It is a common belief in almost all Hungarian universities that if you don’t have a number in your Neptune code, you will definitely fail your studies.
The students of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Informatics at Budapest University of Technology and Economics have been keeping a special tradition for decades.
The statue was once guarded by police, but that didn’t deter the students. A small delegation was reportedly sent in advance to distract the police so that the real team could gain access to the monument.
This custom is also very much alive and followed in high school circles. In many high schools in Budapest, the key to successful graduation is to go up, even if not to clean, but at least to pet the horse’s testicles before the exams.
Even an institution as serious as Semmelweis University (SOTE) is not free of myths either. Supposedly, if you buy a SOTE sweater in your first few years, you will also be without a degree.
But of course, there are many more predictions in connection with the university. It is said, for example, that the first year will tell you who will become a pharmacist, and the second year will tell you when… It is known that the first two semesters are a clear indication of who the course is for, and the two semesters after that are extremely difficult, as there is a lot to study. But those who get this far never stop training.
The superstition spread at the University of Public Service is that if you wear a uniform with a rank higher than your own, you will never actually achieve that rank in your life.
In Szeged, dental and medical students take a bath in the Dugonics Square fountain in front of the university’s main building after their final exams, dressed in festive attire(!).
At the Széchenyi István University in Győr, a rumor has spread that whoever steps on the center stone of the cobbled circle in front of the entrance of Hegedűs Gyula Dormitory, will simply not get a diploma.