The information below applies to students within the ERASMUS+ programme.
Dear Incoming ERASMUS+ Student,
It is a pleasure for us to provide you with some
basic information concerning your forthcoming
arrival at the University of Pécs, Hungary.
From most European countries the easiest way of reaching Hungary is by plane, since flying is fast, comfortable and once you have checked in it is virtually impossible to get lost. There are flights from all over the world to Budapest, the capital of Hungary. To reach Pécs you can take an intercity train or a minibus service, which is a transportation service directly from the Airport to any address in Pécs.
HOW TO GET TO PÉCS?
The most convenient way of travelling from Budapest to Pécs is by an InterCity train. At the website http://www.elvira.hu you can find the IC timetable. You are advised not to take a regular train instead of an IC even if it leaves somewhat earlier because IC’s are much faster and more comfortable than regular trains.
THE FIRST ARRANGEMENTS
After checking in (or the next day) you are expected to pay a visit to the faculty coordinator and get registered. Judit Németh, the Institutional Erasmus Coordinator will provide any certificates in relation to your Erasmus study period that may be required. You can take courses at all the different Faculties but this has to be arranged on the first two weeks of the semester.Your faculty co-ordinator will help you obtain your Hungarian student ID card which will make you eligible for substantial discounts when travelling, going to the swimming pool, using various facilities of the university, etc.
Entertainment at the different faculties is organized by the local student union units. Papers edited by students of each Faculty contribute to the flow of information. In addition, the University Club of the Student Union organizes several other comprehensive programs. Each week there are dance parties and performances where famous Hungarian pop groups are usually invited to play. The Student Union also organizes events to make student life more enjoyable, like the Freshmen Camp, the Freshmen’s Ball, University Days, etc. The performances of the Janus University Theatre are popular not only among students but in the whole community of Pécs as well. Besides the traditional Pécs Days, held in September by the City Council, the student unions organize National Cultural Days which aim at introducing various cultures and traditions to the citizens, especially to the students of Pécs. In the past Egyptian, British, North American and Asian Days were held, together with Latin- American, Italian and Polish cultural festivals. As Pécs is a student city, many bars, clubs and discotheques provide students with additional opportunities for relaxation and amusement. You can find all the necessary and up-to-date information on exhibitions, theatre and cinema programs, parties, concerts and other cultural and sporting events in the free “PécsiEst” (Pécs at Night) magazine, which is published every other week. You should look out for them at hostel receptions, university entrances, restaurants and bars or at tourist information points around the city centre. We also suggest that you check out their website which informs you about upcoming cultural events in the biggest cities of Hungary, including the capital – www.est.hu (Hungarian website). Take a glimpse of the city: One day in Pécs
SURVIVING IN HUNGARY
VISA/ RESIDENCE PERMIT
Students coming from the countries of the European Union do not need to get a visa from the Hungarian Embassy of their home countries. Once in Pécs, the only bureaucratic arrangement necessary is getting registered at the County Immigration Bureau and obtaining a residence certification. To get this document you will need a certificate about your ERASMUS scholarship from your sending institution, a health insurance and a statement of your bank account. A faculty co-ordinator or a delegate from the Faculty will accompany students and help them make these simple arrangements.
SUPPORT FOR DISABLED STUDENTS
The University of Pécs was the first in Hungary to set up a support unit for the disabled (with dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, disability, limited vision, hearing impairment, etc.) students or lecturers to facilitate the conduct of their lives. Our services are free of charge for enrolled students and other citizens of the university!
What we can offer to help you: collecting lecture notes, reading out, sound-recording (with the lecturer's permission),support in preparing written assignments,photo-copying,fulfilling administrative tasks within the university and at other authorities,providing access to the buildings of the university, participation at cultural events,club meetings, excursions,other supportive activities required,legal counselling.
Support Unit of the University of Pécs: H-7624 Pécs, Ifjúság Street 6. Building 'A' Room 130
Opening hours: Monday-Friday 8:00-18:00
The official Hungarian currency is the Forint (Ft, HUF).
Coins: HUF 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200.
Bank notes: HUF, 500, 1.000, 2.000, 5.000, 10.000, 20.000.
You can exchange money in banks, exchangestalls or cash points, but bank cards are also increasingly being accepted. You should by no means exchange money in the street!
In Hungary, the opening hours of banks are usually from 8:00-16:00 on weekdays. In Pécs, there are no banks open on Saturday and Sunday. Regardless of the business hours of banks, ATM machines are accessible throughout the country. The most often used credit cards — AMEX, Diners Club, EnRoute, Euro/Mastercard, JCB, VISA — can be used to withdraw cash from banks and ATM machines and to pay bills in certain restaurants and shops. Emblems at the entrance indicate which cards are accepted at the shop or restaurant.
Emergency call centre: 112
Fire department: 105
The above phone-numbers can be called free of charge.
TELEPHONING IN HUNGARY
International dial code for Hungary: 0036
Area code for Pécs: 0072
Local calls: simply dial the 6 digit phone number
Long distance calls in Hungary: dial 06, then wait for another dial tone and dial the area code, then the phone number.
Dial the international code 00 (wait for the dial tone and dial the code of the country and the town, then dial the required number).
Public phones in Hungary take HUF 10, 20, 50 and 100 coins or phone-cards available in hotels, post offices, petrol stations, news agents, kiosks and street vendors. The minimum rate of calls is HUF 100.
LOCAL PUBLIC TRANSPORT AND TAXI
In Pécs, public transport is ensured by local buses. You can buy a reduced-fare season ticket to be used with your Student Card. Most buses run till 11 pm. Later at night you can catch one of the night buses or whenever you need to get somewhere fast you can catch a taxi: Volán Taxi (tel.: 333-333) is one of the most reliable and cheapest companies.
Hungary has a temperate climate, very similar to the rest of the countries situated in the continental zone. January is usually the coldest (-10 °C to +4 °C), and July is the hottest (27 °C to 32 °C) month of the year. Our countryside is ideal for excursions, too. There are beautiful places to visit close to Pécs and in the region of Baranya County, too.
Situated in the southern part of Hungary, Pécs has a very pleasant, sub-Mediterranean climate. Winters are sometimes cold (-10 °C to +5 °C); then you can rent skates and enjoy the ice-rink. In spring and autumn the warm and sunny weather is ideal for outdoor activities. Summers tend to be quite hot (25 °C to 35 °C).