Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a laptop/tablet?
Yes, you do. We use Canvas as our teaching platform. You get your class notes via Canvas and you submit all your assignments online, including quizzes, final exams and projects. Using smart phones during classes and in the library is not allowed.
Do I need a visa?
All non-European Union citizens will apply for a residency permit for the 9 months of the school year AFTER they arrive in September. Our legal team will help them with the online application and accompany them to the immigration office. The cost for this process is around $200 USD (including the transportation costs). Students must have a passport that is valid through 6 months after the end of the school.
How many people will be in my dorm?
The dorms are big open rooms with a bed, desk, and wardrobe for each person. A dorm can hold up to 8 people although sometimes dorms have 6 or 7 depending on the student population.
What does campus look like?
What classes will I be taking in the 1st year?
Do I need to bring bedding?
No, we will provide all bedding including a pillow and blanket.
What is the culture like?
The main difference for most international students is the meals. The main meal here is lunch which is usually a soup and then the main course. Breakfast and dinner are lighter meals. There will be other differences but these will depend on what country you originally come from. We encourage you to remember you are in a different country so things will be different to you but these are the normal things to Hungarians. Please remember to be respectful of their culture as you are a guest in their country. About the food we encourage you to at least try something before you say you don’t like it. After trying it, if you don’t like it then you can politely skip over it the next time its served but do not to be verbal about it. The kitchen staff works very hard to provide good, quality food every day for all the different cultures we have in the student body.
Can I stay on campus during the winter and spring breaks?
No, campus is closed to all students during the breaks. Students are responsible to make plans to travel home or somewhere else.
What is a service assignment?
We seek to develop a heart of service through Service Assignments. Each student spends 4-6 hours weekly in service to Christ and their fellow students by helping to fulfill the daily operational needs of the Bible Institute. Our Service Assignment Coordinator will choose your area of service based upon your skills and abilities with which the Lord has blessed you. Some of the areas of service available are housekeeping, maintenance, dining room and kitchen service, office assistants, and IT/MM just to name a few.
What is the summer practicum?
Additionally, as part of our curriculum, each student must participate in a 6-week ministry practicum during the summer following the completion of the academic program. The lower price for travel to nearby countries enables ministry opportunities with the many Word of Life locations in Europe. This is an excellent opportunity to experience several different cultures, in a Christian context, for this 6-week ministry adventure.
Will I need dress clothes?
Yes, for opening weekend, Mission’s Conference, and Graduation you will need dress clothes. Guys – dress pants/slacks, button-down shirt, and tie. Girls – dress or skirt or nice dress pants.
Do we have Wi-Fi?
Yes, there is Wi-Fi on campus but it is shut off from 10:30pm-8:00am. You will have a limited access to internet during classes (8:00am-1:00pm) which means that all sites of social media are prohibited (including YouTube). Phones and other small devices not allowed in the classroom.
What is the weather like?
In the fall the average temperature is in the 40’s and 50’s Fahrenheit. Winters are cold (10°-40°F) and it snows. In the spring it is between 50-80 °F. These are average temperatures. Of course each year could be higher or lower.
What kind of things will I need in my dorm?
Here are some things we suggest buying here in Budapest:
Things to bring with you:
- A desk lamp
- If you like coffee or tea, a small coffee pot or hot water boiler.
- Mug/bowl/utensils – you are not allowed to use any of WOL Hungary's dinnerware outside of the dining room
- Drawer organizers
- Maybe more for girls: crafty things – scissors, scrap book paper, glue
Things to bring with you:
- Favorite non-perishable foods from your country
- Sewing kit
What is campus life like?
Where will my credits transfer?
Can I request special meals if I have some kind of food intolerance
Our kitchen staff prepare special meals for those who have a food allergy, intolerance or sensitivity. Our special meals are prepared separately, but in the same kitchen as all the other foods. This means we cannot completely exclude the possibility of cross-contamination with gluten and other allergens! The extra fee for special meals 3 times a day is about $110/month. A formal request along with a doctor's note is required describing the dietary restrictions.