Hungary is a landlocked country in Central Europe. It is bordered by Slovakia to the north, Ukraine to the northeast, Romania to the east and southeast, Serbia to the south, Croatia and Slovenia to the southwest, and Austria to the west. Hungary has a population of nearly 10 million, mostly ethnic Hungarians and a significant Romani minority. Hungarian, the official language, is the world’s most widely spoken Uralic language and among the few non-Indo-European languages widely spoken in Europe. Budapest is the country’s capital and largest city.
Although Hungary is a member of the European Union, generally, you cannot use Euros: the official currency is called Forint (Ft). Although in some places, you can still pay with Euro, expect to receive forints back..
Hungary has a temperate seasonal climate with generally warm summers with low overall humidity levels but frequent rain showers and cold snowy winters.
So today, we share with you the higher education system in Hungary, costs of living, tuition fees, admission requirements and the lists of low tuition universities in Hungary
Higher Education System in Hungary
The education system in Hungary is divided between colleges and universities:
- College education: generally lasts for 4 years
- University education: lasts for 4 to 6 years depending on the course undertaken.
- Vocational curriculum: usually lasts 2 years, they are opened to secondary vocational school’s graduates and eventually vocational school students.
- University PhD courses: usually take 3 years to complete.
Costs of Living
Hungary is a relatively cheap place to live, and it should costs around €200-500 per month for rent depending on where you live, and €200 per month for utilities (assuming they’re not included in your rent). Student halls are often the cheapest end of the spectrum, coming in at around €250 a month. Hungarian universities also tend to recommend international students take out health insurance which costs around €60 a month.
If you’re an EU/EEA student, then you can use your EHIC card to access healthcare. You will have to pay a small (around €2) fee when you go to a health service, however.
Hungarian universities charge tuition fees, but compared to other countries in Europe they are very affordable. Depending on the university and the programme, you can expect to pay around 2,500 to 3,000 euros per year; Engineering programmes can be a bit more expensive at up to around 5,000 euros per year. Studying medicine or dentistry usually incurs tuition fees of around 6,000 to 8,000 euros per year.
This is generally what you’ll need to apply to schools in Hungary:
- An undergraduate/Bachelor’s degree or equivalent of at least 3 years of study (it must include courses equal to at least 1/2 years of full-time studies in a subject relevant to the programme you applied for)
- An English proficiency test
- A completed application form from the school’s portal
- A copy of your passport
- Copy of your grade transcripts
- Your CV. You might also need to submit a professional CV for postgraduate study
- Letter of motivation
- Two letters of recommendation
Low Tuition Universities in Hungary
- University of Szeged
- Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME
- Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE)
- University of Pécs (PTE)
- University of Pannonia
- Corvinus University of Budapest
- Semmelweis University
- University of Debrecen
- Pázmány Péter Catholic University
- Budapest Metropolitan University
- University of Dunaújváros
- Szent István University
- University of Nyíregyháza
- University of Debrecen