Study In Hungary - Requirements,Tuition Fees,Cost of Living & Universities

This is a comprehensive guide on studying in Hungary as an international student. This detailed post will give you all the necessary information you will need about studying in Hungary as an international student. It will answer most frequently asked questions such as


How to study in Hungary

Why study in Hungary

Cost of studying in Hungary

Universities in Hungary for international students

Cost of living in Hungary for international students

How to get a visa to study in Hungary

How to apply and study in Hungary

Tuition fees to study in Hungary

Applying to study in Hungary


To study in Hungary, you have to find the program you might be interested in, then after that you check for the university you wish to enroll in.

 University admission and requirements

In order to be considered an eligible applicant, you need to fulfill certain criteria. On top of that, individual degree programs may each have their own specific set of additional requirements. So you must always check the detailed entry requirements with the institution you are applying to.

If you apply for a foreign language course, then you will need to show you have the required level of the given foreign language.

Selecting and applying to universities

Selecting universities is a very time consuming and important process not only from the admission point of view but also because applying to universities is very expensive. Hence it has to be restricted to around 6 or 8 universities which are best matched for your requirements.

The best university for you may not be the famous ones, but those that offer you your field of study as well as meet the other criteria important to you.

Requesting Application Forms:

There are two ways to get application forms:

1. Requesting Application Forms via email : You can request application forms from the universities website. Most universities have a form on their website which can be completed online to request application material.

2. Downloading from the university website : Many universities have a downloadable and ready to print versions of their application forms on the net. These can be used for applying just as regular forms.

Application Requirements:

Once you start receiving application forms and material, go through the material in detail and check the application deadline, minimum scores required in the standardized tests, recommendation letters needed and other such information.

Tabulate all these requirements and compare them with your objectives and group the universities under three categories :

1. Schools that seem to match your requirements

2. Schools that are not suited to your needs

3. Schools that do not completely fit in any of the above two categories

Recommendation letters:

Many universities have their own format and questions that have to be answered by the person who is giving the letter of recommendation on your behalf. Letters, which do not give enough information, can jeopardize a candidate’s chances of selection.

School records/Academic transcript:

The transcripts of your academic record are absolutely essential to the evaluation of your academic abilities. Your official transcript or academic record is the objective part of your application. Academic records greatly vary from one education system to the other. Systems of evaluation or grading and the formats used to present this information also differ widely.

Undergraduate : Students who are applying for a Bachelor program or any other undergraduate course would be required to submit a secondary school report and transcripts (report cards) of the final exams. The report form should be filled out by a school official like the principal, counselor or headmaster. This form should introduce you in the context of your whole school experience in relationship to the other students in your class. Admission committees will be interested in learning how you have performed in your own educational system. The school report should talk about your accomplishments and provide a statement of your chances for success in university-level studies.

Graduate : Students applying for Graduate courses (MBA, MS etc) are required to submit an official transcript from each college or university that they have attended after secondary school with complete details of the subjects, credits involved and other details like correspondence courses, diplomas etc. Most universities ask for the transcript to be sealed in an envelope and signed and attested across the seal by the registrar. This procedure is to be done for each and every college that you have attended. Some universities may ask for more than one transcripts but most require only one.


Tuition fees and cost of studying in Hungary as an international student


The cost of studying in Hungary actually depends on the specific school you attend. All the universities and colleges in Hungary have different tuition fees.


Hungary is one of the cheapest countries to study as an international student. The cost of studying in Hungary have been highly subsidized by the government, the average tuition fees for international students to study in Hungary is about US$5,500 per year.

Public universities in Hungary are cheaper than private universities and they offer almost the same value of education,so a lot of international students usually choose to enroll into public universities in Hungary.

The tuition fees you will pay any university in Hungary depends on the course you want to study. With courses such as medicine,dentistry and engineering being the most expensive.

The cost of living in Hungary as an international student is also very cheap, with about US$600-850 per month all your expenses which includes accommodation,feeding,transport and entertainment can be covered. It should also be known that the cost of living will also depend on the lifestyle and spending habit of a student.

The cost of accommodation in big cities will be more expensive compared to other smaller cities. So students should rent apartments according to their budget.

There are many financial aid options and scholarships for international students to study in Hungary, also many universities in Hungary also offer different forms of scholarship to international students with financial issues.


International students from other EU countries benefit the most from financial aids because there are a lot of private and government organizations that provide scholarship to students from EU member countries to study in any country of choice.


Cost of living in Hungary according to expatistan


Housing            [Edit]

            Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area

106,108 Ft

            Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area

69,928 Ft

            Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat

36,190 Ft

            Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area

71,514 Ft

            Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area

45,520 Ft

            Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio

31,389 Ft

            Internet 8 Mbps (1 month)

3,325 Ft

            40” flat screen TV

110,337 Ft

            Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands)

17,732 Ft

            Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.)

2,734 Ft

            Hourly rate for cleaning help

1,573 Ft

Clothes [Edit]

            1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar)

21,147 Ft

            1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers)

9,080 Ft

            1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands)

22,112 Ft

            1 pair of men’s leather business shoes

18,980 Ft

Transportation  [Edit]

            Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new

5,542,320 Ft

            1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas

382 Ft

            Monthly ticket public transport

6,663 Ft

            Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles)

3,108 Ft

Personal Care   [Edit]

            Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands)

1,678 Ft

            1 box of antibiotics (12 doses)

2,033 Ft

            Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes)

8,615 Ft

            1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...)

709 Ft

            Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.)

809 Ft

            Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.)

809 Ft

            4 rolls of toilet paper

416 Ft

            Tube of toothpaste

405 Ft

            Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city

1,767 Ft

Entertainment    [Edit]

            Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub

4,354 Ft

            2 tickets to the movies

2,894 Ft

            2 tickets to the theater (best available seats)

5,352 Ft

            Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert

7,237 Ft

            1 cocktail drink in downtown club

1,182 Ft

            Cappuccino in expat area of the city

438 Ft

            1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.)

402 Ft

            iPad Air 2, 64GB

259,900 Ft

            1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans)

31 Ft

            1 month of gym membership in business district

7,216 Ft


Visa to study in Hungary

To study in Hungary as an international student, you require a visa. Below are the requirements and process of getting a Hungary visa.


The documents needed for visa applications

           Certification of legal residing

           Travel medical insurance

Besides meeting the above general requirements, the applicant shall also supply a certificate of the financial coverage of his/her expenses, and a certificate of the purpose of the visit.

The financial coverage of the expenses can be certified with one of the following documents

           an original income certificate of the employer or

           a bank account statement on the account turnover during the last three months or

           a pension slip or

           a certificate of registration in the case of an individual entrepreneur or one-man firm or

           a valid ticket, a certificate of a reserved and prepaid journey, accommodation or

           in the case of minors, a declaration by the legal representative on the coverage of the costs and on the existence of the financial coverage or

           a letter of invitation issued and endorsed by the Office of Immigration and Nationality.

The visa fee shall be waived for applicants belonging to one of the following categories:

           children under the age of 6;

           school pupils, students, postgraduate students and accompanying teachers who undertake stays for the purpose of study or educational training;

           researchers from third countries travelling for the purpose of carrying out scientific research;

           representatives of non-profit organisations aged 25 years or less participating in seminars, conferences, sports, cultural or educational events organised by non-profit organisations;

           family members of EU/EEA nationals (European Economic Area);

           holders of diplomatic passports.

NOTE: The visa fee shall be paid when the application is submitted.  The consulate does not charge any further fees other than those mentioned above for issuing a visa. If the application for a visa is refused, the fee will not be reimbursed.

How long does it take to issue a visa?

According to law decision upon the visa application must not exceed 15 days. In individual cases the period may be extended up to a maximum of 30 calendar days, in specific cases up to 60 calendar days. In case of countries with a visa facilitation agreement with the EU this time period is 10 days.


List and ranking of all the universities in Hungary

This is the list and ranking of all the universities in Hungary. The ranking is based on the quality of education each of the university provides and also the available academic and social facilities in the university. So below is the list of the of all the universities in Hungary and their ranking



Rank    University         Location

1          Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem


2          Budapesti Muszaki és Gazdaságtudományi Egyetem


3          Szegedi Tudományegyetem

Szeged ...

4          Közép-Európai Egyetem


5          Debreceni Egyetem

Debrecen ...

6          Pécsi Tudományegyetem

Pécs ...

7          Budapesti Corvinus Egyetem


8          Miskolci Egyetem


9          Szent István Egyetem

Gödöllö ...

10        Semmelweis Egyetem


11        Óbudai Egyetem


12        Széchényi István Egyetem


13        Nyugat-Magyarországi Egyetem


14        Pázmány Péter Katolikus Egyetem

Budapest ...

15        Pannon Egyetem

Veszprém ...

16        Nemzeti Közszolgálati Egyetem


17        Eszterházy Károly Egyetem


18        Budapesti Gazdasági Egyetem


19        Liszt Ferenc Zenemuvészeti Egyetem


20        Eötvös József Foiskola


21        Nyíregyházi Foiskola


22        Magyar Képzomuvészeti Egyetem


23        Moholy-Nagy Muvészeti Egyetem


24        Kodolányi János Foiskola


25        Pallasz Athéné Egyetem

Szolnok ...

26        Dunaújvárosi Egyetem


27        Budapesti Metropolitan Foiskola


28        International Business School


29        Károli Gáspár Református Egyetem

Budapest ...

30        Andrássy Universität Budapest


31        Kaposvári Egyetem


32        Gábor Dénes Foiskola


33        Károly Róbert Foiskola


34        Edutus Foiskola


35        Debreceni Református Hittudományi Egyetem


36        Zsigmond Király Foiskola


37        Magyar Táncmuvészeti Foiskola


38        Szinház-és Filmmuvészeti Egyetem


39        Adventista Teológiai Fõiskola


40        Wesley János Lelkészképzo Foiskola


41        Tomori Pál Foiskola

Budapest ...

42        Wekerle Sándor Üzleti Foiskola


43        Esztergomi Hittudományi Fõiskola



Courses you can study at universities in Hungary


Accounting and Finance

Aeronautical engineering

Manufacturing engineering






Art and Design

Oral science


Biological sciences


Business management

Chemical engineering


Civil engineering

Ancient history

Mass communication

Computer science


Creative writing






Electrical engineering


Film making

Food science


General engineering






Material technology


Mechanical engineering

Medical technology












Veterinary medicine


Items to pack while going to study in Hungary

In your carry-on bag

           Cell phone and charger

           Boarding pass(es)

           Cash (bring American dollars and the currency of your host location or money you can exchange for it—enough to use in case of an emergency, but not more money than you can afford to lose)

           Copy of birth certificate

           Copy of Social Security card

           Credit card (notify your bank that you’ll be abroad before you leave to avoid your account being frozen)

           Debit card


           E-reader or book

           Emergency contact list

           Face wipes


           Hand sanitizer


           Health insurance card


           Prescription medication(s) you usually take (make sure you bring enough refills to last your entire trip—but future prescriptions can go in your checked luggage)

           School ID

           Spare outfit (in case your luggage gets lost or delayed)

           State ID

           Student visa

           Travel itinerary

           Travel pillow

           Travel tickets (if you’re taking a train or other transport after your plane lands)



           Acne medication/cream

           Face lotion/moisturizer


           Mini shampoo & conditioner (until you get the chance to get full-sized bottles in your new country)

           Mouthwash (small)

           Soap (mini bottle if you're using body wash)





           Bobby pins


           Contacts, solution and case (again, make sure you have all the contacts you'll need for your time abroad)

           Glasses and glasses case

           Hair ties



           Nail clipper




           Tampons and pads



You will likely have the opportunity to do laundry on your trip, and you'll be able to purchase detergent in your host country.

           Downy Wrinkle Release spray

           Linens/towels (if your housing doesn’t have them)

           Portable stain remover pen

           Travel sheet (for hostels)


           Athletic sneakers (1)

           Bathing suits (1-2)

           Boots (1-2)

           Bras (2 sports bras, 2 regular bras, 1 strapless/convertible bras)

           Casual dresses (2)

           Everyday comfortable shoes (1-2)

           Flats (1)

           Flip-flops (1)

           Formal outfit (1-2)

           Gloves (1, if weather appropriate)

           Going-out outfit (3-5)

           Hat (1)

           Heavier coat for colder climates (1)

           Heels (1-2)

           Jacket (2; a light one and one for colder weather, if applicable)

           Jeans (2, one black & one blue)

           Jewelry (remember that bringing jewelry to another country is always a risk; don’t bring anything too valuable!)

           Leggings (1-3)

           Long-sleeve shirts (3-5)

           Pajamas (2-3)

           Pants (1-2 nice pairs)

           Purse (1-2)

           Raincoat (1)

           Scarf (1)

           Short-sleeve shirts (5-7)

           Shorts (2-4, if weather appropriate)

           Skirts (1-2)

           Socks (14)

           Sweaters (3-5)

           Sweatshirt (2)

           T-shirts (3-5)

           Tank tops (3-5)

           Underwear (14)

           Watch (1)

           Workout clothes (2-5)


Remember that most of your electronic items will need an outlet converter in order to work!

           Camera (remember your case and USB cords)

           Cell phone (keep in mind that you’ll be able to buy an international phone when you arrive at your destination)

           Chargers (laptop, phone, camera, e-reader, etc.)

           Flash drive



           Laptop case

           Outlet adapters (2-3)

           USB cable


           Adhesive bandages

           Allergy medicine

           Birth control

           Cold and flu medicine

           Eye drops

           Motion sickness medicine

           Over-the-counter pain medicine



           Backpack (small)

           Gift for your host family (bring something that they couldn’t get in their own country, like memorabilia from your hometown)


           Language dictionary


           Playing cards

           Travel guide

           Umbrella (small)


Benefits of studying abroad in Hungary or any other study abroad destination

1. See the World

The biggest reason you should consider a study abroad program is the opportunity to see the world . By studying abroad, you will experience a brand-new country with incredible new outlooks, customs and activities. The benefits of studying abroad include the opportunity to see new terrains, natural wonders, museums and landmarks of your host nation.

2. Education

Another reason you might consider studying abroad is for the chance to experience different styles of education. By enrolling in a study abroad program, you’ll have the chance to see a side of your major that you may not have been exposed to at home.

You’ll find that completely immersing yourself in the education system of your host country is a great way to really experience and understand the people, its traditions, and its culture. Education is the centerpiece of any study abroad trip—it is, after all, a study abroad program—and choosing the right school is a very important factor.

3. Take in a New Culture

Many students who choose to study abroad are leaving their home for the first time. When they arrive in their new host country, they are fascinated by the distinct cultural perspectives. When you study abroad you will find incredible new foods, customs, traditions, and social atmospheres.

You will find that you have a better understanding and appreciation for the nation’s people and history. You will have the opportunity to witness a completely new way of life.

4. Hone Your Language Skills

Chances are if you’re planning on studying abroad, one of the major draws is the opportunity to study a foreign language. Studying abroad grants you the opportunity to completely immerse yourself in a new language, and there is no better way to learn than to dive right in.

In addition to the considerable language practice you will get just in day to day life, your host university will likely offer language courses to provide you with a more formal education. Immerse yourself in a new culture and go beyond a purely academic experience

5. Career Opportunities

When you finish your study abroad program and return home, you will return with a new perspective on culture, language skills, a great education, and a willingness to learn. Needless to say, all of these are very attractive to future employers.

Many students find that they love their host country so much that they decide to seek work there. If you can relate, you will find that a local education will be very valuable when searching for a potential job in that country

6. Find New Interests

If you are still questioning why to study abroad, you should know that studying in a different country offers many new activities and interests that you may never have discovered if you’d stayed at home. You might find that you have an as-yet undiscovered talent for hiking, water sports, snow skiing, golf, or various other new sports you may never have tried back home.

You’ll also have the chance to discover other new and exciting forms of entertainment. Plays, movies, dancing, nightclubs, and concerts are just a few activities that you can enjoy.

7. Make Lifelong Friends

One of the biggest benefits of studying abroad is the opportunity to meet new lifelong friends from different backgrounds. While studying abroad, you will attend school and live with students from your host country. This gives you the opportunity to really get to know and create lasting relationships with your fellow students.

After the study abroad program ends, make an effort stay in contact with your international friends. In addition to rewarding personal relationships, these friends can also be important networking tools later down the road.

8. Personal Development

There is nothing quite like being on your own in a foreign country. You might find that studying abroad really brings out your independent nature. Students who study abroad become explorers of their new nation and really discover the curiosity and excitement that they harbor.

A benefit to studying abroad is the opportunity to discover yourself while gaining an understanding of a different culture. Being in a new place by yourself can be overwhelming at times, and it tests your ability to adapt to diverse situations while being able to problem solve.

9. Graduate School Admissions

Like future employers, graduate school admissions boards look very highly on study abroad experiences. Students that study abroad display diversity and show that they aren’t afraid to seek out new challenges or put themselves in difficult situations.

Most importantly, students who have studied abroad show just how committed they are to their education. Graduate schools regularly look for candidates who will bring a unique aspect to their university. Students who have studied abroad have shown that they have the curiosity and educational acumen to be a leader in graduate school.

10. Life Experience

Why study abroad? For most students, this time may be the only opportunity they ever get to travel abroad for a long period of time. Eventually you will find a job and career, and the opportunity to study abroad may turn out to be a once in a life time opportunity.


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