Why Study in Hungary?
Education, careers and networking go hand in hand
- Hungarian higher education has an impressive international reputation; Hungary is also known as the home of academic excellence with its 650 years of experience.
- Hungary is proud to be in the top 20 of countries with the highest number of Nobel Prize Winners per capita.
- You can get a European degree for a fair price – studying in Hungary is a good investment.
- Different scholarships are available for international students.
- According to official statistics, Hungary is amongst the 20 safest countries around the world (Global Peace Index 2016 Report).
- Hungary is in the heart of Europe, and you can travel around easily – and you can explore the Central European region.
- Hungary is a great place to discover, with numerous World Heritage sites nationwide.
- The country has a rich cultural life and long-standing traditions.
- Hungary offers a vibrant life for young people with many indoor and outdoor activities.
- People are helpful and ready to help whenever you need it.
- There are 66 higher education institutions in Hungary, ranging from small universities of applied sciences to top research universities.
- Students can receive valuable knowledge from highly qualified and well-prepared teachers.
- More than 35 Hungarian higher education institutions offer academic programmes in foreign languages – 550 courses at the latest count.
Study in Hungary - the place to be, the place to study
The Study Finder Database provides information about over 400 study programmes in English and in other foreign languages, offered by Hungarian Higher Education Institutions.
FOREIGN STUDENTS ABOUT HUNGARY
Studying in Hungary is a good choice considering its central location in Europe, thanks to which it is easy to travel around the continent.
I chose ELTE because of its comprehensive study programme, which offers a lot of research opportunities.
I came here because of the Nobel Prize Winners of BME, and to get involved in research projects.
Mongolian research laboratories are not as well equipped as those in Hungary, and the quality of education is also very high here. I am a PhD student and I received a lot of help from my professor, who provided me with all the necessary courses that I can increase my knowledge with. There are also a lot of opportunities to publish in Europe or to attend conferences where I can test the results of my research.
There are many things. But the purest love for me is the architecture of Budapest and the Danube – so beautiful!
I have to mention the positive energy of Hungarian people. It surrounds me everywhere. It is the kind of positivity that makes you feel so motivated every day when you get up, look forward to the day and feel content when you go to bed at the end of the day.
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The degree structure of tertiary education is based on three cycles. Nearly all study fields lead first to a Bachelor’s degree (usually 3 years), and after a further study period to a Master’s degree (2 years). However, there are some exceptions: medicine, pharmacy, dental and veterinary studies, architecture, law, teacher training, and certain arts-, crafts- and design-related study programmes, which retain a long single-cycle structure of 5 or 6 years of study. A four-year doctoral programme is a post-graduate course to follow any Master’s or equivalent qualification.
The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) is the only existing credit system in Hungary, ensuring transparency of the learning, teaching and assessment processes by facilitating the recognition of learning achievements and qualifications in many countries throughout the European Higher Education Area.
Read more about Hungarian higher education.
Study in Hungary with the best scholarships – from Bachelor to Doctoral level.
Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Programme
The application period of Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship for 2018-2019 got started! Students from over 50 countries can apply for the scholarship funded by Hungarian government by the 16th of February. Click here for the call!
The programme is based on bilateral educational cooperation agreements between the Ministry of Human Capacities of Hungary and the partner country’s ministry responsible for higher education. More than 50 partner countries are involved and thousands of students from all around the world apply to study in Hungary each year.
Stipendium Hungaricum scholarships are available for bachelor, master, one-tier master, doctoral and non-degree programmes (preparatory and specialisation courses).
Erasmus+ is the European Union’s programme for education, training, youth and sport which provides opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, gain work experience and volunteer abroad. Erasmus+ helps organise student and doctoral candidate exchanges within Erasmus+ Programme countries and to and from partner countries.
- CEEPUS – the perfect choice for studying in Central Europe
- EEA Grants – the bridge to Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway
- Bilateral state scholarships – broaden your chances and look for special scholarships
Find out more information about scholarships in Hungary.
Living in Hungary
Living in Hungary
Since December 21, 2007, Hungary has been a member of the Schengen Area, and applies the Schengen legislation in full. The most important issues to Hungary’s Schengen membership are:
- visas and residence permits issued by one of the Schengen States are valid for Hungary,
- visas issued by Hungarian representations abroad and residence permits issued by Hungarian national authorities are also valid for the entire Schengen Area.
Third-country nationals are required to have a visa for entering the territory of Hungary and also for a stay of up to 90 days within a 180-day-period if they come from a country that is under visa obligation according to the Schengen acquis. It is worth checking to see if your country has a bilateral agreement with Hungary, because in this case there is no need for a visa. If not than you are required to have a visa for entering the territory of Hungary and also for a stay of up to 90 days within a 180-days period if they come from a country that is under visa obligation according to the Schengen acquis. The visa application has to be submitted to the Hungarian Consulate in the country where the permanent or temporary residence of the applicant is located or in the country of the applicant’s nationality. If you arrive from a third country, we recommend taking out health insurance.
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Accommodation in Hungary
There are several kinds of accommodation alternatives in Hungary.
The cheapest one should be a dormitory belonging to the students’ homes section of the university you attend. One advantage is that it is cheap (HUF 10 000- HUF 30 000/month), it is an easy way of making friends and of establishing a social community fast. If you decide to go with this more affordable type of housing, then you should act fast because the dormitory places are limited and vary from university to university. Check the application deadlines and methods before your arrival not to miss it.
There are also so-called private dormitories in some Hungarian cities (around HUF 40 000 - HUF 50 000/month) which do not belong to a university or a college. These are not so cheap as the institutional ones, but you can still spare some money through this way compared to private flats or rooms. It can be a plan B.
Flat and private room
On the other hand, renting an apartment or a room in flat is a more feasible option if you prefer privacy. The costs depend much more on the fact in which city you are renting, there can be big differences between fees when it comes to Hungarian cities. The average cost is about HUF 100 000/ flat, and about HUF 50 000- HUF 70 000/room.
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There are plenty of possibilities to access the Internet in Hungary. To help you check your e-mail or surf the net wi-fi access is offered in many cafés, hotels, bookstores and public buildings. Almost every university campus has its own wi-fi hotspots.
Hungarian cooking is actually quite difficult to define. It frequently uses paprika, black pepper and onion. Potatoes are also commonly used in many types of meal. There are two remarkable elements of Hungarian cuisine that locals take no or little notice of but which seem quite unusual to foreigners. One is known as “f"ozelék” (various vegetables prepared in a special way, served cooked and bearing some similarity to a very thick soup) and the other one is soup itself prepared in different kinds of ways. Hungarian cuisine offers a bunch of soups from vegetables or meats or both. These soups come in creamy types, as fresh fruit soups and also as heavy meat soups.
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If you want to enjoy Hungarian culture, rich cultural life awaits you in every town, especially in the capital.
- Cinema - Besides Hollywood movies, Hungary offers a wide selection of art films from all over the world. You can choose from various films, dubbed or subtitled, depending on your knowledge of foreign languages.
- Theatre - There is a very rich and active theatre life throughout the country. The season starts in September and ends in May. To be on the safe side, you should book your tickets well in advance for the play of your choice.
- Classical ballet and contemporary dance are both widely appreciated in Hungary. If you like dance, you should not miss the performances of Gy"ori Balett (Gy"or Ballet) or Pécsi Balett (Pécs Ballet), or those performed by the ensemble led by Pál Frenák or Yvette Bozsik. Going to the Opera House at least once is a must. Not just because of the imposing building itself, but also for the high-quality performances.
- Museums and Art Galleries - The best places to learn about Hungarian culture, art and history are exhibitions. Museums are open from 10 am to 6 pm, and are usually closed on Mondays. If you use your student ID, you will be entitled to a discount from the ticket price.
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Your costs of living in Hungary
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Official name: Hungary
Area: 93,030 square km
Neighbouring countries: Austria, Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia
Official language: Hungarian
State form: Republic
Capital and largest city: Budapest (population: 1 700 000)
Other large cities: Debrecen, Miskolc, Szeged, Pécs, Gyor
Currency: Forint (HUF)
Time zone: CET (GMT +1)
Major rivers: River Danube (417 km), River Tisza (597 km)
Largest lakes: Lake Balaton, Lake Velence
Highest point above sea level: Kékes (1014 m) in the Mátra Hills
Hungary is a member of OECD, NATO, EU and a Schengen state. Administratively, Hungary is divided into 19 counties with the capital city of Budapest being independent of any county government.
Hungary is among the top tourist destinations in Europe with the capital Budapest regarded as one of the most beautiful cities worldwide. Despite its relatively small size, the country is home to numerous World Heritage Sites, UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, the second largest thermal lake in the world (Lake Hévíz), the largest lake in Central Europe (Lake Balaton), and the largest natural grassland in Europe (Hortobágy).
The official language of the country is Hungarian, which forms part of the Finno–Ugric language family. Hungarians call their language magyar. Although Hungary is located in Central Europe, Hungarian is not related to any of the languages that surround the country. Hungarian is spoken by 10 million people in Hungary, and cca. by 4-5 million more people outside of the country.
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Did you know…?
- Hungaricums are high value products of Hungary, which show Hungarian uniqueness, specialty and quality, they embody the top performance of the Hungarian people. Read more about Hungaricums!
- Hungary has 16 Nobel laureates. Or are you interested in Franz Liszt, Charles Simonyi, Paul Erdos, Erno Rubik or Katinka Hosszú?
- Two-thirds of Hungary’s geographic area is less than 200 metres above sea level.
- Today Hungary has eight locations on the World Heritage List and three items on the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Find out more about them!
- There are big differences in temperature between our four seasons: summers are hot, while winters are cold. Average temperatures range from -1 °C in January to 21 °C in July.
- Lake Balaton, covering 598 square km., is one of the biggest tourist attractions of the country. The average depth of the lake is two to three metres, so the water warms up quickly in summer.
- There are ten national parks in Hungary.
- Hungarian history in the Carpathian basin is dated back to the Hungarian conquest in 896. Read about our more than thousand-year-old history.
- The Hungarian crown was given to Saint Stephen by the Pope on the occasion of his coronation at around 1000. Learn more about our national symbols.
- There are also sizable populations of Hungarian speakers in Romania, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Serbia, Ukraine, Israel, the U.S., and Australia. Smaller pockets of Hungarian speakers also live in Canada, Croatia, Slovenia and Austria.