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Foreign Students in Hungary

Updated on January 4, 2014
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Foreign Students in Hungary

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As recent years show a significant raise in the number of international students arriving to study in Hungary and obtain higher education, focusing mainly in the major cities of Budapest, Szeged, Debrecen and Pecs, as well as many foreign nationals reside within Budapest as part of their internship in Budapest or their training and management requirements. We wrote this guide and are sure it will be of great assistance to those interested in spending either a semester in Hungary for their Erasmus ESN programs, or attend their full length studies in Hungary's world renowned leading universities, weather in veterinary and medicine studies (taught at szemelweisz and Szent Istvan universities) or pursue their musical aspirations at the Liszt Ferenc academy of music, or any other of the higher educational institutes in Hungary. In this guide you will find detailed information for students in Budapest, as well as comments and tips to help you find apartments to let in Hungary, find your way around the city's public transportation and know the cool places student's hang out at and the famous Budapest parties in for foreign students Hungary.

About Budapest:
Considered by many as one of the most beautiful classical capitals in Europe, Budapest is situated on the banks of the Danube River. The city consists of three parts: The old section of Buda abundant with Celtic and Roman ruins, The hill side Buda situated on the western bank of the Danube River, famous for its historic Castle Hill and pastoralist residential area, and the vivid Pest, on its busy districts located on the plains of the east bank. Since its union in 1873, Budapest is well renowned as the location of one of the most beautiful World Heritage cities.

Filled with cinemas, cafes, festivals, sports events, theatres, pubs, clubs and restaurants. The atmosphere is just perfect for international students living in the city, as there are numerous faculties, and universities in which students from all around the world come to study and experience the vivid life style of the city. There are 25 universities in Hungary, of which 10 are in Budapest, as the most famous ones of Budapest 's universities are Semmelweis Medical University, szent istvan veterinary university, the Technical University or the Franz Liszt University of Musical Studies. Budapest's abundant academic life housed many students from various countries on their foreign-language courses.

Students from which nationalities will I meet in the Hungarian universities?

The majority of foreign students in Budapest, Hungary arrive from the neighboring countries such as Romania, Slovakia and the Ukraine. Non neighboring countries which large numbers of international students in Hungary (mainly students of the medicine science and their various faculties) come from are: Germany, Norway, Israel and Iran, which are represented in higher numbers at the full time programs in Hungary each year. In addition to the above mentioned full time programs, as Hungary is becoming a more and more popular study abroad destination, there are thousands of foreign students attending the various Erasmus programs In Hungary, which nationalities include Spanish, Italian, French, Turkish, Greek, Cypriot, Polish and starting 2010 an increase in students arriving from the UK.

Which studies are available in Hungary?

As of recent year, A vast majority of foreign students in Hungary attend in the full time programs in Hungary, as medicine studies in Hungary prove to be the most popular studies, as it also contains large numbers of international students taking part in the dentistry, pharmaceutics and veterinary programs. The second most attractive Bachelor programs focuses on the various engineering diplomas.

The most attended higher education and most attractive establishments are the major universities in the bigger cities, as most foreign student s in Hungary, attend the highly respectable universities of Semmelweis University of Medicine and Corvinus University. Apart from the capital city of Budapest, a large number of international students in Hungary is found in the main cities of Debrecen, Pécs and Szeged.

Accommodation in Hungary

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Colleges in Hungary

The following list details the leading universities in Budapest, and the ones most attended by foreign students in Hungary, Weather attending full time programs (medicine, veterinary, architecture, business, etc.) or attending one or two semesters in Hungary under the Erasmus in Hungary programs (BME, internships, etc.).

· McDaniel college

McDaniel College was established in 1994 and it is a branch of McDaniel College, a private liberal arts college located in Westminster, Maryland, U.S.A.. The Budapest campus is accredited by the Commission of Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and is registered in Hungary as a foreign institution of higher education.

McDaniel College Budapest provides a full four-year program for international students from over 20 countries, The courses at McDaniel College Budapest are taught by a highly qualified faculty of American, British, and Hungarian professors who are experienced in teachings both in the United States and in Europe. Upon completion of the entire four-year program graduates receive a Bachelor of Arts degree, a degree preparing students for positions as professionals in business, banking, government service, or the media.

In addition, McDaniel College offers a Pre-Medical program to prepare the new arriving medical students for their more advanced studies. Although the Pre Medical program at McDaniel College are taught to many foreign students in Hungary, the teaching method is done by dividing the students to small groups from different cultures in order to share part of the unique atmosphere of students in Budapest.

· Corvinus

Corvinus University was established in 1948 and considered as one of the best institution of its kind in Hungary. It is an internationally recognized institution in the areas of both education and research with over 17,000 students. Operating seven faculties, the University offers Bachelor, Master and Doctoral programs in the fields of economics, business, public administration, horticultural science, food science, landscape architecture and social sciences.

The Business Administration Faculty is the centre for studies and research in the fields of economics, financial management, management and organization, business, management sciences and management practice.

The high quality of education offered in the Business Faculty is granted by the fact that each topic is taught by renowned lecturers considered specialists in the specific science or discipline, equipped with both the academic and practical knowledge.

The university offers well established facilities and advanced infrastructure. In addition, a new university building provides the University’s Central Library with a central location and ensures the necessary classrooms for expanding educational activities.

The Faculty of Business Administration at Corvinus University is the biggest of the University’s faculties with about 5000 students and 230 professors. it offers various courses to choose from in English and German, involving most of the departments and covering all the specializations of the Faculty.


The Budapest University of Technology and Economics is a renown Hungarian university, known for its differentiated, multilevel, high-standard teachings, founded on scientific qualification in technical and natural sciences and in certain fields of economic and social sciences as well.

BME dates back to 1782, filling the role of the first institute in Europe to train engineers at a university level. The University has a prestigious past and its alumni includes several Nobel Prize winners. The University has approx. 24,000 students located in 8 faculties and an academic staff of about 1300.

The Budapest University of Technology and Economics provides a unity of theory and practice, a high standard theoretical foundations and practical training based on industrial relationships. BME declared aim is to develop the contents of training permanently both in the field of multilevel and multilingual education.

An ever increasing number of exchange students attend at The Budapest University of Technology and Economics as regular full time programs in English are offered in B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. levels


Central European University (CEU) is a graduated level, English spoken based university located in Budapest, Hungary. It offers Master’s and doctoral programs in the social sciences, humanities, public policy, law, business management, economics, environmental sciences & policy, and mathematics. The university is accredited in both the United States and Hungary.

Central European University was established in 1991 as a result of the democratic revolutions sweeping across Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. The university’s founding vision was of a university dedicated to building open societies.

Today, the university includes 13 departments, a business school, and an additional 15 research centers. The university is attended by approx. 1,600 students and more than 300 professors from 100 countries across the globe.

The majority of CEU students receive merit-based financial aid, including full or partial tuition, housing, health insurance and living expenses assistance.

Many of CEU’s 8,500 graduates can be found holding successful careers in government and diplomatic services, public social interest and advocacy groups, nongovernmental and international organizations, business leading groups, academia and advanced research.

· Semmelweis

Founded in 1769, the Semmelweis University is the oldest medical institution in Hungary. The faculty became an independent, world renowned medical school after the Second World War and developed into a university teaching medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, health sciences, health management as well as physical education and sport sciences.

The university accommodates over 11,000 students from more than 60 nations coming from five continents. Its faculties offer courses from levels of undergraduate to doctorate in Hungarian, English and German. Foreign students account for almost 20% of the total students community.

Semmelweis University is the largest health care establishment in Hungary with over 9,000 employees covering much of the health care needs of the country’s population. The university has several clinics along Üllői Avenue near Klinikák (Clinics) and Nagyvárad tér which are all easily accessible by the blue underground metro.

· Szent Istvan

The Szent István University was established in 2000 with the merger of several former classical independent universities and colleges. The university provides education and training in several fields of life sciences, such as agricultural and environmental sciences, veterinary medicine, environmental sciences, mechanical engineering, economy and social sciences, architecture, water supply management, medical sciences as well as applied arts.

Although some of the schools within the university have up to two centuries of teaching experience, The university offers a unique mix of classical traditional studies and high end modern teaching, research and educational activities.

the Szent István university accommodates over 23,000 students in 10 different campuses, supported by an academic staff of 3000 and spread in the following faculties:

  • Faculty of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences
  • Faculty of Applied and Professional Arts
  • Faculty of Economics
  • Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
  • Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
  • Faculty of Water and Environmental Management
  • Institute of Health Care and Environmental Sanitation Studies
  • Ybl Miklós Faculty of Architecture and Civil Engineering

The wide variety of Departments is dynamically monitored by the academic staff in order to keep ahead of the rapid developments in technology methods and information processing of the modern age, and its alumni built from graduates with knowledge effectively used all over the world.

Szent István University is dedicated to ensure highest quality teaching methods and accommodation for its students, it had improved to the universities facilities, lecture halls and seminar rooms as part of its ongoing development.

· Franz Liszt Academy

The Franz Liszt Academy of Music, often abbreviated as the “music academy” was founded by Franz Liszt itself (though named after its founder only in 1925, approx. 50 years after it was relocated to its current location at the heart of Budapest). Franz Liszt, a musical genius: a piano virtuoso, composer, conductor, music teacher, author and philanthropist – has established the original music academy at his own home on 1875. Today, the university is considered the most prestigious music university operating in Hungary with about 900 students.

Between 1877-1879 the Academy moved into its present building, a masterpiece of art Neo-Renaissance architecture, Those who enter the Liszt Academy know that attendance implies a serious commitment to a perfectionist approach to music. Studying in the music academy embeds hard and disciplined work under the guidance of professors who are renowned performing artists, visiting professors at other leading universities, jury members of international competitions, and for whom teaching is a high passion.

After receiving an exceptionally rigid and demanding training, graduating students of the Academy will be awarded as masters of their profession, well equipped to start their musical career in the field of their interest.

Foreign students in Hugnary:

The Franz Liszt Academy of Music’s International Registrar’s Office provides assistance to international students in both academic and bureaucratic issues. all matters related to students registration, medical insurance, issuing of student IDs, timetables, rentals of instruments, etc. will be handled.

Erasmus Studies:

Students from partner institutions are eligible to apply for studying at the Franz Liszt Academy as Erasmus program students for one semester or for the entire academic year. Erasmus students are required to complete the application form at their respective home institution and send a recording showing their musical skills.

Entry requirements for studies in Hungary

As part of the European Union (starting from 2004), citizens of the EU and EEA member states do not require a visa to enter Hungary. The following list contains the country which their nationals just require their passport and id card to enter Hungary: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK. Apart from the citizens of these countries, the citizens of the following countries are allowed to enter Hungary without a Vise under the restriction of their stay does not exceed 90 days and that the purpose of their visit is not employment or other income-earning activity. Those countries are: Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Costa Rica, USA, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region passport), Croatia, Israel, Japan, Korean Republic, Macao (Special Administrative Region passport), Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, El Salvador, San Marino, Switzerland, Singapore, New Zealand, Uruguay, Vatican City, Venezuela.

Schengen Agreement

Being a signatory of the Schengen Agreement. a visa for Hungary entitles you to travel within the whole Schengen area.

Non EU/EEA citizens

Citizens of the Non-EU/EEA countries (required to get a visa) can apply for various types of visas depending of the purpose of their stay. long-term visa. The application process for a long-term visa usually takes between 30 and 60 days; while an application for a short-term visa will normally be processed in 5 to 15 days. In case of a long-term visa first you will receive a Visa which you can travel into Hungary with. This Visa is valid for 30 days from the date you entered the Schengen Area. During this period you will need to go to the Hungarian Immigration Office in person to receive the final Schengen Residence Permit and to arrange the Address Registration too.

Medical services for foreign nationals:

The following are private clinics providing services for foreign nationals. The staff is fluent in English, and most treatments are covered under the terms of the insurance policy a visitor to Hungary may purchased at his own country:

  • FirstMed: 061-2249090 (24 hours call reception. Buda side)
  • Expat medical Budapest: 0612404324 (Buda side)
  • International Medical Services (IMS): 061-3298423 (Pest side).

Cost of studies in Hungary:

For EU students:

it is highly recommended to contact the academic institution relevant for their studies, as they may be eligible for a "state-funded" status. "State funded" students are citizens of countries which have reciprocal agreements with the state of Hungary, allowing them to enjoy a substantial funding for their studies in Hungary.

For non EU students:

Compared with other student oriented countries in Western Europe, the cost of studies in Hungary is considered quite affordable (though the tuition has rose during the last couple of years). The fees vary significantly according to the chosen university and academic program, while in most cases, the medicine studies will be the more expensive ones with fees up to 20.000euro while other programs can be as low as about 5000 euro.

The living expenses in Hungary are quite low, and a monthly budget of 750 euro per month should be sufficient for a nice apartment (please take into consideration that while you search to find apartments to let in Hungary, apartments rentals in Budapest itself will be the more expensive).

Night Life:

The vivid Nightlife in Budapest are famous worldwide. From the Szimpla kert with its unique atmosphere, throughout the friendly morrisson's dance bar to the huge high-end clubs like the white angel and Studio club, Budapest's night life and student parties in Hungary are a constant rush! Just make sure you dont miss out on the special international students events, as these are famous for being the best parties in the city!


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      6 years ago

      hi,i am BAngladeshi and now i am interested to study in HUngary.....

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      7 years ago

      wow, this is a great article for international students in hungary.. thanks! :)

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      Donnacha C 

      7 years ago from Ennis, Co Clare, Republic of Ireland

      wow, great article! very comprehensive listing!

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      7 years ago

      Very cool resource for Budapest. I hope that one day I'll be able to visit.


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