Bard Abroad in Budapest, Hungary



Heath & Safety

Health issues are generally the same in Hungary as they are in the U.S. Adapting to a new climate, food, water, and way of life may affect one's health during the first few weeks, but usually has no lasting effects. If you plan to travel to Hungary and beyond, it is advisable to make sure that your inoculations are up to date. For more information visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Health Insurance

Health Insurance is included in the program cost. All students participating in the Bard-CEU Program are required to be enrolled in the travel health insurance plan written for Bard College for use on study abroad program (see Geo Blue sidebar).

Students requiring medical services abroad should consult the Geo Blue list of medical providers in their host city. Since most health care providers abroad require payment at the time of service and do not have direct billing relationships with U.S. insurance companies, Geo Blue helps to facilitate the billing process.

U.S. prescriptions cannot be filled at a Hungarian pharmacy. It is also illegal to mail/ship prescription drugs. It is best to bring a supply of prescription drugs that will suffice for your entire stay. Be sure to bring a copy of your prescription with you in case customs authorities ask you for it. 
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The CEU Medical Center

The CEU Medical Center is open to all students, faculty and staff. Access to the Medical Center requires a valid student ID and a medical insurance card. There are two qualified English-speaking doctors (male and female) who hold regular consultation hours. CEU also offers personal counseling to students in need. The service of the CEU Medical Center is free of charge for all CEU students.

Safety & Security

Budapest is generally a safe place, with crime levels similar to large cities in the United States. Petty crime is by far the most widespread form of criminal activity and can be dealt with by using everyday street smarts. Students should keep their wallets or purses in secure locations and be aware of their bags and pockets, and they are advised not to carry large sums of money unless absolutely necessary.  Our program orientation feature extensive units on safety in Budapest , and the student handbook is an invaluable source of information for those who are concerned about their security abroad.

If students ever find themselves in immediate danger, our program staff is on call 24 hours a day. The program provides all students with local cell phones programmed with emergency contact numbers. Students are also given wallet cards with contact numbers for local staff, Bard Abroad staff, and insurance providers. We encourage students to review the country specific information for Hungary provided by the U.S. State Department.