Please carry your BSM letters with you in your carry-on luggage which includes the telephone numbers of the program.
Proof of vaccination or a negative PCR Covid test no more than 72 hours prior to departure is required for program participation. Any expenses related to vaccination or testing are the responsibility of the student. Proof of vaccine or the negative test should be sent to the North American office prior to departure.
Someone from the BSM program will meet you at the airport. After clearing customs and retrieving your luggage, you will eventually enter a roped off area. Look for someone holding up a sign saying, “Budapest Semesters” before you leave the building. If you don’t see someone from BSM, please be patient as they may be delayed in traffic. The BSM person who meets your plane from the Budapest office will accompany you to your housing. They should also give you a mini orientation of your “immediate neighborhood” including the location of the nearest ATM or currency exchange booth and how it works, where to catch the public transportation and how to purchase metro tickets; nearest food stores and pharmacy in your area; and mark a route on your map of how to get from your location to BSM, College International Building. If they do not, please ask them to do so.
Arriving in Budapest-Ferenc Liszt International Airport
It is essential that you fill out the BSM Travel form on-line as soon as you make your travel arrangements using the BSM approved travel agent (Angie Ohmes https://www.goldencruiseandtravel.com/). A copy of the form is automatically sent to the BSM Office in North America and Budapest. It will include the following information:
Departure City before Budapest
Airline carrier and Flight Number to Budapest
Arrival time in Budapest
In case of a flight delay, call the 24/7 telephone number listed below and email firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. The Hungarian cell phone number is recommended. It is essential to contact Budapest and apprise them of the situation. If calling Budapest from Europe, you will need to find out the access code and then call one of the numbers below. You may also fax or e-mail Budapest if this is more convenient. If delayed, please remember to contact your parents and keep them posted on your current situation.
QUICK REFERENCE/EMERGENCY NUMBERS FOR HUNGARY
Dezsö Miklós, Director: firstname.lastname@example.org
Agnes Szilard, Associate Director: email@example.com
Anna Foti, Dir. of Student Services: firstname.lastname@example.org
Budapest Office hours: 8:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
Address: Bethlen Gábor tér 2, Budapest, 1071-Hungary
College International (proprietor of BSM headquarters) is located near Keleti Train Station and close to the red metro line (subway). BSM does not have a campus as such. It is located in a large building surrounded by a courtyard. The building is shared by four independent international programs: “Pre-Med” (preparing students for medical school), McDaniel College (Budapest branch of a US institution), BSM and BSME (Budapest Semesters in Mathematics Education).
BSM 24/7 emergency cell phone # (within Hungary): +36-20-628-5562
The same cell phone # from the United States: 011-36-20- 628-5562, the same cell phone # from the states: 011-36-20- 628-5562. EMAIL: email@example.com
011=overseas access (from U.S.) 36=country code (Hungary) 1=city code (Budapest)
U.S. Embassy in Budapest: http://hungary.usembassy.gov/service.html
We suggest U.S. citizens enroll in the “Smart Traveler” program at http://hungary.usembassy.gov/acs_security.html
To call a telephone number in Budapest from the United States, you prefix the number with 011-36-1. Dialing 011 summons the international switchboard, 36 is the country code for Hungary, and 1 is the city code for Budapest. Calling cards or Hungarian cell phones to the U.S. are cheapest.
Note the difference in time zones. When it is noon in New York and 9 a.m. in San Francisco, it is 6 p.m. in Hungary. At 6 p.m. in New York, it is midnight in Budapest.
Please remember to contact your parents and keep them posted on your current situation
Student Housing in Budapest
You need to complete a BSM “Housing/Roommate” form. The link to the form is found within an email you will receive from firstname.lastname@example.org. Students will be housed in furnished apartments approved by BSM. Lodging is arranged by our Hungarian BSM Staff along with roommate assignments upon completion of your BSM Housing/Roommate form after acceptance. You can indicate special needs or wants on this form. Please note that each student has his/her own bedroom. If a roommate is chosen, it is simply an apartment mate. The form will go to the North American Office and to the Budapest Office. Staff in Budapest coordinate housing and will try their best to accommodate; but we cannot guarantee specific requests. Housing assignments are given upon arrival in Budapest. Apartments come completely furnished with such things as furniture, sheets, towels, kitchenware, washing machine, etc. Clothes dryers are extremely rare. Keep in mind thick items, such as sweatshirts, take several days to air dry; please plan accordingly.
The BSM person who meets your plane from the Budapest office will accompany you to your housing. They should also give you a mini orientation of your “immediate neighborhood” including the location of the nearest ATM or currency exchange booth and how it works, where to catch the public transportation and how to purchase metro tickets; nearest food stores and pharmacy in your area; and mark a route on your map of how to get from your location to the BSM building. If they do not, please ask them (or the landlord) to do so.
Rents are payable in Budapest usually on a monthly basis in Hungarian Forints. Please be aware that Hungarian customs and laws governing rental properties varies from apartment to apartment and vary greatly from laws in North America. Do not sign any lease agreements until you fully understand and are comfortable with the terms. The landlord should be willing to give you a few days grace period in which to do so. Do not pay [any rent] until a contract/lease is signed, but sign a contract as soon as you feel reasonably comfortable you understand the terms you are agreeing to. The on-site BSM office will assist you, if necessary.
The best way to get cash for the monthly rent is to use ATM machines using a debit card. ATMs are widely available throughout Budapest and disperse funds in Hungarian forints (HUF). Housing and in-county costs can be found here: https://budapestsemesters.com/program-costs/
Be prepared to feel pretty tired and disoriented upon arrival, but things usually get progressively better the more you get acclimated to your new environment and get to know your classmates.
Once a student arrives in Budapest there will be a 7-day “soft-quarantine” period. Students will be expected to stay in their apartment except to exercise, run essential errands, and purchase food or other essentials. While in the shared spaces of their apartment flat mates are expected to be masked and follow social distancing protocols to limit possible transmission of Covid19. During this 7-day period it is expected that students will have no “close contacts” – any maskless contact with an individual of less than 6ft.
Once a student has been in-country for 7 days and been free of any close contacts a PCR test will be administered. A negative test result to this in-country Covid test is required for a student to participate in the in-person BSM programming. In-country testing is provided to students at the expense of the BSM program.
During the initial quarantine period students will be required to participate in a Hungarian orientation course and will also have the option of participating in remote language learning.