Hungary bridges central and eastern Europe,by combining many of the attractions and beauties of both regions – but above all prides itself on having its own distinctive identity. This pride is not without foundation. Although relatively small, Hungary has a lot to offer visitors, from the architectural and cultural delights of capital city Budapest, to vineyard-covered hills and historic castles. With so many natural and manmade attractions, combined with relatively low living costs and a strong focus on internationalization, it seems likely that Hungary’s popularity as a study destination will continue to grow. Choose to study in Hungary now, and you could be at the leading edge of that trend.
Students who apply from within the EU/EEA will not require a visa to study in Hungary, but will need to apply for a residence permit within 15 days of arriving. Students from outside of the EEA must 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 three 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.
Tuition Fees and Funding
Costs of living 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.
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$16,900 per year to study medicine.
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.
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