchange rate of the Hungarian Forint (HUF). Rates are always displayed in front of the exchange offices.

NEVER exchange money on the street!


Beggars

Hungary takes less drastic measures than some of its western European counterparts to deal with beggar mafias, which operate in the downtown and tourist areas. Often beggars are imported from eastern countries who dress as very old women or as one with a severe injury or disability. Hungary has an excellent social security system, and such situations of neglect would never occur! We ask all visitors to cooperate in helping to solve this situation. When deciding to be generous with your money, be careful to whom you donate. If you have spare change or money to donate, give it to your favourite charity which will effectively disburse the money to the needy.

SZTE Experience

95930002_620793281842686_908476219798847488_oDianne - Faculty of Science and Informatics

I am a PhD student and a Stipendium Hungaricum scholarship holder from the Philippines. I am currently pursuing my PhD in Environmental Science and I happen to be in my 3rd year of studies. I chose University of Szeged because its one of the top ranked research university in Hungary known for its good reputation in the fields of health and natural sciences. Coming from the Philippines with a warm climate, I had huge preference of Szeged for my studies, the city having the most rays of sunshine and considered to be the warmest place in Hungary. I would advise all the prospective students to join University of Szeged’s diverse and vibrant community! Don’t be afraid to leave your comfort zone, try to find and establish your niche in a new place like what I did. I didn’t regret coming to Szeged as it continuously provides me an enabling learning environment for various reasons, has affordable cost of living, very safe and calm university town, organized transport system, beautiful and clean surroundings with the very sightly Tisza River which adds to its appeal, and also holds many festivals throughout the year. After graduation, I am planning to go back to my home institution and continue my teaching duties at the University of the Philippines Los Baños

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Hamza Baniata – Faculty of Science and Informatics

I am Hamza Baniata, a first-year student at the Doctoral School of Computer Science, and I am From Jordan. SZTE is continuously supporting research and it has an internationally recognized, highly ranked group of professors. It also offers courses and research topics that are strongly related to my research field; Cloud Computing, Fog Computing and Internet of Things. All of this motivated me to apply to the University/Department of Software Engineering. Szeged is a calm city, full of love and peace. The University of Szeged is similar to the city, which provides the perfect environment for creation and development. Studying at the university requires a high level of effort, commitment and seriousness. Applying to the university and having these characteristics are my two pieces of advice to prospective students. It is very early to define my future now, but I am planning to apply to a research position in my field after graduation and if I had the opportunity, I would love to contribute my effort and knowledge in advancing such a wonderful and respected university.


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