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The University of Szeged provides PCR testing for its international students

In order to ensure the smooth start of the semester and to protect public health, the University of Szeged provides PCR tests for its international students.

We hereby inform all students of the University of Szeged that according to the decision of the University’s management, the university will provide two PCR tests on one occasion in the first semester of the 2020/21 academic year for international students and students from the transborder Hungarian communities - with obligatory quarantine - free of charge upon entering Hungary. The two PCR tests will provide exemption from mandatory quarantine.

We hereby point out that the test are guaranteed only one time for each student, therefore starting from 26 August 2020, no further free of charge tests will be provided for any student who may leave Hungary and is - upon return - required to spend two weeks in quarantine.


In order to ensure smooth entry and stay in Hungary, we still suggest to have two valid negative COVID-19 (PCR) tests upon entering the country to avoid the 14 days of mandatory quarantine to begin with.


We hereby inform you that according to the Hungarian legislations currently in force: ‘Surveillance due to the pandemic is not required if the student has undergone a molecular biological SARS-CoV-2 test in accordance with health professional rules within 5 days prior to entering Hungary, at least 48 hours apart and certifies with a Hungarian or English document that the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus was not detectable in their body at the time of the test, or if the student can credibly prove that they have already contracted the disease in the six months prior to entry.’


Those students who enter Hungary and arrive few days later than the start of their studies due to process of undergoing the tests will not face any consequences.


For international students and students from the transborder Hungarian communities, who are not provided with housing during the quarantine period, the University provides quarantine dormitory accommodation in the following locations:


• For students in general medicine and health science programmes: Apáthy Dormitory (Szeged, Apáthy István utca 4.)

• For non-medical students: SZTE Öthalmi Student Apartments (Szeged, Budapesti út 7.)


We would like to draw it into your attention that required quarantine can be spent in rented accommodation.


Sampling necessary to produce PCR tests will be performed in designated quarantine dormitories in the morning hours. Residents of private dwelling will be requested to show up for sampling in Apáthy dormitory; the facility shall be accessed on foot – without using public transportation – and wearing a mask. For residents of private dwelling, an online pre-registration will be required in order to make the sampling. We will send you the link of the online registration platform soon.


Applications of quarantine exemption shall be submitted upon sampling to National Public Health Center signed by the student. Necessary application forms are provided by the University.

Please note that PCR testing is only available free of charge in case it is performed by the University of Szeged.

In order to get exempted from quarantine, students are expected to have two negative COVID test results, performed consecutively of each other within 48 hours. Students arriving from countries with yellow status might leave their designated quarantine location after having produced one negative COVID test result, while students arriving from countries with red status are requested to submit two negative results, therefore they will only be released from quarantine if they have produced two negative tests.


In case of any further questions, get in touch us via the below contact details:

24/7 call center: +36-62-546-800

e-mail: arrival@szte.hu

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."


Ahmad Adha - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

I am Ahmad Adha from Indonesia and currently a 3rd year student in Theoretical Linguistics PhD program. I chose the University of Szeged (SZTE) as my study destination because it is located in the center of the town and it is also the highest ranked university in Hungary. The university staff and the professors were very accommodating and understanding when I decided to change the program that suits my research topic. I am so glad that I can be a part of my current department, and of course SZTE, since it is also the Center of Pragmatic Research which aims to promote advanced linguistic pragmatic research with international collaborations. After graduating, I wish to continue to work in my academic field as a professor and a researcher. My advice for prospective SZTE students is to choose a university with a good academic reputation that fits their passion.