Bridging Central and Eastern Europe, Hungary offers several attractions of both regions – on top of that, it prides itself on having a very distinctive identity. This pride is not without foundation. Although relatively small, Hungary has a lot to offer tourists and visitors, from the architectural and cultural delights of capital city Budapest, to vineyard-covered hills and historic castles. With so many natural and manmade attractions, combined with relatively low living costs and a strong focus on internationalization, its very likely that Hungary’s popularity as a top study abroad destination will continue to grow. Therefore choose to study on low tuition in Hungary now, and you could be at the leading edge of that trend.
Student visas for Hungary
Students who come from within the EU/EEA do not require a visa to study on low tuition in Hungary, but are expected to apply for a residence permit within 15 days of arriving. Students from outside of the EEA are required to apply for a student visa residence permit before arrival, via their nearest Hungarian embassy.Note that applications have to be submitted at least six weeks before departure, as the processing is likely to take at least a month.
Student visas for Hungary require the following:
- Passport (valid for at least six months after intended departure)
- Two passport-sized photos
- Completed application form
- Proof of health insurance for the full duration of intended stay
- Proof that tuition fees have been paid (or exemption certificate)
- Proof of sufficient funds to cover living costs in the form of bank statement
- Official letter of acceptance from a Hungarian university
- Proof of sufficient accommodation arrangements
All international students are expected to register their place of residence with the local authorities, as soon as possible after arrival.
Costs and Funding
Living expenses are relatively cheap and affordable in Hungary, with students likely to require about US$600-850 per month to cover costs from accommodation to nights out (~US$7,200-10,200 per year). Do note that living costs will be more expensive in Budapest, where rent typically begins from around US$340 per month. You can get a good sense of how your costs of living works out based on your accommodation, transport and city preferences here.
While these fees are not insignificant, they are very much lower than fees in top rated countries such as the US or UK. These fees vary between universities and courses, with some courses as low as US$5,500 per year at the University of Debrecen, going up to US$14,000 per year to study an English-taught medical program (plus US$500 in application and entrance fees).
Most scholarships for international students are usually from the Hungarian government, and covers tuition fees, medical insurance, accommodation and a monthly stipend for residents of partner countries to study in Hungary at all levels. All students from within the EU are also able to apply for a state-funded place, under the same system as local students. These awards are awarded based on academic grades, but are highly competitive, with the number of places available having been cut over the past few years. Students who hail from Eastern Europe can also apply for scholarships from the coveted Visegrad Fund.
List of Low Tuition Universities
University of Szeged
Eötvös Loránd University
University of Debrecen
Corvinus University of Budapest
Budapest University of Technology and Economics