Student visas for Hungary
Students from within the EU/EEA do not need a visa to study in Hungary, but do need to apply for a residence permit within 15 days of arriving. Students from outside of the EEA should apply for a student visa residence permit before arrival, via their nearest Hungarian embassy. Applications should be submitted at least six weeks before departure, as the processing is likely to take at least a month.
Student visas for Hungary require the following:
- Passport (valid for at least six months after intended departure)
- Two passport-sized photos
- Completed application form
- Proof of health insurance for the full duration of intended stay
- Proof that tuition fees have been paid (or exemption certificate)
- Proof of sufficient funds to cover living costs in the form of bank statement
- Official letter of acceptance from a Hungarian university
- Proof of accommodation arrangements
All international students are required to register their place of residence with the local authorities, as soon as possible after arrival.https://7397afb43deeee83f56081b84acd4eef.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html
Costs and funding to study in Hungary
Living costs are relatively low in Hungary, with students likely to need about US$600-850 per month to cover everything from accommodation to nights out (~US$7,200-10,200 per year). Living costs will be more expensive in Budapest, where rent will start from about US$340 per month. You can get a rough idea of how your costs of living works out based on your accommodation, transport and city preferences here.
While tuition fees are not insignificant, they are much lower than charges in countries such as the US or UK. They vary between universities and courses, with some courses as low as US$5,500 per year at the University of Debrecen, going up to US$14,000 per year to study an English-taught medical degree (plus US$500 in application and entrance fees).
Some scholarships for international students are available from the Hungarian government, covering tuition fees, medical insurance, accommodation and a monthly stipend for residents of partner countries to study in Hungary at all levels. Students from within the EU may also be able to apply for a state-funded place, under the same system as local students. These are awarded based on academic grades, but are highly competitive, with the number of places available having been cut over the past few years. Students from Eastern Europe can also apply for scholarships from the Visegrad Fund.
Hungary is an exciting, diverse and safe destination for international students. With great universities, high quality of life and low costs, Hungary has a lot to offer.
Hungary: An overview for international students
Hungary is located in Central/Eastern Europe, bordering e.g. on Austria in the West and Romania in the East. It has a population of around 10 million people, of which 3 million live in Budapest, the capital city. Other important student cities are Szeged, Pécs and Debrecen.
Dozens of universities across the country offer programmes that are fully taught in English. Across all academic disciplines, there are hundreds of study programmes in English available for international students. Those degrees follow the European Bologna scheme and are recognised across Europe and elsewhere around the world.
If you are looking for high-quality education, you’ve come to the right place. Hungarian universities have spawned many smart minds, including well-renowned scientists like mathematician John von Neumann and Nobel laureate Albert Szent-Györgyi, who discovered vitamin C.
Studying at a university in Hungary
If you are considering to study in Hungary in English, there are plenty of options to choose from.
The best-ranked university in Hungary, and usually among the top 500 universities worldwide, is the University of Szeged. With well over 20,000 students, it is also one of the largest institutions in the country. Other notable universities include Semmelweis University (in Budapest), Eötvös Loránd University (also in Budapest) and the University of Pécs.
Hungary is also well-regarded for its medical schools and dental schools, many of which offer tailored programmes for foreign students.
Tuition fees and cost of living in Hungary
Hungarian universities charge tuition fees, but compared to other countries in Europe they are very affordable. Depending on the university and the programme, you can expect to pay around 2,500 to 3,000 euros per year; Engineering programmes can be a bit more expensive at up to around 5,000 euros per year. Studying medicine or dentistry usually incurs tuition fees of around 6,000 to 8,000 euros per year.
At the same time, student life in Hungary is very affordable. Considering accommodation, food, transport and other things, you can get by on less than 600 euros per month in Budapest (the capital), and on less than 500 euros per month in the smaller cities.
Stipendium Hungaricum: The scholarship to study in Hungary
Hungary is becoming an increasingly popular host country for international students. One of the reasons is the Stipendium Hungaricum, Latin for “Hungarian Scholarship”. The scholarship is very generous: It includes tuition fees, medical insurance, a housing allowance and a monthly stipend. Every year, the Stipendium Hungaricum is awarded to around 5,000 students from over 70 partner countries. Whether you are eligible for the subject you want to study depends on the cooperation programmes that are in place. Usually, you need to submit your application with all documents by mid-January to receive the scholarship for your studies commencing the same year.
The top 3 reasons to study in Hungary
There are many reasons why you should consider Hungary to study abroad – these are the top 3:
- Universities in Hungary offer high quality education at affordable tuition fees
- Hungary is a modern and safe country, but the cost of living are among the lowest in Europe
- Hungary is a diverse, multicultural nation with lots of fun experiences for foreign students
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