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Please find some general information regarding the spring 2024 intake.

Please click on your programme below to find enrolment details. 

You may contact us at info@ibsbudapest.com if something is not clear. 

STUDY MODE

The Hungarian immigration authority announced that it will be closed from January 1, 2024, until February 29, 2024. During this time, no new visa appointments can be made until March 1st, and already submitted visa requests will not be processed until March 1st either. The reason for this shutdown is technical, due to harmonisation with EU law.

In order to minimise the inconvenience for our students, we have changed our 2024 Spring intake as follows: instead of February, classes will begin for all newcomers on April 15, 2024.

This will give each of you plenty of time to obtain your study visa and then attend classes on your chosen programmes. You will be provided with an alternate class schedule as well allowing you to finish your semester in June as you originally planned.

With these changes, we believe that we can give you as much flexibility as possible despite this setback, which is beyond our control.

IBS will launch all programmes where the student numbers are sufficient with face-to-face classes and will normally also offer an online study mode option only for those whose visa is delayed and cannot arrive in Budapest in April 2024.

You will be informed about the study mode of your programme by the Centre for Student Services after enrolment.

If your programme is offered only online or you choose online study mode due to your delayed visa process, you can still travel to Hungary at any time after you have received your visa.

Please note that the tuition fees are the same in the online study mode.


ENROLMENT INFORMATION

Please check the enrolment period on our website here.

A. Face-to-face enrolment:
Please come to the Centre for Student Services on the Campus during opening hours (9-12 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. every weekday except Friday afternoons).

If you enrol in person, please bring all original documents and certificates with you – you will not be able to enrol without presenting them on the spot.

B. Online enrolment:
PLEASE EMAIL TO studentadmin@ibs-b.hu to get an appointment from the Centre for Student Services for your online enrolment date and time.

Online enrolment is a recorded video chat where you have to present your original documents and sign the contract of education.


FACE-TO-FACE CLASSES

If your programme is offered with face-to-face classes but you cannot arrive on the campus before the first teaching day of your programme, you will start your studies ONLINE and join face-to-face classes whenever you receive you visa.


VISA ISSUES

As the Hungarian Consulates do not accept new permit applications until 1 March 2024, several consulates may not be able to offer you an appointment for a visa interview in time for you to arrive in Hungary before the start of the semester.

To provide our students with as much flexibility as possible, we are offering all IBS applicants the following solution:

IBS applicants who do not receive their visa until April are allowed to start their studies online from April 2024. They can submit their visa application whenever they receive an appointment from the Consulate, and they will be able to travel to Hungary any time after receiving their visa.

This allows you to have more options for interview appointments and travel dates. Also, in case of a visa refusal: until the END OF THE SPRING SEMESTER (30 June 2024), IBS applicants will be entitled to a FULL REFUND (with the exception of EUR 400) on condition that they have participated in online classes, activities and assessments as required to the best of their ability.

SPECIAL REFUND POLICY for the spring 2024 intake:

  • Once you have received the admission certificates of IBS for the visa application, you are entitled for a refund only if your visa is refused and you email the visa refusal document to IBS (see further conditions below). No other excuse for claiming a refund is accepted. Participation in classes, activities and assessments as required to the best of your ability is a condition of getting a refund.
  • In case your visa is granted, we CANNOT refund you the tuition fee and the registration fee in any circumstances.
  • If your visa is rejected and you have not enrolled yet, EUR 400 from your payment is non-refundable, the rest will be refunded if you meet all conditions.
  • Once you have enrolled, participation in classes, activities and assessments as required to the best of your ability becomes a condition of getting a refund or a permission for deferral. If your visa is rejected, you have already enrolled and fulfilled the participation requirement, you may reclaim up to 30 June 2024 the full amount of your paid fees with the exception of EUR 400.

We offer you this solution on the condition that:

  1. You pay your tuition fee until 20 February,
  2. You ask the Consulate for a visa appointment until 10 March,
  3. You enrol online until 10 April and
  4. You participate in your online classes, activities and assessments as required to the best of your ability until you receive the visa.
  • If you regularly fail to show up on your classes, your student status and your residence permit will be suspended. In this case you will be asked to leave the country within 8 days and your tuition fee and registration fee will NOT be refunded.
  • If you decide to leave Hungary or to transfer to another institution, the tuition fee and the registration fee will NOT be refunded.
  • Please note that no refunds are available after the last day of the semester’s teaching period.
  • Please note that we can refund the fee only to the same bank account that you transferred it from due to strict financial regulations!

Please note, if the first semester’s teaching period is over, there is no refund.


ENTERING HUNGARY

Currently there are no COVID restrictions when you enter Hungary, but please check it with your airlines and please buy health insurance in your home country that is valid for 30 days upon entering Hungary.

Your Type D visa is valid for ONE entry to Hungary and you will have 30 days upon arrival in Budapest to collect your study residence permit at the National Directorate-General for Aliens Policing in Budapest. You will need to present your new student status certificate (provided by the Centre for Student Services upon enrolment), your health insurance (that you can buy at IBS) and accommodation documents.



ROUTE TO IBS

We do not have a pick-up service from the airport, you can use the Airport Mini-Bus or the official taxi company called Főtaxi to get to the city.

IBS is located in Graphisoft Park in the 3rd district of Budapest, the address is 7 Záhony utca, 1031 Budapest. Please check out our website how to get here. 


ENGLISH TESTING before enrolment

  • BSc programmes: all students who are not exempt from English testing must take the IBS English test, the listening comprehension and oral part ONLINE.
  • MSc programmes: all students who are not exempt from English testing must take the IBS English test ONLINE. 

Enrolment can ony be done after passing the IBS English testing.

If you are exempt from the English test, you can enrol directly at the Centre for Student Services or Online. 

Please note that if your tuition fee payment is not the full amount (because of bank charges or online transaction charges), you should pay the difference cash in euro before you enrol. 


ACCOMMODATION

The on-campus Residence Hall is about 200 m from the IBS Offices building, the address is 3rd district, 6 Reichl Kálmán utca. You can move to the Residence Hall on or after 1 February if you have paid the rental fee. With further RH questions please contact the RH contact person, Ms Maria Ortiz at osm@ibs-b.hu

If you still need accommodation in Budapest, please check out our website for options here or contact Etelka Dombora (edombora@ibs-b.hu), our International Student Advisor.


PUBLIC TRANSPORT TICKETS

When you arrive in Budapest, it will take some days until you receive your temporary student card certificate at IBS which entitles you to a student pass. So please buy tickets or full-price passes until you receive this certificate. Find ticket options on the website of the Budapest Public Transportation System.


HEALTH INSURANCE

Non-EU citizens can buy their health insurance in the ground floor lobby of the IBS Offices Building from the appointed insurance agent, Mr Tamás Kocsis-Barna. Please contact the Centre for Student Services for the dates. 

The health insurance is valid for 12 months and costs HUF 110,000 (equivalent to appr. EUR 280). The insurance fee must be paid in cash in Hungarian Forints, please note that you cannot change money at IBS, just in Auchan shopping mall which is very close to IBS. You will need your passport and address in Budapest.  

Please find details of the insurance and medical treatment on our website

EU students should bring their European Health Insurance Card.


LIFE IN BUDAPEST

Please check out our website for basic information. The official currency of Hungary is FORINT. It is better to change your money in the city and not at the airport. There is also an exchange office in the Auchan shopping mall next to the campus.

Please find some interesting and useful information on Hungary, follow the latest news in the student life section and watch our welcoming video.

IBS Contacts after you have enrolled on your programme

Bachelor's programmes

Enrolment dates: please check the academic calendar here.

Enrolment is primarily on the campus in person.

Please write to studentadmin@ibs-b.hu to receive an appointment from the Student Centre for your online enrolment.
(Online enrolment is a video chat where you have to present your original documents and sign the learning agreement.)

Place: Centre for Student Services (Graphisoft Park, U1 Building, ground floor, left)

What to prepare for enrolment:

  • original high school diploma with original certified English translation,
  • original English language certificate if it makes you exempt from test writing,
  • statement of bank transfer/cash payment of tuition fee,
  • non-EU citizens: passport; EU citizens: ID or passport, Hungarian citizens: ID, TAJ and adóazonosító cards.
  • students under 18 years of age can enrol only with a parent/legal guardian or a person above 18 whom the parent has officially authorized. The notarized authorization form has to be presented.

Start of the first semester: 15 April 2024

The Centre for Student Services will inform you about the first day by email a few days before the start. 

Master's programmes in Budapest

Enrolment dates: please check the academic calendar here.

Enrolment is primarily on the campus in person.

Please write to studentadmin@ibs-b.hu to receive an appointment from the Student Centre for your online enrolment.  (Online enrolment is a video chat where you have to present your original documents and sign the learning agreement.)

What to prepare for enrolment:

  • original Bachelor’s degree certificate and its certified English translation (and a hard copy of work reference letters if applicable),
  • statement of bank transfer/cash payment of tuition fee,
  • original English language certificate /Medium of instruction certificate if applicable,
  • non-EU citizens: passport; EU citizens: ID or passport, Hungarian citizens: ID, TAJ and adóazonosító cards.

Start of the first semester: 15 April 2024

The Centre for Student Services will inform you about induction and the start by email.

Compulsory pre-course reading list for all MSc students: Please prepare for your programme by reading these materials, your teachers will build on your knowledge gained here. Please read the articles until the start of the programme.  

Students on the IT for Business Data Analytics should bring their own laptop/notebook to classes! Also kindly check the system requirements by contacting info@ibsbudapest.com.

University Foundation Programme

Enrolment dates: please check the academic calendar here.

Enrolment is primarily in person on the campus. You will be placed in a group of your English level. Please note that the study mode may not be the same for all levels.

Please write to studentadmin@ibs-b.hu to receive an appointment from the Student Centre for your online enrolment.  (Online enrolment is a video chat where you have to present your original documents and sign the learning agreement.)

You can enrol after you have taken our online English placement test.

What to prepare for enrolment:

  • original high school diploma with original certified English translation,
  • statement of bank transfer/cash payment of tuition fee,
  • non-EU citizens: passport; EU citizens: ID or passport, Hungarian citizens: ID, TAJ and adóazonosító cards.
  • students under 18 years of age can enrol only with a parent/legal guardian or a person above 18 whom the parent has officially authorized. The notarized authorization form has to be presented.

Start of the semester: 

15 April 2024

The Centre for Student Services will inform you about the first day by email a few days before the start. 

PhD programmes

Please enrol to the programme between 22 January and 9 February at the Student Centre or online by writing to studentadmin@ibs-b.hu.

You will be informed about the start by the Research Office, Ms. Irina Cheresheva in due time.