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Hungary is a landlocked country located in Central Europe, famous for it’s beautiful capital city Budapest residing on the banks of the River Danube. Hungary attracts foreign students from both EU and non-EU countries, with three quarters originating from just ten countries, and the other quarter from over 100 countries.

Why Study in Hungary?

Hungary offers very affordable tuition fees for international students, and living costs are considerably lower than other Western European or Scandinavian countries, whilst still offering a world class education. Boasting more noble prize winners than New Zealand, Ireland, Finland and Spain there can be no doubt that you will receive a globally recognisable and highly regarded qualification if you chose to study in Hungary. For international students programs can be delivered in English or German.

If you would like to see more of Europe whilst studying in Hungary the Hungarian Residence permit issued for foreign students will allow you to travel to other Schengen countries without a visa. The Schengen Area consists of 26 European countries that have abolished passport and border control, allowing free movement between mutual borders.

Hungary has 6 universities featured in the QS World University Rankings. The highest featured being the University of Szeged located in Hungary’s third largest city, Szeged. A large research university it is among the most prominent universities in Central Europe. Many of the higher education institutes in Hungary are located in its capital, Budapest.

About Hungary

Hungary is not a large country in terms of population (just under 10 million) however, it has a wealth of history and culture. It is home to a language that is very unique from its European neighbours, and only spoken by around 14 million people worldwide, most of which live in Hungary.

Landlocked in Central Europe, Hungary shares its borders with 7 other countries, comprising of Slovakia, Romania, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria and Ukraine. Budapest is its capital and most populous city with 33% of Hungary’s population residing there. Budapest is one of the largest cities in the European Union.

Hungary is the 11th most popular country in Europe for tourism, with over 14 million international tourists in 2015. It is famous for its thermal baths which are used for relaxation or as clinical treatments and form an important part of Hungarian culture. There are over one hundred thermal baths to enjoy, and one not to be missed is Szechenyi in Budapest which is the largest medicinal bath in Europe. With its water supplied by two thermal springs at temperatures of 74C (165F) and 77C (171F), it is the perfect place to unwind after a busy day studying.

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Cost of Studying and Living in Hungary

Study costs in Hungary comprise of tuition fees and registration fees. If you are an EU student it may be possible for you to qualify as a state-funded student in Hungary. This means that you will not be required to pay either tuition fees or registration fees, although you may be asked to contribute a small amount depending on the program you have selected.

If you are not an EU student you will have to pay tuition and registration fees which are dependent on the program and institution. Tuition fees are comparatively low however, with bachelor’s degrees usually costing around €1,000 ($1,120) per academic year and master’s degrees costing €1,500 ($1,700) per semester on average. Registration fees range from €40 ($45) to €800 ($900) depending on the program.

Some scholarships are available from the Hungarian Scholarship Board, however scholarships can only be applied for after receiving a letter of acceptance from a Hungarian university.

The cost of living is also comparatively low in Hungary, and you are advised to budget €60 ($70) per month for health insurance, €200-500 ($225-$560) for rent and €200 ($225) for bills.


International students outside of the European Union are required to apply for a long term student visa in order to study in Hungary. As the visa requirements will vary depending on your home country it is advisable to enquire well in advance, but as a minimum you will be required to prove you have sufficient funds to cover your tuition and living expenses, a valid passport and an acceptance letter from the university.

If you are a student in the European Union you will be required to apply for a residence permit within 15 days of your arrival. In order to apply for a residence permit you will be required to prove that you have sufficient funds to cover your tuition fees and an approval document of the host university in Hungary.


Hungarian is the official language of Hungary and unusually is nothing like its neighbouring countries languages. It is the predominant language spoken by Hungarians, with English and German being the most widely spoken foreign languages.

University programs are offered in German and English for international students.



Budapest is the capital of Hungary and is a popular tourist destination. It is spread across both banks of the River Danube with Buda on the west bank and Pest on the east bank. It has over 20 higher education institutions including Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest University of Technology and Economics and Corvinus University all featuring in the QS World University Rankings.


Debrecen is the second largest city in Hungary and lies 137 miles east of Budapest. It is home to the University of Debrecen which features in the QS World University Rankings.


Szeged is the third largest city of Hungary and is home to one of the most distinguished universities in Hungary, The University of Szeged, which is the highest ranking Hungarian university in the QS World University Rankings. Szeged is situated near the southern border of Hungary on both banks of the Tisza River.

Institutions in Hungary

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