PIFIS College

About PIFIS College:

PIFIS College, Preparatory Institution for International Students, was established in 1991. It has been organizing preparatory programs for Corvinus University of Budapest continuously. It started collaborating with BBS in 2015, and by 2021, it expanded to include three new partner universities: METU, ELTE, and EDUTUS.

Since its inception, over a thousand international students have participated in PIFIS programs. These courses are conducted by proficient English teachers and mathematics professors from their partner universities.

PIFIS aims to assist international students in acquiring the necessary skills and knowledge to secure admission to a Hungarian university and successfully complete their academic programs.

After successfully finishing the Preparatory Program, students may gain admission to a variety of bachelor and master programs at EDUTUS University, Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), Budapest Metropolitan University (METU), Budapest Business School (BBS), and Corvinus University of Budapest.

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.”

General Colin Powell, former US Secretary of State

Programs at PIFIS:

The preparatory programs organized by PIFIS are:

  • BA preparatory program – Corvinus/ELTE
  • BA preparatory program – BBS/METU/Edutus
  • Pre-Master program

Change of Program:

The programs are separate programs even though all of them are organized by PIFIS, therefore the requirements and the outcomes differ as well. Students are accepted to one of the programs based on their application and online test results.

Transferring from one program to another is only possible between the BA preparatory programs and only in special cases, based on the students’ study results, and their teachers’ recommendation, only if the student meets the following requirements:

Transfer from the BBS/METU/Edutus – BA preparatory program to the Corvinus/ELTE – BA preparatory program is only possible in case a student’s results during the first period are as follows:

  • A minimum average of 85% on English homework assignments
  • AND a minimum average of 85% on the weekly English test results
  • AND has a total absent rate lower than 10%

Transfer from the Corvinus and ELTE – BA preparatory program to the BBS/METU/Edutus – BA preparatory program is mandatory if a student’s results during the first period are as follows:

  • Mathematics results (in a Corvinus/ELTE group)
  • An average lower than 50% on homework assignments
  • OR an average lower than 50% on the weekly tests

In case a student meets the requirements and would like to transfer between programs, the student must issue a request to the director of PIFIS using the proper form (available in the program coordinator’s office). Each request is examined and decided upon individually.

Programs at Partner Universities:

Corvinus University of Budapest

Bachelor Programs:
  • BSc in Applied Economics
  • BSc in Business and Management
  • BSc in International Business
  • BA in Communication and Media Sciences
  • BA in International Relations
  • BA in Sociology
​Master Programs:
  • MA in Communication and Media Studies
  • MSc in Economic Analysis
  • MSc in Finance
  • MSc in International Economy and Business
  • MA in International Relations
  • MSc in Management and Leadership
  • MSc in Marketing
  • MSc in Business Informatics
  • MSc in Regional Environmental Economic Sudies
  • MA in Sociology
  • MSc in Public Policy and Management
  • ​MSc in Health Policy, Planning and Financing
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Budapest Business School (BBS):

Bachelor Programs:
  • BSc in Business Administration and Management
  • BSc in Finance and Accounting
  • BSc in International Business Economics
  • BSc in Tourism and Catering
  • BSc in Commerce and Marketing
  • BA in Communication and Media Sciences
Master Programs:
  • MSc in International Economy and Business
  • MA in International Relations
  • MSc in Tourism Management

Budapest Metropolitan University (METU)

Bachelor Programs:
  • BA in Animation
  • BSc in Business Administration and Management
  • BSc in Commerce and Marketing
  • BA in Communication and Media Science
  • BA in Environmental Design
  • BA in Film and Media Studies
  • BSc in Finance and Accounting
  • BA in Graphic Design
  • BA in International Relations
  • BA in Media Design
  • BSc in Tourism and Catering
​Master Programs:
  • MA in Art and Design Management
  • MA in Communication and Media Studies
  • MA in Graphic Design
  • MSc in Management and Leadership
  • MSc in Marketing
  • MSc in Tourism Management
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE):

Bachelor Programs:
  • BA in English and American Studies
  • BA in International Business Economics
  • BA in Finance and Accounting 
  • BA in Psychology
  • BSc in Computer Science
  • BSc in Applied Economics
  • BA in International Relations
  • BA in Sociology
  • BA in Motion Pictures
Master Programs:
  • MA in English Studies
  • MA in American Studies
  • MA in Communication and Media Studies
  • MA in Psychology
  • MA in Cultural Anthropology
  • MSc in Health Policy Planning and Financing
  • MA in Film Studies
  • MA in Instruction of English as a Foreign Language
  • MA in Logic and Theory of Science
  • MA in Philosophy
  • MSc in Biology
  • MSc in Chemistry
  • MSc in Computer Science
  • MSc in Mathematics
  • MSc in Physics

EDUTUS University:

Bachelor Programs:
  • BA in Business Administration and Management
  • BA in Engineering
​Master Programs:
  • MA in Marketing
  • MA in Engineering

Admission Requirements at PIFIS: 

Enrollment Process:
  1. Provide your personal information and documents via our online application system and wait for approval.
  2. Once approved, pay the evaluation fee
  3. Pass the online written and oral evaluation tests.
  4. If passed, pay the tuition and application fee then receive your letter of acceptance.
  5. Apply for a visa and travel to Hungary.

Academic Requirements

  • Minimum A1 level English knowledge (for some programs A2)
  • Valid passport
  • High school studies finished before the start of the program
  • High school finished with average or higher grades

Tuition and Fees at PIFIS:


  • Tuition fee of programs including English and mathematics/or preparation for oral exam for MA programs: 5000€
  • Tuition fee of programs including only English: 4500€


  • Application fee of all preparatory programs: 300€
  • Evaluation fee of all preparatory programs: 200€

Refund Policy:

Regrettably, PIFIS is unable to admit you to the program if your visa is rejected. However, in such circumstances, there is an opportunity to recover your tuition fee. To initiate this process, you must notify the institution within a maximum of 3 days after receiving the official rejection from the Hungarian Embassy. This notification should include sending PIFIS the official rejection notice along with a completed declaration form.

Academic Calendar at PIFIS:

  • 2023. September 25: Registration
  • 2023. September 26-29: Evaluation tests and personal interviews
  • 2023. October 2 (Monday): First day of classes
  • 2023- October 23 (Monday): National holiday – no classes
  • 2023. November 1 (Wednesday): National holiday – no classes
  • 2023. December 18 – 2024. January 1: Winter break (last day of school: 15th of December, first day of school: 2nd of January)
  • 2024. March 15 (Wednesday): National holiday – no classes
  • 2024. March 29-April 1: Spring break (last day of school: 28th March, first day of school: 2nd of April)
  • 2024. May 1(Wednesday): National holiday – no classes
  • 2024. mid-May: TOEIC exam, Corvinus Math exam
  • 2024. May 20 (Monday): National holiday – no classes
  • 2024. end of June: BBS Math final exam
  • 2024. end of June: Final TOEIC English test
  • 2024. July-August: Issuance of the final Letter of Acceptances

Rules at PIFIS:

Student Rights:

Every student is entitled to:

  • Attend preparatory program classes.
  • Participate in events and programs organized by PIFIS.
  • Access the e-registrar online program (www.intranet.pifis.hu) to track personal records (progress, test results, attendance, personal documents, etc.).
  • Permit parents to access the e-registrar online program (www.intranet.pifis.hu) using the student’s username and password to monitor student records (progress, test results, attendance, personal documents, etc.).

Student Obligations:

Each student must:

  • Adhere to the laws and regulations of Hungary.
  • Avoid discrimination based on race, nationality, ethnic origin, religion, sex, disability, age, etc.
  • Maintain behavior conducive to a proper learning environment.
  • Attend classes, complete weekly tests, and take exams.
  • Fulfill study tasks, including homework, as assigned by teachers.
  • Use campus facilities responsibly.
  • Adhere to the House Policy.
  • Prioritize the safety and health of themselves and their peers.
  • Manage office routines for legal stay in Hungary.
  • Submit required documents for application procedures.

Group Change:

At the program’s outset, students undergo placement tests in Mathematics and various English tests. Based on results and considering individual characteristics, teachers and the directorate arrange students into groups.

Group assignments are not fixed; if a student’s performance significantly differs from peers, the PIFIS director can transfer the student to another group. Similarly, midterm exams may lead to rearrangements based on results, and students can request group transfers by submitting the appropriate form to the PIFIS director. Each request is assessed individually, with decisions made accordingly.

Exemption From Class Attendance and Absences:

To successfully complete the preparatory program, students should not exceed a 25% absence rate during the preparatory year.

If a student experiences a prolonged illness, they must inform the relevant teacher and the program coordinator. Additionally, after recovering, the student should provide medical documentation to the program coordinator.

Students may request exemption from attending English classes. If granted, they are not permitted to attend any more English classes and must assume full responsibility for their studies and final exam results. The request, available as a form in the program coordinator’s office, must be submitted to the PIFIS director. Furthermore, students need to submit their parents’ approval along with the request form, both available in the program coordinator’s office. Each request is individually reviewed and decided upon.

Classroom Rules:

Students are required to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Arrive punctually and adequately prepared.
  • Attend all classes.
  • Turn off and leave phones in the designated area.
  • Respect classmates’ right to study.
  • Acknowledge teachers’ duty to teach.
  • Show respect for others’ property.
  • Participate in all activities.
  • Follow instructions.
  • Avoid offensive language.
  • Refrain from disrupting lessons with private conversations.

Examination Guidelines:

  • General weekly tests occur once a week, and students should not miss more than 25% of them.
  • Latecomers to a test will not be allowed to take or retake the test.
  • Legible writing in blue ink is mandatory.
  • No study materials or electronic/wearable devices are permitted during tests and exams.
  • Phones should be switched off and placed on the teacher’s desk.
  • Approved calculators, such as Casio fx 82, are allowed during math tests and exams.
  • Online tests during offline education must be taken on campus in the assigned classroom; home-taken tests will not be considered and automatically graded as 0%.
  • Copying or attempting to copy others’ work is strictly prohibited.
  • Communication with anyone other than the examiner during tests is forbidden.
  • Students must write their full name on the first page of the test.
  • Any form of cheating will lead to dismissal.

 Services at PIFIS:


PIFIS provides the option for you to secure insurance through Medicover, a leading company in our region and the optimal choice for foreign students in Hungary.

It is imperative to have insurance to acquire your visa. Please be aware that at PIFIS, they exclusively accept comprehensive coverage insurance, such as Medicover’s. Travel insurances will not be accepted during the registration process.

Opting for Medicover coverage will result in us sending you the insurance certificate via mail before your visa application. However, the payment for the insurance will only be required upon your arrival in Hungary. The annual fee for the insurance is 85,000 HUF.


For additional information and specifics, please select the respective accommodation name:

  1. Jintau Budapest – Rent an apartment individually or with friends through our Chinese partner at Jiantuew@foxmail.com.
  2. SRS – Rooms and apartments available for rent catering to foreign students.
  3. Dean’s College Hotel – Comprehensive student hotel and dormitory offering all-inclusive services.

Airport Transfer:

Through a third-party service, PIFIS can arrange for someone to pick you up from the airport and transport you to your accommodation. The cost of the airport transfer is as follows:

  • Up to 2 people: €60 (total)
  • Up to 6 people: €90 (total)
  • Up to 12 people: €120 (total)

The transfer fee covers the following services:

  1. A representative will be waiting for you at the airport with a sign bearing your name.
  2. They will transport you to the dormitory or your specified destination.
  3. Assistance will be provided to complete the registration process at the dormitory.

If your flight is delayed, kindly notify PIFIS. In the event that the transfer has to wait for you at the airport due to a delay, the driver will charge an additional fee of 2,000 HUF per hour.

Our Services:

Considering that we are an official representative of PIFIS College, we provide all admission services, student visas, and university entrance exam registrations for PIFIS completely free of charge.

We offer pre-evaluation of your documents including transcripts and English language proficiency results prior to applying to your program of choice.

Additionally, we offer assistance and provide guidance in constructing optimal resumes and personal statements if required for admission.

lastly, we provide a checklist of all the required documents for admission and assist you with applying for residency as well.