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ERASMUS step-by-step

To start planning your Erasmus exchange period at IBS, first you must contact the Erasmus co-ordinator in your Home Institution who has to nominate you officially.

At IBS the language of tuition is English. For this reason advanced English language skills are the number one condition of acceptance for Erasmus studies. Applicants whose mother tongue is not English must complete the IBS’ own English language test upon arrival. Those students who hold any of the following certificates, are exempt from taking the IBS English language test:

  • a minimum score of 6.0 points in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test (including a minimum of 6.0 for both the reading and writing component)
  • 550 in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test (213 in the computerised version)

After your nomination you will receive from us

  • the application form to IBS
  • the list of modules running and their brief descriptions
  • the application form to the Residence Hall (if you wish to be accommodated there).

These documents must be returned electronically to Etelka Dombora at .

Application deadlines:

  • for the first semester (starting in September):May 15th
  • for the second semester (starting in February):October 15th
Academic calendar for 2015/16
Semester 1 teaching period
14 September – 18 December 2015
Semester 1 examinations
11-29 January 2016
Winter holiday
22 December 2015 – 4 January 2016
Semester 2 teaching period
8 February – 20 May 2016
Easter holiday
21-28 March 2016
Semester 2 examinations
30 May – 24 June 2016


Please do not book trips or holidays for the teaching or examination periods.

Learning agreements: Once you have selected the subjects you wish to follow, you have to fill in the learning agreement and send it back by mail or fax – duly signed by yourself and the responsible coordinators at your institution. It is very important we receive your learning agreement no later than 15 July (1st semester); 15 December (2nd semester). Please note that the timetable may influence the accessibility of the chosen subjects, therefore the final confirmation of the learning agreement by IBS can only happen in mid-September / mid-February.

Click here for the course catalogue for the 2014-15/2 semester.
Click here for the course catalogue for the 2014-15/1 semester.

If you wish to stay at the Residence Hall, please also fill in the application for accommodation and return it to Mária Ortiz: Questions concerning accommodation should be e-mailed to this address. More information about the Residence Hall here: Residence Hall

When you arrive in Budapest you should check in at the IBS Student Centre (Room U1/111) as soon as possible.

After your check-in, you will receive

  • your timetable for the semester;
  • a user ID for the IBS computer system;
  • a temporary student certificate ensuring cheap public transport. Note: this temporary certificate is valid for 60 days, after that it must be renewed.

You are required to pay for your printing at IBS. This can be arranged at the Cash Office (Room U1/117) prior to printing; also there you can buy a photo-copy card.

The library is free for all students. Details here:  Library

IBS operates an Intranet website which provides all information needed for your studies. All students have access to the Intranet.

The schedule for the examinations is published one month before the examinations start. Students have to sign up for the exams using the electronic student database and registration system called Neptun. No exams can be taken outside the specified examination times. In each subject two exam dates are provided (students who do not show up for the first exam or fail the first exam can take or retake it in the second round). To attempt an exam students must have a valid coursework mark in the given subject (if the coursework mark is part of the assessment).

At the end of your studies the transcript of your academic results will be sent to your co-ordinator in your Home Institution.

The marking system of our School in line with the British marking tradition, is as follows:

Low pass


The British grades given in percentage correspond to the European Credit Transfer System as follows:

“A” – excellent
“B” – very good
“C” – good
“D” – satisfactory
“E” – sufficient
“F” – fail


You must achieve the minimum pass mark (40%) in both coursework and exam in order to get the credits for the subject.

Travel as much as you can, discover Hungary, Hungarians! You can find more information about Budapest and Hungary here: Budapest

You may wish to read this interview with an Erasmus student who studied in IBS.

Enjoy your stay at IBS!