Loyola University Maryland

International Programs

Budapest: Information for Parents

Program Director: Kaileigh Jolliffe
Assistant Director
Office of International Programs
Phone: 410-617-5740
Email: 
krjolliffe@loyola.edu

Thank you for your interest in our study abroad programs! The goal of this page is to help you better understand the Budapest study abroad program and highlight distinguishing features and components that will interest you as a parent. More detailed and updated information are given to your son or daughter in information sessions, academic reviews, workshops, and pre-departure orientations. Once you read this information, we strongly encourage you to discuss this with your son/daughter first. Please know all information is given to the students, and we ask students to share all of this with you.  

Sending students abroad is a partnership that includes students, parents, university personnel, and our overseas partners. We realize that you will have questions, and if our website or your son/daughter cannot answer those questions, we will be happy to discuss the study abroad process and program information with you. Please keep in mind that due to the FERPA federal regulation (Family Education Rights and Privacy Act), we will not be able to discuss specific information regarding your son/daughter; however, if your son/daughter is willing to sign a waiver form indicating the specific information to be shared with you, we will be more than happy to discuss specific matters regarding your son/daughter.

We hope you find this information helpful in assisting your son/daughter to accomplish his or her goal of learning, living, and serving abroad. We look forward to working with you and your son/daughter.

General Information

Loyola students can study abroad at Corvinus University in Budapest, Hungary through the program provider, Academic Programs International (API).  The program is available for the fall or spring semester. The fall semester runs from late August through mid-December and the Spring semester runs from late January through mid-May.

Criteria for Acceptance and Application Requirements

For the Loyola study abroad program in Budapest, students must have a minimum 2.750 CQPA. They should apply to Loyola’s Office of International Programs by the Wednesday after Thanksgiving break of their sophomore year in order to be considered for the fall or spring semester spots in their junior year. Disciplinary records from the school’s Office of Student Life are taken into consideration when reviewing applications. Students should mark down second and third choices in the event that we cannot offer them a spot in the Budapest program.

Travel to Budapest

Loyola will arrange group travel to and from Budapest. While we encourage students to stay for the duration of the program, if necessary, students are able to change their return date upon completion of final exams, but it will be at their own cost. Loyola does not pay for any flight deviations or tickets changes at all. If a student wishes to change their ticket, they must contact our travel agent at Frosch Travel, 410-433-9300.

Departure

The airline tickets for the group are electronic. The students will receive an email confirmation from our travel agent once ticketing is complete. They should print it out and bring it to the airport just to be safe, but their passport is technically all they need to check in. The group will meet at the Newark Liberty International Airport or JFK International Airport. It is important that everyone is there on time. Once they arrive at the airport, they do not need to wait for the rest of the group to check in. Please make sure your student checks in as soon as they arrive and then proceeds through to security. They should check their bags through to Budapest. If they have a layover, they will receive a boarding pass for the flight to Budapest as well.

Baggage

The group must follow the policies and baggage regulations of the airline we arrange their ticket with.  The airline can change semester to semester dependent upon cost and availability of group tickets. 

Carry-On Baggage

"Liquids, gels and/or aerosols are permitted through security checkpoints. Items must fit in one clear, re-sealable quart or liter-sized plastic bag, in containers of 3.4oz/100ml or less. Plastic bags must be completely sealed and will be x-rayed at the security checkpoint separately."

The following items are allowed, but must be presented to officials at security checkpoints if they are not contained in clear plastic bags or are of greater volume than 3.4oz/100ml in the United States or 100ml/3.3oz in the EU:

  • Baby formula/milk, including breast milk, and baby food in containers if a baby or small child is traveling.
  • Medications (liquid, gel or aerosol) Liquids, juices or gels for diabetic passengers who indicate a need for such items to address their medical condition. (A letter from your physician is not necessary).

Passengers are permitted to take liquids, gels, and/or aerosols purchased in the boarding area on board the aircraft. This includes all duty free items.

On-Site Support

API provides two on-site coordinators to assist the students with any questions, concerns, illnesses, or other issues while they are in Budapest. Reka Futasz is the resident director, and thus the main point of contact for the students throughout the semester. She is there for support 24/7 in case of emergency. Students will meet her on their first day when they arrive at the airport.  Students can seek her for help with questions, advice, or any issues/problems that arise during the semester.  

All API students receive orientation information to help them prepare for their study abroad session. API orientations include tours of the orientation city as well as practical information about life in the host city, including transportation, safety and local culture. The orientation is designed to minimize adjustment difficulties upon arrival and gives students a chance to get to know other participants in the program.

Arrival/Contact

The group will arrive in Budapest the day after departure from the USA. After getting their bags, a bus will be there to take them to their apartments.

Please remember that Hungary is currently 6 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time. It may be difficult for your students to contact you immediately upon arrival. I know that you will be nervous and apprehensive, but please give them time to get their bearings, find a phone card or the Internet, and contact home. The phone system works differently than ours and the Internet may not be set up for them to use on campus right away. Remember that no news is good news! The students are generally very excited and busy adjusting to a new life in their first couple of weeks so contact may be less frequent at first. It would be smart to determine a good time to talk with your student once they know their schedule so that you don’t lose contact. 

Background

The Budapest program with API is brand new to Loyola.  It was established in 2017 and will begin sending students for the fall 2018 semester.  Out students will attend classes through the International Study Programs department of the Corvinus University.  Corvinus University  is one of the leading universities for economics in Hungary and Central Europe.  The student population is approximately 17,000 students.  The International Study Programs department was established in 1990 with the purpose of welcoming international students for study abroad sessions as well as for degree programs. Throughout its history, the ISP has welcomed over 5,000 students from 83 countries.

Budapest is considered by many to be one of the hidden treasures of Europe. It is a thriving city of modern bridges, cafes and markets amid an eclectic mix of architectural styles that reflect Budapest’s unique history. The Danube River splits the city of Budapest into its two halves, Buda and Pest. On the Buda side, Castle Hill, the Royal Palace and Old Town are sites not to be missed. Wait until darkness falls for a breathtaking view of the river with the lights of the seven bridges, the castle and the Parliament building reflected on the water. Pest is the political and economic heart of the city. Its main symbol is the Parliament, which is one of the most recognizable structures in Budapest. Visitors should explore the central market for anything from souvenirs to dinner, or visit one of Budapest’s renowned thermal baths.

Length of Stay

This program has a fall semester and a spring semester option. The fall program runs from late August through mid-December. The spring program runs from late January through mid-May.

Insurance and Health

Medical and life insurance is provided for all students during the program term. This insurance coverage includes medical evacuation and repatriation, as well as 24-hour support services for medical issues.

Loyola also requires that each student submits to us a copy of the front and back of their U.S. health insurance card. We also ask for proof of international coverage from the U.S. policy (either a letter from the insurance company or you can print the international policy description from your policy manual online). We are only asking for proof of overseas coverage for Loyola’s liability purposes. Since the Hungarian health insurance is not worldwide, and students are technically allowed to travel outside of the area of coverage, we need to know that your policy will provide a back-up if your student goes outside of the area of coverage. However, if your policy does not have any type of overseas coverage (not even the basic emergency basis), then it will be essential to purchase supplemental insurance.

Student Visa

Students who are in Hungary for more than 90 days are required to obtain a D-type Single Entry visa or Temporary Residence Permit for their semester in Hungary. Most students will complete the process to obtain a Residence Permit, which happens after arrival in Hungary. In this case, there are not any steps that need to happen prior to departure. Students can also apply for a D-type Single Entry visa prior to departure. We recommend this only for students who live near one of the Hungarian consulates, because it requires a personal appearance at the consulate. Students who get a visa prior to departure still must complete some steps on-site for the Residence Permit, but the process is easier for those who already have a visa. Students who live in or near the following locations are encouraged to secure the visa prior to departure: New York, Los Angeles, or Washington DC. If students do not live near or in these cities, they still have the option to secure a Temporary Residence Permit on-site. Students who do not get a visa prior to departure may be questioned at the airport if the return date is more than 90 days away, since airline regulations will state that a visa is required for stays of more than 90 days. We provide documentation about the Temporary Residence Permit option that students can present to airline officials.

More information on the student visa process can be found online.

Housing

API students in Budapest live in furnished student apartments with other API participants and/or international students. All apartments are within a 20-30 minute commute from the university via public transportation. Most apartments have two double rooms and one single room, a shared bathroom, kitchen, and living areas.  Students are responsible for providing their own meals as these are not included in the program fee.

Loyola students can request one other Loyola student of the same gender to live in their apartment with them.  Students will live with other American or International students studying on the API program.

Communication

Students may bring their smartphones overseas but it is recommended not to purchase an international cell phone plan in the US. Instead, students should purchase a plan when they arrive in Budapest if desired.  Former students have highly recommended using Skype, What’sApp and Viber in order to keep in touch with friends or family back home. The coordinator will help everyone figure out how to buy a cell phone within their first 48 hours in the country.

Benefits**

  • Tuition and room at Corvinus University;
  • Orientation on-site with the coordinator;
  • Occasional group meals; and
  • Planned trips and activities throughout the Hungary and Central Europe with the Loyola coordinator.

**Benefits could be subject to change year to year.

Meals

Students are responsible for their own meals. Students do have access to a refrigerator. Each apartment has its own kitchen equipped with stove tops, oven and freezer. Students can purchase kitchen items and food quite easily from stores in downtown Budapest, which is walking distance from all of the dorms.

Money

It good to find out if your current bank has a sister bank in Hungary.  If your bank does have a sister bank, they can use their ATMs and branches to minimize the international fees.  Charles Schwab has been recommended by previous students as well.

Other ATM and debit cards should work in all ATM machines. It is wise to keep your student’s money in their debit account and have them pay with that whenever possible to avoid ATM fees and to get the best exchange rate of the day. This also makes it easy for you to transfer or deposit money into their account for them if necessary.

We have advised students to contact their banks and credit card companies to inform them that they will be out of the country so that their accounts aren’t frozen once international activity occurs. While doing so, they should also check to see what international fees are incurred when using each of their cards i.e. ATM withdrawal fees, currency conversion fees, etc. Also, you should check to see if your student’s bank is partnered with any banks overseas. We also advise that students are aware of the current exchange rate.  

Expenses

Students’ expenses in the Hungary will vary greatly depending on how much they travel, shop and go out at night.  Budapest is a very affordable city and the cost of living is considered low. However, most students will schedule trips over to the European continent as often as they can afford. The range for how much students typically spend is $3,000–$6,000 USD. That is all inclusive of entertainment, traveling, food, shopping, and textbooks. It is a large range, but again, will depend on how much your student travels, drinks and eats in restaurants.

**Please keep in mind that study abroad information, dates, benefits, and fees are subject to change without notification. You are encouraged to contact the Office of International Programs directly for the most up-to-date information regarding any study abroad programs offered at Loyola.