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  • Population 10,197,000
  • Students Not specified
  • Int. Students 17,000
  • Listed Institutes 18
  • Ranked Universities 6
  • Academic Year January - January

About Hungary

Official name: Hungary

Area: 93,030 square km

Population: 9,877,365

Neighbouring countries: Austria, Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia

Official language: Hungarian

State form: Parliamentary 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

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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 one of the 15 most popular tourist destinations in the world with a capital regarded as one of the most beautiful cities. 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.

Find out more about Hungary!

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 Erd"os, Ern"o Rubik or Katinka Hosszú? Read about our best brains!
  • 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.
  • 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.
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Living in Hungary

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Formalities
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 but 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, it is an easy way of making friends and it provides you with the facility of regular partying.

On the other hand, renting an apartment is a more feasible option if you prefer privacy. You can rent a room from about HUF 25,000 a month. But renting a whole flat is also an option to follow. It is more expensive but a flat share will reduce your costs. We are talking on average at about HUF 60,000–HUF 160,000 a month plus overhead. Renting a flat outside the capital is always cheaper, depending on the location of the university you attend.

Use our calculator, to see your costs!

Communication

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 cuisine

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.

Read more about Hungarian cuisine you’ll enjoy!

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Hungarian culture

If you want to enjoy Hungarian culture, rich cultural life awaits for 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.

Read more about Hungarian culture.

Your costs of living in Hungary

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Mini Dictionary

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Why Study in Hungary?

Why Hungary?

  1. Cutting-edge knowledge for a fair price – studying in Hungary is a good investment.
  2. A European degree is the key to global job markets – get it in Hungary!
  3. Hungary is a hub for big international companies and start-ups connected to universities – the perfect place to see things in practice and build your network.
  4. Whether you study IT, music, engineering, economics or agriculture, choosing Hungary is a great decision - the land where traditionally high requirements meet new ideas.
  5. Budapest is the 8th most popular Erasmus destination – the place to be, the place to study.

"Studying in Hungary is a good choice considering its central location in Europe, thanks to which it is easy to travel around the continent.” (Erká, Mongolia)

Be inspired by more student experiences from Hungary!

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Education, careers and networking go hand in hand
  • Hungarian higher education has been a home of academic excellence for more than 600 years. Today, 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.
  • Hungarians have always been good at music (from Liszt and Kodály to the Budapest Festival Orchestra) and have deep roots in medicine (think of Semmelweis), while today the capital is one of the most vibrant startup scenes, fuelled by companies like Prezi and Logmein.
  • Hungary is proud to be in the top 20 of countries with the highest number of Nobel Prize Winners per capita.
  • Thanks to the wide range of international student networks, you will never be alone here.

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.

Scholarships for foreign students

Study in Hungary with the best scholarships – from Bachelor to Doctoral level:

Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarships

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). Both full time and part time study modes are available in case of bachelor, master, one-tier master and doctoral studies.

The Programme is based on effective bilateral educational cooperation agreements between the Ministry of Human Capacities of Hungary and the partner’s Ministry responsible for higher education. Applications will be considered eligible if the applicant is nominated by the responsible authorities of the sending partner.See the full list of the partner countries.

Erasmus+

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 countriesand 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
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Being in Hungary is fun
  • The cultural life of Hungary is very diverse and its many festivals attract world-famous artists in every branch of the arts.
  • Hungary has a super vibrant youth life with a lot of fun activities in and outside each campus, including the trendy escape room games and the famous ruin pubs – it is pretty easy to socialise and to find new friends from all over the world.
  • Hungary is a great place to discover, with lots of World Heritage sites such as the Banks of the Danube, the Tokaj Wine region, Buda Castle Quarter and Hortobágy National Park.
  • Hungary is a worldleader in medicinalspas, with over 400 hot springs – you will get addicted to the feeling.

"The positive energy of Hungarians surrounds me everywhere. I feel so motivated every day when I get up, look forward to the day and feel content when I go to bed.” (Ambuj, India)

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Netherlands
Netherlands
The Netherlands (also known as Holland) was the first non-English-speaking country to offer degrees in English. Therefore, various programmes are taught in English and are very internationally oriented.
Estonia
Estonia
EU's hidden gem Estonia is becoming a new hot-spot for studies abroad. Estonia`s vibrant and affordable environment together with well-developed technology sector make Estonia an attractive place to study and live. With high-quality higher education, internationally accepted degrees and various scholarships this is a safe target country for international degree.
Finland
Finland
Finland is situated in northern Europe and neighbours Sweden, Norway and Russia. For an international student Finland is both an exotic and a safe target country. Finnish society is credible: a networked and transparent open civic society, where education is always a top first priority.
Hungary
Hungary
Situated in Central Europe, Hungary is one of the most popular touristic destinations in Europe and in the world. If you haven't heard about the famous Balaton lake or the thermal water cave system, you have at least hard of the beauty of its capital Budapest and about the delicious Hungarian cuisine.
Ireland
Ireland
From literature to landscape, from innovation to internationalisation, Ireland offers a lot of opportunities in education and research… and the warmest of welcomes from the world’s friendliest nation!
Lithuania
Lithuania
Why not Lithuania? More students chose Lithuania as their destination for higher education studies every year, with 92% of them recommending Lithuania to their friends. Learn why!
Norway
Norway
The UN consistently ranks Norway as having the highest standard of living in the world based largely on average levels of education and income, combined with expected length of lifetime.
Poland
Poland
Studying in Poland will provide a solid education which will thoroughly prepare you for work in the most advanced labour markets of the world, at the same time stimulating your own personal development. You will also have the unique opportunity of meeting outstanding specialists and renowned intellectuals in your chosen field.
United Kingdom
United Kingdom
The UK has one of the most cosmopolitan societies within Europe and you will study with people from all over the world. The variety of universities and degrees is broad and degrees will be accepted worldwide.
Canada
Canada
Canada has one of the strongest economies in the world, and Canadians enjoy a high standard of living, as well as an internationally renowned university system.
United States
United States
The U.S. is home to some of the most prestigious universities in the world. It has an internationally renowned education system, and offers a huge variety of English-language courses and speciality degrees.
Australia
Australia
Australia is well known for it's warm climate, great beaches and exceptional higher education system. It has strong influences from both Europe and Asia, and with the worlds second highest development index, it is a fantastic place to study!