Erasmus Mobility: Pre-Arrival
PRE-ARRIVAL: FROM APPLICATION FORM TO FINDING A MENTOR
Already before you leave for Budapest, a number of administrative issues can (and should) be taken care of to make your arrival and adjustment at ELTE FE smoother.
ERASMUS DATA SHEET, NEPTUN CODE, AND IIG ID
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 where course materials are available and registration for midterms takes place) to taking exams.
This Neptun code will be created for you centrally. Your Neptun code and information on the related password will be emailed to you by the International Team.
Later on, after you have managed to log in to the Neptun system (i.e. you have and active Neptun account), you will also be able to create your own IIG ID using the web site: IT support (elte.hu). This will be useful after your arrival, as most of the IT services required for university life at ELTE Faculty of Economics can be accessed with this IIG ID. For instance, with its help you will be able to check the timetable and have access to several interfaces, including correspondence, Teams, and ELTE Wi-Fi.
MENTORS AND FELLOW STUDENTS
Mentors (otherwise called Buddies) are current students of ELTE FE, 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 FE Erasmus Student Network (ESN) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ELTE FE 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.
PLAN YOUR SEMESTER
Students are asked to arrive in Budapest a few days before the official start of the semester, which is usually the first week of September, to ensure a smooth start to your exchange semester. Enrolment Workshops and Orientation Week events are normally scheduled for the end of August - the first week of September. Nominated students will be informed on the exact dates by email.
IMPORTANT: If you arrive in Budapest later than the date recommended in our email to nominated students (e.g. because you have exams at your home university) and are, therefore, unable to attend the Enrolment Workshop, let the International Team know by email email@example.com in advance. An appointment to take care of all required administrative issues with the help of the International Team will be arranged soon after arrival.
Semesters are usually scheduled according the following pattern:
- Registration and Orientation Days organised by the University: last days of August – first week of September. Orientation Week for International Students (elte.hu) – to be updated
- 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
COVID INFORMATION: ELTE FE intends to start the upcoming academic year with contact teaching but, depending on COVID measures, the necessity of switching to online teaching may arise. Should this be the case, incoming students will be notified in due course. For current pandemic measures, please check the ELTE regulations.
PLAN YOUR JOURNEY
ELTE FE is located in the city centre. The exact address is: 1088 Budapest, Rákóczi út 7.
ARRIVAL in BUDAPEST
If you arrive by air, the easiest way to reach the city centre is by the Airport bus 100E, which runs every 20 minutes. Kálvin tér and Deák tér stops are near the campus. Tickets at 900 HUF (2,5 EUR) are sold on board. 100E schedule. For door to door service, the cheapest alternative is the Airport Shuttle service, which costs 6 EUR. You can order it online. You can also order a taxi at the FŐtaxi (the official provider for the airport) booths located outside the exits from Terminal 2A and 2B.
If you arrive by train, all train stations are well serviced by public transportation. Keleti (Eastern) and Déli (Southern) Railway Stations are on Metro line M2 (red line), Nyugati (Western) Railway Station is on M3 (blue line).
If you arrive by bus, from the international coach station at Népliget you can take M3 (blue line) the city centre.
PUBLIC TRANSPORT IN BUDAPEST
General information on Budapest public transport.
You can plan your journeys with two apps, “Smart City Budapest” (Android, iOS) and “BudapestGo”; the former operates offline and is updated whenever the schedule changes, the latter operates online and offers journey planning, ticket and pass sales and real-time information on the actual transport situations. If you prefer the traditional way of studying transportation maps and timetables, they are available on the BKK website. The page also contains information on mobile tickets and passes here.
Note: we recommend that you do not buy a full month’s full-price pass upon your arrival because when you receive your Student Status Certificate and your temporary student card/certificate after the Enrolment Week, you will be able to purchase a monthly student pass for a significantly reduced price (currently 3,450 HUF). Until you can buy this pass, we recommend that you either buy single tickets or a 10-piece block of tickets. Tickets and passes are available from vending machines at metro stations, railway and bus stations, larger tram, and bus stops, as well as from some newsagents (Relay). The Budapest public transport company BKK also has customer service points at the airport and at various transportation hubs in the city.
GETTING TO OUR CAMPUS
(1088 Budapest, Rákóczi út 7.)
There are three main squares (tér in Hungarian) near our campus: Astoria, Kálvin tér, and Deák tér. All are transportation hubs within easy reach.
- Metro 2 (red line),
- Trams 47 and 49,
- Buses: M3 Metro replacement bus, 5, 7, 8E, 9, 100E (Airport bus), 108E, 110, 110E, 112, 133E.
Kálvin tér + a short walk along Múzeum körút (boulevard)
- Metro 3 (blue line, currently replaced by buses), Metro 4 (green line),
- Trams 47 and 49,
- Buses: M3 Metro replacement bus, 9, 15, 100E (Airport bus), 115.
Deák tér + a short walk along Károly körút (boulevard)
- Metro 3 (blue line, currently replaced by buses), Metro 2 (red line), Metro 1 (yellow line, also called Földalatti, which means underground),
- Trams 47 and 49,
- Buses: M3 Metro replacement bus, 5, 9, 15, 100E (Airport bus), 105, 110E, 115, 133E.
PLAN YOUR ACCOMMODATION
ELTE offers several options to secure accommodation for your stay in Budapest.
- Dormitory information: dormitories. Submit your application for a place in one of the dormitories here.
- Accommodation in the private market: contact the Housing Office.