I think you mean, está is used with places. Donde está ....? and van is used with places in Hungarian. Hol van.... ?
While Ella es estudiante. is Ő diák. (es falls out here. )
In this sense, está fits. But it will not fit in all of the situations.
Él está enfermo. He is sick. Ő beteg. (you had está but the verb is still dropped in HU. )