Study in Hungary

Everything you need to know about studying in Hungary as an international student.

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Why study in Hungary?

Hungary combines the attractions of both Central and Eastern Europe, with excellent universities and a track-record for producing award-winning researchers.

The capital Budapest is packed with historic, architectural and cultural delights, as well as being a city famed for its exciting nightlife. The rest of the country offers everything from historic castles to vineyard-covered hills.

Combine this diversity with low living costs and a strong focus on internationalization and it’s easy to why Hungary is becoming a popular study destination.

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Programs in Hungary

Hungary’s higher education system is in line with much of the rest of Europe. Universities in Hungary offer three types of degrees:

  • Alapképzés (bachelor’s)
  • Mesterképzés (master’s)
  • Doktori képzés (doctorate)

Bachelor’s degrees in Hungary usually last for three or four years, with more specialist subjects such as medicine lasting for longer. In some subjects it’s possible to study a complete five or six year course which combines the bachelor’s and master’s levels.

Hungary has a number of institutions that specialize in certain areas, including business schools, medical universities and engineering universities.

Whether you’re looking to study for a bachelor’s, master’s, MBA or PhD, Studee can help you find the perfect place to study abroad.

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The cost of study in Hungary

Compared to the rest of Europe and the US, the tuition fees in Hungary are relatively affordable. The amount you’ll need to pay will vary depending on the program and university, but you can expect to pay between $1,500 and $9,000 per year.

The living costs in Hungary are also quite low, but how much you’ll need to budget will depend on your spending habits, where you study, and what accommodation you choose. For example, if you study in Budapest and rent a private flat, it will cost much more than living in a dorm in a smaller city.

Key facts

  • Forint Ft Currency
  • 381,000 Student population
  • Hungarian Language
  • 68 Universities

Where to study in Hungary

Most international students that choose Hungary as their education destination will live and study in Budapest. It’s the political, commercial and cultural center of the country and has lots to offer students.

Outside of the capital there are several other cities you could study in, including Debrecen, Miskolc, Szeged and Pécs. Away from the towns and cities, Hungary offers plenty for students to explore, from picturesque lakes, epic grasslands and undulating hills.

Universities in Hungary

Study in Hungary requirements

Qualifications

To apply to study a bachelor’s degree In Hungary, you’ll need to have completed secondary education in your home country, and achieve satisfactory results in your final exams. Some universities may also require an entrance exam on top of this. If you want to study for a master’s, you’ll need to have completed a bachelor’s degree, and to study for a PhD you’ll need a university qualification equivalent to a master’s degree.

English language tests

If you want to study an English-led international student program in Hungary, you’ll need to take the TOEFL or IELTS language test. Most universities accept both of these tests, but they may ask you to also take their own exam to prove your English ability.

Hungary student visa

Students who live inside the European Union can study a degree in Hungary without a visa, however you’ll need to apply for a residence permit within 15 days of arriving.

Non-EU students will need to apply for a D-5 student visa through the Hungarian embassy or consulate in their home country. All applications should be submitted at least six weeks before departing to Hungary, as processing is likely to take at least one month.

How to study in Hungary

  1. Find a university and program in Hungary
  2. Register for an online application
  3. Fill in your personal details and educational history
  4. Submit the required documents which vary depending on your level of study but can include a CV, copy of passport, document of English language proficiency (IELTS / TOEFL), references, and transcripts
  5. Pay the application fee and submit the application
  6. Schedule an entrance exam if required
  7. Attend the exam and wait for an offer
  8. Accept an offer to study at the university and pay any fees or deposits to secure your place
  9. Start the process for your D-5 student visa for Hungary