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Frequently Asked Questions For Prospective Students

COVID-19 - FAQ for Prospective Students


1. Is the University of Szeged still accepting international applications for 2021?

Application for the 2021/22 fall semester was open at the University of Szeged for international students and face to face education will resume in September.


2. Will the new 2021-22 academic year still start in September?

Education at the University of Szeged will definitely start in September. The University of Szeged is planning on face to face education for the upcoming 2021 fall semester. More than half of the Hungarian population is vaccinated and we have defeated the third wave of COVID-19. Taking these into consideration, our institution is planning on face to face education for the upcoming 2021-22 fall semester. Our institution always follows the current rules and regulations which solely aim at and assure the safety and well-being of the population.


3. Do you anticipate any travel restrictions for students coming to Hungary?

It's difficult to predict when the pandemic will end or when the current travel and border restrictions may be resolved. The Hungarian Government is constantly monitoring the worldwide and EU situation and will take the necessary measures accordingly. Please check this page and the website of the Hungarian Government for the latest guidance.


4. I need to apply for a visa to come to Hungary but my nearest visa application centre is currently closed. What should I do?

Please check for updates on when visa offices (services) in your (or neighbouring) country are the expected to re-open.


5. What happens if I cannot arrive on time for the start of the semester due to COVID-19?

It is preferable that students arrive by the start of the semester so that they can proceed with their education and settle in their new environment. However, our institution will assist those students who are not able to arrive on time due to the pandemic and will provide online assistance and support for them.


6. Will the University of Szeged provide quarantine accommodations?

Quarantine accommodation is provided for those who are guaranteed accommodation in the dormitory. For those students who are staying in private accommodation, we can assist them in finding an accommodation where they will spend their quarantine period if necessary.


7. Will there be someone to assist me while I am in quarantine?

Assistance will be provided for those students who are in mandatory quarantine and need help in managing matters.


8. Do I need a negative PCR test to enter Hungary?

Students are not required to show a negative PCR test upon entry to Hungary. However, those students who do not have a vaccination protection certificate accepted by the Hungarian authorities or those students who are not coming from a country specified in the legislation will be subject to quarantine.

9. Where are the PCR testing points? Where can I do a PCR test?

There are several private testing centres in Szeged where PCR tests can be performed if necessary. You can find the contact details of these private clinics online.


10. Are International students requested to fill in a leniency application?

According to the current legislation and governmental rules, it must be submitted by persons who do not have a residence permit issued by the immigration office or those who do not come from a country specified in the legislation.


11. Do I need to be vaccinated to enter Hungary?

Being vaccinated against COVID-19 is not a condition for entry under current legislation.


12. What type of COVID-19 vaccines are accepted in Hungary?

The following vaccines are accepted in Hungary: Pfizer, Astrazeneca, Szputnyik-V, Moderna, Sinopharm, Jansen.


13. Does the insurance offered by the University cover COVID-19 related medical treatments?

Yes, the insurance covers COVID-19 related medical fees but up to a certain limit.


14. I need to apply for a visa to come to Hungary but my nearest visa application centre is currently closed. What should I do?

Please check for updates on when visa offices (services) in your (or neighbouring) country are the expected to re-open.


15. How can I find out more information on the current coronavirus situation?

We'll be providing regular updates on our website and we encourage you to review this periodically. If we anticipate the need to make any changes of a significant nature, applicants will also be informed as early as possible. The University of Szeged also has a dedicated coronavirus information page for students, which will be updated as new information is confirmed. We encourage you to check this site on a regular basis.

SZTE Experience


Ferdous Rahman – Faculty of Law and Political Sciences

My name is Ferdous Rahman and I am from Bangladesh. I am pursuing doctoral studies at the Department of Private International Law at the Faculty of Law and Political Science under the Stipendium Hungaricum Programme. Currently I am in the first year of my four-year PhD programme. I came to know about SZTE while exploring for the Stipendium Hungaricum programme. Among the other available options, this was my first choice. Apart from its excellent ranking, I got my supervisor with similar research interest. The increasing number of international students gave me a comfort of having a cosmopolitan environment. After starting my studies here in September 2019, I am convinced that I could not expect more. For prospective students, I would advise that SZTE can be their next home as I got mine. Everyone here including the professors, the administrators, and the students are very friendly and helpful. They make studies a joyous journey instead of pile of classes and books. After my graduation, I will return to my home country. The knowledge and the experience that I have been receiving here will be a great resource for my academic career. I intend to continue my research further and expect to contribute to policy formulation at national and international level."

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