Study in Hungary

Capital: Budapest
Area: 93,030[7] km2
Population: 9.773 million
Currency: Hungarian forint
Official languages: Hungarian
Date format: YYYY-MM-DD
Main cities: Budapest, Miskolc, Gyor, and Pécs
Education, careers, and networking go hand in hand

  • Hungarian higher education has an impressive international reputation; Hungary is also known as the home of academic excellence with its 650 years of experience.
  • Hungary is proud to be in the top 20 of countries with the highest number of Nobel Prize Winners per capita.
  • You can get a European degree for a fair price – studying in Hungary is a good investment.
  • Different scholarships are available for international students.
  • According to official statistics, Hungary is amongst the 20 safest countries around the world (Global Peace Index 2016 Report).
  • Hungary is in the heart of Europe, and you can travel around easily – and you can explore the Central European region.
  • Hungary is a great place to discover, with numerous World Heritage sites nationwide.
  • The country has a rich cultural life and long-standing traditions.
  • Hungary offers a vibrant life for young people with many indoor and outdoor activities.
  • People are helpful and ready to help whenever you need it.
  • There are 66 higher education institutions in Hungary, ranging from small universities of applied sciences to top research universities.
  • Students can receive valuable knowledge from highly qualified and well-prepared teachers.
  • More than 35 Hungarian higher education institutions offer academic programmes in foreign languages – 550 courses at the latest count.

Practical Information

The degree structure of tertiary education is based on three cycles. Nearly all study fields lead first to a Bachelor’s degree (usually 3 years), and after a further study period to a Master’s degree (2 years). However, there are some exceptions: medicine, pharmacy, dental and veterinary studies, architecture, law, teacher training, and certain arts-, crafts- and design-related study programmes, which retain a long single-cycle structure of 5 or 6 years of study. A four-year doctoral programme is a post-graduate course to follow any Master’s or equivalent qualification.

The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) is the only existing credit system in Hungary, ensuring transparency of the learning, teaching and assessment processes by facilitating the recognition of learning achievements and qualifications in many countries throughout the European Higher Education Area.


Study in Hungary with the best scholarships – from Bachelor to Doctoral level.

Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Programme

The application period of Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship for 2018-2019 got started! Students from over 50 countries can apply for the scholarship funded by Hungarian government by the 16th of February.

The programme is based on bilateral educational cooperation agreements between the Ministry of Human Capacities of Hungary and the partner country’s ministry responsible for higher education. More than 50 partner countries are involved and thousands of students from all around the world apply to study in Hungary each year.

Stipendium Hungaricum scholarships are available for bachelor, master, one-tier master, doctoral and non-degree programmes (preparatory and specialisation courses).


Erasmus+ is the European Union’s programme for education, training, youth and sport which provides opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, gain work experience and volunteer abroad. Erasmus+ helps organise student and doctoral candidate exchanges within Erasmus+ Programme countries and to and from partner countries.

Other scholarships

CEEPUS – the perfect choice for studying in Central Europe

EEA Grants – the bridge to Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway

Bilateral state scholarships – broaden your chances and look for special scholarships

Living in Hungary


Since December 21, 2007, Hungary has been a member of the Schengen Area, and applies the Schengen legislation in full. The most important issues to Hungary’s Schengen membership are:

  • 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.

Third-country nationals are required to have a visa for entering the territory of Hungary and also for a stay of up to 90 days within a 180-day-period if they come from a country that is under visa obligation according to the Schengen acquis. It is worth checking to see if your country has a bilateral agreement with Hungary, because in this case there is no need for a visa. If not than you are required to have a visa for entering the territory of 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 applicant’s nationality. If you arrive from a third country, we recommend taking out health insurance.

Accommodation in Hungary

There are several kinds of accommodation alternatives in Hungary.


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 (HUF 10 000- HUF 30 000/month), it is an easy way of making friends and of establishing a social community fast. If you decide to go with this more affordable type of housing, then you should act fast because the dormitory places are limited and vary from university to university. Check the application deadlines and methods before your arrival not to miss it.

Private dormitory

There are also so-called private dormitories in some Hungarian cities (around HUF 40 000 – HUF 50 000/month) which do not belong to a university or a college. These are not so cheap as the institutional ones, but you can still spare some money through this way compared to private flats or rooms. It can be a plan B.

Flat and private room

On the other hand, renting an apartment or a room in flat is a more feasible option if you prefer privacy. The costs depend much more on the fact in which city you are renting, there can be big differences between fees when it comes to Hungarian cities. The average cost is about HUF 100 000/ flat, and about HUF 50 000- HUF 70 000/room.


There are plenty of possibilities to access the Internet in Hungary. To help you check your e-mail or surf the net wi-fi access is offered in many cafés, hotels, bookstores and public buildings. Almost every university campus has its own wi-fi hotspots.

Hungarian cuisine

Hungarian cooking is actually quite difficult to define. It frequently uses paprika, black pepper and onion. Potatoes are also commonly used in many types of meal. There are two remarkable elements of Hungarian cuisine that locals take no or little notice of but which seem quite unusual to foreigners. One is known as “f”ozelék” (various vegetables prepared in a special way, served cooked and bearing some similarity to a very thick soup) and the other one is soup itself prepared in different kinds of ways. Hungarian cuisine offers a bunch of soups from vegetables or meats or both. These soups come in creamy types, as fresh fruit soups and also as heavy meat soups.

Hungarian culture

If you want to enjoy Hungarian culture, rich cultural life awaits you in every town, especially in the capital.

  • Cinema – Besides Hollywood movies, Hungary offers a wide selection of art films from all over the world. You can choose from various films, dubbed or subtitled, depending on your knowledge of foreign languages.
  • Theatre – There is a very rich and active theatre life throughout the country. The season starts in September and ends in May. To be on the safe side, you should book your tickets well in advance for the play of your choice.
  • Classical ballet and contemporary dance are both widely appreciated in Hungary. If you like dance, you should not miss the performances of Gy”ori Balett (Gy”or Ballet) or Pécsi Balett (Pécs Ballet), or those performed by the ensemble led by Pál Frenák or Yvette Bozsik. Going to the Opera House at least once is a must. Not just because of the imposing building itself, but also for the high-quality performances.
  • Museums and Art Galleries – The best places to learn about Hungarian culture, art and history are exhibitions. Museums are open from 10 am to 6 pm, and are usually closed on Mondays. If you use your student ID, you will be entitled to a discount from the ticket price.

About Hungary

Official name: Hungary

Area: 93,030 square km

Population: 9,830,485

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, Miskolc, Szeged, Pécs, 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: Kékes (1014 m) in the Mátra Hills

Hungary is a member of OECD, NATO, EU and a Schengen state. Administratively, Hungary is divided into 19 counties with the capital city of Budapest being independent of any county government.

Hungary is among the top tourist destinations in Europe with the capital Budapest regarded as one of the most beautiful cities worldwide. 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 Hévíz), the largest lake in Central Europe (Lake Balaton), and the largest natural grassland in Europe (Hortobágy).

The official language of the country is Hungarian, which forms part of the Finno–Ugric language family. Hungarians call their language magyar. Although Hungary is located in Central Europe, Hungarian is not related to any of the languages that surround the country. Hungarian is spoken by 10 million people in Hungary, and cca. by 4-5 million more people outside of the country.

Did you know…?

  • Hungaricums are high value products of Hungary, which show Hungarian uniqueness, specialty and quality, they embody the top performance of the Hungarian people. Read more about Hungaricums!
  • Hungary has 16 Nobel laureates. Or are you interested in Franz Liszt, Charles Simonyi, Paul Erdos, Erno Rubik or Katinka Hosszú?
  • Two-thirds of Hungary’s geographic area is less than 200 metres above sea level.
  • Today Hungary has eight locations on the World Heritage List and three items on the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Find out more about them!
  • There are big differences in temperature between our four seasons: summers are hot, while winters are cold. Average temperatures range from -1 °C in January to 21 °C in July.
  • Lake Balaton, covering 598 square km., is one of the biggest tourist attractions of the country. The average depth of the lake is two to three metres, so the water warms up quickly in summer.
  • There are ten national parks in Hungary.
  • Hungarian history in the Carpathian basin is dated back to the Hungarian conquest in 896. Read about our more than thousand-year-old history.
  • The Hungarian crown was given to Saint Stephen by the Pope on the occasion of his coronation at around 1000. Learn more about our national symbols.
  • There are also sizable populations of Hungarian speakers in Romania, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Serbia, Ukraine, Israel, the U.S., and Australia. Smaller pockets of Hungarian speakers also live in Canada, Croatia, Slovenia and Austria.

Student visas for Hungary

Are you from Nepal?

You need a student visa.

Usually, if you are an EU-national and want to study in another EU country, you won’t need a visa. Some other non-EU countries may also be exempt from an entry visa, at least for an initial duration;

Start accessing the websites of the embassy and consulate, in order to get a general picture of the whole “visa-application” thing;

Check the deadlines and figure out how much time you’ll have to wait for your visa. You wouldn’t want miss studying abroad from this silly mistake of bad planning;

Go on a scavenger hunt and collect all the documents you will need. Remember, you can find the list on the embassy’s website;

Start saving up money, as some applications might require you to have proof of minimum funds;

Brush up on your English skills. Even if this is not always a visa requirement, it will help you a lot to succeed during your university studies.

All in all, what else can we say but: good luck and never forget to have fun during your studies!

Thanks and good luck!

Work Permit

Find out all you need to know about work permit regulations for studying part-time (during studies) and full-time (after studies) in this country.

Work while studying in Hungary

If you’re from Nepal, you will need a work permit if you want to combine studying with working in Hungary.

Here you see the rules for getting a part-time work permit.

Students from a third country carrying out studies in Hungary as part of a cooperation programme can work part-time without a work permit. All other non-EU students who wish to work fulltime while studying need a EU Blue Card.

Application requirements

You can apply for the work permit if you have:

A valid student residence permit;

Are from a country that has cooperation programmes with Hungary.

Duration of work permit

2 YEARS. Your work permit will be valid for as long as you have a valid student visa.

Max. hours of work per week

20 HOURS/WEEK. You will be allowed to work 20 hours per week. You can work fulltime during summer breaks.


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Find words in Hungarian for everyday use

Mini Dictionary

English Hungarian Pronounciation
Hello Szervusz, Szia ser-wus, see-ya
How are you? Hogy vagy? Hogy van? hodj vadj
I’m fine, thanks. Köszönöm, jól. koes-oe-noem jol
What’s your name? Mi a neve(d)? mi a neve(d)
My name is … A nevem … a nevem
Pleased to meet you Örülök, hogy megismertelek/megismertem oerueloek hodj mcishmerteleck/
Good morning Jó reggelt! you reggelt
Good afternoon Jó napot! you naapot
Good evening Jó estét! you ashtate
Good night Jó éjszakát! you eighsackaat
Goodbye Viszontlátásra! weesontlatashra
Have a nice day Szép napot! seiyp nahpot
I don’t understand Nem értem. nem eir-tem
Please say that again Megismételné(d)? megishmateelnai(d)
Do you speak English/ German/ French? Beszél(sz) angolul/németül/franciául? besail(s) angohlool
How much is this? Mennyibe kerül ez? Manyeebe kerewl
Sorry Bocsánat bo-tsha-nat
Thank you Köszönöm koesoenoem
Would you like to dance with me? Szeretnél/ Szeretne táncolni velem? seretnail / seret-neh towntsoleni
Yes Igen eegen
No Nem nem
Please Kérem kayrem
I love you Szeretlek seretlek
car autó auto
bus busz boos
tram villamos villamosh
train vonat vonaat
underground földalatti, metró metro
When does it leave? Mikor indul? meekor indool
Can I get a ticket to…? Kérek egy jegyet… ceireck edj yedjet
railway station pályaudvar paayaoodvar
bus stop buszmegálló boosmeg-ilow
airport repülőtér repewloetare
ticket office jegypénztár yedjpainztaar
ticket jegy yedj
Where can I buy ticket? Hol lehet jegyet venni? hole lehet yedjet venni
east kelet kelet
west nyugat njoogat
north észak az-suck
south dél dale
street utca ootsa
square tér tare
café kávéház kaavay-haas
menu étlap atelap
Can I get the bill please? Kérhetném a számlát? ceirhatname a somelight
appetizer előétel eloe-ateel
soup leves levesh
salad saláta shalighta
pastry, cake sütemény shuete-meign
juice gyümölcslé djuemoeltslae
water víz veez
beer sör shoer
wine bor bor
coffee kávé kae-weigh
tea tea tea-a
letter levél leveil
recorded mail ajánlott levél ayaanlotte leveil
parcel csomag tshomaag
postcard képeslap cape-ashlaap
stamp bélyeg beigh-yeg
theatre színház seenhaas
cinema mozi mozy
museum múzeum moozheum
ticket jegy yedj
entrance fee belépődíj belape-oedeey
doctor orvos orvosh
pharmacy gyógyszertár djodj-sertaar
hospital kórház corehaas
ambulance mentő mentoe
fire department tűzoltóság tewzalltoe-shaag
police rendőrség rendoersheig
Help! Segítség! sheigeetsheig
Monday hétfő hate-foe
Tuesday kedd kedd
Wednesday szerda serdah
Thusday csütörtök tsuetoertoek
Friday péntek paintek
Saturday szombat sombaat
Sunday vasárnap vashare-naap
One 1 egy edj
Two 2 kettő ket-toe
Three 3 három haarom
Four 4 négy nedj
Five 5 öt oet
Six 6 hat haat
Seven 7 hét hate
Eight 8 nyolc njolts
Nine 9 kilenc keelents
Ten 10 tíz tease
Twelve 20 húsz hoos
Thirty 30 harminc harmeants
Fourty 40 negyven nedjven
Fifty 50 ötven oetven
Sixty 60 hatvan haatvaan
Seventy 70 hetven hetvan
Eighty 80 nyolcvan njoltsvaan
Ninty 90 kilencven kewl-antsvan
Hundred 100 száz saaz
Thousand 1000 ezer ezer