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Study in Hungary | The College Guide

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Begin your journey to study in Hungary, studying in Hungary is a good choice. Bachelor and masters degree are obtained by international students from Hungary universities. 
Hungary is a country for international student to opt for study, with great cities and Hungary’s capital as Budapest. 

Every year hundreds of thousand of students pursue study in Hungary, because it’s a good opportunity to study and further your study both (bachelor and master) in one of the abroad country chosen for study.
If you need to study in Hungary, this college guide is for you to read and follow, so you could know what to expect during your study in Hungary.

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College Guide

Hungary has many higher education institution to study bachelor, master and PhD degree. The the city of Budapest is explored and chosen by international students.
Hungary has leading universities which are popular for study in sciences e.g semmelweis university in particular for medicine and dentistry. Courses chosen for study in Hungarian universities are taught in English language. 
If you need to study in Hungary, You will need to get admission into Hungary higher institutions: universities and colleges, where colleges are directly affiliated with a university and operate as college faculties of the university. 
University takes at least four years to complete and at most 5 years with the exception of the six year long medical program, while college level training lasts three to four years 
Generally universities award both college and university level courses- university studies are splitted into three stages roughly corresponding to the bachelor, master and PhD courses.

Reasons Studying in Hungary

Who would not like an opportunity to study abroad in a country such as Hungary. Reports from international students, tourists gave reasons why study in Hungary is beneficial.
Here are reasons studying in Hungary;

  • Cost of study (Tuition)

Hungary presents a very affordable tuition fee (cost of study) and place to study living cost, compared with other Western Europe countries. Tuition fees vary depending on school and program, often medicine and dentistry will be among the more expensive options with fees of up to 20,000 Euro and in some cases as low as 4,500 Euro for other programs.
Admission application fee will be required, in addition you will also be required to pay an exam fee and registration fee, all between 100 and 150 Euro.

  • Living cost

The costs of living in Hungary are comparatively low. The cost are different and slightly higher in the bigger cities such as Hungary’s capital Budapest, with rents starting at round 300 Euro per month.
Approximately 750 Euro per month should be able to keep you living by allowing enough for not just rent, also public transport, health insurance, study materials etc.

  • Accommodation in Hungary

While studying in Hungary, you have several options when it comes to finding a flat to rent or even a room in a shared house. While some students in Hungary prefer to live at the dormitories, which are usually the cheapest alternative, most prefer to find a place by themselves which is located in the more central parts of the city.
If you are renting an apartment, you should also keep in mind that you may need up to two month’s worth of rent ready in cash when signing the contract to be used as a deposit. This amount should be returned to you when you move out of the apartment, pending the apartment was kept in good order and all due payments paid.

  • Standard of education offered

Hungary Top Ranked Universities- List

  1. Semmelweis University
  2. Eötvös Loránd University
  3. University of Pécs
  4. University of Szeged
  5. Budapest University of Technology and Economics
  6. University of Debrecen
  7. Corvinus University of Budapest

Admission Into Hungary Universities

If you need to study in Hungary, You will need to get admission into Hungary higher institutions: universities and colleges. International students undertake bachelor study and master study in Hungary.
For admission to a Hungarian university or college program you will need a high school certificate with the corresponding transcript of subjects and grades translated into Hungarian or English. 

An entrance exam is required in some courses, an English speaking program entrance examination is often to test your English skills. Otherwise you may be asked to provide proof of these as well.
There will be certain requirements for your German skills – programs in German language and other languages has it requirements.

Documents Required For Study in Hungary

  • Academic Trascript
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Visa 

Visa Requirements

All international students planning to study in Hungary and are not citizens of the EU, who need reside within its borders for a period of more than 90 days, are required to apply for a long term Student Visa in order to study in Hungary. 

This varies, so enquire in advance about the entry regulations which apply for your country! You can only apply for your visa from the Hungarian Consulate or Embassy that has jurisdiction in your state or country of permanent residence, prior to your departure. 
Visa processing will take around one month. In order to receive a student visa, you must first have an offer from a Hungarian university.

Documents Needed For Visa Application:

  • An acceptance letter from the university regarding your admission
  • Proof of having paid the tuition fee
  • Copy of the photograph page of your passport
  • Passport valid at least 6 months beyond your date of entry
  • Passport photo no older than 6 months
  • Proof of health insurance
  • Proof of address or housing in Hungary
  • Proof of sufficient funds to cover living expenses in the form of bank assurance/statement
  • Visa application form
  • 3 stamped envelopes addressed to the applicant

Once you arrive in Hungary, you will need to apply for your residence permit within 15 days of arrival. This  applies to both EU and non-EU citizens planning to stay in Hungary for longer than 90 days.

Higher Education System in Hungary

Hungarian institutions of higher education in 2005 and 2006 started the transformation toward the regulations of the Bologna system. The new system, allows both colleges and universities launch bachelor, master and PhD programs provided that the necessary requirements are fulfilled. 

This confirms that all awarded degrees are equivalent and transferable throughout the EU and many other countries. Compared with other countries, some qualifications will not be available at undergraduate study, but are awarded and begins at master study. Examples of such qualifications are: medical studies, veterinary science, pharmaceutical studies and architecture to name a few.

A few qualifications to mention are: pharmaceutical studies, medical studies, architecture and veterinary science. The academic year in Hungary higher institutions run from September to June and vacation in July and August. 

Structure of Degree Study in Hungary

Degree study in Hungarian higher education conform to the international standard of the Bologna process. 
This means that degrees awarded will conform to the standard of bachelor, master and PhD degrees except from certain vocational degrees awarded by non-university and college institutions. 
Also on the international market, degrees will be more widely comparable, and it’s possible to pursue a master degree in a different field than your bachelor for example.

Students that study in Hungary?

Students from neighbouring countries such as Romania, Slovakia and the Ukraine study in Hungary capital Budapest. International students from non neighbouring countries also study in Hungary in large numbers – students from: Germany,Norway, Israel and part of Africa study full time programs in Hungary each year.

Hungary is becoming a more and more popular study abroad destination for international students, in addition there are thousands of foreign students from Spain, Italy, France, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Nigeria, Ghana etc that study in Hungary in one of the various Erasmus programs. Starting 2010 there is an increase in the number of students from the UK.

The bigger cities in Hungary; Budapest, Debrecen, Pécs and Szeged has the more popular and education faculties, universities of Semmelweis highly recognised by students in Hungary also university of medicine, and Corvinus university of Budapest.

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