Hungary

Study in Hungary

Hungary is known as the land of great wealth, culture and for having the largest continuous grasslands in Europe. Hungary is a landlocked country in Central Europe and bordered by Slovakia on the North, Romania on the East, Serbia on the South, Croatia on the Southwest, Slovenia on the West, Austria on the Northwest and Ukraine on the Northeast.

Hungary has been a preferred study destination for the past 20 years and international students from top countries such as Germany, Israel, Norway, Iran, China and Canada come to Hungary for higher education. Higher educational institutions in Hungary are offering medical courses in both English and other foreign languages such as German in order to attract more international students.

Some of the popular fields of study for students are medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine, to name a few.

The economy of Hungary is a structural, political and institutional open economy with high income potential which is a part of the European Union’s single market. The weather in Hungary has hot summer climate, low humidity levels, frequent rain‐showers and cold snowy winters.

Some of the famous cities of Hungary are

  • Budapest
  • Debrecen
  • Miskolc
  • Szeged
  • Pecs
  • Nyiregyhaza
  • Kecskemet
  • Sopron
  • Gyor
Quick Facts
Capital Budapest
Official name Republic of Hungary
Official language Hungarian
Area 93.030 sq km
Population 10,135,000
Currency Forint (HUF)
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  • Why Study in Hungary
  • Education in Hungary
  • Institutions and courses in Hungary
  • Entry Requirements
  • Student Visa Proces
  • FAQ's

Why study in Hungary

Quality Education

Education in Hungary is of the highest standards because quality education is of foremost importance for the higher education institutions. Measures are taken by Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education to ensure quality education.

English as a medium of instruction

Most Bachelors/Masters programs are exclusively taught in English but there are programs available in German as well.

No IELTS/ TOEFL

IELTS/ TOEFL scores are not mandatory for admission in to Hungarian universities, but the students have to face a Skype interview which is conducted by the University Representative.

European Union Visa

The student can travel to all the Schengen countries with the help of a Hungary visa.

Part time Job opportunities

Students have part time opportunities during their course term and can work up to 20 hours per week. Part time earning can be 3 ‐ 5 Euros per hour.

A range of study options

The students have variety of course option to choose from. Some of the fields of study are

  • Agricultural Science
  • Computer Science and Information Technology
  • Legal Science
  • Economic Science
  • Medical and Health Science
  • Arts, Arts and Humanities, Arts Education
  • Engineering Science
  • Social Science
  • Teacher Training
  • Sport Science
  • Natural Science

Affordable cost of living

Hungary has affordable cost of living, making it a great destination for students to study and live on a minimal budget.

The cost of living is relatively low in comparison with few countries other countries in Europe The student can focus on their studies. Regular eating out is affordable.

Very good and economical public transport keeps living cost low. Hungary has affordable living expenses, making it a great destination for students to study and live on a minimal budget.

Students have discounts on public transport, cinemas, sports complexes on production of ID-card.

Internship opportunities available

Many internship options are available for students to pursue in Hungary.

Education in Hungary

The education system in Hungary has a reputation of academic excellence for more than 600 years. Institutions in Hungary award courses at both college and university level and are affiliated to the university.

A very large number of international students have chosen Hungary as their study destination in the past 20 years. In the recent years the numbers are increasing. Hungary is known for universities offering quality education. International students aim to study in the leading universities located in the capital city of Budapest and other major cities in Hungary.

Hungary Institutions are famous for its Science, Medicine, Dentistry, and veterinary medicine courses. The quality medical degrees of Hungary Universities are approved by WHO. Tuition Fee is competitive when compared to other universities in few other European Countries. Medical courses are offered in English Language.

The Institutions in Hungary adapt International standard of the Bologna process of education. Hungary is EU member country. It means in education its degrees awarded in the fields of medicine, veterinary studies and architecture are directly transferrable and will be accepted for professional purposes in other EU countries.

The education system in Hungary is divided between colleges and universities:

College education 4 years
University education 4 to 6 years depending on the course.
Vocational curriculum usually lasts 2 years, they are open to secondary vocational school's graduates and eventually vocational school students.
University PhD courses 3 years

Degree Structure

Higher educational institutions in Hungary follow the high educational standards set by the Bologna Process. This refers to the degrees which conform to the standard of bachelor, master and PhD degrees except certain vocational degrees awarded by non-university and college institutions in Hungary.

Qualifications from Hungarian universities are recognized on the international market, and students have the option to study a master’s degree in a different field than that of their bachelors.

Medium of Instruction

Most Bachelors/Masters programs are exclusively taught in English but there are programs offered in German language as well.

Academic year

It begins from September till June. July and August are holiday period.

Course Intakes:

Winter – September

Summer – February

Deadline for Applications:

Winter – 15th July

Summer – 15th November

Cost of Education

Course fees in Hungary are very affordable compared to the rest of Western Europe. Course fees may differ depending on school and program. Medicine and dentistry are among the more expensive options with tuition fees around €20,000 while other less specialized programs can be as low as €4,500.

Students at Hungarian universities are required to pay an application fee, exam fee and registration fee along with the course fee ranging between €100 and €150.

Institutions and courses in Hungary

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Hungary is gaining popularity among International Students in the years. Hungary universities offer popular courses offered in the English Language. The courses in Hungary are affordable. Hungary offers Quality education in its education institutions.

There are over 60 higher education institutions in Hungary ranging from minor colleges to top research universities. These institutes are financed either by the state, private organizations. Higher education institutions in Hungary are popular all around the world and some of the universities in Hungary such as the below list hold the place in the World University Rankings.

  • Semmelweis University
  • Eötvös Loránd University
  • University of Pécs
  • University of Szeged
  • Budapest University of Technology and Economics
  • Corvinus University of Budapest
  • University of Debrecen

There are over 60 higher education institutions in Hungary ranging from minor colleges to top research universities. These institutes are financed either by the state, private organizations or a church.

Popular courses

Bachelor Courses:

  • Bachelor in Business Administration and Management
  • Bachelor of Arts in International Relations
  • Bachelor of Arts in Tourism and Catering
  • Bachelor of Arts in Applied Economics
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

Master Courses:

  • MBA -Master of Business Administration
  • MBA in Sports Management
  • Master's in Innovation and Tourism Marketing
  • Master of Science in Chemistry
  • Master of Science in Mechatronics Engineering
  • M.Sc. In International Management
  • Master of Arts in Graphic Design

Entry Requirements

  • Academic percentage in 12th has to be above 60% but there can be certain exceptions for students scoring 55%.
  • Student must be fluent in English and the medium of Instruction in their high school has to be English.
  • Student has to appear for a Skype interview taken by the University Officer from Hungary. The interview is to judge English proficiency of student which lasts between 10‐ 15 minutes.
  • IELTS/ GMAT are not required.

Documents Required for Admission

  • 10th Mark sheet and Certificate.
  • 12th Mark sheet and Certificate.
  • Bachelor’s Degree – All individual semester wise/annual mark sheets.
  • Degree Certificate or Provisional Degree Certificate.
  • Passport Copy – First and Last Page.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (LOR’s).
  • Statement of Purpose (SOP).
  • Work experience certificate (if any).
  • Skype id of the student.
  • Curriculum vitae/ Resume
  • Letters of recommendation (e.g. from school)
  • Certification of language competence (TOEFL Test)

Student Visa Process

International students who are accepted by higher educational institutes in Hungary are required to obtain a student visa (TM-6, valid for 30 days) from the Hungarian Embassy or Consulate before entering the country.

To receive a student visa, it is necessary to submit the "Letter of Acceptance" from the university. Once the student enters the country, it is essential for them to apply for a residence permit from the Hungarian Police Authorities for Foreign Citizens within 14 days of arrival.

Visa Process

  • Students from Non EU member countries who want to stay in Hungary for more than 90 consecutive days are required to apply for a long-term student visa to stay in the country.
  • Students are advised to enquire well in advance about the entry requirements for the student visa in your home country
  • Students should have received an offer from a Hungarian university in order to receive a student visa for Hungary.
  • Students can approach the Hungarian Consulate or Embassy in your country to apply for a visa and this has to be done prior to their departure.
  • Processing a visa usually takes a one month, but could be longer so students have to apply in advance to avoid any unnecessary complications.
  • In case of appointments, it is better to schedule it 4 to 6 weeks in advance since appointment times are limited.

Documents required for visa

  • Proof of having paid the tuition fee
  • An acceptance letter of admission from the university
  • Valid passport at least 6 months beyond your date of entry
  • Copy of the photograph page of your passport
  • Passport photo
  • Proof of health insurance
  • Proof of address or housing in Hungary
  • Proof of sufficient funds to cover living expenses in the form of bank assurance/statement
  • Visa application form
  • 3 stamped envelopes addressed to the applicant.

Note:

The student has to make sure that they apply for a residence permit within 15 days of arrival in Hungary. This applies to those who wish to stay for more the 90 days.

Student Visa and Residence Permit

International Students who are not EU citizens and plan to stay and study in Hungary for a period longer than 90 days must apply for a long term study Visa.

Processing time for visas will take approximately one month time. So International students must apply well in advance and schedule appointments accordingly.

The students have to make sure they apply for residence permit within 15 days of arrival in Hungary. This applies to those who wish to stay for more the 90 days.

FAQ's

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  1. How is the economy in Hungary?
  2. Out of 188 countries, The Hungarian economy is the 57th largest economy in the world (measured by IMF) with $265.037 billion annual output, and also ranks 49th in the world in terms of GDP (Gross domestic product) per capita measured by PPP (purchasing power parity).

  3. Is it expensive to live in Hungary?
  4. The cost of living is low in comparison with the rest of Europe. Education and Healthcare are available at reasonable expenses. It is advisable for students to purchase food from a local market to avoid budget trouble.

  5. How bad is the weather in winter?
  6. Like most of Europe, Hungary can get quite cold during winter.

  7. What about the accommodation in Hungary
  8. A student can locate his accommodation based on his requirements – proximity to the university and budget. He can fix a room in a shared apartment with other students, dormitory, hostels, or accommodation within or near the universities.

  9. What are the languages of instruction in Hungary for foreign students?
  10. Most of the programs are offered in English language. Some universities have programs in German as well.

  11. Will I need to learn to speak Hungarian?
  12. Although not required but it is better to learn at least basic Hungarian as this will be helpful for students to bond with the locals and assimilating into their culture. Most of the older generation, especially outside of the big cities, speaks only Hungarian or German.

  13. After how much period of residence it is possible to apply for national permanent residence permit?
  14. A national permanent residence permit application could be submitted after 3 years of lawful and continuous residence in Hungary.

  15. Can I get accepted in to degree programs without a language certificate (TOEFL, IELTS, etc.) ?
  16. Most universities offer language exams for the applicants who do not meet the requirements for a international language certificate. Students have who passed this language exam can study from the first year, but the ones who fail this exam have to study 1-2 semesters in preparation year (foundation) of the university.

  17. What are the top industries in Hungary?
  18. Some of the top industries in Hungary are

    • The Automotive industry
    • Pharmaceutical and medical technology industry
    • Information and communications technology industry
    • The electronics industry
    • Food industry