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Welcome to Hungary

Higher Education in Hungary

Are you interested in studying abroad? Are you interested
in studying in the heart of Europe, in Hungary? Hungary is a
country rich in history with an increasing importance. In this
brochure we aim to give you information about the country,
the Hungarian higher education system, especially about
foreign language courses, study and research opportunities
offered to international students, as well as practical
information about travel, accommodation, fees, etc.
We hope that you will find the information presented in
this brochure useful. We also hope that you will come to
study in Hungary and that you will enjoy the opportunities
offered by our excellent universities and colleges and
enjoy yourself in our country.


In todays global information society there is a strong
trend for students to spend one or more semesters abroad
at a foreign university or college in order to improve their
knowledge and to get acquainted with different cultures,
practise other languages, and gain new experiences. In the
worldwide competition young peoples future prospects
are enhanced by studying abroad, as the working
environment is becoming increasingly international and
companies demand intercultural skills and competences.

A small country with a rich history of more than one
thousand years, Hungary is located in the heart of
Europe. The first Hungarian monarch, King (Saint)
Stephen, established Christianity in Hungary in the
11th century, pledging allegiance to Rome. In the 15th
century Hungary was one of the strongest European
nations in terms of economic and military power, as well
as cultural development. Since its foundation Hungary
has always played a significant role in the history of the
region, as well as the whole of Europe. Acknowledged
for its citizens with exceptional talent, Hungary has
greatly influenced the international political, scientific,
and cultural scenes alike.

Basic Information
Official name: Hungary
Area: 93,030 km2
Population: 9,906,000
Neighbouring countries: Austria, Slovakia, Ukraine,
Romania, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia
Official language: Hungarian
State form: Republic
Capital and largest city: Budapest (population: 1,700,000)
Other large cities: Debrecen, Szeged, Miskolc, Pcs, Gyor
Currency: Forint (HUF)
Time zone: CET (GMT +1)
Major rivers: River Danube (417 km), River Tisza (597 km)
Largest lakes: Lake Balaton, Lake Velence
Highest point above sea level: Kkes (1014 m) in the
Mtra Hills
Hungary is a member of OECD, NATO, EU, the Schengen
Convention and the European Higher Education Area.
Administratively, Hungary is divided into 19 counties
with the capital city of Budapest being independent of
any county government.
Hungary is one of the 15 most popular tourist destinations
in the world with a capital regarded as one of the most
beautiful cities. Despite its relatively small size, the country
is home to numerous World Heritage Sites, UNESCO Biosphere
Reserves, the second largest thermal lake in the world (Lake
Hvz), the largest lake in Central Europe (Lake Balaton), and
the largest natural grassland in Europe (Hortobgy).
1. Visas and residence permits
Since December 21, 2007, Hungary has been a member of
the Schengen Area, and applies the Schengen legislation
in full. At present, 26 states, 22 of the 28 member states
of the European Union, as well as Norway, Iceland,
Liechtenstein, and Switzerland, are part of the Schengen
Area. On the other hand, several members of the European
Union, that is Bulgaria, Cyprus, Romania, and Croatia do
not yet participate in the Schengen cooperation. The
United Kingdom and Ireland opted out the Schengen Area.
The Schengen visa and entry regulations are only
applicable for a stay not exceeding 90 days within a 180

days period. Rules relating to stays exceeding 90 days are

laid down in the national legislation of the member states
Visas and residence permits issued by one of the
Schengen States are valid for Hungary. Visas issued by
Hungarian representations abroad and residence permits
issued by Hungarian national authorities are also valid for
the entire Schengen Area.
1.1. Persons with the Right of Free Movement
and Residence
1.1.1. Right of entry and residence for a period
not exceeding 90 days
Citizens of the EEA (EU + Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein)
and Switzerland may enter the territory of Hungary with a
valid travel document or personal identification document
and have the right of residence for a period not exceeding
90 days from the date of entry.
Family members of the above mentioned citizens who
are not citizens of the EEA states but are citizens of third
countries and family members of a Hungarian citizen or an
EEA citizen may enter the territory of Hungary with a valid
travel document and unless otherwise prescribed by
any directly applicable EU legislation or an international
agreement with a valid visa.
1.1.2. Right of residence for a period exceeding three months
Students who are EEA citizens can reside in Hungary
for more than three months if they are enrolled at an
education institution offering accredited programmes.
Within ninety-three days from the time of entry, such
students have to register at the regional directorate
of the Office of Immigration and Nationality. At the
time of registration, students should be able to present
a certificate of admission issued by the education
institution or any other document verifying their student
status. The registration certificate has no expiry date, and
is valid together with a valid travel document or personal
identification document.
The spouse and children of students who satisfy the
above-mentioned requirements shall have the right of
residence for a period exceeding three months.

1.2. Third Country Nationals

1.2.1. Visas
Third country nationals are required to have a visa in
order to enter Hungary and also for a stay of up to 90
days within a 180 days period if they come from a country
that is under visa obligation according to the Schengen
acquis. The visa application has to be submitted to the
Hungarian Consulate in the country where the permanent
or temporary residence of the applicant is located or in the
country of the applicants nationality.
If third country nationals wish to stay longer than
three months, they need to have a valid travel document,
the necessary permits for return or continued travel
and they should be able to verify the purpose of entry
and stay, they should have both accommodation and
enough financial resources to cover their costs plus a
full healthcare insurance or sufficient financial resources
necessary for taking out healthcare services.
1.2.2. Residence permits
A residence permit authorises third-country nationals to
reside in Hungary for a period of minimum 90 days but not
exceeding two years. The application for a residence permit
should be submitted to the Hungarian Consulate in the
country where the permanent or temporary residence of
the applicant is located or in the country of the applicants
nationality and will be judged by the competent Hungarian
regional directorate. Those already residing in Hungary
can submit their application directly to the competent
regional directorate.
Students who are third-country nationals can
obtain a residence permit if they have full-time legal
student relationship with a registered Hungarian public
educational institution working in line with the public
education information system, or wish to stay in Hungary
in order to carry on full-time studies organised by a staterecognized higher education institution, or to participate
in a preparatory course for studies organised by a staterecognized higher education institution and can prove to
meet the language skill requirements.
Researchers can get a residence permit when their purpose
of stay is to carry out a research project under a hosting

agreement concluded with a research organisation accredited

in line with specific legislation.
2. Healthcare
First aid is free for all. 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.
If you participate in an international student exchange
programme or study at a state-run institute, you 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.
In possession of your residence permit and your attendance
certificate, please contact the local Health Insurance Fund.
If you study in Hungary independent of any placement, you
can take out health insurance with the Health Insurance
Fund at a cost of 30% of the local minimum wage.
3. Student ID
If you have a student ID in your own country, all you need to
do is obtain an international student ID prior to your visit to
Hungary. This will entitle you to reductions on train and coach
tickets, museum entrance fees, Youth Hostel accommodation,
library memberships, and will offer various other discounts.
A Hungarian student ID will be supplied by the institute
to which you are placed as a student (the application
for such an ID costs HUF 1,400). This will be indicated in
the conditions of your scholarship. Students planning to
begin partial studies usually receive a Hungarian ID from
the International Department or the Registrars Office of
the institution at which they are studying; please contact
your institution for further details. When you submit your
application for a student ID, make sure you can present
your attendance certificate, your letter of acceptance
from the institution in question and (if this is a state
scholarship) the letter confirming your state grant.
4. Higher Education in Hungary
Hungarian higher education has represented academic
excellence for more than 600 years. The first university

in Hungary was founded in 1367 in Pcs, located in the

southern region of Hungary. Today there are 92 higher
education institutions in Hungary including top research
universities and colleges. These are financed either by the
state, private organisation or a church.
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 key objectives of the process are:
to increase mobility by improving the comparability
of higher education structures, qualifications, and
degrees through developing proper tools for the
recognition of periods of studies and degrees,
to improve employability through the modernization
of curricula and to strengthen links with the labour
to enhance the quality of training by developing a
scheme of quality assurance.
4.1. The Three-cycle System
The Hungarian Act on Higher Education was inspired by the
objectives of the Bologna Process. The new 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 programmes, which retain a
long single-cycle structure of 56 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 programmes last 68 semesters (34
years, 180240 credit points) and lead to a Bachelors
degree (in Hungarian: alapfokozat).
The second cycle, leading to a Masters degree (in
Hungarian: mesterfokozat), lasts 24 semesters (12 years,
60120 credit points).
Short-cycle (2 years) higher vocational education
and training do not provide higher education degree,
but 30120 ECTS credits can be recognised in Bachelor
programmes of the same field of study postgraduate
specialisation training (120 credit points).

Any Bachelors and Masters degree can be followed

by specialised higher education training programmes
(in Hungarian: szakirny tovbbkpzs). Such training
programmes do not lead to another degree but offer the
option of specialisation in a particular field of study.
Programmes can be full-time, part-time or of a distance
learning nature.
A three-year doctoral programme (in Hungarian: doktori
kpzs) is a postgraduate alternative to follow any Masters
or equivalent qualification. In order to be awarded a
doctoral degree, each candidate needs to possess a type
C intermediate level foreign language certificate and has
to take an entrance exam to be admitted to a doctoral
programme, which includes the elaboration of a written
dissertation plan and an interview. Institutions are entitled
to request further entrance requirements. A doctoral

programme consists of two modules: the module of contacthour courses is composed of diverse courses lasting for
a period of 6 semesters (180 credit points) and a written
dissertation supported by scientific publications. The
applicants have to pass several doctoral exams and have
to defend their dissertation. The prerequisite of launching
the doctoral degree awarding process is intermediate level
language proficiency in two foreign languages.


4.2. Credit System

The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) is the only
existing credit system in Hungary. The ECTS was developed
within the framework of European higher education
cooperation and mobility programmes for recognising
periods of studies. The ECTS was implemented in the
academic year 20032004.
4.3. Diploma
Hungarian diplomas have a high prestige throughout the
world. The foreign language courses are of high standard
with tuition fees quite favourable by international
comparison. These, combined with reasonably low living
costs, provide optimal conditions for students wishing
to pursue studies in Hungary. From August 15, 2015 all
diplomas will define the EQF (European Qualifications
Framework) level of the qualification.

4.6. An average students annual timetable:

Autumn semester
First half of September:
registration and signing up for courses
Second half of September to middle of December:
term time
Middle of December to beginning of February:
exam period
Spring semester
First half of February:
registration and signing up for courses
Second half of February to the first half of May:
term time
Middle of May to the beginning of July: exam period
Autumn break: end of October
Winter break: end of December
Spring break: Easter week

4.4. Diploma Supplement

The Diploma Supplement (DS, in Hungarian: oklevlmellklet)
has been issued by higher education institutions since July
2003. Since 2006, all higher education institutions have
provided the document automatically and free of charge
both in Hungarian and English and/or in the language of
an ethnic minority. The DS contains all information about
the qualification and the degree programme and provides
a short description of the subjects taught.

4.7. Scholarships
Hungary offers scholarships for international students
and lecturers in higher education institutions as well as
research fellows who intend to gain further professional
experience in Hungarian higher education institutions,
research or art institutes. In Hungary the programmes
listed below are managed by Tempus Public Foundation.

4.5. Admission
According to the Higher Education Act, admission to
Bachelors degree programmes and some long-term
Masters degree programmes are selective. The minium
requirement for admission to these degree programmes
is a secondary school leaving certificate or its nonHungarian equivalent. There are a few programmes where
practical examinations or tests are also required. Higher
education studies are financed either by the state or
by the students themselves. International students
wishing to attend a full degree course in Hungary should
contact the National Higher Education Admissions Office
(www.felvi.hu) for more information.

4.7.1. Tempus Public Foundation

Tempus Public Foundation (TPF) is a non-profit organisation
established in 1996 by the Hungarian Government, with the
task of managing international cooperation programmes
and special projects in the field of education, training,
and EU-related issues. TPF aims at supporting initiatives
aiming at the modernisation and quality improvement of
education, training, and human resources development;
encouraging international cooperation and mobility;
strengthening the European dimension in these fields.
TPFs activities include management of scholarship
and cooperation programmes (promotion; assistance and
consultancy services; active role in partnership building;
financial management; monitoring; dissemination and
valorisation), such as the Etvs Scholarship of the



Hungarian Government, which provides grants for

Hungarian PhD students working on their dissertation and
post-doctors who have just finished their doctoral studies,
allowing them to pursue further studies and/or research
activities abroad. Another major programme managed by
TPF is the Pestalozzi Programme, whose target group are
teachers working in public schools or teacher training.
Teachers participating in the Pestalozzi Programme can
organise and attend 7-day long seminars, which enables
them to meet fellow teachers from other countries.
TPF manages the ACES Academy of Central European
Schools, the biggest school network in Central and Southern
Europe. The network enables 1217 year old students to spend
some time in a partner school and meet fellow students.
TPF also functions as a knowledge centre (provides
structured information on education and training policies;
responsible for EU2020 related projects, organises
thematic conferences and training courses, participates
in joint actions with partner organisations) and a Europe
for Citizens contact point, hosts the National Europass
Centre, coordinates the National ECVET expert team, and
in partnership with the Ministry of Human Capacities
coordinates the project Continuing EHEA (European Higher
Education Area) reforms in Hungary.
On the following pages you will find information about
the scholarship opportunities which make it possible for
international students to study in Hungary part-time or fulltime. Should you be interested in any of these possibilities,
feel free to contact the Tempus Public Foundation (www.tpf.hu).

4.7.2. Partial studies

There are several scholarship opportunities for partial
studies in the framework of the following programmes:
I. Hungarian State Scholarships
II. Erasmus+ programme
IV. EEA Grants Scholarship programme
I. Hungarian State Scholarships
Scholarships can be obtained in two different ways:
1) Work plans and bilateral agreements
Hungary welcomes applications by citizens of countries (and
territories) that have a valid/effective educational work
plan with Hungary, or a bilateral agreement signed by the
Hungarian Ministry of Human Capacities and the relevant
ministry of the given country (or territory). Dissemination
of all information regarding the application procedure
and deadlines as well as assessment and shortlisting of
applications is conducted by the scholarship authority or
the ministry responsible for education in the relevant home
country. Applications forwarded by partner scholarship
offices shall have a priority. However, applications submitted
directly to Tempus Public Foundation shall also be accepted
in the framework of the Pool system outlined below.
2) Scholarship Pool
This system allows applications for all available scholarship
types from the following countries:
Albania, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria,
Canada, Chile, Cyprus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt,
Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, India,
Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Korean Republic,
Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia,
Mexico, The Netherlands, Norway, Republic of the Philippines,
Poland, Portugal, Russia, Romania, Singapore, Slovak Republic,
Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand,
Turkey, United Kingdom, United States of America.
Available Scholarships
Asemester/partial studies (310 months)
Available for: undergraduate (BA/BSc) and graduate (MA/



MSc) students (enrolled at foreign higher education

institutions), especially those majoring in Hungarian
Language and Literature and students participating in
a single degree track university programme (such as
General Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmaceutical Studies,
Veterinary Studies, Architecture, Studies in Law, etc.).
Before application, students are required to have
completed minimum two semesters at their home
institutions. For Type A scholarship students may apply
only on one occasion during their Bachelors studies, and
once during their Masters studies.
B postgraduate studies, research (321 days or 110 months)
Available for: applicants holding a Masters degree or an
equivalent university degree, including PhD students who
intend to do research for their dissertation and wish to
stay in Hungary for less than 10 months. (However, PhD
students cannot earn credits during the scholarship
period at the host university.)
C/1 full PhD programme (36 months)
see in section Full Degree Scholarships
C/2 partial PhD studies (10 months)
Applicants must be enrolled in a PhD programme at an
accredited higher education institution in their home
country or in a foreign country (but not in Hungary).
D postdoctoral studies, research (110 months)
Applicants must hold a PhD or an equivalent degree.
E research stay (321 days or 110 months)
Available for applicants who hold minimum a PhD or an
equivalent degree.
F summer courses (24 weeks)
Only courses published in the list of the summer course
catalogue can be selected. You may select three different
courses but your scholarship will allow you to participate
only in one course.
Further information: http://www.scholarship.hu/
II. Erasmus+ programme
Erasmus+ is the EU programme for education, training,
youth, and sports for the period of 20142020. Europe has
been funding the Erasmus programme for over 25 years,
enabling over 3 million European students to spend part
of their studies in another higher education institution

elsewhere in Europe and supporting staff teaching and

training periods abroad.
Erasmus+ international credit mobility opens up
these opportunities supporting also incoming mobility
from other parts of the world to Programme Countries,
such as to Hungary. Based on institutional bilateral
agreements between higher education institutions:
students and doctoral candidates are able to study
in Hungary for a period of 312 months in each study
cycle and may benefit from an Erasmus+ grant;
staff can spend a teaching and/or training period
abroad from 5 days to a maximum of 2 months (plus
travel) and may also benefit from a grant.
Students and staff can participate in the programme
through their home-country higher education institution.
Students who are interested in Erasmus+ international
credit mobility scholarships must contact their homecountry higher education institution for further information
about scholarships available to Hungary.
Further information: http://ec.europa.eu/education/
Central European Exchange Program for University
Studies (CEEPUS) aims at promoting teacher and student
mobility. Students can spend a study period abroad and
teachers can undertake a teaching period at a partner
university. These opportunities are designed to strengthen
professional and personal relationships among Central
European scholars.
Participating countries: Albania, Austria, Bulgaria,
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary,
Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia,
Slovenia, Slovakia, and Kosovo.
The funding of the programme is provided by the CEEPUS
partner countries. Students receive their CEEPUS grant from
the host country; therefore, the amount is tailored to local
living standards. In general, the financial support includes a
monthly grant and in some CEEPUS countries accommodation
and social security provision. In addition, CEEPUS students are
exempt from tuition fees. Travel costs are not covered.



Basic conditions for CEEPUS grants:

applicants may not receive a grant to study in their
home country
the duration of the study period is between 3 and 10
months for undergraduates
PhD students or students working on their theses may
apply for a period of one or two months
the study period may be extended once but may not
exceed a total of 10 months
all CEEPUS applications are to be submitted on-line.
Further information: www.ceepus.info
IV. EEA Grants Scholarship programme
The EEA Grants Scholarship programme operates within the
framework of EEA Grants that was established in order to
reduce economic and social disparities and strengthen bilateral
cooperation between Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein (donor
countries) and beneficiary countries, such as Hungary.
Scholarships are one of the several programme areas
funded by donor countries giving the possibility to
students, teachers, and staff to acquire new skills and gain
international experience. It offers mobility scholarships
in higher education: student mobility is possible up to 12
months based on institutional partnerships.
Students and staff from donor and beneficiary countries
can participate in the programme through their home
country higher education institutions. Students who are
interested in EEA Grant Scholarships from donor countries
must contact their higher education institution for further
information about scholarships available to Hungary.
Further information: http://www.norvegalap.hu/en/cimoldal
4.7.3. Full degree scholarships
Full degree scholarships are available through the
following frameworks:
I. Stipendium Hungaricum Programme
II. Hungarian State Scholarship
III. Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees
I. Stipendium Hungaricum Programme
Since 2013 the Stipendium Hungaricum Programme has been
providing scholarships for students from the partner countries

of the Hungarian Governments Global Opening policy.

According to the bilateral contracts between the Hungarian
Government and the partner countries, there are specific
study fields and academic levels in which the applicants can
make their choice from the offer of the Hungarian universities.
Almost every Hungarian state university participates in the
Programme by offering study programmes in English or other
languages (French, German, etc.) the list of the available
courses for the applicants is updated annually on the website
of the Stipendium Hungaricum Programme. Besides the fulltime Bachelor (BA, BSc), Master (Ma, MSc), Doctoral (PhD,
DLA) programmes, there are also special options of choosing
one-cycle programmes (BA+MA or BSc+MSc, 5 years), parttime studies.
The citizens of the following partner countries can apply
for the Stipendium Hungaricum Programme:
Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia
and Herzegovina, Cambodia, China (Hudec scholarship also),
Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, Georgia, India, Iraq, Japan, Jordan,
Kazakhstan, Korea, Kurdistan Regional Government/Iraq,
Laos, Lebanon, Macedonia, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia,
Morocco, Myanmar, Namibia, Nigeria, Palestine, Tunisia,
Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uruguay, Vietnam, and Yemen.
Applicants can also apply for study programmes in
Hungarian language and for a one-year-long language
preparatory course provided by the Balassi Institute and
Hungarian universities.
For most of the programmes in English language the
minimum level of language proficiency is B2 according
to the Common European Framework of Reference for
Languages or its equivalent (IELTS: 5.06.0, TOEFL ITP: 543,
Cambridge CAE: 4559).
The Stipendium Hungaricum Programme covers the
costs of tuition fee, medical insurance, provides a monthly
stipend (cca EUR 130 for undergraduate and graduate
programmes and cca EUR 325 for doctoral programmes)
and free dormitory places (or contribution to private
accommodation cost EUR 100). Travel costs must be
covered by the applicants.
The official website of the Stipendium Hungaricum
Programme (www.stipendiumhungaricum.hu) provides
general information about the application, Frequently



Asked Questions and also the official documents are

available from this site.
Along with other scholarships, the Stipendium
Hungaricum Programme also features in the official portal
about studies in Hungary for foreign students (www.
II. Hungarian State Scholarship
Besides the partial studies, Hungary provides state
scholarships for full-time PhD studies as well.
C/1 full PhD programme (36 months)
The scholarship is conditional upon successful entrance
exam/admission to the respective Hungarian doctoral school.
Scholarships can be obtained in two different ways:
1) Work plans and bilateral agreements
Hungary welcomes applications by citizens of countries
(and territories) that have a valid/effective educational
work plan with Hungary, or a bilateral agreement signed
by the Hungarian Ministry of Human Capacities and the
relevant ministry of the given country (or territory).
Dissemination of all information regarding the application
procedure and deadlines as well as assessment and
shortlisting of applications is conducted by the scholarship
authority or the ministry responsible for education
in the relevant home country. Applications forwarded
by partner scholarship offices shall have a priority.
However, applications submitted directly to Tempus Public
Foundation shall also be accepted in the framework of the
Pool system outlined below.
2) Scholarship Pool
This system allows applications for all scholarship types
from the following countries::
Albania, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria,
Canada, Chile, Cyprus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark,
Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland,
India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Korean
Republic, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg,
Malaysia, Mexico, The Netherlands, Norway, Republic of the
Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Romania, Singapore,

Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland,

Syria, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United
States of America.
Further information: http://www.scholarship.hu/
III. Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees
Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees (EMJMD) are
delivered by an international consortium of higher education
institutions and, where relevant, other partners with specific
expertise and interest in the areas covered by the programme.
Students at Masters level can apply for a scholarship provided
by the European Union. Some EMJMDs are provided by
consortia involving Hungarian higher education institutions.
See the list of available courses:
4.8. Useful Links
For more information about Hungarian higher education,
please visit the following websites:
Study in Hungary: www.studyinhungary.hu
Ministry of Human Capacities:
National Higher Education Information Centre:
Campus Hungary: www.campushungary.hu
Hungarian Equivalence and Information Centre:
Hungarian Accreditation Committee: www.mab.hu
5. Practical information
5.1. Cost of Living
The minimum wage in Hungary is HUF 105,000 (EUR 350),
which allows for a very modest living. To be able to pay
your rent, buy proper food and afford an occasional
evening out, you need more money than this: a minimum
of HUF 120,000 (EUR 400) is necessary.
Here is a list of essential items to give you an idea of
prices in Hungary:
one litre of milk: HUF 280 ~ EUR 0.9
one small bottle of beer: HUF 130200 ~ EUR 0.51
one bottle of red table wine: HUF 6001,500 ~ EUR 25



one litre of petrol: HUF 400430 ~ EUR 1.5

one litre of bottled water: HUF 100150 ~ EUR 0.30.5
one loaf of bread: HUF 200 ~ EUR 0.7
accommodation: HUF 25,000120,000 ~ EUR 80400 /
a meal in the university canteen: HUF 6001,100 ~ EUR
a meal in a restaurant: HUF 1,2004,000 ~ EUR 414
a monthly public transportation pass for students: cca
HUF 3,600 ~ EUR 12
a single ticket (bus, tram): HUF 350 ~ EUR 1.2
a cinema ticket: HUF 7901,100 ~ EUR 2.63.6
library card: cca HUF 2,000 ~ EUR 6.7 / academic year
Generally speaking, the capital is more expensive than
other cities, especially as far as housing, restaurants, and
transportation are concerned, but the amount you need to
live comfortably depends heavily on your habits and life style.
5.2. Accommodation
There are several kinds of accommodation options in
Hungary but the cheapest one should be a dormitory
belonging to the students homes section of the university
you attend. One advantage is that it is cheap, it is an easy
way of making friends and it provides you with the facility
of regular partying.
On the other hand, renting an apartment is a more
feasible option if you prefer privacy. You can rent a room
at about HUF 25,000 a month, but renting a whole flat is
also an option to follow. It is more expensive but a flat
share will reduce your costs. We are talking about HUF
60,000HUF 80,000 a month plus overhead. Renting a flat
outside the capital is always cheaper, depending on the
location of the university you attend.

Short introduction
to the Central Hungarian Region
This region is the heart of Hungary, the hub of
intellectual life, culture, business, recreational activities,
and tourism. Budapest is a world-famous spa city with ten
thermal baths, built over thermal springs producing unique

medicinal water and most of which are listed buildings.

Nearly all industries are represented in the region.
With its world-class public and higher education
institutions and renowned research institutes with a long
tradition, the area plays a key role in education and research.

Etvs Lornd University

The number one university of Hungary is located in the very
heart of the country. ELTE provides an excellent research
environment and high-quality education, and offers the
widest range of degree programmes, student exchange
programmes and academic programmes organised jointly
with foreign universities in Hungary.
ELTE is a recognised public university and has been
operating continuously ever since it was established in
1635. Five of our Nobel Prize winners, as well as other
prominent figures of the Hungarian technical community,
public life and culture, graduated from ELTE. As a
recognition of its central role in Hungarian education and
research, the university has been awarded the title of
University of National Excellence.
For more information about the departments, please visit
the following website: www.elte.hu/en/degree_programs
Contact: www.elte.hu/en; www.facebook.com/elteinternational

Budapest University of Technology

and Economics (BME)
Established in 1782, BME is the largest higher education
institution in Hungary and one of the largest in Central
Europe in terms of engineering training. The university has
given the world numerous excellent scientists and engineers.
BME offers English language BSc, MSc and PhD
programmes to foreign students.
Bachelors degree (BSc)
Civil engineering
Mechanical engineering
Chemical engineering
Electrical engineering
Information technology

Masters degree (MSc)

Civil engineering
Mechanical engineering
Chemical engineering
Electrical engineering



Logistics engineering
Masters degree (MSc)
Vehicle engineering
Applied mathematics
Information technology
Transportation engineering Physics
General information: http://www.kth.bme.hu/en/oie/regularstudents/academicprograms

Corvinus University

Foreign language programmes

In English and in German In English
Nutritional science
Public health supervision

Excellent and successful students of today

market-ready employees of tomorrow.

National University of Public Service

Serving the country

Degree programmes in English

International relations
Bachelors degree (BA)
Horticultural engineering
Landscape architecture
Business administration
Food science and
and management
International business
Joint masters degree
Applied economics
programmes (MA)
Economics, state and
International relations
Communication and media society (international MA)
Agricultural, food industry
and environmental policy
Masters degree (MA/
Comparative studies
MSc) programmes
of local development
International economy and
PhD programmes
Public policy and
International relations

Semmelweis University
Mutual respect and cooperation between teachers
and students are among our core values. In addition to
educating and teaching, our mission also includes highlevel scientific research. In the course of our activities we
are always prepared to take the greatest care of the lives
we are responsible for and make sacrifices.

The National University of Public Service offers unique,

comprehensive, and high-quality education to its students.
The knowledge acquired here will allow students to take
on leading positions in the fields of diplomacy, public
administration, public order, and home defence as highly
qualified professionals.
English language programmes
Academy of Diplomacy Budapest programme with
Security and defence policy and European studies

budai University
Knowledge and innovation in the service of the economy.
Degree programmes:
Bachelors degree (BSc)
Information technology
Environmental engineering
Electrical engineering
Mechatronical engineering
Masters degree (MSc)
Applied mathematics
Information technology

Mechatronical engineering
programmes (PhD)
Applied information
technology and applied
Information security and
security sciences
Materials sciences and



The budai University also offers excellent scientific

research programmes in its new Research and Innovation
Centre, furnished with cutting-edge equipment.

Hungarian University of Fine Arts

The 143-year-old university offers traditional arts education
combined with a unique approach. Creative, modern work
relies on high-level graphics skills and a comprehensive
knowledge of the history of art, covering all of its fields.

Szent Istvn University

In the service of knowledge and sustainability
BSc and MSc degree
Economics and social
Agricultural and
environmental sciences
Mechanical engineering
Veterinary science
Bachelors degree (BA)
Agricultural engineering
Wildlife conservation and
Business administration
and management
Mechanical engineering
Masters degree (MA)
Mechanical engineering
Agricultural engineering
Agricultural biotechnology
Wildlife conservation and

Animal nutrition
and feed safety
Rural development
agricultural engineering
Management and
Business administration
Veterinary sciences
PhD programmes
Animal husbandry science
Biological sciences
Plant sciences
Technical sciences
Environmental sciences
Business administration
and management
Regional sciences
Veterinary sciences

English language programmes

Intermedia artist
Restoration artist
Scenography artist
Fine art theory
Graphic artist
Graphic designer
One-year special programme. If there is a need, group
courses can be organised in all fields of art.

Hungarian Dance Academy

The Hungarian Dance Academy primarily aims to train
versatile dancers, dance teachers, choreographers, and
theoreticians who are well acquainted with Hungarian and
international culture, with special regard to dance art.
Foreign language programmes
Dance artist (BA) specialisations: classical ballet and
modern dance

Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design

MOMEs philosophy is based on the 130-year history of
the institution. However, the university seeks to adapt
continuously and remain open to the world. MOME is a
creative workshop where research, education, and creation
form an integrated whole. The university offers programmes
in the fields of design, architecture, media art, and theory.
Masters degree (MA) programmes
Fashion and textile design
Graphic design
Media design
Art and design
Metalwork design
Ceramic design
Product design
Design theory



University of Theatre and Film Arts

Budapest Business School

One of the oldest and most important universities of Hungary,

the institution is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2015.
It aims to train and educate talented and highly qualified
artists and art experts who can meet the requirements of the
performing arts and institutions (theatre, film art, television).

BBS aims to become a higher education institution that

is considered attractive and excellent both in Hungary
and abroad in the disciplines of economics and social
sciences (including the associated fields). The School offers
Bachelors and Masters programmes, high-level vocational
programmes, continuing vocational training, and adult
education programmes.

Foreign language programmes

DocNomads Documentary film director, Erasmus
Mundus joint MA programme
More information: www.docnomads.eu

Liszt Academy
Unique traditions and long-lasting commitment the Liszt
Academy awaits talented students who want to become
professional musicians.
English language programmes
Classical instrumental
Other programmes
Keyboard and chordal
Music composition (BA, MA)
instruments: piano,
specialisations: classical,
accordion, harpsichord,
electronic and applied
Stringed instruments:
Orchestral and choir
violin, viola, cello, double
Woodwind and brass
English language
instruments: flute, oboe, programme with the
clarinet, bassoon, French
participation of a minimum
horn, trumpet, trombone,
three foreign students.
Other classical
Specialised degree
instruments: harp,
cimbalom, percussion
Soloist programme for
Short courses are available
in all the above fields, and
Classical singing (BA),
students can choose from
orchestral and choral singing jazz, folk music, and early
(MA), opera singing (MA)
music specialisations.

Foreign language programmes

Masters degree (MA)
Bachelors degree (BA)
programmes (in English)
Commerce and marketing International business
(in English and in German) economics in cooperation
Finance and accounting (in with Ruskin University
International studies
International business
economics (double degree Tourism and hospitality
programme in English and
PhD programmes (in
in German)
Tourism and hospitality (in English)
International business
English and in German)
economics PhD
programme in cooperation
with Ruskin University

University of Applied Sciences

We nurture creative thinking.
Foreign language programmes
Bachelors degree
Film and media studies
(BA) programmes
Graphic design
Cameraman (arts
International business
Media design
Business administration
and management
Commerce and marketing Television production arts
Communication and media Tourism and hospitality



Management and
Masters degree (MA)
Tourism management
Communication and media
Contact: Zoltn Dobk, +36 20 583 22 79, zdobak@bkf.hu

International Business School

The IBS is a state-accredited private university located in
the heart of Europe. The institution offers comprehensive
programmes at its campuses in Budapest and Vienna. All BSc
and MSc degree programmes are implemented in English. The
young people who graduate from the IBS receive a degree
issued by The University of Buckingham, the strategic partner
of IBS, which is recognised all around the world, which opens
the door to a successful career in the business world.
IBS offers the following 3-year BSc degree programmes
at its Budapest campus:
Business and diplomacy
Arts management
Business and tourism
Financial management
Management and
IBS offers the following 3-year MSc degree programmes
at its Vienna campus:
Marketing management
International business
Human resources
Financial management
One-year intensive English language programme to
prepare students to pursue their higher education studies
in English.
One-year Pre-med programme to prepare students for
the entrance exam of medical universities.

Wekerle Sndor Business School

Education is a comprehensive service with the aim of
providing proper training to the leaders of the future, and
making them knowledge-hungry professionals who seek
excellence, both as professionals and as human beings.

Foreign language programmes

Commerce and marketing (BA)

Pzmny Pter Catholic University

Our priorities include a scientific approach that is based on
intellectual curiosity, the ability to synthesise and respect
for human personality as well as for Christian and European
educational approaches, cooperation, the acceptance of
others values, and the openness, international nature and
autonomy of the various fields of science. We also seek
to protect the freedom of the university within the given
framework in terms of the rights of individuals and the
community, also taking justice and the public good into
Foreign language programmes
English studies (MA) in English
French language, literature and culture (MA) in French,
double degree
Italian language, literature and culture (MA) in Italian
Image processing and computer vision (MSc) in English,
triple degree

Kroli Gspr University of

the Reformed Church in Hungary
Take control of your future!
The Kroli Gspr University of the Reformed Church
combines the educational traditions of the Reformed
Church with an open mind to renewal. The activities of the
university are based especially on Christian philosophy,
ethical awareness, and the willingness to support small
Foreign language programmes
English studies MA (in English)
Kodly culture in Hungary and worldwide specialist
postgraduate programme (in English)
EMLex: Europaischer Master fr Lexikographie MA
(in German)



Theology (PhD) (in English and in German)

European and international business law LLM (in

English language programmes

Information technology engineering (BSc)
Business information technology (BSc)
Business administration and management (BA)

Dharma Gate Buddhist College

Our goal is to open the Dharma gate to all who are
Foreign language programmes
Buddhist Studies (MA/PhD) programme offered by the
Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University of Thailand
in cooperation with the Dharma Gate Buddhist College.
www.tkbf.eu, www.ebtc.hu

Andrssy University
The university is characterised by an international and
innovative approach. It offers degree programmes in
Budapest, one of the scientific hubs of the country, with
the motto We will prepare you for Europe!
Masters degree programmes (in German):
Central European history
Danube region studies
European and international LLM programme (can be
completed part-time as well)
International economy and Central European studies
with specialisation in
cultural diplomacy
International relations
Interdisciplinary PhD programmes (in German) under the
topic The future of Central Europe in the European Union.
Contact: www.andrassyuni.eu, www.studienstart.eu

Central European University (CEU)

The Budapest-based CEU offers Masters and doctoral
programmes in English that have been accredited both
in the US and in Hungary. The students and teachers at
the CEU represent about 100 countries. The network of
professionals who graduated from the university covers
the whole world.
In 201314 the CEU provided significant support to 82% of
its Masters degree students and 94% of its PhD students.
More information: www.ceu.hu/financialaid
Fields of study
Business administration
Cognitive studies
Environmental sciences,
policy and management
Gender studies
International relations and
European studies
Law sciences

Mathematics and its

Mediaeval studies
Nationalism studies
Political science
Public policy
Sociology and social

Gbor Dnes College

Our goal is to offer high-quality, practice-oriented
education that meets the requirements of the labour
market. The college seeks to provide students with
reliable and practical knowledge that they will be able
to utilise later in their professional careers. The college
aims to train students so that they become professionals
who are able to adapt to new technologies and, thanks
to their knowledge of foreign languages, can engage in
international communication and cooperation.

Short introduction to
the North Hungarian Region
The region is bordered by Slovakia to the north and
Ukraine to the east. The region, 13% of which is nature
reserve, is very important from an ecological point of view
and is rich in medicinal, thermal, and mineral springs.
It incorporates the historical Tokaj wine region, which is
a UNESCO world heritage site. Other highlights in the area



include caves of the Aggtelek karst and the Slovak karst,

fortresses and ruins (Disgyor, Srospatak, and Eger), and
sites of historical significance.

University of Miskolc
Our university was established in 1735 as the first
technical university in the world. We combine our centuriesold traditions with a modern approach to the fields of
engineering, as well as to the natural and social sciences.
Foreign language programmes
Petroleum engineering (MSc)
Business administration
Petroleum engineering (MSc)
and economics
Hydrogeology engineering
Business administration
and organisation sciences (MSc)
European geotechnical and
Business administration
environmental course (EGEC)
and management
European mineral
Central European studies
General and legal mediation engineering course (EMEC)
Earth sciences (PhD)
Material engineering
Metallurgical engineering Information science and
Material engineering
Earth sciences engineering Mechanical engineering
More information: http://www.uni-miskolc.hu

Eszterhzy Kroly University of Applied Sciences

The EKF is a good choice.
The Eszterhzy Kroly University of Applied Sciences is
developing its educational system to meet the social and
economic requirements of the 21st century. The university
offers a wide range of courses in its up-to-date facilities.
The university provides students with high-quality services.
In addition to a varied curriculum, foreign students have a
range of extracurricular activities to choose from.
English language programmes
International studies (BA)
English studies (BA)
Master of business
Computer science (BA)
administration (MA)
American studies (BA)

Kroly Rbert University College

With knowledge for the future
In our four facilities, our students can acquire up-todate theoretical and practical knowledge tailored to the
requirements of the labour market.
Foreign language programmes
agricultural engineering
Business administration
and management (BA)
Business development (BA)
Tourism and hospitality
Management and
organisation (MA)
Viti-viniculture (BA)
Tourism management (MA)
Environmental and

Short introduction to
the North Great Plain Region
The region is the eastern gate of the European Union,
bordered by Slovakia, Ukraine, and Romania.
The research and higher education hubs of the region
are Debrecen, Nyregyhza, and Szolnok.
It is worth visiting the Hortobgy, which is a world
heritage site. The river Tisza and lake Tisza are favourite
destinations among those who prefer eco, water, and active
tourism. There are medical and thermal spas in the region.

University of Debrecen
University of Debrecen: more than just a degree.
Foreign language programmes
Bachelors degree (BA/
Mechatronical engineering
BSc) programmes
Chemical engineering
Business administration
Biochemical engineering
and management
Electrical engineering
Agribusiness and rural
development engineering Mechanical engineering
Civil engineering
Business information
Arts and music
Information technology



Bachelors (BA/BSc)
and Masters (MA/MSc)
degree programmes
English studies
Computer program design
Agricultural engineering
Public health supervision
Performing arts

American studies (MA)

Agribusiness management
Master of business
administration (MBA)
International business
administration and
management (BA)
Business development (MSc)
Nature conservation
Other programmes
engineering (MSc)
European and
international business law Food safety and quality
engineering (MSc)
Animal husbandry
Dentistry (DMD)
engineering (MSc)
Pharmacy (PharmD)
Molecular biology (MSc)

College of Nyregyhza
Science expertise regional focus
Foreign language programmes
Transportation engineering (BSc) specialisations:
aviation and shipping (in English)

College of Szolnok
A chance to learn, grow, and succeed.
Bachelors degree (BA) programmes in English
Tourism and hospitality
International business administration

region can enjoy a number of cultural heritage sites,

various highlights, and trekking routes.
With the Kiskunsgi National Park and the Duna-Drva
National Park located here, Bcs-Kiskun county is rich in
natural treasures. The most significant and internationally
acknowledged exhibition site is the pusztaszer National
Heritage Park.

University of Szeged
The University of Szeged is one of the most successful
universities in Hungary and is also internationally
recognised. With its history going back to 1581, the
university is proud to have had renowned researchers and
teachers such as Nobel Laureate Albert Szent-Gyrgyi.
The University of Szeged has a long tradition and offers
high-quality, up-to-date education in nearly all disciplines.
Its domestic and international research activities are
well recognised: In 2010 the university was awarded the
research university title, and in 2013 it was certified as a
University of National Excellence.
Foreign language programmes (BA/BSc, MA/MSc, PhD,
Law and international
Arts and humanities
Natural sciences and
Economics and business
information technology
More information about the degree programmes
offered in foreign languages:

Etvs Jzsef College

Short introduction to
the South Great Plain Region
This is the largest region of Hungary. Due to its natural
features, the region is an ideal destination for those
who prefer water tourism, trekking, cycling, horse riding,
hunting, fishing, and ecotourism. Tourists visiting the

Foreign language programmes and international relations

Civil engineering (BSc)
Environmental engineering (BSc)
Business administration and economics (BA)
Infant and early childhood education (BA)
Primary school teaching (BA)
www.ejf.hu, www.international.ejf.hu


Kecskemt College


The future starts with us.

Kecskemt College is ideal for students who prefer learning
in a relatively small institution with a warm atmosphere.
Foreign language programmes
the development of reading
History of
the European Union
European fairy-tales
Languages in Europe
Teaching foreign languages
Education policy
in early childhood
of the EU
Educational integration
Reading strategies and
More information:

Tomori Pl College
English language programmes (BA)
Business administration and management
International business economics
International studies

Short introduction to
the Central Transdanubian Region
As the region is within easy reach of several large
Hungarian cities, it is an ideal place for those who do not
want to live in a noisy city, but would not like to be too far
from urban life either.
The region has diverse natural features: the plains, hills, and
waters are accompanied by numerous historical and cultural
places of interest. Highlights in the region include the worldfamous Herendi porcelain, the Komrom fortress, the Smeg
fortress and fortress festival, and many other hundreds of
years old sites of historical and archeological significance.

University of Pannonia
The University of Pannonia is a strong, stable, and
continuously improving institution that relies on the

combination of education, research, and innovation. The

degrees issued by the university represent real value,
something upon which students can base their long-term
Foreign language programmes
Environmental sciences
Bachelors degree
Chemical engineering
PhD programmes
Tourism and hospitality
Agricultural environmental
Computer program design sciences
Animal husbandry sciences
Chemical engineering
Chemical engineering and
materials sciences
Masters degree
Chemical and environmental
Plant protection
Plant breeding and
botanical sciences
Economic analysis
Information science and
Tourism management
Business administration
Applied linguistics
and organisation sciences
Teaching of English
Molecular and
International studies
Environmental engineering nanotechnology

College of Dunajvros
Your future, your choice!
Foreign language programmes
Bachelors degree
Technical management
Material engineering
Masters degree
Business administration
Mechanical engineering
Communication and media Teacher, teacher of
Mechanical engineering
Information technology
,More information about subjects:



Kodolnyi Jnos University of Applied Sciences

University of West Hungary

Always among the best.

We are building the future.

The university offers the following degree programmes:

Business development (MSc)
Tourism and hospitality
International relations (MA)
Business administration Postgraduate programmes
Tourism enterprise
and management (BA)
International relations (BA) management
Performing arts (BA)
(jazz, pop-rock and ethno) Short programmes
International foundation
and communication (BA) year
International preparatory
Social work (BA)
LL and cultural
International semester
management (BA)
Summer courses
History (BA)
Study tours and internship
programmes for students
Masters degree
and professionals
Tourism management (MSc)

Foreign language programmes

Higher vocational training Degree programmes
Business administration
and management (BA) (in
Business administration
and management (in
International business
Agricultural engineering (in economics (BA) (the 5th and
6th semesters in English)
Pre-school teaching (BA) (in
Animal husbandry
engineering (in English)
Plant breeding engineering English studies (BA) (in
(in English)
Timber industry
Food engineering (in
engineering (MSc) (in
Mechanical engineering in English)
Business management and
the agriculture and food
organisation sciences (PhD)
industry (in English)
(in German)
www.nyme.hu, www.uniwest.hu

Short introduction to
the West Transdanubian Region
The region is bordered by four countries: Slovakia, Austria,
Croatia, and Slovenia. The area is rich in natural treasures,
including thermal and medicinal springs. It is ideal for bike
tours and trekking along numerous designated routes
through its forests.
It offers a colourful range of cultural programmes,
including four highlights, the Sopron Festival Weeks, the
Gyor Baroque Days, the Srvr International Folk Days, and
the Savaria Historical Carnival in Szombathely.

Szchenyi Istvn University

The future is made in Gyor.
Foreign language programmes (MSc)
Marketing; Vehicle engineering;
Infrastructure civil engineering



Short introduction to
the South Transdanubian Region

University of Pcs

The Duna-Drva National Park, the largest continuous

floodplain habitat in Europe, is located here. The hill region,
with its unique and protected geological and botanical
features, is very popular among hikers. The area is also
famous for its old medicinal and thermal spas, notably
Harkny, Nagyatd, and Dombvr. Wine production here
has hundreds of years of tradition.
The centre of the region is Pcs, a town famous for its
cultural festivals and artists, which was the European
Capital of Culture in 2010. The oldest architectural
monuments of Pcs are the early Christian tombs, which
have been on the world heritage list since 2000.

Established in 1367, the University of Pcs was the first

university in Hungary. It is also one of the biggest higher
education institutions in the country with 22,000 students.
In terms of international mobility, the University of Pcs is
among the leading higher education institutions, offering
nearly 50 degree programmes and preparatory courses in
English and in German to foreign students. Currently 2,200
foreign students, representing 70 countries, attend our

Hungary s first university (1367)

English language degree programmes

Masters degree (MA/MSc)
Undivided 5-year
masters degree
Applied management
general practitioner,
Ceramic design
dentist, pharmacist
Structural engineering
Information technology
Bachelors degree (BA/
BSc) programmes
English studies
European and international
Business administration
business law
Human resource counselling
Civil engineering
International relations
Information technology
Medical biotechnology
Computer science
Earth sciences
PhD programmes
English studies and
American studies
Business administration
Nursing and patient care Chemistry
Earth sciences
Physical education
English applied linguistics
and teaching and learning
English as a foreign
Health science
Sport management



For more information about our German-language

programmes and the preparatory, course please visit
our website: www.international.pte.hu
Facebook: Study in Pcs, Hungary

Kaposvr University
Our service-oriented university runs high-level research
programmes and offers degree programmes to foreign
students as well. Our core values are tolerance and
Foreign language programmes
International studies (BSc)
Regional and environmental economic studies (MSc)
Animal nutrition and food safety engineering (MSc)
Animal sciences (PhD)
Management and organisation sciences (PhD)



Balassi Institute

European Social