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Study Abroad - Hungary


Hungary is located in Central/Eastern Europe, bordering e.g. on Austria in the West and Romania in the East. It has a population of around 10 million people, of which 3 million live in Budapest, the capital city. Other important student cities are Szeged, Pécs and Debrecen.

Dozens of universities across the country offer programmes that are fully taught in English. Across all academic disciplines, there are hundreds of study programmes in English available for international students. Those degrees follow the European Bologna scheme and are recognised across Europe and elsewhere around the world.

If you are looking for high-quality education, you’ve come to the right place. Hungarian universities have spawned many smart minds, including well-renowned scientists like mathematician John von Neumann and Nobel laureate Albert Szent-Györgyi, who discovered vitamin C.

Hungary is becoming an increasingly popular study abroad destination, having gained great credibility over the years and has a very strong tradition in the sciences, particularly medicine. Beyond high-quality education, Hungary also offers a lively and welcoming culture, a fascinating history, and beautiful cities

For the past twenty years, over 30,000 international students have attended higher education in Hungary. The country is especially popular for studies in sciences – particularly in such fields as medicine, dentistry, and veterinary medicine, to name a few. These are all programs with very competitive admission in many countries while Hungary offers an accessible alternative.


Why Study in Hungary?

1) Universities in Hungary offer high quality education at affordable tuition fees

2) Hungary is a modern and safe country, but the cost of living are among the lowest in Europe

3) Hungary is a diverse, multicultural nation with lots of fun experiences for foreign students

4) Courses are taken 100% in English medium but students

5) You can study in Hungary without IELTS or TOEFL.

6) Higher education has strong traditions with institutions operating for hundreds of years in some cases.

7) Hungary is a safe country for staying

8) Numerous events and festivals keep happening in the country that offers an incredible experience to the students.

9) All universities have some kind of student union or a local buddy system that helps international students in socializing

Eligibility Criteria for study in Hungary

Requirements for applying for a study visa in Hungary

1) Acceptance letter from the university

2) Passport

3) ID card

4) Attachment of the bank receipt of the payment of tuition fee

5) International travel insurance of the student

6) Proof of financial capability that the student can manage all of his expenses during his study period in the country

7) Accommodation details in the country

The time taken during the visa process of Hungary takes about a month to 60 days.

The students belonging to any other nation except the EU have to apply for a work permit as well. 

The students belonging to the EU are allowed to come and study without a visa in Hungary. A valid travel document is required. 

The students belonging to any other place than the EU and looking forward to staying there for more than 6 months must apply for a Residence Permit.

Other documents to study in Hungary 

Before applying to the universities, you need to make sure about the requirements of the course and university you are applying to. The most common documents required for applying to study at a university in Hungary would be:

1) An updated CV or Resume

2) Language Proficiency Proof (English/German/Hungarian based on the study program Language)

3) Previous Diploma or Degrees 

4) Letters of Recommendation

5) Statement of Purpose

6) Aptitude tests like GRE and GMAT,

7) Academic papers.

8) Curriculum Vitae

What after Study?

Residence Permit for the Purpose of Job-searching or Entrepreneurship :

Non-EU/EEA and Swiss students who completed a degree from a Hungarian university or any other higher education institute are eligible for the Study-to-Work visa. This permit allows you to stay in the country for another 9 months after graduation and cannot be extended. 

You need to prepare the following documents:

1) Valid Travel Document (must be valid for at least 3 additional months beyond the date of expiry of the residence permit)

2) Passport photo 

3) Valid Study/Research Residence Permit

4) Proof that you are seeking employment or launching a business (certificate of registration by the competent government employment agency, company registration application

5) Proof of funds

6) Valid comprehensive health insurance

7) Proof of accommodation

Residence Permit for the Purpose of Employment:

Once you are offered a suitable job contract, you are eligible for this permit. You can personally submit your application at the regional directorate in your area or you can request your employer to submit the application for you.

You need to prepare the following documents:

1) Valid Travel Document (must be valid for at least 3 additional months beyond the date of expiry of the residence permit)

2) Passport photo 

3) Valid Residence Permit

4) Proof of Employment/ Job Contract

5) Proof of funds

6) Valid comprehensive health insurance

7) Proof of accommodation

Major job opportunities in Hungary:

1) Material Research Hub Lead

2) Freelance Author Internet of Things Security

3) Freelance Academic Author Master Data Management

4) Education Developer

5) SAP iXp Intern – Software Development, IBP

6) SAP iXp Intern – Software Development

7) Senior Angular Developer


1) Choose a Program

Start by choosing a degree program that is right for you. Select the level of studies you are looking for (bachelor, master, PhD), and your field of study. Keep in mind that you may be required to take a proficiency test or extra language lessons. Start by choosing the degree program that is right for you. Whether you’re an undergraduate or graduate student, there are degrees in a multitude of fields across disciplines

2) Prepare the Paperwork

Among the basic paperwork that is commonly required by all universities, is a letter of motivation, recommendation letter, and a portfolio of previous work if applicable. Universities will also require proof of completion of previous studies. To satisfy this requirement, send the university an official transcript from your secondary school if you’re beginning a bachelor’s or your previous university if you’re pursuing a Master’s degree or higher. If you are not a native speaker, you may also need to successfully pass an English proficiency test, such as the TOEFL or IELTS Test.

3)  Check Specific Admission Requirements

Depending on the university, specific documentation could be required. Always consult the university website for specific admission requirements and contact the appropriate university office if you have any questions.

4) Submit Your Application

Most applications to universities in Hungary are done through an online application system. Application forms are available through specific university websites, and often Hungarian universities require an application fee between 100 and 150 EUR. After you’ve completed the application form, attach the necessary documents or prepare to mail them in to the university.

5) Wait to Be Admitted

Admission results are often notified by e-mail or post (hurray!). If you are a fee-paying student meaning that you are not an EU/EEA citizen, you will usually be asked to pay the tuition fees for the first semester. Otherwise, the university where you will pursue your studies will send you an official letter of admission, admission confirmation for visa purposes, and other practical information about studying abroad in Hungary.

6)  Apply for a Visa

If you are not from an EU/EEA country, upon acceptance into a Hungarian university, begin the visa application process as soon as possible because the process can take up between one to three months and requires several important documents, do not wait. You must apply for a student visa at the Hungarian consulate or embassy before leaving the country. The documents required for a Hungarian student visa are:

1) Admission letter from your accepted university

2) Your passport should be valid at least 6 months after the entry day

3) Proof of accommodation in Hungary

4) Proof of health insurance

5) Proof you have enough funds to cover living expenses during your studies

6) Visa application form

When you get to Hungary, you will need to apply for your residence permit within 15 days. This is necessary even if you are an EU/EEA resident.

7) Arrive in Hungary

After you’ve been admitted to a university and have received the necessary visa, it’s time to begin your adventures in Hungary! Think about the cost of living in Hungary and what your budget will be. Once you have that, you can begin looking for accommodation. Finally, it’s time to purchase your transportation to Hungary and arrive in your new home city! No matter where you’re staying, there are plenty of sights and attractions to be enjoyed.

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Facts about Hungary

Hungary provides high-quality education for international students arriving from any part of the world. Hungary has been listed on numerous prestigious ranking lists while universities provide support in the fields of talent management as well as in the fields of research opportunities. Most of the Hungarian universities are public institutions and tuition free

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    Top Universities in Hungary

    University of Szeged
    Budapest University of Technology and Economics
    Corvinus University of Budapest
    Szechenyi Istvan University

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