Erasmus+ and guest students

Before arrival

Already before your arrival in Budapest, several matters require your attention and action.


Fill in the ELTE Faculty of Economics Incoming Application Form data sheet as part of your application process to create your student profile for ELTE NEPTUN. This is the electronic administrative system of the university, and it makes the administration of your studies easier and faster. You will need a personal Neptun code to access the system and this code will also be used in several other areas from using Moodle (the online study platform with course materials and midterm registration) to taking midterms and exams. Visiting students from other faculties studying some courses at ELTE GTK are also requested to submit the form to facilitate communication between themselves and the International Office team.  

The Neptun code is created centrally before the start of the semester and, together with the password, it is emailed to incoming ELTE GTK students by ISAS team. 

Later on, after you have managed to log in to the Neptun system (i.e. you have an active Neptun account), you will also be able to create your own IIG ID (otherwise referred to as the institutional email-address) using the web site: IT support ( Students need the IIG identifier to use various IT services offered by ELTE and to access several interfaces, including correspondence, Teams, ELTE Wi-Fi. At the Faculty of Economics, it is also needed to access and personalise the timetable.


Mentors (otherwise called Buddies) are current students of ELTE GTK, who not only speak good English but are also knowledgeable about all aspects of the university. Request a mentor to support you throughout your stay in Budapest by contacting the President of ELTE GTK Erasmus Student Network (ESN) at

ELTE GTK has its own Facebook and WhatsApp groups for international students where students can get to know and help one another before and during the semester.


Erasmus students must submit several documents (e.g., the Learning Agreement) and meet several deadlines. Always follow the instructions of your home university and the guidance received from ELTE GTK in the form of emails. The Letter of Acceptance is not provided automatically – request one if you need it.  


To ensure a smooth start to your exchange semester, you are kindly asked to arrive in Budapest a few days before the official start of the semester, which is usually the first week of September (but always check the academic calendar). Nominated students are notified of the exact dates by email. For more information on the Enrolment Workshop, go to Section “Enrolment”.

IMPORTANT: If you arrive in Budapest later than recommended (e.g., due to exams at your home university) and are, therefore, unable to attend the Enrolment Workshop, let the International Team know ( in advance. An appointment to take care of all the required administrative issues will be arranged soon after arrival. 

Semesters at ELTE normally follow the pattern below, but modifications may, from time to time, be necessitated by unexpected events in the world: 

  • Registration and Orientation Days organised by the University: last days of August – first week of September. Orientation Week for International Students ( 
  • Faculty enrolment events: a few days before the first day of the teaching period
  • Teaching period: early September – mid-December AND early February – mid May
  • Exam period: mid-December – end of January AND mid-May – early July
  • Autumn break: one week, middle/end of October 2022 / Spring Break: a few days before Easter


To learn more about the English-language courses incoming Erasmus+ and guest students can study at the Faculty of Economics, visit the „Courses” section of the website. Information on the different ways in which students can complete a subject and earn grades and credits, is available here: Studies > General Academic Information > Assessment. We also recommend that you visit the Current Students page to familiarise yourself with such matters as the assessment schedules and regulations, as well as the various facilities and services offered to the students (e.g., the Video Library).


For information on practical issues, browse the Practical Information page and the Current Students page. Both pages give you valuable advice in the form of instructions and links. ELTE also has a series of podcasts on practical matters (like visa and accommodation) aimed at prospective students.