Official language: Hungarian
State form: Republic
Capital city: Budapest
Currency: Forint (HUF)
Time zone: CET (UTC+1) / Summer CEST (UTC+2)
Calling code: +36
Internet TLD:   .hu
Academic year: September – June
Hungary is a member of OECD, NATO, EU and the Schengen Convention.

Hungary is located in Central Europe, it is easily accessible by air, land or water transport. Despite its small size, Hungary boasts a colourful display of diverse sceneries. Visitors can discover the country’s beautiful sights, relax in thermal baths and visit all kinds of museums.

Hungary’s capital, Budapest, is the second largest city on the Danube river. This vibrant metropolis is one of the most beautiful capitals in Europe with colorful cultural and sport life. As a Semmelweis student you can be an active participant of it. Budapest is located in the central part of Hungary, living here also gives you good opportunity to visit other regions of the country and East and Central Europe as well.

Vibrant cultural and sport Life

The Hungarian capital offers a wide variety of cultural entertainment, tasty local food and vibrant nightlife. There are numerous concert venues, museums with world-renowned exhibitions, popular and alternative theaters, and plenty of movies.

Budapest is often hosts international sport events, European championships, world cups and also the Formula one race in August.

Hungary’s religious diversity, with all the various destinations and sights, is unparalleled in the region. Apart from the Judeo-Christian tradition, you can also find Muslim or even Hindu places of worship in Budapest.

The city is not only a cultural hub, but the home of several universities and colleges. Studying and living in Budapest promises to be an experience of a lifetime.

Public transport

The premises of Semmelweis University are near the center of the city, they are easily accessible. Public transport is well developed in Budapest, with metros, trams, buses, a public bike-sharing system and commuting trains. BKK, the mobility manager of the city, has put together a practical guide that contains all relevant information for residents and visitors. 

The international airport is located 10 km East of Budapest. Besides public transport buses (100E) you can use minibus service to go to the city.  

Climate and Weather

Hungary is in the temperate zone and has a relatively dry continental climate with dry and hot summers and cold winters. Average temperatures range from -4 °C in January to 26 °C in July. Hungary has four different seasons: winter (December, January, February), spring (March, April, May), summer (June, July, August), and autumn (September, October, November).