Hungary is located in Central Europe and neighbors Austria, Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania, Serbia, Croatia, and Slovenia. More than 9.8 million people live here. At the same time the largest city and the country’s capital, Budapest counts more than 1.7 million inhabitants. Hungary is divided into 19 administrative divisions plus Budapest.
There are currently nearly 70 higher education institutions. The great part is public or clerical institutions, with international institutions in the clear minority. The main divide is between universities for academic studies and vocational colleges. As usual in the European Higher Education Area, the degree-structure is three-tiered for the overwhelming part of subjects/programmes: bachelor, master and doctoral degrees. Bachelor degree duration is 3-4 years, master’s usually 2 and doctoral studies 3 years. Medicine programmes take about 6 years to complete.
In this section, we highlight the overall performance of Hungarian universities on the institutional level per U-Multirank dimension. The table below shows the national breakdown of Hungarian universities and how they stand across the spectrum of above average (receiving a score of ‘A’ (very good) or ‘B’ (good)), versus below average (receiving a score of ‘D’ (below average) or ‘E’ (weak)). In doing so, U-Multirank offers a clear picture of the country’s strengths and areas for improvement. It becomes apparent that in general Hungary’s Higher Education Institutions perform particularly well in regional engagement as well as in international orientation and research.
In Hungary, the tuition fees vary depending on the institution, study programme and level of study. Also, there is a difference between EU citizens and non-EU citizens. Tuition fees can vary from 600 € up to 8,000 € per semester. Mostly these fees must be paid prior to enrolment. Students must also pay additional fees for application, exams, and registration, which are typically between 100 € and 150 €.
Reference year(s): 2020/2021
In this section we highlight the fees for studying in Hungary. The fees are shown in the national currency and address all fee types: tuition, enrolment (part- or full-time, etc.), certification, or other administrative costs. Students that are exempt from fees are also described, as well as information on international student fees if they differ.
In this section we highlight the financial support system implemented in Hungary. The types of support covered in this section include: grants, loans, tax benefits for students' parents (or students themselves) and family allowances. How these terms are defined, are outlined below:
To be admitted to a bachelor’s degree in the Hungarian higher education system, you need to possess a high school diploma which has to be translated into English or Hungarian. Sometimes you also have to pass an entrance exam.
For doing a master’s degree in Hungary, you have to submit a photocopy of your bachelor’s diploma. If you want to obtain a Ph.D. degree in Hungary, you have to have a master’s degree or a university degree which is equivalent to a master’s degree.
If you want to access an English-speaking study programme in Hungary you have to provide a proof of your English skills. In general, you need an intermediate language certificate (B2 level). Native English speakers typically have to submit a copy of their passport as proof. These entry requirements can differ at certain higher education institutions, so always check individual entry requirements.
No matter the reason, paying high tuition fees can be a source of stress for many. However, there are many options for financing your studies, including the use of scholarships. There are various scholarship opportunities available for international students looking to study in Hungary. Depending on your country of origin and the level of studies, there are different options for funding. To explore what scholarship options are available, check this scholarship database.
Whereas EU/EEA/Swiss citizens are not required to obtain a visa, so-called third-country nationals do require one in order to take up studies in Hungary. Generally speaking, you must be accepted by a state-recognized university for full-time studies, proof you have sufficient financial means to pay for the costs throughout the duration of your studies.