Hungary

Hungary

Hungary is a beautiful country in Central Europe that has something to offer everyone. It borders Slovakia, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Romania and the Ukraine.  With its cosmopolitan capital, Roman and Gothic architecture, beautiful countryside, incredible cuisine, and 1,000+ hot springs, Hungary has something to offer everyone. Top this off with Hungary’s great accessibility in the middle of Europe, a vivid culture and economy, and you get a destination absolutely not worth missing if you’re considering study abroad destinations.

Hungary also has an excellent higher education system with seven universities ranked in the QS World University Rankings for 2018/2019; Semmelweis University, Eötvös Loránd University, University of Pécs, University of Szeged, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Corvinus University of Budapest, and the University of Debrecen.

Important Facts

Tuition Fees at Universities in Hungary

Between $1,500 and $6,000 USD per semester depending on the university and program.  For tuition fees by university please go to the Hungary Tuition Guide.  

State funded students do not have to pay either tuition or registration fees.  The Hungarian Government determines the number of students that can apply as “state funded” students.  Students that have met high academic standards may also fall the “state funded” student category.  

EU/EEA students that do not fall under the “state funded” student category will be required to pay tuition fees.  

Non-EU/EEA students that do not fall under the “state funded” category are required to pay tuition fees.

Application Requirements

1.Completed Application

When submitting your application, make sure that it is complete.  An application may not be considered if it is missing essential information needed to determination a candidates eligibility.  

2. Letters of Recommendation

Most universities in Hungary will require that student submit at least two letters of recommendation.  These letters will need to be from faculty members, current or previous employers (i.e. people most familiar with the candidate’s academic and/or professional abilities and character). to assess a student’s ability to conduct graduate level work or their potential success in an undergraduate program.  The letters of recommendation must be written in English. Most often the university will send the referees an automated message containing a link to the referee section AFTER the candidate has successfully submitted their application form. 

3. Academic Records

Your online application must include a scanned image of

  1. an official English version OR translation of your full bachelor’s (and, for doctoral programs, master’s) transcript (transcript = an official report supplied by a school on the record of an individual student, listing subjects studied and grades received), including an explanation of the grading system, and
  2. an official English version OR translation of your bachelor’s (and, for doctoral programs, master’s) diploma.

Notes:

  • An official English translation bears the stamp and signature of a sworn translator or an authorized official of the institution that has issued the original. It should contain the stamp and signature on each page or over a folded and fastened corner of the document, and include a statement of authenticity in English.
  • Candidates in the process of completing a degree program must upload an official interim transcript and, in place of the diploma, a certificate of enrollment confirming their student status and, if possible, stating their expected date of graduation.
  • Candidates having completed their degree program and having yet to receive their diploma must upload a certificate of graduation.
  • Candidates who have taken courses at more than one institution as part of their degree program need to submit an official transcript from each school, unless the transfer credits are listed in detail (course names, credits, grades) on their final transcript.
  • Candidates applying for a one-year Master’s program and that have earned a three-year undergraduate degree and have completed or are, at the time of application, completing a Master’s program at another university must submit their Master’s transcript (and diploma, if already available) in addition to their Bachelor’s transcript and diploma.
  • The official “Diploma Supplement” issued by European institutions is not valid without an official copy (and translation if applicable) of the diploma.

4. Curriculum Vitae or Resume

Candidates need to upload an updated CV or resume, including a publication list if available. Common resume formats are recommended.

5. Program-Specific Requirements

Most programs will require one or several additional supporting documents for the application, such as a statement of purpose, research proposal or writing samples, standard test scores (e.g. GRE, GMAT), etc. Each academic program will different requirements, will be listed on the program section of the website.

6. Proof of English Proficiency

Candidates applying to a program taught in English, they be able to demonstrate proficiency in English by submitting standardized English language test scores, e.g., the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or other tests listed below. 

Candidates whose first language is English are normally exempt from this requirement. Candidates meeting the following requirements may also be exempted:

  1. Candidates who have earned a bachelor’s or a master’s degree taught exclusively in English. Please note: the university may reserve the right to request proof that the program was taught entirely in English if not evident from the academic requirements provided.

Candidates may be able to request exemption from the English language proficiency requirement.

Candidates submitting a test score of one of the English language exams listed should upload a scan of their score report to the relevant section of their online application. In case the score report is not available at the time of application, the candidate should upload proof of having taken the test in lieu of the actual test score. 

LANGUAGE TEST TYPES & MINIMUM TEST SCORES REQUIRED BY MOST MASTER’S PROGRAMS IN HUNGARY: (verify with the university to confirm the actual score needed)

Test Type Minimum Overall/Total Score Required*
TOEFL (Internet-based; taken on/after January 31, 2016)  88
TOEFL (Paper-based; taken on/after January 31, 2016)  570
IELTS Academic; taken on/after January 31, 2016)  6.5
Pearson Test of English (Academic) (taken on/after taken on/after January 31, 2013) 59
Cambridge Proficiency Examination (taken on/after January 31, 2013)  C
Cambridge Advanced English Test (taken on/after January 31, 2013)  B
*Some programs may have different language score requirements.

LANGUAGE TEST TYPES & MINIMUM TEST SCORES REQUIRED FOR MOST DOCTORAL PROGRAMS:

Test Type Minimum Overall/Total Score Required
TOEFL (Internet-based; taken on/after January 31, 2016)  100
TOEFL (Paper-based; taken on/after January 31, 2016)  600
IELTS Academic; taken on/after January 31, 2016)  7
Pearson Test of English (Academic) (taken on/after taken on/after January 31, 2016) 76
Cambridge Proficiency Examination (taken on/after January 31, 2013)  C
Cambridge Advanced English Test (taken on/after January 31, 2013)  A

7. Application Fee

Most universities in Hungary charge a one-time application. The application fee is generally non-refundable: all applicants are subject to submit this fee regardless of their citizenship or financial circumstances. 

Notes:

  • Most universities allow this fee to be paid with a credit card.  Confirm with the university before starting your application.  

Financing Your Studies

Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship

The Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Program was launched in 2013 by the Hungarian Government. The mission of the program is to encourage international students to study in Hungary.  The program is based on bilateral educational cooperation agreements signed between the Ministries responsible for education in the sending countries/territories and Hungary or between institutions. Currently more than 50 Sending Partners are engaged in the program throughout 4 different continents.

Students can apply for study programs at the bachelor, master and doctoral levels. The scholarship is also available for preparatory courses as well. Apart from the tuition-free education, the Program provides students with a monthly stipend, medical insurance and a housing allowance.

The Stipendium Hungaricum Program is operated by Tempus Public Foundation under the supervision of the Ministry of Human Capacities.

More information can be found at the StudyinHungary.he website. 

Bilateral State Scholarships

Bilateral state scholarships are based on scientific and educational cooperation agreements signed by the governments of two countries. Similarly to the foreign partner, the Hungarian side offers scholarships for foreign students, researchers or lecturers in higher education institutions or in scientific or art institutions. Each foreign partner has a national scholarship office which is responsible for nominating potential outgoing scholars to foreign partner(s), as well as arranging their and the potential incoming foreign applicants’ application process. These offices work within or related to the particular ministries of education. In Hungary, the national scholarship office is Tempus Public Foundation, a background organisation of the Hungarian Ministry of National Resources (EMMI).

Scholarships can be applied for in two ways:

1) Being nominated by the home country

1) Being nominated by the home country

More information can be found at the here

Health Insurance for International Students

Students studying in Hungary are entitlement to health coverage in Hungary.

International students be pursuing full-time studies at an institution of secondary or higher education and whose student status is based on an international agreement or a fellowship granted by the Hungarian Ministry of Human Capacities.

Students participating in an international student exchange program or study at a state-run institute, are entitled to free medical care. Based on the valid agreement between the host and the home universities, you are allowed to use the facilities of the Hungarian social security system.

EU citizens are insured on the basis of the European Health Insurance Card when they are in another member state and are, from the point of view of social security, entitled to the same rights and have the same obligations as citizens of that given member state.

Non-EU/EEA Students who fail to meet these requirements may be entitled to health care services only if they sign an Agreement with the Hungarian Health Insurance Fund.

National Health Insurance Fund of Hungary (OEP

Health Care Services Available During Temporary Stay in Hungary  [downloadable info-sheet in PDF]

A visa is required to study in Hungary for a period longer than 90 days 

The Consulate of Hungary requires applicants to apply for Hungarian visas directly, and a personal appearance may be necessary at the nearest Hungarian Consulate. 

 Visa Requirements:
  • Passport valid for 6 months beyond your planned stay in Hungary
  • Must have two blank passport pages available for a Hungarian visa stamp (amendment pages in the back of the passport are not suitable for Hungary visas)
  • Fill out the application in its entirety 
  • You will need two recent (taken within the last 6 months), identical, 2 x 2 passport photographs, in color, front view and with a plain/light background.
  • Original certificate of admittance or letter of acceptance to the educational institute.
  • You will need a document certifying accommodation in a student hostel or the tenancy contract with a duplicate of the title deed.
  • A document certifying that the applicant is exempt from the payment of school fees or that he/she has already paid the tuition fees.
  • Computer generated flight itinerary from the airline or a travel agency or copy of airline ticket showing entry and departure from Hungary.
  • Proof of valid insurance coverage; insurance policy or letter from the insurance agent stating traveler has full international coverage for entire Schengen area for a minimum $50,000 US for health, accident or repatriation.
  • Evidence of sufficient funds to support stay in Hungary, such as most recent bank statement or the declaration of parents that they assume coverage of all costs of the stay in Hungary. Also accepted are documents certifying a scholarship and/or attestation of the school that the applicant is exempt from the payment of school fees or that he/she has already paid the tuition fees.
  • The Consulate requires applicants to make a personal appearance to apply for this visa. These instructions are provided as a guide to help with this process. We recommend that you contact your nearest Consulate directly to confirm requirements and make an appointment to apply in person.
 
 Visa Processing Time:

When consulates require an appointment, this may need to be scheduled as much as 4 to 6 weeks in advance because appointment times are limited and fill quickly. After the appointment, the visa processing time may take an additional 1 to 4 weeks. Therefore, it could take as long as an approximate 8 to 9 weeks from the time the student sends a request to Travisa, to when they receive the passport and visa back from the consulate.

 
 Register your trip with the US Embassy:

The US State Department strongly encourages American citizens planning international travel to register with the US Embassy(s) in the countries they plan to visit. Registration notifies the US Embassy in each country of your travel plans and enrolls you in the State Department travel advisory and warnings program. Feel more secure about your international travels by having Travisa register your trip with the US Department of State; simply complete the form on your visa application kit after placing your order. 

Accommodation Options in Hungary

There are several types of accommodation for students in Hungary.

Dormitory

University dormitories are the most affordable housing option for students.  The cost of dormitory housing is generally between $38 to $110 a month.  Due to the popularity of dormitory housing it is important that students indicate their need for housing as soon as they receive their letter of acceptance.  Also make sure you mark down application deadlines as rooms fill up quickly. 

Private Dormitory

Depending on the location of the university, some cities offer private dormitories for students.  This type of accommodation is generally privately run and is not affiliated with the university.  The cost of private dormitories are generally between $152 to $191 a month.  While private dormitories are more expensive than university housing, they are still more affordable than renting an flat. 

Shared and Private Flat Rental

If students are seeking privacy beyond a private dormitory, renting an apartment or a room in flat may be a feasible option.  The costs of renting an apartment vary between cities in Hungary.  The average cost of a flat runs around $382 and up for a studio.  Sharing a room with a roommate or roommates can run between $191 to $267 a month.