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.