Study in Hungary

Study in Hungary

Last edited on 04 Aug 2021

Hi! Üdv Magyarországon!

Hi! Welcome to Hungary!

Hungary provides high quality education in the heart of Europe. The history of Hungarian higher education goes back more than 650 years and builds on its unique academic heritage by integrating innovation, creativity and cooperation.

There are 64 higher education institutions in Hungary offering 1300 academic programmes in foreign languages including English, German and French. Today, more than 30 000 international students study in Hungary from 164 countries all over the word. At the high-level Hungarian universities students can earn degrees recognized throughout Europe and beyond, which opens the gate to the global labour market.

As located in the heart of Europe, studying in Hungary gives you the opportunity to explore the whole Central European region.  The country provides a safe and friendly living environment and affordable living costs with a favourable cost-to-value ratio. You can discover a 2000-year-old history and thrilling cultural life with several UNESCO World Heritage Sites and unspoiled natural beauties. Hungary gives home to the second largest thermal lake in the world (Lake Hévíz), the largest lake in Central Europe (Lake Balaton), and the largest natural grassland in Europe (Hortobágy). The country is also among the top countries with numerous scientific inventions from Vitamin C to the Rubik’s cube and with the highest number of scientific Nobel Prize Winners per capita.

Hungary is a place where students can never feel bored. You can find music festivals, art exhibitions and different gastronomic events all the year round. The world-famous Sziget Festival in Budapest, VOLT Festival in Sopron or CAMPUS Festival in Debrecen can also be an exciting part of your studying in Hungary experience.

Study in Hungary gives you an exceptional opportunity to discover a country full of life, to acquire highly competitive knowledge and a unique international experience in Europe.

Higher Education System

Hungarian higher education has been representing academic excellence for more than 650 years. The first university was founded in 1367 in Pécs, the Southern region of Hungary. Today, there are 64 higher education institutions in Hungary, ranging from minor universities of applied sciences to top research universities.  As a result of our institutions’ internationalisation process all students can find what fits their interests the best: institutions offer more than 500 courses in English, German, French and other languages. The foreign language programmes are of a high standard and tuition fees are very favourable when compared to its competitors.
The range of study fields students can choose from is wide:
• 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

The largest institutions offer courses in all study fields while smaller institutions have programmes in a few specific areas. Students can earn double degrees at many universities through joint degree programmes in which the Hungarian university works together with another European higher education institution. In case of applying for these programmes students enrol in both universities and obtain a double degree from both institutions.
Higher education studies are offered at two types of higher education institutions, egyetem (university) and főiskola (college), both of them may offer courses in all three training cycles: Bachelor course, Master course and Doctoral course.
Although the degree structure is divided in most courses, there are some integrated (one-tier) programmes where the Bachelor level and the Master level is unified: veterinary medicine, architecture, dentistry, pharmaceutics, law and medicine. These one-tier programmes consist of 10-12 semesters (5-6 years) and by the end of the last year you must have 300 to 360 credits completed.
Within a Doctoral programme, you need to complete 240 credits within 4 years of study. At the end of the fourth semester, a final examination must be taken. After a successful examination, the last 2 years of the doctoral programme are about conducting the research and writing your dissertation, which can be extended with one more year.

An average student’s annual timetable:

Autumn semester
• Early September: registration and signing up for courses
• Mid-September to mid-December: term time
• Mid-December to end of January: exam period
Spring semester
• Early February: registration and signing up for courses
• Mid-February to the mid-May: term time
• Mid-May to early July: exam period

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