Budapest is a relatively safe city by U.S. standards. The vast majority of visitors from the U.S. have wonderful and incident-free experiences.
However, as in every big city, you should follow some simple rules to keep yourself and your belongings safe. The European Prevention Institute offers some important safety tips. For further safety tips please visit the website of the American Embassy in Hungary: http://hungary.usembassy.gov/tourist_advisory.html.
You are required to provide proof of health insurance for your time in Hungary. Please check with your health insurance provider to determine the types and levels of coverage that are provided to you during your stay overseas.
In many cases, the level of coverage provided by U.S. health insurance companies for overseas stays is limited. In this case, we recommend that you consider a supplemental traveler's insurance that provides more comprehensive medical care overseas as well as insurance for loss of property. Your study abroad office may have some suggestions based on previous experience and you are also welcome to contact the AIT North American office (e-mail: info [uhlztasp] ait-budapest [shzpokiz] com) for additional assistance.
Recent changes in immigration regulation also require every student in the Hungarian higher education system to obtain health insurance from a Hungary-based insurer. To meet these requirements all international students will be enrolled in and billed for the AIT-sponsored insurance plan. The price of the insurance policy is 46,000 HUF (approximately $170) for one semester and will be collected in cash after arrival.
On orientation day you will be taken to a health care center which provides a 24/7 emergency telephone helpline and English speaking doctors and nurses. Should you have any health problems during your stay, you will be able to turn to them. New students are presented with information and background on safety, health, environmental, political, cultural, and religious affairs in Hungary.
AIT HEALTH AND SAFETY INFORMATION, PROTOCOL & PROCEDURES:
General Medical Emergencies -
The AIT medical emergency protocol and contact list is outlined in the AIT student handbook and is also communicated during the AIT orientation presentation, which includes a site visit to the private health care facility students have access to through their Hungarian health insurance. In addition to the 24/7 AIT emergency contact numbers, the Hungarian health insurance provides a 24/7 emergency telephone helpline and English-speaking doctors and nurses.
Natural Disasters, Political Unrest and/or Widespread Medical Emergencies -
AIT requires students to obtain and maintain a working cell phone at all times during the program and must submit that information to the AIT staff during orientation. In the event of a non-medical emergency, staff members are also on-call 24/7 for any emergency response duties and all students are informed and encouraged to call or contact staff members by any means available, such as social media and different communication apps. AIT provides its own free AIT app with useful program information and communication features and contains a feature for staff to send push notifications to students’ devices with specific instructions for any widespread emergency.
Finally, the AIT staff will always gladly assist you with any questions or concerns regarding medical (mental and physical), general health, and safety issues. AIT provides access to mental health professionals.