Hundreds of thousands of international students decide to study in Hungary every year for almost two decades now, with Hungary’s capital Budapest, famous for its high quality education system,  fascinating history, and beautiful sight, being one of the most popular study abroad destinations worldwide. If you’re an international student relocating to study in Hungary, then read this guide first to know what to expect during your studies.

For the past twenty years, hundreds of thousands of international students have opted to study in Hungary and attended its leading universities. Hungary is especially popular for studies in the sciences – in particular in fields such as medicine and dentistry, which are held at Semmelweis university at its campuses across Budapest, Debecen and Szeged, as well as in veterinary studies held in the Szent istvan university.

The education offered for medical degrees considered of high quality by the WHO and directly transferable to any EU country. Many universities in Hungary also progressively propose these degrees and more in English or other foreign languages such as German to appeal more international students considering to study abroad. Some of the more common home countries of foreign students in Hungary are Germany, Israel, Norway, Iran, Turkey, China, Brazil, France and Canada.

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    Why Study in Hungary?

    The Hungarian higher education is split to a system of colleges and universities, where colleges are directly affiliated with a university and operate as college faculties of the university. Universities generally award both college and university level courses. In the old system, college level training lasts three to four years, whereas a university degree takes at least four years to complete and at most 5 years with the exception of the six year long medical program. Further, university studies were split in three stages roughly corresponding to the bachelor, master and PhD courses but with longer study periods.

    Starting in 2005 and 2006, Hungarian institutions of higher education have started the transformation toward the regulations of the Bologna system. In the new system, both colleges and universities may launch bachelor, master and PhD programs provided that the necessary requirements are fulfilled. This also means that all awarded degrees are equivalent and transferable throughout the EU and many other countries.

    As in other countries, some qualifications will not be available at bachelor level, but instead start with the award of a master degree. Examples of such qualifications are: medical studies, veterinary science, pharmaceutical studies and architecture to name a few.

    Top Universities in Hungary

    • University of Szeged 
    • Eötvös Loránd University
    • University of Debrecen
    • Corvinus University of Budapest
    • Budapest University of Technology and Economics

    Education Cost for Studying in Hungary

    Fees for studying and living in Hungary vary depending on the level of study, the area of study and the type and location of the college/university. When you choose to study in  Hungary, it becomes important that you know about the cost of higher education in Hungary.

    Private Universities EUR 6,500 per annum (approx.)
    Public Universities EUR 6,500 (approx.)
    Accommodation (EUR €) EUR 3,600 per annum (approx.)
    Other Living Expenses (EUR €) EUR 4,000 per annum (approx.)

    In order to fulfil the visa requirements, the students need to show proof that they have, or have access to, around 13,000 EUROs per year for living expenses.

    Note: Living in the rural parts of Hungary can be a little cheap.

    Admission Process for Studying in Hungary

    To be assured of obtaining the best quality advice about the opportunities available for studying in Hungary students should register with Oasis Abroad Study services and Consultancy. After registration all students will be carefully guided through a number of key stages, maximising their chances of getting admission in the institutions of their choice. This is how we, at Oasis Abroad Study services and Consultancy, work on Hungary admissions process –

    • Registration
      You register with Oasis Abroad Study services and Consultancy and be assured of obtaining the best quality advice.
    • Profiling
      We make an assessment of your academic qualifications, work experience, financial status, career goals as well as life interests and aspirations.
    • Standardised Tests
      We evaluate the requirement of any standardised tests you may need to take or review results that has been already obtained.
    • University/Course Selection
      Together, we shortlist potential universities and courses that match your profile.
    • Document Editing
      We edit the essays, Statement of Purpose, Letters of Recommendation and Resume, which have been written by you.
    • Application Review and Submission
      The completed application forms are reviewed before they are submitted to your final choice of universities.
    • Interview Preparation
      We assist in preparation (including mock sessions) for the interviews that you may have with the chosen universities.
    • Visa Counselling
      We assist in preparation (including mock sessions) for the interviews that you may have with the High Commissions or Embassies, as well as the collation and review of relevant documentation for submission of the visa application.
    • Pre-departure information
      We deliver comprehensive information about the country of choice to ensure that you are completely prepared for life at an overseas university.

    Contact us to know more about the admissions process in Hungary.

    Documents Required for Student Visa for Hungary

    Here is a list of documents required for Hungary:

    • Attested copies of X, +2 & Graduate Degree (if applicable)
    • Evidence of English Language proficiency e.g. IELTS, TOEFL, etc.
    • Standardised Tests e.g. GMAT, GRE (where necessary for the programme)
    • Two academic references
    • Two references from employers (where applicable)
    • Passport sized photographs
    • Statement of Purpose (SOP)
    • Resume/CV
    • Draft for application fees, if applicable
    • Portfolio (for Art, Design & Architecture programme)
    • Other Certificates & Achievements of Extracurricular Activities

    Note: The documents required for individual universities and individual courses in Hungary may vary.

    Exams for Studying in Hungary

    Students have to pass one or more additional tests before they can be considered by most universities for admission. These include English Language tests, such as TOEFL and IELTS.

    The students also need to go through an online test conducted by the University for Bachelor’s level. In addition, all the students also should pass the Skype interview before being approved by the admission officer.