Financial issues

2020.01.14.
Financial issues
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Application- and entrance exam fees

When submitting your application, please make sure to transfer the application fee to the university's account. Unfortunately we are not able to consider your application if you do not pay the application fee. The application fee must be paid separately from the tuition fee.
 
APPLICATION FEE
1.1. In addition to the tuition fee charged for the participation in a given program, an initial one-off application fee of EUR 150 must be paid by each incoming student applying for any BA or MA programmes. Applicants applying for the English, Hungarian or German Preparatory (Foundation) Programmes must pay an initial one-off application fee of EUR 200.
1.2. The application fee is non-refundable, and must be transferred to the university's bank account alongside the submission of all application documents, or whenever instructed. 
1.3. The payment of the application fee does not guarantee the applicant's admission to the selected program. 
1.4. In case an applicant re-applies for a program, he or she must pay the application fee again. No exception to this rule can be made under any circumstances. 
1.5. Applicants are allowed to make the payment of their application fees through an authorized third person (a representative, educational consultant, family member, friend, etc.). In case the authorized third person handles the payment of more than one applicant, he or she must ensure that each application fee is transferred in a separate bank transaction. No group collection order (payment in bulk) is allowed. 
1.6. The payment of the application fee must be made in EUR (no other currency is accepted). Bank charges must be covered by the applicant. No cash payments will be accepted under any circumstances. 
1.7. The application fee must be paid independently from the tuition fee.
1.8. Transfer order forms ("átutalási megbízás" in Hungarian) must be duly completed by providing the name of the beneficiary in the "narrative" or "message" section of the order. 
 
ENTRANCE EXAM FEE
1.1. In addition to the application fee, an initial one-off entrance exam fee of EUR 100 must be paid by each incoming student applying for one of our BA or MA programmes. Applicants for our English, German and Hungarian Foundation programmes do not have to pay an entrance exam fee.
1.2. The entrance fee is refundable (only in case the entrance exam can not take place), and must be transferred to the university's bank account alongside the submission of all application documents, or whenever instructed. 
1.3. The payment of the entrance exam fee does not guarantee the applicant's admission to the selected program. 
1.4. In case an applicant re-applies for a program, he or she must pay the entrance exam fee again. No exception to this rule can be made under any circumstances. 
1.5. Applicants are allowed to make the payment of their entrance fees through an authorized third person (a representative, educational consultant, family member, friend, etc.). In case the authorized third person handles the payment of more than one applicant, he or she must ensure that each entrance exam fee is transferred in a separate bank transaction. No group collection order (payment in bulk) is allowed. 
1.6. The payment of the entrance exam fee must be made in EUR (no other currency is accepted). Bank charges must be covered by the applicant. No cash payments will be accepted under any circumstances. 
1.7. The entrance exam fee must be paid independently from the application fee and the tuition fee.
1.8. Transfer order forms ("átutalási megbízás" in Hungarian) must be duly completed by providing the name of the beneficiary in the "narrative" or "message" section of the order. 

Bank account details of our university

IBAN Bank Account: HU 03 1003 2000 0142 6201 0000 0000
BIC/SWIFT code: HUSTHUHB
Name of the University: EÖTVÖS LORÁND UNIVERSITY, ELTE BTK
Address: 1088 Budapest, Múzeum krt. 4/a, Hungary
Name of the Bank: Hungarian State Treasury Ltd. (Magyar Államkincstár)
Address of the Bank: 1139 Budapest, Váci út 71.

Please do not miss to add in the message section:

  • Name of applicant
  • The University's sub-account number: AC9201/04
  • AY 2020/21/1

Tuition fees

Name of the programme 

Tuiton fee / semester for students enrolled from 2020/21/1

English Foundation Programme

1.700 EUR

Hungarian Foundation Programme

1.700 EUR

German Foundation Programme

1.700 EUR

English and American Studies BA

2.200 EUR

All other BA programmes

1.800 EUR
American Studies MA 3.500 EUR

English Studies MA

3.500 EUR

English language instructor MA

3.500 EUR

Film Studies MA

3.500 EUR
All other MA programmes 2.200 EUR

EEA and non-EEA students must pay the tuition fees as follow if and when applying directly through the university:

Tuition Fee Payment Deadline

Once you have been accepted into one of its programs, The Faculty of Humanities requires its applicants to settle the payment of the tuition fee for up to one semester in advance.

Newly admitted students must pay the tuition fee 14 calendar days after receiving a Letter of Acceptance. Once the sum of your tuition fee has been credited to the university's bank account, you will receive a Confirmation of Payment, which might be needed during the process of the visa application. Please note: issuing the Certificate of Payment might take 10 working days.

After the first semester, the payment deadlines are as follows in the case of continuing (old) students:

  • Fall semester: 15 October

  • Spring semester: 15 March

non-EEA nationals
If you require a visa to come to Hungary for the purpose of studies, we strongly recommend you transfer the tuition fee for the first two semesters to the university's account as soon as possible after getting accepted. 

EEA nationals
If you are an European Economic Area (EEA) national, the Faculty requires you to pay for the tuition fee up to one semester in advance. As soon as you transfer the tuition fee, and have met with one of International Student Advisors to set you up, you will be able to register for classes in line with the university's registration schedule.

Important notice: Please only transfer the tuition fee to the university’s account after you have been accepted into one of our programs. You will receive a Notification of Payment, which will provide you with further instructions on the payment procedure. Do not pay until you have been officially accepted into the program.

Paying tuition fee for Foundation students: According to the Academic Regulations of ELTE (353. §, ad 131. § (9), (4) 803) Foundation students must pay the tuition fee for the first semester until registration. Tuition fee for the second semester must be paid until the beginning of the second semester.

THE BANK ACCOUNT DETAILS OF THE UNIVERSITY: 

IBAN Bank Account: HU 03 1003 2000 0142 6201 0000 0000
BIC/SWIFT code: HUSTHUHB
Name of the University: EÖTVÖS LORÁND UNIVERSITY, ELTE BTK
Address: 1088 Budapest, Múzeum krt. 4/a, Hungary
Name of the Bank: Hungarian State Treasury Ltd. (Magyar Államkincstár)
Address of the Bank: 1139 Budapest, Váci út 71.

Message ("Közlemény" in Hungarian): Please note: Faulty completed transfer order forms might substantially slow down the admission and visa process!

  • Applicant's name 
  • AC9201/04
  • Year and semester of the programme
  • Name of the programme

For example (follow this order):

  • JOHN SMITH
  • AC9201/04
  • AY 2020/2021/1
  • Foundation Course

The above bank address cannot be visited, but is merely the address of recipient at the time of making the financial transaction. To pay for the tuition fee, please visit your own bank.

Please note: It is the applicant’s responsibility to fill in the message section correctly. It is IMPORTANT to put the reference number AC9201/04 to the message part of your transfer! If you miss to give this reference number it might take several weeks we can identify your transfer.


Reimbursements (Refund of Tuition fees)

GENERAL PROVISIONS

Getting a refund before the registration period:

Note that if you are a newly admitted student of the institution, your tuition fee can only be refunded if you apply for a refund in full before the beginning of the registration period of the relevant semester. Your tuition fee will be refunded only if you have been rejected to receive a visa to travel to Hungary or you are denied to extend your residence permit.

Getting a refund after the registration period:

Visa rejection or expulsion (kiutasítás):

Tuition fees will only be refunded after the beginning of the registration period if you are able to justifiably prove that your visa application or your request for the extension of the residence permit (in Hungary) has been rejected by the Hungarian authorities.

Note that applicants holding the following documents will be automatically denied acceptance into the university:

  • holders of a temporary residence permit
  • applicants already expelled from the territory of Hungary
  • applicants holding a residence permit of any other EU member state with a validity of less than six (6) months
  • transfer students from other universities if the applicant's earlier study status was passive
  • applicants on a tourist visa will only be admitted if they travel back to their home country and apply from the Hungarian embassy or consulate-general (this is in accordance with the Hungarian law)

Students who are already enrolled to one of our programmes and continuing (old) students are eligible to receive a refund after the beginning of the registration period in accordance with the Academic Regulations for Students of ELTE.

Students deported (kiutasítás) from Hungary at any time are only eligible to receive a refund if the university has coordinated with the Office of Immigration and Asylum about the legal and financial responsibility of the institution. The costs of the deportation will be deducted from the already paid tuition fee.

Tuition fees are non-transferable and non-deferrable.

Application- and entrance exam fees are nonrefundable, non-transferable, and non-deferrable.

After sending in your refund request, please allow up to 12 weeks to receive an answer from the committee.

Processing your refund might take up to 90 calendar days.

Please note: the University takes 2% handling costs.

Special mitigating circumstances: the tuition fee will be refunded in case of the death of a next of kin (supporting documents are to be submitted). Special consideration will be give to each individual case.

Program cancelation:

Full refund will be given if the launch of a degree program is canceled and the applicant refuses to accept a degree program of his or her own choice.

REQUESTING A REFUND

Each request for the partial or full refund of the tuition fee must be addressed to the Department of International Affairs in writing by e-mail: international-finances@btk.elte.hu

When submitting a refund, we must be furnished with the following particulars:

  • Refund Data Sheet (Download document). Please note: we do NOT accept hand written Data Sheets only typed one.
  • Official request letterAddressed to the Finance Unit, stating why you would like to request the refund of your tuition fees. Do not forget to sign the letter and affix the place and date of its issuance (for example: Algiers, Algeria, 4 August 2014).
  • Confirmation of PaymentPlease attach the proof of payment that you received from the Financial Department, showing that you have paid the tuition fee.
  • Document(s) supporting your case
  • Refusal Letter from the Authorities, in case, at first or second instance, your appeal was denied by the Hungarian authorities (“határozat” from the Hungarian Immigration Office, issued in Hungarian language which says your visa application has been refused).
  • Approved Withdrawal of Registration or Suspension of Studies (download GA-02 form from here)
  • Death certificate (in case of death)
  • Letter of Authorization (Download document)

Give a Letter of Authorization to the person who paid the fees on your behalf, allowing him or her to collect the tuition fee. This letter is only needed if you did not pay the fee(s) from your own bank account.

The request counts as "submitted" if the applicant has received written confirmation from the Faculty of the receipt of their e-mail or regular mail.

N. B. It is the exclusive duty of the applicant to prove that he or she has paid the tuition fee that he or she wants to be refunded. In case neither the applicant nor the student can find unquestionable evidence of the payment, the university shall not refund the tuition fee. The university will attempt to find the best solution to recover the tuition fee in case it is shown not found.

PLEASE DOWNLOAD OUR INFORMATION LETTER CONCERNING THE REFUND OF YOUR TUITION FEE(S) HERE!


Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship

Stipendium Hungaricum is a scholarship program for foreign students, founded by the Hungarian Government in 2013. The program aims to promote cultural understanding, economic and cultural relations between Hungary and other countries.

The scholarship can be awarded to citizens from over 50 countries, for full degree or partial studies. 

The amount of the scholarship is HUF 43,700 for students in preparatory, bachelor and master programmes and in doctoral programmes HUF 140,000/month in the first two years (during the training & research period) and HUF 180,000/month during the second two years (the research & dissertation period) for PhD students. (The scholarship is HUF 100,000 for PhD students who started their studies prior to the 2016/2017academic year.)

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