2020. January 19., Sunday

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


jiang_xuezhiJiang Xuezhi - Faculty of Economics - Business Administration and Management (BA)

The University of Szeged is a well-known and internationally ranked institution in Hungary and worldwide. It is such a wonderful experience to study here. Instructors are professionals and well-qualified; students are nice and open towards foreign cultures. Events organised by the faculties are pleasant and help with integration as well as provide the opportunity to get new acquaintances and friends.


simsonSimson Ndadaleka Shaakumeni - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences - PhD Studies

I heard about Stipendium Hungaricum from a fellow countryman. I would love to teach at a university one day, but a Doctorate degree is often required in order to do so. That is why I came to Szeged, where I am currently working on my doctoral thesis in educational science – my special field of interest is scientific literacy of students. Life is completely different in Namibia; it is mostly a rural country and agriculture is still hardly mechanised and many homesteads in villages in the countryside are built of wood. The weather is totally different from the one in Szeged, the cold and icy weather caught me by surprise after returning from Christmas holiday, I didn’t have proper shoes so my feet were constantly freezing.

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