Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

1. What happens to students who will graduate in the spring semester of 2019/2020?
According to the general guidelines, all courses are to be held in the form of distance education. Only the Deans can make an exception to this rule in those cases, where a course proves to be impossible to be realised virtually and by all means requires personal presence. This guideline is especially applicable in case of the graduating students. Should there be no obstacle for them to obtain the pre-degree certificate (absolutorium), on-line thesis defence and final examination will be organized as well.

2. What is the new deadline for submitting the thesis?
In case the Faculty decides to establish a new deadline for submitting the thesis (or for any other related process, e.g. changing the subject of the thesis), the information will be published on the usual website no later than 14 days prior the extension of the new deadline.

3. What will happen to the final exams scheduled for the spring semester?
The final exams will be held in the form of distance education.

4. What happens with the students who are currently abroad on Erasmus mobility? Do they have to return to ELTE? What happens with their credits?
Students who are currently on Erasmus study mobility can complete their courses and obtain credits at the host institution in the form of distance education. Should they have eligible accommodation in the host country as well, they are not obliged to return to ELTE. In this case, they are also eligible for the total amount of the scholarship (based on the certificate issued by the host institution indicating the full mobility period) and the completed credits will be recognized by the sending institution. For more information on the Erasmus programme please visit this website.

5. How can I complete my internship/my field practice? Will I lose the credits for it?
Students can only proceed with their internship or in case of dual training, with their practical training if the host institution or hosting company accepts them. The University supports completing the internships on-line.

6. Practical courses cannot be held online. What will happen to these courses and their credits?
In case a course cannot be held (or completed) in the form of distance education, the course will be deleted from the Neptun system by the University on the last day of the academic year. Fees charged for multiple course application i) if already paid, will be reimbursed, ii) if not paid yet, payment requests in the Neptun system will be deleted. When a course is cancelled by the University, it is considered as a course that has not been taken by the student, namely it does not count towards registered but not completed subjects.

7. Should students continue to pay their full tuition fee for the semester?
Yes, as educational activity continues after the re-scheduled spring break.

8. How are paying scholarships affected by the closing of the university?
Scholarships will be paid uninterruptedly during the state of emergency, in the usual time and regularity.

9. Will the students experience delays in their studies because of the emergency provisions? Will the current semester be delayed?
The schedule of the academic year will not change during the state of emergency, except placing the spring break at an earlier time. The exam period will also remain as planned. The progress of all students according to the existing curriculum and their preparation for the exams will be provided by distance learning options.

10. How exams and seminar tests will be organized?
Distance education ensures a variety of options for examination of students’ knowledge. The teachers may select the most optimal way of examination freely, so no obstacles are foreseen in preparation and writing essays and exams.

11. Will distance learning apply to all courses, or will some courses be cancelled? May the students experience any disadvantage because of this?
The University aims to hold all courses in the form of distance education. In case of holding/completing a course is not possible in distance learning, the University will cancel the course on the last day of the semester. Fees charged for multiple course applications i) if already paid, will be reimbursed, ii) if not paid yet, payment requests in the Neptun system will be deleted. The cancelled course will not count towards the taken but not completed credits, but it will be considered as the student would have not registered for the course.

12. What happens with the books borrowed from the library?
According to the briefing of the ELTE Epidemiological Operative Coordinating Body on 13 March, the libraries of the University are closed until further notice. Book loaning that expires during this period will not be charged. The use of the library is enabled via digital channels, for further information see the following guides:

13. What happens with the Student ID Cards that do not have a valid sticker for the spring semester yet?
Student ID Cards that have a sticker for the autumn semester of 2019/2020 will be valid for 15 days after the end of the emergency state announced by the Government.

14. How can distance education be realised if live streaming is not possible?
There is a wide range of tools and methods available for the teachers to realise distance education, from which live streaming is just one possible option (that is not banned anyway). The teacher will be the one notifying the students about the exact method, surface and tool that will be used for the given course.

15. When will the spring semester end and when will the exam period take place?
The ELTE Epidemiological Operative Coordinating Body does not plan to make further changes to the schedule of the spring semester of the academic year of 2019/2020. The Study period therefore ends on 16 May 2020, the exam period starts on 18 May and ends on 4 July 2020. Should there be any further changes to the original schedule, the ELTE Epidemiological Operative Coordinating Body will notify all students, teachers and staff members immediately.

16. Will cross-border Hungarian students be able to travel back home?
Cross-border Hungarian students that have a foreign citizenship can leave the borders of Hungary, however, their return is not permitted at the moment for an indefinite period of time. We ask our students to constantly follow the announcements of ELTE and Hungarian authorities regarding border controls related to the COVID-19 epidemic.

17. If I have an already organized and paid trip for the dates of the original spring break, will I be able to travel then?
According to the guidelines of the Government and Hungarian authorities, we ask our students to postpone all international travels scheduled for the next few months, as it is highly possible that they will be quarantined in the country of destination or upon their return in Hungary. During the days of the original spring break the university will hold the courses in the form of distance education.

18. What happens with the Erasmus mobilities starting in September?
At the moment we cannot predict neither the global effects of the epidemic, nor how it will influence international travels and the higher education sector. We are preparing for the realisation of mobilities starting in September, however please follow our website for any updates.

19. I will take my final exam in this semester, but I have some library books. How can I return them to start my final exam?
One of the conditions for admission to the final exam is the student does not have a library debt, either a borrowed book. You can check your borrowed books by following the path:

  • Open our online catalog (OPAC) and then you can report a top menu item by clicking to open the Sign-In.
  • In the User ID/Barcode section, enter the number of your reader's ticket (eg. for ELTE reader's ticket: 30000000XXXXXX, where X is the number on your reader's ticket) or the student ID number. The Password is your date of birth in YYYYMMDD format (eg 19960123).
  • You should change this default password that you received when you registered.
  • After a successful login, you will automatically be taken to the “My Reader Ticket” page, where you can view your most important data, including your rentals. Click on the number after the rentals to get the details of the books you rented, the expiration date, etc. in a listed form.

In the return of books, the University Library assumes the role of the receiving place, regardless of the ELTE library from which they were borrowed. You can return library books in two ways:

  1. In person: on weekdays from 9 am to 4 pm in the University Library. Return books to the book box located at the Information Desk or place them in one of the disinfected library baskets on the Information Desk and and leave them on the desk. Books will be returned within one business day.
  2. By post: the postage is borne by you. Please note the time required to arrive and process your package. Please write the following to the recipient of the package: ELTE Univesity Library, 1053 Budapest, Ferenciek tere 6.

Due to the epidemic situation, the libraries of Eötvös Loránd University will be able to issue the library certificates required for taking the final exam in an unusual way this year. Based on the graduate student lists compiled by the stundent affairs and registrar’s offices, the University Library will check and notify the offices if the student has a debt. Please arrange your library debt in time to start your final exam smoothly.