Hi! Üdv Magyarországon!
Hi! Welcome to Hungary!
Hungary is situated in Central Europe and has been a melting pot of European cultures. Budapest, its capital, is seen as the one of the most beautiful European city. The population of the country is 10 million and has a pleasant continental climate. Hungarian is the country’s official language, English and German are taught in schools as second languages. With a combination of Western and European influences, Hungary boasts a rich heritage and culture that attracts people from all over the world. Next to that, Hungary offers more attraction, it has geological sites, ancient Roman ruins, relics from Turkish culture, and well-preserved buildings, providing an insight into the different styles in the history of European architecture. Eight of these sites are UNESCO World Heritage.
As the bridge of Central and Eastern Europe, Hungary offers a combination of many attractions from both regions – yet it also have its pride of its own identity. This pride is not without foundation. Despite the country is relatively small, it has much to offer visitors, from the architectural and cultural delights of capital city Budapest, to vineyard-covered hills and historic castles. With so many natural and manmade attractions, combined with relatively low living costs and a strong focus on internationalization, it seems likely that Hungary’s popularity as a study destination will continue to grow. Choose to study in Hungary now, and you could be at the leading edge of that trend.
Well regarded internationally, the Hungarian higher education sector consists of state universities, public universities, state financed colleges and religious educational institutions – with higher education qualifications recognized in the EU and beyond.
While not as firmly established on the study-abroad map as European destinations like the UK, Germany or France, Hungary is committed to becoming a higher education hub. Universities in Hungary are welcoming growing numbers of international students, both on exchange programs and for full degrees, and are increasingly offering courses taught in languages other than Hungarian, most commonly English.
Hungary provides high quality education in the heart of Europe. International students are attracted by the degrees recognised universally, the wide variety of study programmes, beautiful landscapes, a favourable cost-to-value ratio and its good reputation for its scientific inventions (e.g. Vitamin C, digital computing, Prezi). State-funded scholarships and EU-funded opportunities are available in every level of academic degrees.
Hungarian higher education has been a hub for academic excellence for several centuries. The oldest Hungarian university celebrated the 650th anniversary of its foundation in the beginning of September 2017.
Today, there are 66 higher education institutions in Hungary, which are well known throughout Europe. They offer 550 courses in English, German, French and other languages. Annually, thousands of foreign students from all over the world arrive to Hungary in order to study. The aim of the Hungarian Government is to increase further the number of incoming (25 000 to 40 000) and outgoing (10 to 20%) students in higher education. The degree structure of Hungarian higher education is based on three cycles (Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral), in accordance with the objectives of the Bologna process.
The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) is the only existing credit system in Hungary, facilitating the recognition of learning achievements and qualifications in many countries throughout the European Higher Education Area. Hungarian higher education institutions are becoming more and more active in international cooperation, offering a number of double and joint degree programmes, R&D projects, and academic partnerships within Europe and throughout the world.
Hungary joined the Bologna Process in 1999 by signing the Bologna Declaration with 28 other countries with a view to establishing the European Higher Education Area by 2010.
The degree structure based on three cycles of higher education was adopted in December 2004. All main fields of study have been restructured in accordance with the new system. However, there are some exceptions: medicine, pharmacy, dental and veterinary studies, architecture, law and certain crafts, arts and design related study programs, which retain a long single-cycle structure of 5-6 years of study. A new Act on National Higher Education was approved in 2011, which restructured teacher training into the long single-cycle.
The first cycle programs last 6-8 semesters (3-4 years, 180-240 credit points) and lead to a Bachelor’s degree. The second cycle, leading to a Master’s degree, last 2-4 semesters (1-2 years, 60-120 credit points. Programs can be full-time, part-time or of a distance learning nature. The third cycle programs are three-year doctoral programs. They are post-graduate alternatives to follow any Master’s or equivalent qualification. A doctoral program consists of two modules: the module of contact-hour courses is composed of diverse courses lasting for a period of 6 semesters (180 credit points) and a written dissertation supported by scientific publications.
An average student’s annual timetable:
Early September: registration and signing up for courses
Mid-September to mid-December: term time
Mid-December to end of January: exam period
Early February: registration and signing up for courses
Mid-February to the mid-May: term time
Mid-May to early July: exam period
According to Hungarian legislation, foreign students must pass an exam in Hungarian language as a requirement to be awarded the diploma. In the event you are taking undergraduate studies, you will be required to have a level of command of Hungarian corresponding to, at least, C1 in the Europass Language Passport. For graduate courses, your institution will determine which language exams you will have to take before you can be awarded the diploma. However, if the language of instruction is not Hungarian, you are exempted from the Hungarian language examination requirement.
If the language of instruction is English, you will be requested to prove your level of command of the English language. For this purpose, you may present the results obtained at internationally recognized examinations, such as the TOEFL test, or pass an exam at the Hungarian institution where you will be studying. If you are an EU student, you may also ask your institution to evaluate your English studies from upper secondary school to learn whether they are sufficient for you to meet the language requirement. Students from English speaking countries who have received their upper secondary education in English are usually exempted from passing any English language examination.
If you have not taken or passed the university entrance examination in your home country or you are not an EU student, you will most probably need to enroll in a preparatory course at the institution you are interested in before applying for higher education studies. The preparatory courses aim at providing students with the required level of knowledge in basic subjects to access the selected study program. These preparatory courses last at most 2 semesters and students are charged tuition fees that vary depending on the program and institution.
Students in Hungary are ranked based on their previous studies when applying for a study place at higher education institution. This ranking is based on the student's grade point average from previous studies and even work experience if applying for specific programs that require it. Therefore, always check with your university/colleges in Hungary about the minimum passing grade you need to meet.
You may use the European grades comparison chart to learn what the equivalence of your grade in Europe would be.
Split in two halves (Buda and Pest) either side of the Danube River, and known for its attractive architecture, Budapest is undoubtedly one of Europe’s most aesthetically appealing cities. The city’s architectural and historic importance has earned it a place on the UNESCO World Heritage list, where it is described as “one of the world’s outstanding urban landscapes”.
Budapest doesn’t just look beautiful; it also offers plenty to do and explore, from world-renowned spas, art galleries and classical music, to trendy cocktail bars, bohemian cafés and outdoor clubbing venues. The best-known of Budapest's cultural events is the huge Sziget music festival, held on Óbudai Island in the centre of the Danube every August – but there’s plenty going on all year round.
Three universities in Budapest feature in the QS World University Rankings® 2016/17 – Eötvös Loránd University (ranked 601-650), Corvinus University of Budapest (701+) and new entry Budapest University of Technology and Economics (also 701+). All three participate in Erasmus and various other student exchange programs. Other universities in Budapest include Budapest Business School,Hungarian University of Fine Arts, Semmelweis University (medical), Óbuda University (technical) and Central European University, a postgraduate-only institution which ranks in the global top 50 for politics.
Debrecen is Hungary’s second-largest city, although far smaller than Budapest, with 205,000 residents compared to the 1.7 million residents of the capital. Debrecen has briefly been the capital city of Hungary during two periods of history; the Hungarian revolution in 1848 and the end of World War Two in 1945. The city is the administrative, economic, educational, scientific and cultural center of the eastern region of the country, and the usual range of activities are available, including theater, live music, nightclubs and (in true Hungarian style) natural hot springs and spas. The city is also well known for its lively festivals, including the Flower Carnival in August, which involves millions of flowers being used to decorate a procession of floats.
Hungary’s third-largest city, Szeged is located in the south of the country on the banks of the river Tisza. It’s nicknamed the ‘city of sunshine’, due to its warm climate and high number of sunny days. Szeged is also known as a cultural hub, and especially for its Open Air Festival, showcasing outdoor theater performances throughout the summer. Szeged is a university town with a good nightlife, and it’s an ideal choice for foodies, offering great local and traditional food, including salami and fisherman's soup (halászlé). The education center of south Hungary, Szeged is home to the highest ranked university in the country – the University of Szeged.
Students from within the EU/EEA do not need a visa to study in Hungary, but do need to apply for a residence permit within 15 days of arriving. Students from outside of the EEA should apply for a student visa residence permit before arrival, via their nearest Hungarian embassy. Applications should be submitted at least six weeks before departure, as the processing is likely to take at least a month.
Student visas for Hungary require the following:
Living costs are relatively low in Hungary, with students likely to need about US$600-850 per month to cover everything from accommodation to nights out. Living costs will be more expensive in Budapest, where rent will start from about US$340 per month.
While tuition fees are not insignificant, they are much lower than charges in countries such as the US or UK. They vary between universities and courses, with some courses as low as US$5,500 per year at the University of Debrecen, going up to US$16,900 per year to study medicine.
Some scholarships for international students are available from the Hungarian government, covering tuition fees, medical insurance, accommodation and a monthly stipend for residents of partner countries to study in Hungary at all levels. Students from within the EU may also be able to apply for a state-funded place, under the same system as local students. These are awarded based on academic grades, but are highly competitive, with the number of places available having been cut over the past few years. Students from Eastern Europe can also apply for scholarships from the Visegrad Fund.
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Safe and friendly living environment might be the important aspects while deciding which country you would like to spend your time for study. If you agree, Hungary is the right place for you. Furthermore, favorable cost-to-value ratio and affordable living costs is definitely a “go”. Don’t you forget to have fun while pursuing you Bachelor, Master or even PhD degree. Hungary is one of the 15 most popular tourist destinations in the world with a capital regarded as one of the most beautiful cities.
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Focus Scholarship: Bachelor, Master, One-tier master (both the bachelor and the master level of studies), Doctoral and non-degree programs (preparatory and specialisation courses)
Competition: Developing Countries
Scholarship Coverage: Full Scholarship
Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship offered by Hungarian Ministry of Human Capacities and appointed Tempus Public Foundation to implement the initiative. This scholarship is designed only for incoming international students, including Indonesian prospective students who would like to pursue master and doctoral programs. In numbers, 27 host institutions are participating on this education support which offer 415 study programs in various languages.
Focus Scholarship: Bachelor, Master, PhD, non- degree
Competition: Designated Country base on scholarship types
Scholarship Coverage: Full Scholarships
Hungarian State Scholarships is offered base on bilateral cooperation agreements, currently with other 56 countries. The benefits awarded include tuition-free enrollment and monthly allowance. Indonesian applicants are eligible to apply for postgraduate and postdoctoral research as well as summer courses. This scholarship aim to support foreign students, researchers or lecturers in higher education institutions or in scientific or art institutions. Scholarship can be applied for in two ways: nominated by home country or submitting an individual application