1. What are the languages of instruction in Hungary for foreign students?
Most of the programmes are offered in English language. Some of the universities have programmes in German as well. There is also Andrássy University, where all programmes are offered in German language. Obviously, you can study in Hungarian language as well.
2. Is there any general admission procedure for Hungarian higher education institutions?
Each university defines admission procedure on its own, but general process and requirements are similar:
- for bachelor's degree programmes: IELTS 5.0-6.0 or TOEFL 60-80 score, secondary school/high school certificate with the final exam results (with official translation if the original document is not issued in English or Hungarian). Applicants studying in the last year of high school/secondary school can provide certificate stating their status instead of certificate of graduation;
- for master's degree programmes: IELTS 5.5-6.5 or TOEFL 70-90 score, bachelor's diploma with the final exam results (with official translation if the original document is not issued in English or Hungarian). Applicants studying in the last year of bachelor's degree can provide certificate stating their status instead of diploma.
Besides these documents, some universities and departments can require additional documents (CV, motivation letter, medical certificate, recommendation letter, etc.) and personal attendance in entrance exam held in Hungary.
3. Can I get accepted without language certificate (TOEFL, IELTS, etc.) to degree programmes?
Most of the universities offer institutional language exams for the applicants who do not have required international language certificate. Candidates who pass this internal language exam can study from the first year, but the ones who fail this exam have to study 1-2 semesters in preparation year (foundation) of the university. Our company has the right to hold exams for different universities.
4. How high are the living costs for students in Hungary?
Hungary has very low living costs among European Union and Schengen Member States. Budapest is the most expensive city in Hungary, but overall 60-65 % cheaper than London, 50-55 % cheaper than Paris, 30-35 % cheaper than Moscow, 20-25 % cheaper than Almaty, etc. Other Hungarian cities with universities (Szeged, Debrecen, Pécs, Dunaújváros, Gödöllő, etc.) are around 20-30 % cheaper than Budapest.
5. Are there any scholarship programmes in Hungary for foreign students?
There are following options:
- Scholarship programmes offered by special funds. E.g. International Visegrad Fund offers scholarships for certain countries. Unfortunately, applications are closed for this academic year.
- Scholarship programmes offered by Hungarian government (Hungarian Scholarship Board Office). Applications are open until April 30, 2015.
7. Are diplomas from Hungarian higher education institutions recognized abroad?
Of course. Higher education in Hungary dates back to 1367 when Louis the Great founded the first Hungarian university in the city of Pécs. Hungary joined European Union in 2004 and Bologna process is applied to those who started their university education starting from September 2006. Therefore many students come to Hungary from all parts of the world and you can find foreign citizens from almost all countries here.
8. I am not able to stay in Hungary, can I get part-time or distant education?
Unfortunately, no. Higher education institutions of Hungary do not offer this to foreign students.
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