Things You Will Find In This Page
- 1About Hungary
- 2Why Study in Hungary
- 5Higher Education system in Hungary
- 6Cost of Studying and Living in Hungary
- 7General entry requirements for applying to a degree in Hungary:
- 8Scholarships in Hungary:
Hungary is a country of 10 million people located in Central Europe. It is entirely landlocked, sharing borders with 7 of the neighbouring countries. Hungary is known for the largest lake in Central Europe, and the natural grasslands in Europe. It has made it’s significance by having the largest thermal cave system in the region as well.
Historically, history of Hungary is immense, and the country is culturally significant for Europe in the areas of the arts, music, literature, sports and science and technology.
Why Study in Hungary
Despite being one of the smaller European countries, Hungary has many opportunities to offer to international students. The country has a long tradition of higher education, with some of the oldest universities in the world. Over the years, the country has become a sought after hub for students willing to study abroad.
Having a strong focus on internationalisation, Universities of Hungary offer high quality degree programmes. Hungarian higher education has earned a well repute in science fields, such as medicine and dentistry. Degrees of bachelor, master or doctoral level are available at a Hungarian institution.
One of the Hungary’s universities is among the top 500 in the 2019 QS World University Rankings top 500, and 6 are in the top 1000. Among these is the University of Szeged, placed at 470th, and University of Debrecen, which is placed in the 601-650th group.
The famous Danube River
Budapest, the capital city of Hungary, is home to over 1.7 million people. Budapest is often called one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, and has many renowned museums and cultural institutions. The city centres along the Danube River, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Other famous monuments in the city include the Hungarian Parliament, Buda Castle and the Liberty Statue. Restaurants in Budapest serve the diverse Hungarian cuisine, offering a variety of regional traditional dishes.
Budapest has more than 35 higher education institutions. Students can opt from a wide range of courses offered by these institutions; medicine, dentistry, veterinary programmes and engineering. Many of the institutions offer courses in Hungarian, German, English and Dutch, as well as French. The Corvinus University of Budapest, the Hungarian University of Fine Arts and the Semmelweis University are among the prominent universities in the city.
The Parliament of Hungary
Hungarian is the official and national language of Hungary. Degrees at all levels are offered in English and Hungarian. However, postgraduate degrees are more commonly taught entirely in English. Students having previous education in a non-native language will need to provide evidence of English or Hungarian proficiency. If the required standards are not fulfilled, students can take the language courses offered by the institutions.
Being in Hungary, one should make an effort to learn as much Hungarian as possible to easily adopt the Hungarian environment. Besides that, this is a skill that will look great on your CV/resume!
Higher Education system in Hungary
The Hungarian higher education runs on a network of colleges and universities. The colleges are directly affiliated with a university and operate as college faculties of the university. Since 2005 and 2006, Hungarian institutions of higher education adopted the regulations of the Bologna system. In the new system, both colleges and universities need to comply with the necessary requirements in order to launch a bachelor, master, or doctoral program. As Hungary is a part of European Union, all the awarded degrees are equivalent and transferable throughout the EU and many other countries.
The Hungarian Academic Year
The Hungarian academic year spans from September to June. Long holidays are scheduled from July till August.
Cost of Studying and Living in Hungary
Managing finances is the prime concern for students willing to study abroad. The currency of Hungary is Forint (HUF). The tuition fee depends on the location and level of study. Students from an EU country may be able to apply for a state-funded place. For international students numerous scholarships are provided by the Hungarian government.
On average, you should expect to pay between $5,500/€4,900 and $15,000/€13,200 per year. You should also expect to pay application/examination fees of around $500/€440.
Living costs again are subject to the location you choose to live in Hungary. Living in the main cities cost more than living in a smaller city or town. Some students in Hungary prefer to live at the dormitories, which is usually a cheapest alternative. Others prefer to find a place by themselves which is located in the more central parts of the city. On average, your annual budget should be between $7,200/€6,400 and $10,500/€9,300. This accounts for accommodation, groceries, travel and any other necessary expenses.
International students also need to pay for health insurance. If you are a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) holder, you will be able to access the same healthcare as Hungarian citizen at a reduced cost. Students on a governmental scholarship might be able to apply for a social security card (TAJ card). This allows access to most public healthcare for free. If you are not eligible for any of these, you will need to purchase a health insurance policy. Health insurance policies are offered by some institutions, but one can purchase a private policy also.
General entry requirements for applying to a degree in Hungary:
There are some mandatory requirements that all prospective students have to meet, depending on the level of degree they intend to apply to;
For a Bachelor’s degree
- high school diploma
- transcripts of degree
- in some cases, passing an entrance exam
- 5.0 – 6.0 for the IELTS test
- 60 – 80 for the TOEFL test
For a Master’s degree
- Bachelor’s diploma (a four-year undergraduate degree is required if you apply for a one-year Master’s)
- university transcript of records
- proof that your Bachelor’s is related to the Master’s studies you are applying to
- 5.5 – 6.5 in IELTS
- 70 – 90 in TOEFL test
In Hungary, some study programmes are taught in German. A German language certificate is required if you opt for those courses.
For a PhD degree
- university degree which is equivalent to a master’s degree, i.e. 18 years education
for some programmes, proof of prior professional experience is required.
University of Debrecen
Choose your university and programme:
Hungary has 66 higher education institutions to choose from, out of which 7 rank in international education tops. Some of the most well-known universities to foreign students – and their typical destinations in Hungary – are:
- Central European University (CEU);
- University of Debrecen;
- International Business School;
- Budapest Metropolitan University.
Students seeking to study abroad usually have a motive in mind, on the basis of which they choose the programme. The course selection may also depend on their skills, previous studies, and on their career aspirations. The most popular study options in Hungary are:
- Masters in Business Administration
- Masters in Computer Science
- Masters in Environmental Sciences
- Masters in International Relations.
Check entry requirements and deadlines:
Once you have decided the programme or programmes you intend to apply for, you need to proceed with the application form. You need to check the specific documents required and collect them before the application deadlines. Here are some typical documents required;
- An up-to-date CV
- Copy of your passport or ID card
- Proof of language proficiency (English, German or Hungarian depending on the language the programme is taught in)
- Certified English translations of transcripts of records
- Certified English translation of your obtained diplomas
- Listing two academic referees or including two reference letters
- A letter of motivation
Some additional application requirements could be required by the university. These may include:
- An academic paper (especially for Social Sciences and Humanities degrees)
- A competitive GMAT or GRE score
- An entrance exam conducted by the university (mostly for Bachelor’s studies)
A face-to-face or Skype interview (mostly for Master’s studies.
Apply online and pay the application fee:
Generally, you can upload all the required documents online, on the page of your chosen programme. To make sure you have all you need, you can contact the university to ask them if there is anything else you need to do.
- Note that Hungarian universities perceive an application fee between 100 and 150 EUR.
Receive confirmation letter from the university
Once accepted you will be notified by an e-mail or post. The following steps to be taken will be mentioned in that post/email. If you are a fee-paying student, you will be asked to transfer at least part of the tuition fee before your enrolment.
Average tuition fees at Hungarian universities for non- EU/EEA students: 2,000-5,000 EUR/year
Get your student visa for Hungary:
A study visa is required for students who are not from a EU/EEA country. This process can take at least a month, so plan ahead while submitting your application. You can apply for the visa after you have been accepted to your chosen programme. The general visa application documents are:
- University tuition fee receipt
- Acceptance letter form university
- A passport valid for at least 6 months after the entry day
- Proof of health insurance
- Proof of accommodation in Hungary
- Proof of funds to cover living expenses during your studies
- Visa application form
When you get to Hungary, you will need to apply for your residence permit within 15 days. This is necessary even if you are a EU/ EEA resident.
Scholarships in Hungary:
Numerous scholarships for international students are available in Hungary, which are either state sponsored or provided by the universities. Here is a list of available scholarships that you can avail;
- – Stipendum Hungaricum Scholarship
- – Bilateral State Scholarships
- – Erasmus
- – CEEPUS
– EEA Grant scholarships