Hungary is one of the European countries that has invested a lot into higher education, and the results are noticeable. An increasing number of internationals choose to study a Bachelor's or Master's degree at Hungarian universities.
With low tuition and living costs, it's easy to understand why. But that's not all! Universities in Hungary also have a long history of providing quality education, the oldest institution being established as early as 1367.
As an international student, you'll pay between 1,200 and 5,000 EUR per year for most study programmes at public universities. Only Medicine and Dentistry degrees can cost as much as 16,000 EUR per year.
You can further reduce your expenses by applying to one of the scholarships available in Hungary. Check if you meet the criteria, submit the necessary documents or letters, and fingers crossed!
Hungary is a beautiful country. While living and studying here, you should visit the Buda Castle, the Hungarian Parliament building, the Fisherman's Bastion, the Széchenyi Thermal Bath, St. Stephen's Basilica, the Heroes' Square, the Széchenyi Chain Bridge, etc.
The higher education system in Hungary is very similar to what you'd find in other European countries. While you can study almost any discipline you can think of, remember that larger universities have a wider range of options than smaller colleges. There are also Joint Degree programmes, for those ambitious enough to tackle two degrees at the same time.
One important thing to mention is that certain disciplines — Medicine, Architecture, Dentistry, Pharmaceutics, Law — combine Bachelor's and Master's courses into a single programme, which normally takes 5 or 6 years to finish.
There are plenty of English-taught degrees from which you can choose. To get you started, these are some of the most popular options:
The following are some of the best Hungarian universities you should consider for your studies:
"Studying in Hungary is a good choice considering its central location in Europe, thanks to which it is easy to travel around the continent."
"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."
"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."
Each university in Hungary has its own admission system on their website that allows future students to apply for and enrol in their Bachelor’s or Master’s degree programmes. So, once you select the university of your choice, you can go through their application and submit your materials there.
Here are some documents you might need to submit during your university application:
This kind of courses enable degree-seeking students to get an extra educational boost just before they start their Master’s degree or other post-graduate degree programmes. Try a pre-MBA, pre-Law, or pre-Medicine programme, as well as any other foundation or preparation courses that will allow you to study in the degree programme of your choice.
If you’re attending a degree programme in Hungary, you will need to prove that your language skills are good enough to participate in the classes and understand the lectures. These courses will also prepare you for any of the English-language tests that universities require.
To study in Hungary, you’ll need to provide proof of your English language proficiency. The certificates generally accepted by Hungarian universities are:
Still, you should always check your university’s website to be sure what the exact requirements are.
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:
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.
Public universities in Hungary are much more affordable when compared to similar institutions in Western countries. International students usually pay:
Tuition fees at private universities can be even more expensive.
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 (28–84 EUR or 10,000–30,000 HUF/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 (110–140 EUR or around 40,000–50,000 HUF/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.
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 280 EUR (100,000 HUF) per flat, and about 140–195 EUR (50,000–70,000 HUF) per 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.
If you want to enjoy Hungarian culture, rich cultural life awaits you in every town, especially in the capital.
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Here's a breakdown of other average living expenses in Hungary:
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.