Study in Hungary
Hungary is amongst the top tourist destinations in Europe, with the capital Budapest regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Hungary is increasingly becoming a popular study abroad destination for students from all over the globe.
Having gained great credibility over the years and has had a very strong footing in the sciences particularly in medicine, it is no surprise why more and more students are specifically choosing to study in Hungary.
Beyond high-quality education, Hungary also offers a lively and welcoming culture, a fascinating history, and beautiful cities. Hungarian higher education has been representing academic achievements for more than 600 years and aims to continue into the new generation.
Today, there are 65 higher education institutions in the country, with 29 being public or state-owned, and 37 as privately owned. These institutions range from minor universities of applied sciences to top research universities with global acclaim.
Globalization is becoming an integral part of their educational development strategies, they offer 550 programs in English, French, German, and other languages. Hungarian universities achieved a high position in many university rankings and Hungarian degrees are of internationally-recognized quality.
Six universities in Hungary appear in the 2020 ‘QS World University Rankings’. Hungary is committed to becoming a leading higher education hub and universities in Hungary are welcoming an increasing number of international students for both degree programs and exchange programs every year.
The country is also largely loved for its increasing number of courses taught in foreign languages other than Hungarian, most commonly English. Universities in Hungary offer 3 levels of degrees; Bachelor programs typically span for 3 or 4 years, Master programs for 1 or 2 year(s), and, Ph.D. programs last 3 years. The government of Hungary aims to raise the number of incoming international students from 30,000 to 50,000 by 2022.
Choose to study in Hungary today and apply with us on RocApply you can be at the leading edge of foreign education and a part of a community of global shapers. The international programs are of high standards and tuition fees are very favorable when compared to many other countries in Europe. The range of study fields that students can choose from is very broad, Arts, Science, Engineering, ICT, Humanities, Medicine, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences.
One fantastic thing about studying in Hungary is that the cost of living is very low compared to many European countries. Students enjoy a very affordable living structure which involves low accommodation costs, low feeding costs, and even low transportation costs, all the while living in one the most advanced and historically relevant places in the world.
This beautiful land of history is located in Central Europe and is land-locked between Slovakia, Romania, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Croatia, and Serbia. The nation is divided into 19 county’s whereas the capital city Budapest, acts as a separate administrative entity.
The largest cities in Hungary are Budapest, Debrecen, and Szeged, in history Hungary has existed as one of the most peaceful countries without any disputes or anomalies in Europe. An interesting fact about the country is that there is a high concentration of Hungarians that live outside of Hungary and in neighboring nations.
Hungary is incredibly distinct and set apart from the rest of Europe, for one most of the entire country rest on the Pannonian Basin nestled between the Carpathian Mountains, the Dinaric Alps, and the Balkan Mountains on every side.
The two main and largest rivers Danube and Tisza are the lifelines of Hungary as they travel north to south and the country also boasts of the largest lake in all of Central Europe, the Lake Balaton.
Hungary has some of the highest quality soil in all of Europe with over 51% arable land, this allows them to grow a multitude of crops with the famous one being pepper (paprika). Although the crop is popular all over the Balkans, paprika is always affiliated with Hungary and Hungarian cuisine.
The country has a population of about 10 million people and the largest linguistically isolated people group in Europe. About 86% of the population are ethnically Hungarian, 5% are Roma (Gypsy) and the remaining 9% are unspecified ranging from Poles, Serbs, Slovaks, and others. They use the Hungarian Forint (HUF) as their exchange currency and not the European Euro (€) despite being in the Eurozone.
Christianity is the largest practiced religion with about 54.3%, Catholicism, and Protestantism stands at 39% and 13.8% respectively. The Hungarian language is very distinct and the only two languages that come close are Khanty and Mansi languages, but the country remains the birthplace of all Uralic languages.
The country has had to develop ‘Hungarian Turanism’ in the 19th and 20th centuries as a counter-movement against the domineering European cultures around them. Hungary might have an isolated culture but it is not the same for their social status, they maintain close relationships with countries like Poland, Austria, Turkey, Finland, and Estonia.
About Hungary Economy
The status of Hungary’s economy is very complex, the country has been named a high-income economy by the OECD and labor force of highly skilled individuals, the country also has one of the lowest inequality on income, ranking 16th in the world. However, Hungary’s economy is very diverse but has been rated in the top 60 economies in the world for the past 6 years.
Hungary has a population of about 9.7 million people with a population density of 111 people per square kilometer, standing at 44th in the world. Life expectancy in Hungary is 77 years, and the population is highly urbanized with 71% living in urban areas. The country now has a human development index of 3.62 growing steadily, and a happiness index of 5.8 points.
Hungary has a GDP of $350 billion and a GDP per capita rate of $35,941 as the 40th highest purchasing power parity GDP per capita in the world (2020 estimate). The economy of Hungary is a medium-sized, high-income, structurally, politically, and institutionally open economy in Central Europe, and is a part of the European Union’s (EU) eurozone market.
The economy of Hungary experienced market liberalization in the early 1990s as a part of the transition from a socialist economy to a market economy, similar to most countries in the former Eastern Bloc.
Hungary has been a member of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) since 1995, and a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) since 1995, and a member of the European Union since 2004.
The private sector accounts for more than 8% of the Hungarian gross domestic product (GDP). Foreign ownership of and investment in Hungarian firms are widespread in the last decade, with a cumulative foreign direct investment worth more than $70 billion.
Hungary’s main industries are mining, metallurgy, construction materials, processed foods, textiles, chemicals (especially pharmaceuticals), and motor vehicles. Hungary's exports come in at $101 billion, of this value cars command 11% and vehicle parts at 5.8% and spark-ignition engines at 3.3%.
Hungary is best known as the second-largest exporter of “foie gras” which is a luxury food product of duck or goose, also the country is known for exporting “Tokaji” and wine type is very rare and unique to the region. Looking at the country imports and exports it is easy to note that Hungary is a country that has a very extreme and major trade surplus.
Why Study in Hungary
Tuition and Scholarship
With the rising number of international students who come into Hungary to study every year, this country has put incentives in place to ensure that international students get the best out of their time in Hungary.
A few of these ways include the favorably low tuition fees and a good number of scholarship programs that support international studies in Hungary.
Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Program: This scholarship offers the chance to study full-time programs in Hungary without spending a single amount of money. The scholarship is unique and highly sought after because it covers tuition fees, accommodation expenses, and a monthly stipend towards living expenses. The scholarship was launched in 2013 by the Hungarian government and it is managed by Tempus Public Foundation.
Interested candidates can apply directly online that follows 6 simple steps for the processing of an application, exams, and interviews are conducted towards the final stages of the process. Usually, the deadline for submission of all documents is in January of each year and the date is communicated by the foundation.
Hungary Student Visa
Students with a Non-EU status must apply for a residence permit at the nearest Consulate of Hungary, no other embassy or consulate would suffice.
The application form and list of requirements is available on the website of the immigration office and our website.
The permit application can take several weeks and the consulate requires different documentation, please contact us for the exact documents as we will only highlight the important aspects of the visa application process.
After receiving your tuition fee payment, the university through RocApply will send the visa support certificate via courier and upon receiving this document the student is expected to book a visa interview date and present this certificate to the consul amongst other documents when you have the visa interview.