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Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest

Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) is internationally recognized and its programs are accredited by the Hungarian Accreditation Board. The diplomas issued by Eötvös Loránd University are acknowledged worldwide, and its course credits are transferable in all countries in the European Union. Over the last hundred years, ELTE has had many world famous scientists and four Nobel Prize laureates among its teachers and alumni. The current number of students enrolled yearly has reached 32,000. In 1950 the university was reorganized, and adopted its present name. It was named after one of its professors, the world-famous physicist, Loránd Eötvös.

Often described as the "Little Paris of Middle Europe," Budapest is famous not only for the monuments reflecting its own 1,000-year-old culture, but also for the relics of others who settled here. Remains from both Roman occupation and much later ruled by the Turks can still be seen in the city. After the Ottoman Empire, the union with Austria had a particular influence on the city's form and style.

The capital has two sides, Buda and Pest, stretching along the banks of the Danube, representing two different characters of the city. Suburban Buda and its historic castle district offer medieval streets and houses, museums, caves and Roman ruins. The dynamic Pest side boasts the largest parliament building in Europe, riverside promenades, flea markets, bookstores, antique stores, and café houses.


Number of MAUI/AEN students you can accept during 2014/15.

6 students for 2 semesters

Contact person for incoming students

Anita Horváth
ELTE Rector’s Office
Dept. of International Education and Mobility
Szerb u. 21-23., Budapest H-1056

Please note that student applications have to be sent to the central office, which distributes them among the faculties. It is the responsibility of each faculty to accept or deny the applicants. Once a student is accepted, she/he will receive a faculty coordinator for incoming student.

Contact person for outgoing students

Anita Horváth
ELTE Rector’s Office
Dept. of International Education and Mobility
Szerb u. 21-23., Budapest H-1056

General University Website

International Office/Website for Incoming Students

Areas of study open to undergraduate exchange students

All areas depending on the faculty acceptance

Open undergraduate areas of study taught in English

Computer Science
Education - Early Childhood Education
Education - Physical Education
Education - Special Education
International Relations
Languages - French
Languages - German
Music - Education
Political Science


Are graduate areas open for exchange?


Areas of study open to graduate exchange students

education & psychology, humanities, informatics, law, primary and pre-school education, science, social sciences, special education

Open graduate areas of study taught in English

Can advanced undergraduate exchange students take graduate level courses?

Yes, but subject to lecturer’s approval

Can graduate students take undergraduate level courses?

Yes, but subject to lecturer’s approval

Areas of study restricted to prior bilateral agreements between exchange departments or faculties


Areas of study not available to MAUI/AEN students

All areas available.

Websites for course offerings

Are summer courses available as exchange (non fee-paying)?

No; they are fee-paying.
ELTE HTA (Health Technology Assessment)
Biostatistics for HTA Implementation
ELTE Summer School in Mathematics
20th ELTE Summer University of Hungarian Language and Culture

Orientation session(s) for incoming students

Autumn Orientation Day (around the last day of the second week of September)
Spring Orientation Day (around the last day of the second week of February)
Not mandatory, free of costs.

Academic Calendar

Autumn, September to December
Spring, February to May

Examination period(s)

Autumn Examination period: December to end of January
Spring Examination period: May to mid July

If there is a break between the academic course calendar and exams, can arrangements be made so the student may take exams early?


Application deadline for each term

Application for autumn semester: late May
Application for spring semester: late October

Application website.

Nominations are to sent to Ms. Anita Horváth. After the student has been accepted, the application is done at faculty level on

How does the application and admissions process differ for undergraduates versus graduates?

There is no difference.

Course registration deadline

Courses are discussed with the lecturers and faculty coordinators during application procedure. Please check the given link below to find some of the courses for exchange students. Other courses may be offered by the host professor, faculty during the application procedure.

Do students register for classes in advance or upon arrival?

Upon Arrival

Are prior arrangements needed to secure a visa before arrival in country?


Language Requirements


Language test certificate required?


Preparatory language course for incoming students?


Are there any special advising or registrations concerns that students should be aware of? Are services available to assist in registration or course selection?

The application and course registration is consulted and processed between designated staff members at home and host institutions. Professors and course leaders are also involved in order to help students in finding the most appropriate classes for them. After the approval, the student is only required to register via our online site:  
Other assistance:
For housing advice, please contact:
Mentor system:
ELTE offers incoming students a mentor service run by the Students Union. The mentors are student fellows who help incoming students before arrival and throughout their stay in Budapest. Mentors will contact students as soon as they send their application forms to ELTE, and can help them find accommodation, meet them at the airport, buy a Hungarian phone card etc. Students can also apply to have a mentor at
More information on the mentor system at

Required minimum and maximum number of credits available through the exchange

In general 30 credits/semester.

Is housing assistance available? How do students apply, and is it guaranteed?


Housing options

Student Residence
Private housing in Budapest
It is also possible to contact the Mentor System, which provides a Hungarian student helper for the incoming exchange student. One of their services is to provide assistance in finding accommodation. To get a Hungarian student helper please e-mail to the Mentor System at

Housing Website and Contact Person(s)

Do students apply for housing with their regular application or is it separate?

It is separate. As the student residence halls are usually overbooked, the earliest possible date would be best.

Is housing available between breaks in the term?


Is there a campus meal plan?


Total cost estimates per month in Euro
(broken down below)

(1 EUR is approx. 300 HUF)


70.000 HUF     210 EUR


35.000 HUF     117 EUR



-Local Transportation

4400 HUF        15 EUR

-Health Insurance

(please indicate and specify any mandatory additional fees)

30.000 HUF     100 EUR

Is comparable health insurance coverage from abroad allowed/not allowed?


Are health facilities available at the university?


Are internships available?

Yes, administrative internship at the Department of International Education and Mobility (

Are student jobs available/allowed?

Yes allowed, 20 hrs/ week, approximate salary 200EUR/month

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Last updated

January 2014