2019. October 17., Thursday

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


amin-alawar2Amin Alawar - Faculty of Science and Informatics - Biology (PhD)

Being awarded the Stipendium Hungaricum scholarship, I came from Lebanon to Szeged. Student life here is astonishing; I simply adore being a student at SZTE. A variety of foreign scholars, and young people have arrived here from all corners of the world. After having finished with academic work at the lab, there is still time for relaxing. The town itself is also impressive – my favourite place is Széchenyi tér.


JoseJose Eges - Faculty of Sciences and Informatics

I’m from Ecuador and a Stipendium Hungaricum scholarship holder in my second year. I chose University of Szeged because of its highly ranked status in Hungary. I like the generosity of the people and the fantastic university facilities. The student environment is very relaxing, and you learn a lot from the cultural diversity. The student mentors are helpful. Professors and members of faculty staff are very approachable to guide and support you with academic challenges. Life in Szeged is exciting, and my favorite spot is the bank of Tisza River. The landscape of the bridge across the river and the beachside perspective is a beauty. I do enjoy the good academic system, and friendly environment.

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