Frequently Asked Questions

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Admission process

You contact the nearest Hungarian Consulate in your region and apply for a ’residence permit for educational purpose’. We send you our Visa Support Certificate by an express courier. You will have to hand in other documents as well, so it is very important to contact them beforehand. The Consulate might need up to 30 days to assess your application. If they grant it you will receive a type D visa that is valid for one entry to Hungary and you have 30 days after entering Hungary to pick up your residence permit in Budapest.

We usually send it by an express courier to your address and you pay for the delivery fee cash (in Euro) upon arrival in IBS. We need your exact address with postal code and a contact phone number. 

After emailing us all the necessary documents (high school diploma / bachelor's degree, passport copy) we assess them and inform you if we grant you admission or not. If you are admitted we will email you our infomation letter and an invoice. Then you secure your place with the payment of the tuition fee

We do not require GMAT for the MSc programmes, only a bachelor's degree or relevant work experience.

Without a business degree you can apply to the International Management or Human Resource Management programmes as they are conversion master's allowing you to change your career. However, you will need a business degree for the Financial Management and Marketing Management programmes.

Please email us to and if possible print screen the error message, we will help you. 

There is no need to send the transcript, we require the high school diploma certificate only.

There is no need to send a reference letter or a CV. 

You can apply to IBS without having your high school diploma/bachelor degree but as soon as you receive please email it to us at You can enrol only with your original diploma/degree and proof of payment of tuition (and registration) fee in September. Please have it translated into English by an official translator. 


After IBS grants admission to an applicant (by checking the required documents) we email our proforma invoice. Students can pay by semester, however, students with a non-EU citizenship have to pay the one-off registration fee together with the first semester tuition fee.

Non-EU students will pay for their health insurance upon arrival in IBS (valid for 12 months in Hungary) and need to buy only travel insurance that is valid for one month.

After IBS receives the payment, we will send you our Visa Support Certificate and Letter by DHL. The DHL delivery fee is to be paid by the student.

Important: it is NOT possible to receive our Visa Support Certificate BEFORE payment.

It consists of 2 documents, a Certificate in Hungarian addressed to the Hungarian Consul and an explanatory Letter to you in English:

The Certificate certifies:

  1. your student status at IBS,
  2. your English language skills,
  3. accommodation in the Residence Hall (address: 1031 Budapest, Reichl Kálmán u. 6.),
  4. and health insurance for 12 months (valid from 15 August or 15 February).

Please submit it to the Consul.

In the Letter we inform you about the content of the Visa Support Certificate, the documents required for enrolment and the residence permit application process.

Important: the Residence Hall fee is NOT included in the tuition fee, so please book your accommodation in the Residence Hall either on the online form or by writing to .


Residence permit must be collected from the Office of Immigration and Nationality in Budapest. If you are a non-EU citizen and you have a visa (type D, valid for 30 days and for one entry to the territory of Hungary), you must go to the Office of Immigration and Nationality (Bevándorlási és Állampolgársági Hivatal) in Budapest within 30 days of your arrival to receive your residence permit.

For your residence permit you will need:

  1. Application form for the issuance of the residence permit - available at the reception of the Immigration Office,
  2. Student status certificate issued by IBS upon enrolment,
  3. Student card certificate issued by IBS upon enrolment,
  4. One passport photo,
  5. Health insurance,
  6. Accommodation reporting form - available in English at IBS. You should have this form signed by the owner(s) of your accommodation:
  • If you are staying at the Residence Hall, the RH Manager will sign it and stamp it.
  • If you are staying in a rented flat, the owner(s) of the flat must sign this form and provide you with a copy of the title deed document (proof of ownership, ‘tulajdoni lap’ in Hungarian) and the rent contract. You must attach these two documents to the form. The form in Hungarian can be downloaded here.
  • If you are staying in somebody’s flat as a favour (for free), the owner(s) of the property should write a ‘contract of courtesy use of flat’ (‘szívességi lakáshasználati szerződés’ in Hungarian) that contains the address of the property, the personal data of the user (you) and the statement that you can stay in this property free of charge. This contract should be signed by two witnesses (with name and address) and a title deed document (proof of ownership, ‘tulajdoni lap’ in Hungarian) should also be attached.

Please email the visa refusal document to IBS and your tuition fee will be refunded. The registration fee of EUR 900 will NOT be refunded.

Language Requirements

It is not a requirement, IBS has its ownEnglish placement testand interview to assess applicants’ English skills. However, those who already have a TOEFL or IELTS exam with sufficient score will be exempt from taking our own English placement test, they just need to have our interview. 

We can accept only an IELTS or TOEFL certificate, please see on the application process page. 


The IBS English placement test is a grammar and vocabulary test of 100 minutes that you should complete without using any aid.  International students usually take the test upon arrival in IBS in August and after passing it there is an interview and a listening task as well. However, if somebody visits IBS earlier and wishes to take the test and interview we can arrange it. (If somebody does not pass the test we offer the possibility of improving English skills on our one year International University Foundation programme.)

It is not part of the BSc or MSc programme, but if you do not pass our English placement test we strongly advise you to take it. It offers 600 classes of English practising different languange skills, including business English (4-5 classes each weekday). At the end of the programme you take the test and interview again and if you pass it, you can continue your studies on the Bachelor's or Master's programme. 


We do not offer an MBA or a PhD programme, but four Master's programmes that take 12 months to complete and lead to a UK degree. 

You can check the details of each BSc and MSc programme on our website. On the bachelor's level all programmes start with a Common First Year, so all students study the same modules and have time until April to decide which programme they continue their studies with. On the master's level you can consult with the Programme Director or the Recruitment and Marketing Centre

Yes, it is possible to be a visiting student on the bachelor's level if you are a citizen of the European Union. It means that you can study only one semester at IBS, choose from a wide selection of BSc modules (up to 30 credits) and at the end of the semester you will receive a transcript from IBS. 

Please email us your high school diploma with English translation, your transcript from your current university with a short module description of each completed module and a copy of your passport. Then we assess how many modules we can accept and inform you which study year you can join IBS. Please note that there is a transfer fee for each accepted module. 

IBS offers a Starter Scholarship for new BSc applicants and an Academic Scholarship for enrolled BSc students which is based on academic achievement at IBS after the first semester. These scholarships are only available with the Buckingham-validated English-languageBachelor programmes of IBS and the two cannot be used together.

These are quite different in all respect, so you cannot start one and then transfer to the other:


Yes, because the tuition fee is calculated for the whole programme and makes up 19.800,- Euro for the BSc programme. So you need to pay the tuition fee for each semester of the three years. However, if you choose the placement option in the sixth semester you will have the opportunity to agree with your employer about your salary. While some companies agree to pay some part of the tuition fee and a salary, others pay the full tuition and no salary, or decide to provide you with a competitive compensation and don't cover any of the tuition. 

All applicants who are non-European Union citizens need to pay the one-off registration fee of 900 Euro. This fee is based on citizenship, not residency. It is to be paid together with the tuition fee. 

No, for non-European Union citizens the tuition and registration fee must be paid in advance otherwise we cannot provide our Visa Support Certificate that is required for the residence permit application. 

After IBS has granted you admission you secure your place with your payment. You can enrol to your programme only after payment has been made.

On the Intensive English Language Programme or the BSc programmes EU citizens usually pay by semester.

Due to the strict visa regulations in the first year non-EU citizens must pay for the whole year with the one-off registration fee. From the second year non-EU citizens can pay by semester too and their residence permit will be valid also for one semester.

Erasmus students pay at their home insitution.

Payments can be made in Euro by bank transfer or cash at IBS's cash office. Please make sure that your name is included in the bank transfer receipt and IBS receives the full fee (most banks charge commission). If possible inform us about your payment at

Only new BSc applicants and BSc students on the British degree programmes at IBS are eligible for scholarships, there is no scholarship for MSc students, Pre-med, HND or IELP students.

IBS offers two kinds of scholarships:

  • the Starter scholarship is available only for BSc applicants who have either IELTS or TOEFL certificate with a certain score (we cannot accept any other language certificate).
  • the Academic Scholarship is available after each semester of the BSc programmes and is based on students’ academic results at IBS.

The two scholarships cannot be used at the same time.


You can apply at any time (the earlier the better), but you need to pay the deposit and rental fee by the deadline. When the on-campus Residence Hall is full, you can stay in the off-campus Residence Hall.

On the online application form you can indicate your wish to stay in the Residence Hall. After you submit the online form the Residence Hall Manager will contact you by email. You can find more details on the Residence Hall application process on our website.


Optional work placement in the sixth semester of your studies is an excellent opportunity for testing your strengths, showing your teeth and more often than not, finding your workplace. In recent years, close to 40 per cent of our students have found a job upon graduation at their placement organisation.

Placement is a one semester internship which our undergraduate students can do in their third, final year, mostly at multinational companies.

During the placement our students put into practice in real working situations what they have learned in theory . This is a very advantageous set-up for student and employer alike: as the placement lasts for a semester, the student can integrate into the work environment, and if the student is successful, they can continue their cooperation afterwards without any problems. It is also very common for students graduating from IBS to receive a job at their placement company, meaning that many of the students on our undergraduate programmes graduate with a stable position already waiting for them.

Most importantly, students graduating from IBS are not start-up graduates in the field of work, since they already have at least one semester of work experience behind them. It is no wonder that 70% of our graduates find a job within three months of their graduation, and 22% within 6 months, with very good salaries, and in fields which match their qualifications and interests.

You can watch videos about our student's placement experiences here! >>

Searching for and finding a professional placement position is the task of the student; however, IBS can and does offer effective assistance. Our career office has a network of about 300 partner companies, and these companies are committed to accepting our students. It is common for our alumni who graduated a few years ago and by now have achieved leading positions to offer positions to present IBS students.

Students entering IBS are required to take a so-called Captain test, which gives them a picture of their abilities and skills, all of this in the context of their field of future interest. Based on the results we can form the strategy that students need to follow in their planned careers.

Prior to the placement period we offer training, career counselling and resume and cover letter writing exercises to help students who apply to several positions that they have found through IBS or by themselves.

In the last 20 years experience has shown that our students have a significant competitive advantage in the labour market due to their superior language, IT, teamwork, presentation and other skills.


Original high school diploma or Bachelor's degree certificate with certified English translation, proof of payment of tuition fee, passport and 2 ID photos.

On our website: academic calendar 

On our website in the section Student life.