Country Properties Hungary


  • Hungarian higher education has an impressive international reputation; Hungary is also known as the      home of academic excellence with its 650 years of experience.

  • Hungary is proud to be in the top 20 of countries with the highest number of Nobel Prize Winners per      capita.

  • You can get a European degree for a fair price - studying in Hungary is a good investment.

  • Different scholarships are available for international students.

  • According to official statistics, Hungary is amongst the 20 safest countries around the world (Global      Peace Index 2016 Report).

  • Hungary is in the heart of Europe, and you can travel around easily - and you can explore the Central      European region.

  • Hungary is a great place to discover, with numerous World Heritage sites nationwide.

  • The country has a rich cultural life and long - standing traditions.
  • Hungary offers a vibrant life for young people with many indoor and outdoor activities.

  • People are helpful and ready to help whenever you need it.

  • There are 66 higher education institutions in Hungary, ranging from small universities of applied sciences      to top research universities.

  • Students can receive valuable knowledge from highly qualified and well-prepared teachers.

  • More than 35 Hungarian higher education institutions offer academic programmes in foreign languages -      550 courses at the latest count.
  • Here are a few interesting facts about this old country with a very rich history:

  • Hungary is a land-locked country in Central Europe sharing its borders with Austria, Croatia, Romania,      Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine. The population of Hungary is 9,919,128.

  • Its capital city is Budapest with a population of 1.709 million (2011).

  • 3. Hungary was once part of the Celtic world, then the Roman Empire. Following the fall of Rome, the      Huns settled in the plains of Pannonia and gave their name to Hungary.

  • Founded in 897, Hungary is one of the oldest countries in Europe (before France and Germany became      separate entities, and before the unification of Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms.)

  • Around 1000 CE, the Kingdom of Hungary was one of the largest states in Europe, bigger than France.      Later, it became one of the two 'eagle heads' of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

  • Hungarian language is known as Magyar and is the direct descendent of the language spoken by the      Huns. It is not an Indo-European language and has only two related languages in Europe (Finnish and      Estonian).

  • Around two-thirds of the Hungarian people are Roman Catholic, about a quarter are Calvinist. The rest      of the population is either belongs to the Lutheran, Jewish, Greek Orthodox.

  • The country fell under communist rule following World War II.

  • The 1986 Hungarian Grand Prix was the first Formula One race to take place behind the Iron Curtain.

  • Communism in Hungary ended 1989 and the country became a parliamentary republic. It joined NATO      in 1999 and the EU five years later.

  • Inventions by Hungarians in Hungary include the noiseless match (by Janos Irinyi), Rubik's cube (by      Erno Rubik), and the krypton electric bulb (Imre Brody).
  • Hungary has been taking part in the Bologna Process since 1999, whose most important goal is the creation of the European Higher Education Area. In force from September 1, 2006 the new Bologna regime three-cycle degree system has been introduced. The first degree programmes (3 to 4 years) lead to Baccalaureus/Bachelor's degrees, while second degree programmes (1 to 2 years) lead to Magister / Master's degrees. Unified, undivided, long-term Master's degree programmes (5 to 6 years) are offered in some fields of study, e.g. in human medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, architecture, law and in a few programmes of art education. All Bachelor's and Master's degrees grant access to the labor market. Based on a Magister/Master's degree or its foreign equivalent, PhD or Doctor of Liberal Arts (DLA) degrees as third cycle degrees can be awarded after 3 years of study.

    In addition to the degree programmes described above, higher education institutions offer non-degree programmes too such as short cycle programmes, higher-level vocational trainings, postgraduate specialist training courses based on a first or second degree as well as summer universities and partial trainings in the framework of lifelong learning. Higher education programmes may be offered in full-time study, part-time study or distance learning courses.

    The Higher Education Act currently in force is in accordance with the principles of the Bologna process, - three cycle degree structure (BA/BSc, MA/MSc, PhD/DLA).

    Hungarian diplomas have a high prestige throughout the world. The foreign language programmes are of high standard with tuition fees quite favourable in international comparison. These, combined with reasonably low living costs provide optimal conditions for students wishing to come to Hungary.

    Degree structure
    In accordance with the common European higher education principles Hungary introduced the three cycle degree structure in 2006 (BA/BSc, MA/MSc, PhD/DLA). Within the framework of the multi-cycle system, BA/BSc programmes lead to a first degree whereas master level programmes require a first degree as admission criterion. There are a few fields of tertiary education (e.g. law and medical studies) where undivided long programmes have remained the standard form of study (10 to 12 semesters,) leading to a first degree but equivalent to a MA/MSc degree. All BA and MA degrees grant access to the labor market. In addition to full degree courses, HEIs offer shorter programmes as well such as summer universities and partial trainings.

    Academic year
    The academic year is divided into 2 semesters including 14-15 weeks of lectures and seminars followed by a 6-week examination period.

    Doctoral, PhD studies in Hungary
    The strength of Hungarian higher education lies in its doctoral PhD programmes and research projects. The doctoral degrees granted by Hungarian universities have great international reputation.

    Joining to international networks
    In the field of academic and applied research, there are many international R&D cooperations. We believe that the exchange of practices, strengthening international networking with potential partner organizations and institutes are extremely important. Hungarian research institutions take part in international research programmes.

    Quality and competitiveness
    Keeping up the pace with international competition poses a challenge to universities. It is an important aim to further develop the quality of institutions in order to improve the international recognition of Hungarian universities and colleges, increase their competitiveness and strengthen their role in the European Higher Education Area.

    Students acquiring degrees from Hungarian universities as well as professors and researchers of the country are acknowledged at international level just like the education institutions and study programmes themselves. Each year there is a large number of students, professors and researchers joining Hungarian universities and research centers in order to extend their knowledge, acquire qualification or to conduct research.

    In order to ensure high international standards, there are strict quality control measures. The Hungarian Accreditation Committee conducts continuous institutional and programme accreditation processes and monitors the quality of educational activity according to the European Standards and Guidelines.

    Tuition fees -

  • Tuition fees vary depending on institution, programme and level of study. It may also differ based on the      citizenship of the prospective students (EU citizen or non-EU citizen). Bachelor programmes are      generally less expensive.

  • Generally, Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy are the most expensive options with fees up to 8,500      EUR/semester.

  • Engineering programmes (such as Mechanical, Electrical and Transportation) are also amongst the most      expensive programmes offered in Hungary. Depending on the level of study tuition fees are between      2,250- 4,500 EUR/semester.

  • In case of Computer Science and Computer Science Engineering the prices are similar, up to 3,300      EUR/semester.

  • Business Administration programmes usually have lower tuition fees in Hungary with an average of      2,500 EUR/semester.

  • Regarding International Relations programmes the prices are lower, typically between 1,500 EUR and      2,000 EUR/semester.

  • In addition to tuition fees students are usually required to pay an application fee, exam fee and      registration fee, which are typically between 100 and 150 Euro. In case of most institutions, the tuition      fees must be paid prior to enrolment.

  • Living cost -

    300-450 Euros/month & rest depends upon living style.

    Study in Hungary with the best scholarships - from Bachelor to Doctoral level.

    Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Programme

    The programme is based on bilateral educational cooperation agreements between the Ministry of Human Capacities of Hungary and the partner country's ministry responsible for higher education. More than 50 partner countries are involved and thousands of students from all around the world apply to study in Hungary each year.

    Stipendium Hungaricum scholarships are available for bachelor, master, one - tier master, doctoral and non-degree programmes (preparatory and specialisation courses).

    Erasmus+ is the European Union's programme for education, training, youth and sport which provides opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, gain work experience and volunteer abroad. Erasmus+ helps organise student and doctoral candidate exchanges within Erasmus+ Programme countries and to and from partner countries.

    Other scholarships

  • CEEPUS - the perfect choice for studying in Central Europe

  • EEA Grants - the bridge to Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway

  • Bilateral state scholarships - broaden your chances and look for special scholarships
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