Study in HUNGARY
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. There are also sizeable 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.
• Number of Nobel Prize Winners and scientific inventors got their education here;
• We are official recruitment partner of the most Hungarian Universities which offer international programmes to foreigners;
• Easier admission procedure and less documents for getting acceptance;
• Hungary offers different type of scholarships for foreigners;
• Lots of education programmes are offered in English and German languages;
• Hungarian embassies issue education visas easier than other European Union and Schengen Member States;
• Residence permit issued in Hungary for foreign students allows them to travel to other Schengen countries without any visa;
• Number of low costs flights connect Hungarian cities to other countries and popular travel destinations;
• Employment opportunities in European Union during education years and after graduation, etc.
• To apply for a Residence Permit for the Purpose of Study you must visit the local Embassy of Hungary in your country to issue the documents you need for entering Hungary as schools may also require some of these documents to accept your application. You will need a copy of your high school diploma to justify the eligibility for higher education studies.
Generally, you’ll need the following documents to be submitted:
• an up-to-date CV
• a letter of motivation
• copy of your passport / ID
• proof of language proficiency
• English translation of transcripts of records
• English translation of obtained diplomas
• two academic reference letters
To apply for a Bachelor’s degree (3 years) prospective students need to possess a high school diploma translated into Hungarian or English with the corresponding transcript of courses and grades. Some courses may also require an entrance exam besides submitting these documents.
For a Master’s degree (2 years) application applicants have to submit the photocopy of their Bachelor’s diploma and probably have to take an entrance exam.
If someone wishes to obtain a PhD degree (2+2 years), the minimum requirement is to have a university degree which is equivalent to a master’s degree. The prerequisite for entering doctoral courses is an MA/MSc degree or an equivalent to an MA/MSc degree. Within a Doctoral programme, you need to complete 240 credits within 4 years of study. At the end of the fourth semester, a final examination must be taken. After a successful examination, the last 2 years of the doctoral programme are about conducting the research and writing your dissertation, which can be extended with one more year.
Institutions in Hungary rank the applications based on applicants’ previous studies and the grade point average (GPA), also experience in work and research might be required by some institutions. In order to be admitted to a Hungarian higher education institution, prospective students must demonstrate that they meet certain requirements. Although there is a general system of entrance the entry requirements may differ at certain higher education institutions therefore always check the conditions in each institution before applying.
Tuition fees vary depending on the selected university and study programme but below you will find a starting point for your further studies and an opportunity to see the bigger picture. To obtain accurate information regarding tuition fees visit the website of the chosen university.
• Medicine and dentistry: approximately € 3000-4000 / semester
• Engineering programmes: approximately € 1600-2500 / semester
• Business Administration programmes: approximately € 1200 / semester
• International Relations programmes: approximately € 600-1000 / semester
• In the case of most institutions, the tuition fees must be paid before enrolment.
• In addition to paying tuition fees, students at Hungarian universities are also required to pay an application fee, exam fee and registration fee, each around €15.
Those who want to find funding options as self-financed students can take student loans with a favourable interest rate from the Hungarian Student Loan Centre.
For the application you need :
• a permanent residence or immigration card
• to be under 40 years old
Hungary is aware that students may have difficulty repaying a loan and so offer an income-based repayment. This means that the amount of money a student needs to pay back and when it needs to be repaid depends upon how much the student is earning.
Another option to fund your university studies is to get a student job through student-job agencies. According to Hungarian law a student is entitled to have either a full-time (8 hours) or a part-time job (4 or 6 hours), however scholarship contracts may control the conditions under which a student can work. The minimum wage for unskilled work for 8 hours per day is around 430 EUR while the salary is approximately 560 EUR for skilled jobs.
Are there any scholarships available for foreign students in Hungary?
Yes. Foreign students have the opportunity to study in Hungary with different scholarships. For example, students from non-EU countries can apply for the Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship. Currently more than 50 sending partner countries are engaged in the programme from 4 different continents. Please visit the scholarship website and check whether you are eligible to participate in the programme. There are also bilateral state scholarships for research, full-time studies, semester studies and summer courses. They are available only for certain countries so please check if you are eligible to apply or not. EU citizens can study in Hungary with Erasmus+, CEEPUS or EEA grants.
Can I study in English in Hungary?
Yes, there are approximately 500 study programmes available in the Stipendium Hungaricum Programme. Most of them are offered in English, some in German and in other foreign languages. If you are interested in Erasmus+, CEEPUS, EEA grants or other European exchange programmes, please contact the international coordinators of the Hungarian higher education institutions directly.
Do most people speak fluent English in Hungary?
Students in Hungary start learning English in primary school, therefore most young people are able to communicate in English. In a university environment, you should not have any problems in this respect.
How difficult is it to learn Hungarian? Why do people say Hungarian is one of the most difficult language?
Learning Hungarian is definitely challenging, and the reason is the unique nature of the language. While most European languages belong to the Indo-European language family, Hungarian is in the Uralic language family together with Finnish and Estonian. However, Hungarian has followed a very different development path and nowadays shares almost no similarity with Finnish or Estonian. Most people who start to learn Hungarian have the impression that the grammatical structure as well as the vocabulary is totally unfamiliar to them as it normally does not resemble to the languages they know. Also, Hungarian is an agglutinative language, meaning that it relies heavily on the use of suffixes and prefixes.
Are there many international students at Hungarian universities?
Yes. Every year thousands of foreign students arrive from all over the world to study in Hungary. Some of them come with different scholarship programmes (e.g. Erasmus+, Stipendium Hungaricum, etc), while others pursue self-financed studies. Currently we host 30,000+ international students in Hungary.
Apart from Budapest, are there any other university towns in Hungary?
Foreign students are welcome to study not only in Budapest, but in many other parts of Hungary as well. You can read about other university towns in Hungary.
Is it possible to work during university studies? Can the university staff assist you to get a job?
Yes, it is possible. On the basis of the effective legal regulations third-country citizens with residence permits for study purposes can engage in any full-time occupational activity during their term-time for maximum twenty-four hours weekly, and outside their term-time for a maximum period of ninety days or sixty-six working days in a year.
Most universities have Career offices where they help students to get a job, they publish job opportunities available for students and they help with administration procedures. To get up-to-date information about these opportunities, contact the Career office at your university.
Where is Hungary located?
Hungary is a landlocked country in Central Europe. The country is situated in the Carpathian Basin. Hungary is bordered by Slovakia to the north, Romania to the east, Serbia to the south, Croatia to the southwest, Slovenia to the west, Austria to the northwest, and Ukraine to the northeast.
Hungary is a member state of the European Union since 2004.
Is it easy to travel around the neighbouring countries of Hungary?
Hungary is situated in the heart of Central Europe. Capitals of Central European countries, like Vienna or Bratislava are easily accessible by train from Budapest within three hours. In Central Europe there are no big distances, therefore your travel should not take too long, couple of hours only. The website of the Hungarian State Railways is available in English; therefore, you can plan your travel to the surrounding countries.
Is it difficult to visit other Hungarian cities by public transport?
Travelling within the country is very convenient since Hungary has all forms of public transport such as buses, trains as well as private car transfers. The country has a modern and well-developed road system and an extended railway network. University towns are accessible via motorways or railway. Railway services are operated by the Hungarian State Railway, also known as MÁV. All main cities are linked to each other, usually via Budapest. Regular coach services connect towns throughout the country. The national bus company is called Volánbusz. More information about domestic destinations is available at the website of Hungarian State Railways (MÁV) or Volánbusz.
How reliable is the urban public transport in Hungary?
Urban transport is well-developed in Hungary. Budapest has a network of several bus, tram and trolleybus routes as well as four metro lines. You must purchase transport tickets and validate them once aboard. If you travel without a ticket, you can be fined on the spot. Penalty fares are rather high, therefore do not forget to validate your ticket. Other university towns, such as Szeged, Miskolc and Debrecen have a tram system and all have a network of local buses as well.
What's the weather like in Hungary?
Hungary is protected from extreme weather conditions by the surrounding mountain ranges, the Alps and the Carpathians. The country is in the temperate zone and has a relatively dry continental climate. There are big differences in temperature between the four seasons: summers are hot, while winters are fairly cold. Average temperatures range from -1 °C in January to 21 °C in July. Spring officially starts on 21 March. The most precipitation occurs in late spring and early summer (May and June). Generally, the most pleasant weather is between May and September, when days are warm and the nights are cool.
Summer officially starts on 22 June. July is the warmest month with an average temperature of 21°C. September is the start of autumn in Hungary.
Autumn officially starts on 23 September, the days are still warm but not as hot as in the summer. In the end of October, beginning of November the temperatures fall significantly. As the last month of autumn, November is rather rainy in Hungary.
Winter officially starts on 21 December. The days are shortest and the nights are longest at this time. Heavy snowfalls are possible during winter, which usually lasts until the end of February.
How much money you need (monthly) to live comfortably in Hungary?
The Study in Hungary team of the Tempus Public Foundation developed a cost of living calculator for foreign students. You can check the prices in different towns in HUF, GBP, EUR, USD, JPY and in CNY as well so you will know how much money you need to live in Hungary.
Where to buy food in Hungary?
Foreign students who are currently studying in Hungary recommend to buy food in Tesco, SPAR, Lidl or Aldi. These are well-known supermarket chains, which have stores across Europe and provide standard quality.
Are there any Kosher or Halal restaurants in Hungary?
Due to its size, Budapest has the most shops selling food that meets religious guidelines but other university towns also has some places to provide such services. Also, there are many Turkish and Arab restaurants as well as Kosher restaurants that offer food in compliance with these guidelines.
Can I buy vegetarian or vegan food in Hungary?
Although Hungarian cuisine is famous for its goulash and being meat-based, you would be surprised how easy it is to find places that avoid meat or animal products. There are numerous Hungarian dishes prepared with potato, cauliflower, cheese, mushroom or zucchini and other vegetables. Salads are also well-known in Hungarian cuisine and popular among people. There are several restaurants that specifically serve vegetarian and vegan needs as well as shops where you can purchase all those plant-based products that you need in such a diet.
Is it possible to maintain a gluten-free or lactose-free diet in Hungary?
Just like in other European countries, healthy food trends have taken off in Hungary too. You can buy gluten-free and lactose-free products in most supermarkets nationwide including a wild range of milk substitute products. There are several bio shops in every city where all free-from products can be purchased easily, also many bio webshops are available for online shopping.
Do Stipendium Hungaricum applicants have to pay for their application?
No, the online application (registration) and the participation in the admission examinations is free of charge. Do not apply through any agencies unknown by the selected Host Institutions (see our website for the list of agencies known by the universities) and do not pay for their services regarding the application because the programme is implemented by direct cooperation with the responsible authorities of the Sending Partners, not agencies.
Do applicants need to register anywhere else than the Stipendium Hungaricum Programme’s application system?
It depends on the requirements of the responsible authority of the Sending Partner. Each Sending Partner might have different deadlines and requirements for submitting the application materials. There are also Partners that do not require any materials from the applicants.
Which study programme can an applicant apply for?
Only for those programmes that are supported by the cooperation agreement between Hungary and your country/region.
Can the applicants apply straight to the universities for Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship?
No, they can't. You must upload your documents in the Stipendium Hungaricum online application system, and those materials will be forwarded later to the universities by our office. Please, only contact the universities
Do applicants need admission from the university?
No - by the application deadline. Admission examinations will take place later, around April-May.
Do applicants have to be nominated by their country?
Yes, only the nominated applicants will be forwarded to the universities.
Do applicants need valid passport for the application?
You can start and submit your application without a passport. Instead of the passport copy, you can upload the scanned copy of any document that may be used to prove your identity (e.g. your national ID card). In case you do not have any identification document before the application deadline, you can upload a signed declaration in which you state that you will obtain and upload the required document before 1 August.
Later though, if you are awarded with the scholarship, you will definitely need a valid passport in order to be able to enter Hungary.
What does the medical certificate have to contain?
There is no form provided by Tempus Public Foundation for this certificate. It can be any certificate that the particular hospital uses or the particular physician issues. It has to be issued and signed by a physician to prove that the applicant does not have the following illnesses: AIDS, Hepatitis A, B, C or any other epidemic conditions. The date of issue cannot be earlier than 1 December 2017.
Can applicants submit their language and school certificates later than the deadline?
Yes. For more information, please study section 3.3 „Missing documents” of the Call for Applications or the Before Application link.
Do applicants get an e-mail when they submit the application?
No, they don’t. They can see it in the online system that the status of their application has changed to „Submitted” – or if they make any modifications it changes to „Resubmitted”.
Can applicants bring their family?
Yes, it is possible but the Stipendium Hungaricum office does not provide visa, administrative services (e.g. supporting letters) or any additional contribution (e.g. financial support) to family members or accompanying persons.
Why some countries are not eligible to apply?
Because there is no valid educational cooperation programme between those countries and Hungary.
Is it possible to submit an application for the scholarship programme more than once during the year?
No, there is only one application deadline each year.
What happens if you miss the application deadline?
In this case, you can only apply one year later. Applications are not accepted after the deadline.
Can I study in Hungarian as a scholarship holder?
Yes, you can. You have two options to do so:
1. If you do not speak any Hungarian yet, you can apply for a preparatory course first. After one year of intensive Hungarian learning, you are expected to continue your studies in a bachelor, master or doctoral programme in Hungarian.
2. If you have at least an intermediate (B2) level of Hungarian language knowledge, you can also apply for a study programme in Hungarian on all the available study levels that are listed here.