Student Life

Budapest is a bustling, international capital and attending Calvary Chapel Bible College Europe is a cross-cultural experience. Student life takes place among the beautiful city districts enriched with historical landmarks, cultural events, live music, the arts, and so much more. Ministry opportunities are available right at your fingertips while serving alongside one of the many Calvary Chapel church plants in Budapest and throughout Hungary as well as in the surrounding countries. This also opens the door of opportunity for networking with different ministries such as serving people at homeless shelters, victims of sex trafficking, refugees, gypsies, or just hitting the streets and sharing the Gospel with everyone around you!

Some general information on student life at CCBCE:

Arrivals

It is very important that you let us know your arrival information well in advance so that a CCBCE representative can meet you upon arrival. Provide your arrival date, time, and location (airport or train station) as soon as possible. Be sure to include your airline carrier, flight number, and departure city. Once you arrive, look for the “CCBCE” sign. Someone from the Bible college will be there waiting for you.

Upon your acceptance to CCBCE, we will provide you phone numbers via email to call if anything unforeseen happens in your travel plans, such as your flight arrives early or is delayed. These numbers will be available all throughout the semester. If your luggage gets lost during your flight and the carrier asks you for your address in Budapest for later delivery, the best option is to give the address of the Bible college office.

The Bible college representative will take you to your apartment in Budapest, and we will provide you with an orientation of your neighborhood.

For details regarding married housing and housing for families please request additional details at office@ccbce.com.

Finances

The currency used in Hungary is the Hungarian Forint (HUF). Current exchange rates are easily found online.

Some important things to make money matters easier and safer:
Bring a bank card (MasterCard, Maestro, or Visa get the best exchange rates). Check with your home bank about charges for withdrawals abroad. ATM machines are widely available in Budapest. Please note, most supermarkets, shops, and restaurants accept MasterCard and Visa.

If you are coming from the US, we recommend you do not change money there as the exchange rates are much better at Hungarian banks and exchange counters. Personal checks and traveler’s checks are not accepted in Hungary, we recommend that you use your bank card.

Please visit our Tuition & Fees page for more information regarding finances.

Public Transportation and Taxis

Budapest offers outstanding public transportation. There are buses, trams, trolleybuses, and the metro (subway). It is well organized and very reliable. You can reach every part of the city at all hours. It is also very easy to walk around Budapest and generally safer than major cities in the US.

Tickets for public transportation can be purchased at most stops and underground metro stations. There are many options, including tickets for a single use, daily tickets, group tickets, and monthly passes.

For more information and the map of the public transport system of Budapest see this website: http://www.bkk.hu/en/main-page/news/.

Taking a cab is safe with major cab companies. Avoid cabs not displaying the logo of a known company.

Cell Phones

We highly recommend you get a Hungarian cell number as soon as you arrive to Budapest. The best option is to bring a carrier-unlocked phone and buy a SIM card once in Budapest. Phones can also be purchased once you arrive.

There are three cellular providers in Hungary: Vodafone, Telenor, and T-Mobile; you can buy a SIM card in any of their shops. You only need your passport and an unlocked phone to purchase a SIM card.