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Hungary is a landlocked country located at the heart of Europe. Situated in Central Europe, Hungary has always been a meeting-point of European cultures. Its capital, Budapest, is a metropolitan with 2 million inhabitants and is seen by many as one of the most beautiful European cities. The country's climate is continental and is protected from excessive climatic changes and natural catastrophes. With a population of around 10 million, Hungarian culture is unmistakable, as it combines West-European style with East-European spice.

Hungarian is the country’s official language, although English and German are taught in schools as secondary languages. The country boasts a rich heritage that attracts people from all over the world. Hungary presents geological sites and palaeontology remains, ancient Roman ruins, relics of Turkish culture, and well-preserved buildings, providing an overview on the different styles of the history of European architecture. Eight of these sites have been declared by UNESCO to be part of the World Heritage.

Based on its rich cultural and folklore tradition, Hungary has also become a centre of not only of classical and contemporary European art, music and literature, but also a site for avant-garde and experimental cultural movements.

The higher education system in Hungary has three levels.
  • The Bachelor (undergraduate – 3 years)
  • Master (graduate – 2 years)
  • PhD (doctoral – 3 years)

Degrees awarded by Hungarian higher education institutions are recognised in all European Union countries.

At present, Hungary’s higher education system comprises of 18 state-financed universities, two public university, 12 state-financed colleges, 26 religious educational institutions, and 9 colleges operated by public foundations. More details about Hungary’s higher education system and major universities are available at the Education Ministry’s website at www.om.hu.

Hungarian Scholarship Board

HSB is responsible for submitting proposals for the Ministry of Education regarding international mobility and the national policy of scholarships and grants; participating in the preparation of action plans based on bilateral agreements; defining competition criteria and nominating candidates for scholarships and grants by evaluating and ranking over 2,000 applications per year. These scholarships and grants (largely financed by the Hungarian Ministry of Education) are based on a pool system and bilateral educational, scientific and cultural exchange programmes with 45 countries. These international agreements enable students, postgraduates, professors, researchers and artists to widen their professional experience in Hungary.

Study Programmes by HSB

Hungarian language courses: They offer language courses of 60-300 lessons at all levels and with various timings (from 2*3 to 5*4 hours/week).

The students of their Summer University, organised in co-operation with the Kodolányi János University College, participate in 20 language lessons per week. This is rounded up by 3-4 lectures (offered also in English) on a wide range of subjects, and through cultural programmes and study visits. Students receive up to 14 ECTS credits for their work.

Their Preparatory Courses for University Studies are designed for young people from abroad who plan to continue their studies at a Hungarian higher education institution. The one-year course with an overall of 900 lessons starts with an intensive language course, which is later supplemented with studies in a chosen field and its terminology (specialisations offered: economics, medicine, engineering, law and humanities). Preliminary knowledge of Hungarian is not necessarily required.

Their university level curriculum in Hungarian Studies, prepared in co-operation with the University of Pécs, offers a 10-month university exchange programme for people studying Hungarian at foreign universities. 25-40 ECTS credit points are available for attending the course.

Their one-year Translators' Course is open to people with a good command of Hungarian who plan to start a literary translator's career. Their courses are open both for self-financed students and on scholarship basis. For further information, please reach us.

As with most destinations, the primary expense facing expats in Hungary is accommodation. This is especially the case for those living in urban areas, such as Budapest. It is not unheard of for residents of Budapest so spend more than half their monthly salary on rent and household maintenance. Naturally, the cost of accommodation in Hungary will largely depend on the location, size and condition of the residence.

Furnished two bedroom apartment HUF 200,000 Unfurnished two bedroom apartment HUF 150,000 Shopping Dozen eggs HUF 510 Milk (1 litre) HUF 280 Rice (1 kg) HUF 300 Loaf of white bread HUF 180 Chicken breasts (1kg) HUF 1,500 Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) HUF 960 Eating out Big Mac meal HUF 1,400 Coca Cola (500ml) HUF 300 Cappuccino HUF 480 Bottle of beer (local) HUF 500 Three course meal at a mid-range restaurant HUF 4,000 Utilities/household (monthly) Mobile call rate (per minute mobile to mobile) HUF 35 Internet (Uncapped ADSL or cable average per month) HUF 4,500 Basic utilities (Average per month for standard household) HUF 53,500 Transportation Taxi rate/km HUF 240 Bus fare in the city centre HUF 350 Gasoline (per litre) HUF 420.

Students making plans for their studies in Hungary probably try to balance their needs with their finances when seeking out the best accommodation - possibly in the vicinity of the chosen institution.

Dormitory

Dormitory placement is available to a greater proportion of the students at universities in the countryside than in the capital city. On the other hand,rental fees are also lower in the countryside than in Budapest.The dorm at the Universities up to 500 students and visiting faculty members each year,and it has bars and cafeterias, pools, saunas, laundry and private rooms.The dormitory fee is around 90 Euros per month.The rooms in the renovated buildings have 2, 2+2 or 3+3 beds, and each has a bathroom, television and Internet access.There is a well equipped common kitchen and a TV room as well as a washing room on each floor.

Students Apartments

Students can easily find an apartment to rent,alone or with some roommates.A well-maintained three or four-room apartment in the central historic area costs an average of 400 a month. You can also opt for a sub-tenancy, meaning you rent a single room in someone elses apartment.Apartments are also listed in newspapers.If you are renting an apartment in Hungary,keep in mind that you may need up to two months rent ready in cash when signing the contract. This sum acts as a deposit and should be returned to you when you move out,provided that the apartment is still in good order.

Student Residences in Hungary

If you are looking for a more independent lifestyle during your stay and meet and interact with other foreign students, student residences/houses options are ideal.A student residence can vary in size depending on location and availability. These residences usually accommodate students of all ages and nationalities in a house-type environment.Usually Students Residential accommodation is the most economic form of private student accommodation.The student residences in Hungary usually offer shared kitchen facilities or cafeterias and give you the opportunity to practice your new language with fellow students even away from your classes.Normally there is a reception you can contact if you have any problem or questions.

Guesthouses / Hotels in Hungary

If you would like to have a little more personal space where to stay,accommodation in a hotel could be the right choice for you.But this option is only suitable for short-time stays between one and four weeks.You could choose from various options,however all rooms have their own bathroom. For hotel bookings,please note that double rooms may only be booked by two students travelling together.

Hungarians were nomadic people and are believed to have moved to the Carpathian basin from the East,somewhere around the Ural Mountains.Under the leadership of Arpad, the Hungarians took over the land around 895.

In 1000,King Stephen I (St.Stephen) founded the state of Hungary,and accepted the Catholic religion as standard.Stephen was crowned with the Holy Crown of Hungary and blessed by the Pope.The crown is now displayed in the Parliament building.

In 1241-1242 the invasion of the Mongols caused serious destruction in the country,and half of the population were killed or deported as slaves (1 million people).After the invasion King Bela ordered the construction of a system of strong stone castles to defend the country from further attacks.The second Mongolian strike was stopped at Pest by the royal army thanks to these castles.

After a Turkish conquering army defeated the Hungarian royal army at Mohacs in 1526,the country split into three parts around 1541 the Hungarian Kingdom,the Habsburg dominion and the Turkish dominion.It took 150 years before the Hungarians could stand up to this situation,reunite and drive out the Turks.After the Turkish domination,the country became part of the Habsburg dominion,but under the leadership of Ferenc Rkczi II.Hungarians partly took back their independence, and signed the treaty of peace at Szatmr in 1711.

In the 19th century very important reforms were made.Hungarian became the official language of the country,and the language was renewed and elected to a literary level.In 1848 there were independence revolutions in Europe,as well as in Hungary. The Magyars tried to remove the boundaries of the Habsburg dominion.After the suppression of the revolution,the silent resistance made the nation stronger than ever before.In 1867,a Hungarian delegation,led by Ferenc Deak finally came to an agreement with the Habsburgs and so the dualistic system of the Austrian-Hungarian Monarchy was born and peace descended across the land.

In World War I Hungary was ally to Germany and Austria and had to send hundreds of thousands of troops to die for foreign interests.In 1918 the Monarchy broke up,the first government was established and the country became the Republic of Hungary.After losing the war,the allied Atlantic countries overran Hungary and in accordance with the Treaty of Trianon, split up the country.The Hungary of more than 20 million became a small country of less than 8 million.

World War II brought more tribulations to the people of Hungary.Fighting alongside the Germans against the Soviets,the Hungarian government eventually tried to change sides to the allied Atlantic countries.Possibly fearing the sudden exposure from the vulnerable flank of the Hungarian plains - perfect tank country- the Germans then overran Hungary near the end of the war and deposed the government to their nationalist allies.Hundreds of thousands died during the war or were deported to German concentration camps.

After the Germans were beaten by the Allies,Soviets took over the country,drove out the Germans,and stayed for 44 years. In 1956 the people tried to force the leadership to stop this domination,and dictatorship by the soviets,but the attempt was unsuccessful and was punished unmercifully.However it did have some effect on the government and some concessions were made.The soviet domination lasted until 1989,when Hungary finally became an independent democracy.In 1999 Hungary joined NATO,and in 2004 became a member of the European Union.

BUDAPEST

Budapest is the capital and the largest city of Hungary, and one of the largest cities in the European Union.It is the country principal political, cultural,commercial, industrial, and transportation centre sometimes described as the primate city of Hungary.In 2011, according to the census, Budapest had 1.74 million inhabitants, down from its 1989 peak of 2.1 million due to suburbanization.The Budapest Metropolitan Area is home to 3.3 million people.The city covers an area of 525 square kilometres (202.7 sq mi) within the city limits.Budapest became a single city occupying both banks of the river Danube with its unification on 17 November 1873 of Buda and Obuda,on the west bank,with Pest,on the east bank.

Cited as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, its extensive World Heritage Site includes the banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter,Andrassy Avenue, Heroes Square and the Millennium Underground Railway,the second-oldest metro line in the world. It has 80 geothermal springs,the world largest thermal water cave system,the second largest synagogue, and third largest Parliament building.The city attracts about 4.3 million tourists a year,making it the 25th most popular city in the world to visit (and the 6th in Europe) according to Euromonitor.

Considered a financial hub in Central Europe,the city ranked 3rd (out of 65 cities) on MasterCards Emerging Markets Index,and ranked as the most liveable Central and Eastern European city on EIU quality of life index.It is also ranked as the world second best city by Cond Nast Traveler,Europes 7th most idyllic place to live by Forbes,and as the 9th most beautiful city in the world by UCity Guides.It is the highest ranked Central/Eastern European city on Innovation Cities Top 100 index.Budapest is home to the headquarters of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT),and the first foreign office of the China Investment Promotion Agency (CIPA).Eighteen universities are situated in Budapest,including the Central European University,Eotvos Lorand University and the Budapest University of Technology and Economics.

PECS

Pecs is the fifth largest city of Hungary,located on the slopes of the Mecsek Mountains in the south-west of the country, close to its border with Croatia.It is the administrative and economical centre of Baranya county.Pecs is also the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pecs.

The city Sopianae was founded by Romans at the beginning of the 2nd century,in an area peopled by Celts and Pannoni tribes.By the 4th century it became the capital of Valeria province and a significant early Christian center.The early Christian necropolis is from this era which became an UNESCO World Heritage Site in December 2000. Its episcopate was founded in 1009 by Steven I,and the first university in Hungary was founded in Pecs in 1367 by Louis I the Great.(The largest university still resides in Pecs with about 34,000 students).Pecs was formed into one of the cultural and arts center of the country by bishop Janus Pannonius, the great,Hungarian,humanist poet.Pecs has a rich heritage from the age of a 150 year long Ottoman occupation,like the mosque of Pasha Qasim the Victorious on Szechenyi square.

Pecs always was a multicultural city where many cultural layers are encrusted melting different values of the history of two thousand years.Hungarians,Croatians and Swabians still live in peace together in economic and cultural polarity. In 1998 Pecs was given the UNESCO prize Cities for peace for maintaining the cultures of the minorities,and also for its tolerant and helping attitude toward refugees of the Balkan Wars.In 2007 Pecs was third,in 2008 it was second Livable city (The LivCom Awards)in the category of cities between 75,000 and 200,000 inhabitants.

In 2010 Pecs was selected to be the European Capital of Culture sharing the title together with Essen and Istanbul.The citys motto is:The Borderless City.After receiving the title major renewal started in the city.Renewed public places, streets,squares and neighbourhoods,new cultural centers,a concert hall,a new library and center and a cultural quarter were designed.

The culture of Hungary varies across Hungary,starting from the capital city of Budapest on the Danube,to the Great Plains bordering Ukraine.Hungary has a rich folk crafts tradition,for example:embroidery,decorated pottery and carvings.Hungarian music ranges from the rhapsodies of Franz Liszt and folk music to modern songs influenced by folk music and Roma music.Hungary has a rich and colorful literature with many poets and writers although not many are known abroad due to the limited prevalence of the Hungarian language.Some noted authors include Sandor Marai and Imre Kertesz,who have been gaining acclaim in recent decades.Janos Kodolanyi was well known in Italy and Finland in the mid-20th century.Imre Kertesz won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2002.Peter Esterhazy is popular in Austria and Germany,and Magda Szabohas recently become well known in Europe as well.

The culture of Hungary varies across Hungary,starting from the capital city of Budapest on the Danube,to the Great Plains bordering Ukraine.Hungary has a rich folk crafts tradition,for example:embroidery,decorated pottery and carvings.Hungarian music ranges from the rhapsodies of Franz Liszt and folk music to modern songs influenced by folk music and Roma music.Hungary has a rich and colorful literature with many poets and writers although not many are known abroad due to the limited prevalence of the Hungarian language.Some noted authors include Sandor Marai and Imre Kertesz,who have been gaining acclaim in recent decades.Janos Kodolanyi was well known in Italy and Finland in the mid-20th century.Imre Kertesz won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2002.Peter Esterhazy is popular in Austria and Germany,and Magda Szabohas recently become well known in Europe as well.

ARCHITECTURE

Hungary is home to the largest synagogue in Europe (Great Synagogue),the largest medicinal bath in Europe (Szechenyi Medicinal Bath),the third largest church in Europe (Esztergom Basilica),the second largest territorial abbey in the world (Pannonhalma Archabbey),the second largest Baroque castle in the world (Godollo),and the largest Early Christian Necropolis outside Italy (Pecs).The biggest cathedrals and the most important Hungarian historical architecture are located in the surrounding countries.

MUSIC

The music of Hungary consists mainly of traditional Hungarian folk music and music by prominent composers such as Ferenc Liszt (known in the West as Franz Liszt), Franz Schmidt, Dohnanyi, Bartok, Kodaly, and Rozsa.Traditional Hungarian music tends to have a strong dactylic rhythm, as in the Hungarian language the first syllable of each word is invariably stressed.Hungary also has a number of internationally renowned composers of contemporary classical music,including Gyorgy Ligeti,Gyorgy Kurtag, Peter Eotvos and Zoltan Jeney,among others.

Hungary has made many contributions to the fields of folk, popular,and classical music.Hungarian folk music is a prominent part of the national identity and continues to play a major part in Hungarian music. Hungarian folk music has been influential in neighboring areas such as Romania,Slovakia,southern Poland, and especially in southern Slovakia and the Romanian region of Transylvania,both home to significant numbers of Hungarians. Broughton claims that Hungary infectious sound has been surprisingly influential on neighboring countries (thanks perhaps to the common Austro-Hungarian history) and it is not uncommon to hear Hungarian-sounding tunes in Romania, Slovakia and southern Poland.It is also strong in the Szabolcs-Szatmar area, and in the southwest part of Transdanubia, near the border with Croatia. The Busojaras carnival in Mohacs is a major Hungarian folk music event, formerly featuring the long-established and well-regarded Bogyiszlo orchestra.

Hungarian classical music has long been an experiment,made from Hungarian antedecents and on Hungarian soil,to create a conscious musical culture [using the] musical world of the folk song.[3] Although the Hungarian upper class has long had cultural and political connections with the rest of Europe,leading to an influx of European musical ideas,the rural peasants maintained their own traditions, so that by the end of the 19th century Hungarian composers could draw on rural peasant music to(re)create a Hungarian classical style.[4] For example,Bela Bartok and Zoltan Kodaly,two of Hungary most famous composers, are known for using folk themes in their music.Bartok collected folk songs from across Central Europe,including Romania and Slovakia,whilst Kodaly was more interested in creating a distinctively Hungarian musical style.

The cost of living in Hungary is on a par with,or just below,that of other European countries.The larger cities, particularly Budapest,are more expensive than countryside towns;however,a general rule of thumb is that buying local produce will cost less.

Food

The next largest expense for most people in Hungary is food,which accounts for approximately a quarter of the average Hungarian residents monthly salary.While it is true that foodstuffs are more expensive in the city,a substantial amount of money can still be saved by purchasing locally grown goods.

Cost of School

Expats with children who are well versed in Hungarian can benefit from the free public school system, which will eliminate a substantial expense.Those keener on international schooling for their young ones, however, will have to deal with the predictably high school fees of international schools. Education can be one of the largest expenses for expats in Hungary.

HEALTH CARE

Healthcare should not be too considerable an expense for expats in Hungary,as anyone working in Hungary can make use of its free or highly subsidised healthcare services.The quality of healthcare in Hungary is on par with most countries in Western Europe and it is even making a name for itself as a prominent medical tourism destination.Private healthcare in Hungary is of a high standard and relatively cheap compared to that of western countries.

There are no border controls between countries that have signed and implemented this treaty - the European Union.Likewise, a visa granted for any Schengen member is valid in all other countries that have signed and implemented the treaty. Citizens of Antigua and Barbuda are permitted to work in Hungary without the need to obtain a visa for the period of their 90 day visa-free stay.However, this ability to work visa-free does not necessarily extend to other Schengen countries.

By plane

Hungarys main international airports are Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport in Budapest (formerly Budapest Ferihegy International Airport) and Airport Debrecen in Debrecen.In addition,there are less used international airports; these are FlyBalaton Airport in Srmellk (non operating),Gyor-Pr and Pecs-Pogny.The Hungarian national carrier is Malv (Hungarian Airlines)(non operating).There are also several low cost carriers operating to Budapest.

By train

Budapest is an important railway hub for the whole country and large part of Eastern Europe, with frequent trains from Austria, Germany, Czechia and Slovakia.

By private transfer

Many types of private transfers are available from Budapest to close Capital cities: Prague, Vienna and Bratislava. Most private transfers include hotel pick-up and hotel drop-off and save you the hassle of getting to the airport/train station and back.

By car

To enter the country, ensure that your International Motor Insurance Card is valid for Hungary (H) along with the Vehicle Registration and a Power of Attorney from the owner if the car is not yours.The border guards are very strict about allowing cars through without these documents.

The Hungarian border control is very strict and thorough. They will not hesitate to conduct a full vehicle search if necessary. Entry from Schengen countries (Austria, Slovenia,and Slovakia) is out of such border control since the abolishment of physical borders.All those remain show light control (Romania, Croatia) and due to a bilateral agreement Serbian citizens are also no more undergo a strict border control.However you have to take into consideration that from Schengen area you might undergo a so called inside-customs control wherever moving/driving in the country.On-Schengen passengers must take into account facing a strict control upon customs prescriptions from Ukraine and Serbia.

Coming from Serbia you are allowed to bring 2 packets of cigarettes into Hungary.If you bring more they will take it and fine for 102 Euros.Weapons for hunting are allowed to bring in from any EU Member sate if you have a European License. However with possessing that you may not buy or sell your or a new weapon here.Automatic weapons can not be held at all, you will never get a license in HU to obtain such. The same is the situation with illicit drugs as well.

Infringement of these rules may definitely lead to your immediate arrestment! Entry from non-Schengen countries can take quite a long time,in particular in the summer months on the weekends when EU-Nationals are returning north along the E75 corridor from Belgrade,Serbia.The wait lines to get through the border have been as long as 7 km with a wait time of up to 6 hours.Alternative border points in Hungary or Croatia can be used to by-pass.If you are driving in from an EU country e.g. Austria,you are required to pull over to check with authorities at the border,otherwise,the borders are open and usually the immigration control kiosk are empty.

When driving into Hungary, ensure that the border crossing on the route you choose allows the passage of foreigners.Also some smaller crossings close in the afternoon for the night.It is also required to buy a vignette for driving on highways.

By bus

Several international bus lines go in or through Hungary. You can find timetables and book tickets on the homepage of Volnbusz, which are the national bus company and also the local Euro lines representation.Alternatively, Orange ways Bus Company offer services on routes between Budapest and Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Romania and Slovakia.There are many taxi and minibus companies going door to door at your request.

By ship

It is possible to enter Hungary by international shipping lines on Danube (Duna) or Tisza Rivers.There is a scheduled hydrofoil service on the Danube to and from Vienna and Bratislava between May and September operated by Mahart.

Hungarian Festival

Hungarian Festival is a one-day event held the first Saturday of June in New Brunswick,New Jersey.It is a daylong celebration of Hungarian culture, music, dance, art.The festival is a street fair celebrating Hungarian culture,organized each year by the Hungarian Civic Association.

Through the Hungarian Scholarship Board Office, the Hungarian Minister of Education and Culture offers scholarships for foreign students and professors of higher education institutions as well as research fellows who intend to gain further professional experience in Hungarian institutions of higher education or research.

Scholarships can be applied for under two systems:

Bilateral Agreements:Scholarships are awarded to citizens of countries (and territories) that have a valid/effective educational co-operation programme with Hungary,or a bilateral agreement signed by the Hungarian Government or the Ministry of Education and Culture of Hungary and the relevant ministry of the given country (or territory).

Scholarship Pool:Various types scholarships are available to students from selected countries/territories.
  • Target group:
  • Countries eligible under Scholarship Pool: Albania, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Cyprus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Korean Republic, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, The Netherlands, Norway, Republic of the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Romania, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States of America.

  • Countries with Bilateral Agreements: China, Columbia, Mongolia, Palestine, Yemen, and Vietnam.
  • Cases for Non-Eligibility
    • Foreign citizens with a residence permit or in the course of applying for a residence permit in Hungary cannot apply.
    • Men and women, who have an employment contract or employment relationship as defined by the law in Hungary cannot apply.
    • Students applying for part-time or correspondence study programmes cannot apply.
    • Students applying for non state-financed universities cannot apply.
    • Students admitted to tuition fee-paying institutions of higher education cannot apply.
  • Age Limits for Applicants
    • 30 years for scholarships for semester studies
    • 40 years for scholarships for postgraduate studies
    • 35 years for scholarship for PhD scholarships
    • 45 years for postdoctoral scholarships
    There are no age limits for the following types of scholarships: research stay and summer courses.
  • Finding the right study programme
  • First of all,you should and choose the degree programme options you might be interested in.Detailed information on the programmes is available on the institutions own websites.

  • Finding the right university
  • Hungary has many different kinds of universities.They all offer excellent quality.But with so many universities to choose from,it is not always easy finding the one that best suits your needs.

  • Requirements
    • University admission and requirements
    • In order to be considered an eligible applicant,you need to fulfil certain general criteria.NB you may need to pass an entrance examination (especially when applying for polytechnic/UAS undergraduate entry).

    • Language requirements
    • If you apply for a foreign language course,then you will also need to show you have the required level of the given foreign language (eg. English proficiency).

    • Costs / Funding
    • Right from the start,it is worth considering how you will finance your studies in Hungary.You will need to be able to cover your everyday living expenses in Hungary. Application / Visa / Accommodation

    • Applying for a course of study
    • once you have decided which study programmes interest you,you should check how and when to submit your application to those programmes.

    • Entry / Visa
    • If you are invited to Hungary to take part in an entrance examination,and/or if you are eventually accepted as a degree student,you will need to acquire the necessary entry documents to Hungary.When applying for a student residence permit,you usually need to visit the local Hungarian embassy in person.What kind of entry documents you need depends on your nationality.

    • Finding accommodation
    • Once you have received your official letter of acceptance,you can start arranging the practical issues of your student life in Hungary.Your hosting Hungarian institution can advice you best on local student accommodation options and other such matters.

  • General requirements
    • Undergraduate studies (first cycle)
    • If you have successfully completed upper secondary studies are in possession of a valid school leaving certificate and qualify for higher education studies in your home country,you may also qualify for higher education studies in Hungary. However,you will have to prove your level of knowledge of the Hungarian language or English.In some cases,you are also required to take additional qualifying courses,called in Hungary as preparatory courses.

    • Masters studies (second cycle)
    • If you are applying for a masters program at an institution in Hungary,you are required to be in possession of a relevant bachelors or equivalent degree diploma.

    • Doctoral studies (third cycle)
    • In the event you are applying for doctoral studies at an institution in Hungary,you are required to be in possession of a relevant diploma or masters degree program.

Undergraduate education is the post-secondary education previous to the postgraduate education.It includes all the academic programs up to the level of a bachelor degree.In some other educational systems and subjects,undergraduate education is post-secondary education up to the level of a master degree.Getting an undergraduate degree is an important step towards increasing your knowledge and working in a rewarding career.

  • Undergraduate studies (first cycle)
  • Future applicants for study abroad programmes in Hungary will certainly inquire about the language of tuition. Although the national language is Hungarian,there are plenty of opportunities for non-Hungarian speaking students to follow high quality degree and diploma programmes in English (also in German or French).Hungarian universities and colleges are active partners in international cooperation and networks and besides the above degree programmes; offer a whole range of separate courses, for international students be they exchange students, or regular ones. At the same time, a great number of the students take it as a challenge to learn some Hungarian.

  • Requirements
  • If you have successfully completed upper secondary studies in one of the signatory countries of the Lisbon, are in possession of a valid school leaving certificate and qualify for higher education studies in your home country, you may also qualify for higher education studies in Hungary.However,you will have to prove your level of knowledge of the Hungarian language or English. In some cases, you are also required to take additional qualifying courses, called in Hungary as preparatory courses.

Post Graduate Education

There are 25 universities in Hungary,four of which appear in the QS World University Rankings.Some of these have long histories for instance,the Semmelweis University in Budapest dates back to the 1600s.This was also the first university to offer an international programme.Postgraduate education (or graduate education in North America) involves learning and studying for degrees,professional or academic certificates,or other qualifications for which a first or Bachelor degree generally is required, and it is normally considered to be part of higher education.In North America,this level is generally referred to as graduate school.

Post Graduate Degree

If you are applying for a master program at an institution in Hungary,you are required to Admission to a master program generally requires a bachelor degree in a related field,with sufficiently high grades usually ranging from B+ and higher and recommendations from professors.

Types of Postgraduate Degrees Available in Hungary
  • Arts and humanities
  • Business and Economics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • MBA and management
  • Science