At the Eötvös Loránd University lecture courses are organized according to a semester schedule with the following dates:
Each semester includes a 15-week period of formal coursework and a 7-week examination period. The exact dates can be obtained from the Department of Educational Affairs of the Faculty (Address: Pázmány Péter stny. 1/A., Budapest, Hungary, H-1117, Phone: +36-1 372-2596, +36-1 372-2500/6196, Fax: +36-1 372-2567, +36-1 372-2500/6167, E-mail: email@example.com), or by Internet ( http://ttkto.elte.hu/tan2.html) in Hungarian.
Foreign students must present the accepted equivalent of the Hungarian Secondary School Maturity or a higher education diploma. The tuition fee is 3500 EUR/semester. Application form and further information can be obtained from the Department of Scientific and Interantional Affairs of the Faculty of Sciences (Address: Pázmány Péter stny. 1/A., Budapest, Hungary, H-1117, Phone: +36-1 372-2695, +36-1 372-2500/6095 Fax: +36-1-372-2604, +36-1 372-2500/6004, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org) and from the Secretariat of the Institute of Physics, E-mail: email@example.com.
In general the Institutes of the Faculty have their own scientific library which can be visited with the student indentity card. There are several big libraries close to the faculty (Budapesti Mûszaki és Gazdaságtudományi Egyetem, Országos Mûszaki Információs Központ és Könyvtár, Address: 1111 Budapest, Budafoki út 4-6., Phone: 463-3534, 463-1069 Fax: 463-24-40, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Internet: http://www.omikk.bme.hu)
The university's computer network connects the on-campus network to the Internet. The computer labs of the Institutes are accessible for the students.
The language of the lectures is Hungarian, however the Institute of Physics offers all graduate courses (courses of semesters 7 to 10 and Ph.D. courses) in English, and most of the lecturers speak English, German, French etc. Hungarian language courses are also available.
1. How to reach Budapest
Budapest can be easily reached by train or by plane with direct connections from most European countries.
The climate is continental, often foggy in winter. During the winter months temperature may be as low as -5 -10 C (although -20 C has been recorded). Spring is sunny and sometimes rainy. Summer may be hot.
3. Currency and the cost of living
The Hungarian curency is forint (HUF). An average exchange rate (July 2010) is 1 EUR = 280 HUF, 1000 HUF = 3,57 EUR. The average monthly expenditure for a student in Hungary additionally to the cost of accommodation amounts about 300-400 EUR. In order to get a better and more concrete idea, consider the following costs: 1 kilogramm of bread is about 180 HUF; 1 litre of milk 160 HUF; six eggs 220 HUF; 1 coffee 90 HUF.
Students are suggested to open a bank account in order to facilitate the deposit and withdrawal of money. To do this banks require the passport. Banks are open Monday to Friday from 8.05 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. (in general).
5. Post offices
Post offices are usually open from 8.00 to 17.00 (12.00 on Saturday)
6. Transportation in Budapest
Budapest is a big town, therefore it is suggested to buy a monthly pass which is valid for trams, buses and metros and costs 3850 HUF/months (student identity card is necessary). It can be obtained at the main stations.
7. Calling by phone
You can dial anywhere from the phone boxes by inserting either 10, 20, 50 or 100 HUF coins or phone cards (800 to 1800 HUF) available at post offices or tobacco shops.
Sports can be performed in several places. A special university sportclub (BEAC) offers facilities for athletics, tennis, basketball, football, chess. Swimming is also available through an agreement with swimming pools.
9. Cultural Activities
Concert halls, the Opera house, many theatres (including a full-time English language theater) and cinemas are features which should be familiar to everbody. There is a number of clubs where jazz, rock, Hungarian folk music and dancing take place.
At the University there are clubs which work regularly (film, philosophical, religious, etc.).
Students, who can play an istrument, may like to join the "Egyetemi Zenekar" (University Orchestra).
In Budapest there are many catholic, lutheran and reformed churches. Many other faiths are also present.