Hungary is a landlocked country located at the heart of Europe. Situated in Central Europe, Hungary has always been a meeting-point of European cultures. Its capital, Budapest, is a metropolitan with 2 million inhabitants and is seen by many as one of the most beautiful European cities. The country's climate is continental and is protected from excessive climatic changes and natural catastrophes. With a population of around 10 million, Hungarian culture is unmistakable, as it combines West-European style with East-European spice. Hungarian is the country’s official language, although English and German are taught in schools as secondary languages. The country boasts a rich heritage that attracts people from all over the world. Hungary presents geological sites and paleontology remains, ancient Roman ruins, relics of Turkish culture, and well-preserved buildings, providing an overview on the different styles of the history of European architecture. Eight of these sites have been declared by UNESCO to be part of the World Heritage. Based on its rich cultural and folklore tradition, Hungary has also become a center of not only of classical and contemporary European art, music and literature, but also a site for avant-garde and experimental cultural movements.  

The higher education system in Hungary has three levels.

The Bachelor (Undergraduate – 3 years)

Master (Graduate – 2 years)

PhD (Doctoral – 3 years)

degrees awarded by Hungarian higher education institutions are recognised in all European Union countries.

Through the Hungarian Scholarship Board Office, the Hungarian Minister of Education and Culture offers scholarships for foreign students and professors of higher education institutions as well as research fellows who intend to gain further professional experience in Hungarian institutions of higher education or research.

Scholarships can be applied for under two systems:

Bilateral Agreements: Scholarships are awarded to citizens of countries (and territories) that have a valid/effective educational co-operation programme with Hungary, or a bilateral agreement signed by the Hungarian Government or the Ministry of Education and Culture of Hungary and the relevant ministry of the given country (or territory).

Scholarship Pool: Various types scholarships are available to students from selected countries/territories.

Target group:

Countries eligible under Scholarship Pool: Albania, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Cyprus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Korean Republic, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, The Netherlands, Norway, Republic of the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Romania, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States of America.

Countries with Bilateral Agreements: China, Columbia, Mongolia, Palestine, Yemen, and Vietnam.

Cases for Non-Eligibility

Foreign citizens with a residence permit or in the course of applying for a residence permit in Hungary cannot apply.

Men and women, who have an employment contract or employment relationship as defined by the law in Hungary cannot apply

Students applying for part-time or correspondence study programmes cannot apply.

Students applying for non-state-financed universities cannot apply.

Students admitted to tuition fee-paying institutions of higher education cannot apply.

Age Limits for Applicants

30 years for scholarships for semester studies

40 years for scholarships for postgraduate studies

35 years for scholarship for PhD scholarships

45 years for postdoctoral scholarships

There are no age limits for the following types of scholarships: research stay and summer courses.

Undergraduate education is the post-secondary education previous to the postgraduate education. It includes all the academic programs up to the level of a bachelor degree. In some other educational systems and subjects, undergraduate education is post-secondary education up to the level of a master degree. Getting an undergraduate degree is an important step towards increasing your knowledge and working in a rewarding career.

Undergraduate studies (first cycle)

Future applicants for study abroad programmes in Hungary will certainly inquire about the language of tuition. Although the national language is Hungarian,there are plenty of opportunities for non-Hungarian speaking students to follow high quality degree and diploma programmes in English (also in German or French).Hungarian universities and colleges are active partners in international cooperation and networks and besides the above degree programmes; offer a whole range of separate courses, for international students be they exchange students, or regular ones. At the same time, a great number of the students take it as a challenge to learn some Hungarian.


If you have successfully completed upper secondary studies in one of the signatory countries of the Lisbon, are in possession of a valid school leaving certificate and qualify for higher education studies in your home country, you may also qualify for higher education studies in Hungary.However,you will have to prove your level of knowledge of the Hungarian language or English. In some cases, you are also required to take additional qualifying courses, called in Hungary as preparatory courses.

There are 25 universities in Hungary, four of which appear in the QS World University rankings. Some of these have long histories for instance,the Semmelweis University in Budapest dates back to the 1600's. This was also the first university to offer an international programme. Postgraduate education (or graduate education in North America) involves learning and studying for degrees,professional or academic certificates,or other qualifications for which a first or Bachelor degree generally is required, and it is normally considered to be part of higher education.In North America,this level is generally referred to as graduate school.

Post Graduate Degree

If you are applying for a master program at an institution in Hungary,you are required to Admission to a master program generally requires a bachelor degree in a related field,with sufficiently high grades usually ranging from B+ and higher and recommendations from professors.

Types of Postgraduate Degrees Available in Hungary

Arts and humanities

Business and Economics

Engineering and Technology

MBA and management



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