Study in Hungary
Graduate programs in Hungary
Hungary might not be the first country you think of when considering study abroad, but think again – this is a unique and exotic country that is happy to stand out from the European crowd.
Most international students coming to study a graduate program in Hungary will head for capital Budapest, with its Danube-lined cafes and wide boulevards. However, there is much more to Hungary than Budapest – Debrecen is a great student city, while Lake Balaton is the country’s number one tourist attraction.
While Hungary might not have the educational reputation of other European countries, it is investing lots of money in improving its universities and plans to be a major recruiter of international students in the future.
Consequently, Hungarian universities are beginning to offer more and more graduate programs taught in English (and other languages) in a bid to attract international students.
There are two main types of higher education institution in Hungary:
- Universities – Programs lasting between 4-6 years combining undergraduate and graduate degrees
- Colleges – Masters programs lasting between 1-2 years, with PhDs lasting three years
Immigration and visas in Hungary
EU citizens are permitted to take a graduate program in Hungary without a visa providing they can demonstrate the following:
- You are studying for more than three months
- You have sufficient income or savings to support yourself during your studies
- You are enrolled at an approved or accredited institution
- You have comprehensive health insurance
Non-EU students will need to apply for a D-5 student visa through the Hungarian embassy or consulate in their home country. The D-5 visa a multiple entry visa and normally takes up to 60 days to process.
Life in Hungary
Hungarian life combines the best of Central and Eastern European influences, with a laid back lifestyle belying a fierce pride in its distinctive culture. For most students, Hungarian life will revolve around capital Budapest, which is a popular destination for tourists with its wide boulevards, cheap drinks and pretty Danube river.
One thing you can’t escape in Hungary is the public baths. Hungarians have been ‘taking the waters’ for hundreds of years, utilising the country’s estimated 300 thermal springs for relaxation, therapeutic and medicinal purposes. Some of the bathhouses – particularly those in Budapest - are set in amazing palaces with huge swimming pools, perfect for a weekend of lazing.
Working in Hungary
Hungary has a medium-sized economy which is still trying to forge its own identity after the break with communism in the early 1990s. The private sector accounts for more than 80% of Hungary GDP, with mining, metallurgy, construction, textiles and vehicle manufacturing being the main industries.
Tourism is increasingly playing a part in Hungary’s economy, particularly in Budapest and with the Sziget music festival.
International students are not allowed to work in Hungary while studying.
There are two main housing options for international students coming to study a graduate program in Hungary:
- University accommodation – such as halls of residence
- Private accommodation – House and flat rentals
Most universities in Hungary will be able to provide dormitory accommodation for international students, with facilities including cafeterias, pools, laundry and study rooms. This is a great option for international students who want to settle into life in Hungary more easily, as it will allow you to meet fellow students and often live close to the university.
Private rooms or flats are easy to find in Hungary, but hard to arrange from outside the country. This option might suit students with families or those who want a little more privacy.
Climate in Hungary
Hungary has a continental climate, with long, hot summers with frequent rainfall and cold, snowy winters. Hungary can experience extremes of temperature, with average summer highs of 25C between June and August and winter lows of -5C between December and February.
Hungary has a highly developed transport system, particularly in road and railway. The Hungarian railway network serves most of the country and is centralised around Budapest which has three major railway stations.
Four Hungarian cities – Budapest, Debrecen, Miskolc and Szeged have tram networks, with the Budapest metro being the world’s second oldest.
Hungary also has five international airports, but international students are most likely to come through Budapest Liszt Ferenc.
The currency of Hungary is the forint.
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