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Residence Permit and Visa

Planning to study abroad in Budapest, Hungary? Here’s what you need to know about applying for a student visa and residence permit! 

Student visa for Hungary 

Do I need a visa for studying in Hungary? 

  • EU and EEA (European Economic Area = EU + Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Switzerland) citizens do not need to hold a student visa to enter Hungary. 

  • Non-EEA citizens must have a valid student visa to study in Hungary. We highly recommend all applicants to study carefully the current legislation concerning the visa and the residence permit at the Hungarian Embassy or Consulate in their home country.  


METU’s Visa Assistance Package 

At METU, we are committed to assist our applicants in solving all problems they might encounter before their arrival. 

As part of our Visa Assistance Package, our team provides assistance for students requiring a visa in preparing all documents and going through this application process successfully.

You can request assistance on our online application site after successfully passing the online interview. Find out more about our application process here.


Residence permit for the purpose of studies 

Non-EEA citizens need to apply for the residence permit together with the visa application before arriving to Hungary. 

You can apply for a residence permit for the purpose of studies at the accredited Hungarian Embassy/Consulate.  


Health insurance 

All full-time students must have a valid health insurance during their studies in Hungary, which is also needed to get and renew your Residence Permit. 

We would like to emphasize that all non-EU / EEA applicants must insure themselves prior to applying for a visa. We strongly advise to apply for Medicover's Health Insurance, offered by METU before coming to Hungary, since it is widely recognized and accepted. You can find out more about the university’s health insurance by clicking here. 


Useful links 

Download necessary documents here: 


Contact us 

Need help? Our International Admission Office is here to help you!