Welcome Information

Dear Students,

Welcome to Hungarian University of Agriculture and Life Sciences - MATE. Hereunder, the necessary information about your stay and living as well as your studies in Hungary is shared.
Welcome information with active links sent via Dream Apply to SH, DFP, SCYP students, in an email to MISP, FAO, Erasmus emPLANT+ students and self-financed students on 7th August, 2021.


Please note that the academic year starts on 6th September 2021 with our Orientation Week. Classes for 1st year students only start on 13th September.




Annex 1 empty file for MISP, FAO and self-financed students! 2021/22 SH, DFP and SCYP students will soon receive their Annex 1 document automatically. However, SH students who were accepted as first year scholars in 2020/21 and arrive in the country for the first time for the new academic year as 2nd-year scholars should also send their Annex 1 file to international [kukac] uni-mate.hu (subject: Annex1_2nd-yr-SH%20student_, body: Dear%20MATE%20International%20Team%2C%0A%0AI%20am%20a%20second-year%20SH%20student%20who%20enters%20Hungary%20for%20the%20first%20time.%20Please%2C%20find%20my%20Annex%201%20file%20attached%20below.%20My%20full%20name%20is%3A%20%0AMy%20Neptun%20code%20is%3A%20%0AMy%20date%20and%20time%20of%20arrival%20is%3A%0A%0ABest%20regards%2C) with the subject line: Annex1_2nd-yr-SH student_FAMILY NAME_GIVEN NAME. Please note that 2020/21 students who arrive in Hungary for the first time DO NOT NEED A NEW Letter of Acceptance nor a new Letter of Award for their visa process.


Students outside EU countries should turn to the relevant authorities (and their websites) at least 2 months before the beginning of their studies.

They should hand in their application for a D5 student visa at the Hungarian Embassy in their home country. With a valid student visa they can apply for a residence permit also from the embassy or when they arrive in Budapest. The student visa may take up to 60 days to obtain.

The regulations for the registration of the place of residence and the residence permit can also be found on the website of Hungarian National Directorate-General for Aliens Policing (Immigration Office) and/or of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (http://konzuliszolgalat.kormany.hu/en).

You will need the following items for your visa application if you need visa. 

  1. visa application form
  2. passport (must be valid for at least 18 months, but preferably valid until the end of your studies.)
  3. three passport-size photographs
  4. Letter of Acceptance from the university
  5. (transit visa if needed)
  6. bank receipt of transfer of tuition fee payment or a Payment Certificate from the university OR Letter of Admission from the donor institution of the scholarship if you are scholarship holder
  7. the Embassy may ask for your airplane reservation confirmation or ticket
  8. the Embassy may ask for the proof of accommodation


Szent István Campus - Gödöllő

Gödöllő Dorm (address: H-2100 Gödöllő, Páter Károly u. 1.)                                                                
Coordinator: Ms. Bea Karpati at karpati.beata [kukac] uni-mate.hu

If you are a Stipendium Hungaricum (SH), Scolarship for Christian Young People (SCYP) or FAO scholar, you can be accommodated in the dormitory of Hungarian University of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The dorm offers double and quadruple rooms for newcomers.

Please send the Dormitory application form directly to the dormitory international coordinator, karpati.beata [kukac] szie.hu (Ms. Bea Karpati) in Gödöllő.

In case you are a Stipendium Hungaricum / SCYP / FAO / Diaspora scholarship holder, your accommodation fee will be covered by the scholarship programme. Please note that FAO scholarship covers accommodation only in the dormitory.

If you have accommodation outside our dormitory, please let us know.

Please, also note that due to the huge over-demand, the dorm maintains its rooms only for students, so if you arrive with your family, you have to find accommodation other than the dormitory. We kindly ask for your understanding.

If you are a self-fincancing student, please, check the site here.

Please note that since the dormitory has limited places, newcoming scholarship holders have priority. Senior students’ accommodation in dormitory is subject to good behaviour and their academic performance.

Buda Campus - Budapest

Somogyi Imre Dormitory, Budapest
Address: 1118 Budapest, Szüret utca 2–18.,
Phone: +36 1 305 7581
Coordinator: Mr. József Szilágyi buda.kollegium [kukac] uni-mate.hu

The dorm offers only double rooms for students.


For the first year, rooms are automatically booked for Stipendium Hungaricum, Scholarship for Christian Young People (SCYP) scholars and for two years for FAO scholars in Somogyi Imre Dormitory.  

Please send the Dormitory application form directly to the coordinator, Mr. József Szilágyi in Budapest. Please note that since the dormitory has limited places, newcoming scholarship holders have priority.

For accommodation in Budapest, please check the site at http://sziu.hu/accommodation.

Kaposvár Campus

New Dormitory and Csukás Zoltán Dormitory
Address: 7400 Kaposvár, Guba Sándor u. 40.
Phone: +36 82 505 832

Kaffka Margit Dormitory
Address: 7400 Kaposvár, Bajcsy-Zsilinszky u. 6.
Phone: +36 82 502 517

Kaposvár Dorm coordinators:
Ms. Kitti Kolber:
kolber.kitti [kukac] uni-mate.hu                                                          
Mr. László Hahn:
hahn.laszlo [kukac] uni-mate.hu

Georgikon Campus - Keszthely

Please, note that all incoming first year scholarship holders are accommodated in one of the dormitories automatically. It is not necessary for them to fill in any hostel application form.

Pethe Ferenc Dormitory
Address: 8360 Keszthely, Festetich út 5.

Georgikon Student hostel
Address: 8360 Keszthely, Georgikon utca 5.
Keszthely Dorm coordinator:
Mr. György Pásztor:
pasztor.gyorgy [kukac] uni-mate.hu

Gyöngyös Campus

Student hostel
Address: 3200 Gyöngyös, Mátrai út 36.

Gyöngyös Dorm coordinators:
Ms. Barbara Tátrai Bíró: 
tatraine.biro.barbara [kukac] uni-mate.hu
Ms. Dóra Póka: poka.dora [kukac] uni-mate.hu (subject: Hostel%20application)

Students participating in international incoming mobilities should inform the Campus Coordinator about their request for dormitory accommodation via email. Besides this, there is no need to fill in any hostel application form. All students participating in international incoming mobilities are most probably provided dormitory accommodation.



Transport to Budapest

There is a good public transport between Liszt Ferenc Airport and Budapest:
Transport from the Airport  to Budapest City centre
If you choose public transport, plan your trip here: Trip Planner
In any case, please fill in this ARRIVAL FORM and note if you need help to find your way to your accommodation in Budapest and we'll try to arrange buddies or mentors to help you. Our useful introductory information is available after you submitted your form.

Transport to Gödöllő Dormitory

Hungarian University of Agriculture and Life Sciences - MATE International Center provides free transport between Budapest and Gödöllő upon arrival to small groups of students (at least 2 people) with the taxi driver contracted by MATE. For individual American, Kazakh, Korean, Japanese, Indian exchange students, Stipendium Hungaricum, SCYP and FAO students it is free. Individual travellers have to pay the transfer fee individually, HUF 12,000 (+ waiting time) cash to the driver.

If you know the date and time of your arrival, please fill in the Arrival Form with the required data. The useful introductory information might help you later on.

Transport to Kaposvár

At the airport, find bus E200, then change to the underground M3 until Népliget.

For the bus E200 and for the underground you have to buy a ticket from a machine. (English language service is available)


Please check timetables for the regular bus service.

Select Budapest – Kaposvár  to see the exact time of your departure and arrival.

As you get to the bus station in Kaposvár, you can take bus 8E, 8 or 18.

Please inform the campus coordinator about the exact time of your arrival in Kaposvár so that someone can be arranged to help you get to the University / to the dormitory!



You will need a residence permit to stay in Hungary during your studies. For detailed information, please read carefully the webpage of the Hungarian National Directorate-General for Aliens Policing (Immigration Office) and the page focusing on Residence Permit for the Purpose of Studies as well as https://uni-mate.hu/en/current-students/practical-matters/residence-permit.

During the first weeks after your arrival, we will reserve some administration days at the Immigration Office so that you can arrange your residence permit as easily as possible.

PRACTICAL MATTERS (opening a bank account, insurance etc.)

At Gödöllő Campus, there is a Student Service Office (SSO), which will help you in practical matters. For more information , please visit https://uni-mate.hu/en/current-students/practical-matters

Stipendium Hungaricum, SCYP and FAO scholars, please note that your insurance is expected to be valid only one month after your arrival, so please take care of the coverage of your first month’s insurance. Similarly, your scholarship for September is expected to be paid at the beginning of October, so please make sure to have enough money for the living costs of the first month.



General Information: Student life

If you are not familiar with our country, please read the Wikipedia page on Hungary

There are a lot of sights to see and things to do in Hungary. Have a look at these pages:
Gödöllő, Budapest, Hungary


In the dormitory rooms (and most houses in Hungary) you will have clean running water (drinkable without boiling), electricity, central heating, and internet.


You can have a variety of foods and drinks, in grocery stores, market places as well as in restaurants. Vegetarian food is available also in the two restaurants/canteens of the Gödöllő Campus.

Halal food is available in Budapest. Some well-known restaurants that serve Halal food in Budapest include Szeraj, Al-Amir, Cairo Café, and Antalya Kebab. There are a few Halal meat shops in Budapest. More information regarding the best Halal restaurants in Budapest can be found at one of the mosques or Islamic Centers in the city, such as the Budapest Mosque which is located at H-1119 Budapest, Fehérvári út 41.

Those who come from tropical countries should note that there are colder seasons in Hungary including a winter, so be prepared to bring or buy warmer clothes.


Having a laptop for researching and writing is strongly recommended, although the university campus has computer facilities.

For details of your programme and faculty, visit the various faculties’ homepages.


You can follow us on Facebook and there are two main Facebook groups for SZIU international students to share quick info about academic and social events. Please join both of them:


We provide mentoring to Stipendium Hungaricum and Young Christian sholarship holders in the SH mentor group and all other students in Erasmus Student Network (ESN). See details at http://sziu.hu/mentoring-system-1
You should also feel free to seek contact with senior students already here, they can help you a lot. In addition, our Hungarian students will be also eager to help you.

We hope you will have a pleasant time at MATE, and we are looking forward to meeting you soon in Hungary!

International Relations Centre