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Reasons to study in Hungary

What do the scientist behind Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine Katalin Kariko, Nobel laureate and the inventor of vitamin C Albert Szent-Györgyi, and mathematician John von Neumann have in common? They all are from Hungary.

The universities of this European country have produced a number of notable scientists and boast high-quality education.

Hungary is not a typical student destination, and is often overlooked by candidates seeking higher education abroad. Yet, recently Hungarian universities have been gaining more popularity among international students, and this popularity is well deserved.

If you are thinking about high-quality, value-for-money education, then look no further. And here are the reasons why:

Hungarian universities offer high-quality education and have many English-taught programs

QS University and THE World University rankings place some of Hungarian universities into their lists. Many Hungarian universities also made it into the top of Emerging Europe & Central Asia with the QS EECA University Rankings 2021

Hungary is particularly known for its medical and dentistry institutions, several of which provide customized programs for international students.

Moreover, Hungarian universities offer hundreds of English-taught programs.

Some of the highest ranked universities in Hungary:

Semmelweis University

For the last 250 years, Semmelweis University in Budapest, Hungary, has been a major biomedical institution of higher education in Hungary and Central Europe. Students have been able to pursue their studies in German since 1983, and in English since 1989.

Eötvös Loránd University

The predecessor of Eötvös Loránd University was founded in 1635 in the remote village of Nagyszombat as a catholic university for teaching Theology and Philosophy. Later, it moved to Budapest and became the Royal Hungarian University. Natural Sciences, Informatics, Social Sciences, Education and Psychology, and Teacher Training are among the university's current faculties.

The University of Szeged

Szeged, a popular university town in Europe, is a home to the University of Szeged. The University provides over 60 full-time Bachelor's, Master's, and doctoral degree programs in English, as well as in German and French. Students come from all over the world, with 4,000 foreign students representing over 130 nations.

Budapest University of Technology and Economics

This university offers courses in technology, economics, business administration, and science. Four Nobel Laureates and dozens of world-renowned scientists work in its departments.

The University of Pécs

With 22 000 students, 1 600 lecturers, and 10 faculties, the University of Pécs is one of Hungary's largest higher education institutions and the Transdanubian region's knowledge center. Its origins can be traced back to 1367.

Hungarian degrees are recognized across Europe and the rest of the globe

The majority of diplomas issued by Hungarian institutions are officially recognized in the European Union and by many other countries around the world.

The degrees are based on the European Bologna system. Universities in Hungary provide three levels of degrees:  alapképzés (bachelor's), mesterképzés (master's), and doktori képzés (doctoral).

Bachelor's degrees last three to four years, master's degrees one to two years, and doctoral degrees – for about three years. It is also possible to take a single five- or six-year course that combines the bachelor's and master's degrees in specific areas.

Many universities offer dual degrees through joint degree programs in which a Hungarian university collaborates with another European higher education institution. Students enroll at both institutions and receive a double degree.

The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) assures that your grades are transferable to other European universities in different countries.

The tuition fees and costs of living are low

Tuition fees charged in Hungarian universities are extremely low in comparison to other European nations.

You may anticipate spending between EUR 1,200 and 2,500 per year, depending on the university and the degree; engineering programs are more expensive, costing up to EUR 5,000 per year. Tuition costs for medicine and dentistry typically range from EUR 12,000 to 16,000 per year.

According to the cost of living calculator, in Budapest (the capital of Hungary) you can live on less than EUR 600 a month (this includes housing, food, transportation, and other expenses). In the smaller cities, you can even live on less than EUR 300.

The Stipendium Hungaricum scholarship is very generous

The Hungarian government created the Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Program in 2013. The program's main goal is to expand the number of international students in Hungary and to encourage Hungarian universities to recruit outstanding international students.

The Stipendium Hungaricum is a fully funded scholarship for international students to study at 31 Hungarian higher education institutions in a range of Bachelor's, Master's, one-tier master's, non-degree, and doctorate programs. Not only tuition, but also medical insurance and accommodation are covered, and a monthly stipend is provided.  

Around 5,000 students from over 70 partner countries receive the Stipendium Hungaricum each year.

Typically, you must submit your application with all supporting documentation by mid-January to be considered for a scholarship for studies beginning in the following year.

Hungary has a fantastic student life

Hungary is located in the heart of Europe and is well connected to its neighbors, so living in this country will be a truly European experience.

Hungary’s capital Budapest is one of the most beautiful European cities with fantastic architecture, museums, cozy cafés and restaurants, libraries, nightclubs, live music venues, pubs, and even thermal baths! It's impossible to get bored in Hungary!

Almost every Hungarian institution has its own network assisting international students and scholars in integrating into the local community. University-based youth organizations can help you make the most of your stay in the country by promoting programs aimed at foreign students and organizing professional workshops.

Former foreign students who attended or graduated from any higher education institution in Hungary can join the Alumni Network Hungary to become part of a highly engaged and lively alumni community.