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Study Abroad in HungaryOn the banks of the Danube, Budapest’s spectacular sites include St. Stephen’s Basilica, Matthias Church, Buda castle and the neo-gothic parliament building. There are over two hundred museums in Budapest including the Aquincum Museum, which features Roman ruins. Hungarian café culture calls for lingering hours enjoying Hungarian cuisine at restaurants like the world famous Mátyás Pince.

Pázmány Péter Catholic University

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The Conference of Hungarian Bishops founded the Pázmány Péter Catholic University in 1992 when a humanities program was added to the school of theology founded in 1635 by Cardinal-Primate Pázmány Péter. This presitgious University is known for research groups and institutes. There are five schools: theology, humanities, law and political science, canon law and information technology.

Application Process
Your application and the following items must be submitted to the Study Abroad Office located in Tiller Hall. 

  • Application Form 
  • 4 passport photos 
  • Copy of passport 
  • Proof of medical insurance 
  • Official academic transcript 
  • Statement of Support 
  • Course Equivalency Form  
         To be filled out and signed by Department chairs 
  • Pre-Arrival Information Form

Application Deadlines 

  • April for the fall semester 
  • November for the spring semester 
  • Please note — With late applications, students risk having insufficient time to obtain student visas and other authorizations. Processing time at embassies can take up to three months.
Additional Information for Exchange Students 
  • Budapest 
  • How to Apply for a Visa 
  • Hungary (U.S. Department of State) 
  • Important Hungarian Etiquette and Information:
    Toasting: When toasting, do not clink beer glasses together as it is considered impolite and a reminder of the treatment of Hungary's 13 martyrs during the 19th century. Legend has it that the tradition would last for 150 years, or until 1999, but many still uphold it.
    When To Visit: The Budapest Spring Festival is a two-week festival in March that starts off the spring with international and local exhibitions, and also makes one of the good times to plan a trip. Summers are nice but can be crowded.
    Food: Start with the famous goulash, pörkölt or maybe bean or spiced fish soups, jokai bableves and halászlé. Finish your meal with crepes or a cold sour cherry and fruit soup, palacsinta and hideg gyumolcsleves.
    Tipping: Tip 10 to 15 percent for most services. Never leave money on the table in a restaurant. Tell the waiter how much of a tip you want to leave as you are paying the bill. 
Two University of St. Thomas – Houston students walk in front of Chapel of St. Basil

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