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Study in Hungary

A small country with a rich history of more than one thousand years, Hungary is located in the heart of Europe. Hungarian higher education offers a variety of high quality programmes taught in foreign languages, with favourable tuition fees in comparison to other countries. This, combined with reasonably low living costs, provides ideal conditions for students wishing to study in Europe.


Why study in Hungary?

1. Programmes & courses in foreign languages

The Bachelor’s, Master’s and doctoral degrees granted by Hungarian higher education institutions are recognized in all EU countries and partially also in other countries of the world. The large variety of Hungarian study programmes offered in foreign languages also ensures the same standards as those in west European countries. Of the 400 foreign language courses per academic year, 85% of them are in English and 11% in German. The list of programmes can be found on the Campus Hungary website.


2. A wide range of study opportunities for international students

In addition to degree courses and exchange programmes, higher education institutions also offer non-degree courses for international students, such as higher-level vocational training, postgraduate specialist training courses and summer universities.


3. Transferable credits and credit recognition

The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), was introduced in Hungary in September 2003 to be applied in all higher education institutions.
The main objective of its introduction was to harmonize different education systems and to facilitate student mobility. As a result of this process, higher education institutions in Europe recognise credits earned in Hungarian institutions and vice versa.


4. Quality assurance and accreditation

Hungarian higher education institutions and courses are accredited by the Hungarian Accreditation Committee (HAC). The HAC is an independent agency and member of the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE). Quality assurance is based on a periodically repeated assessment of the curricula, the requirements and the qualification of the academic staff in each study programme of various institutions.


Higher Education in Hungary

Hungarian higher education has a long history, dating back to the 14th century. The country’s first university was founded in 1367 in Pécs, around the same time as other central European universities, such as those in Prague, Krakow and Vienna. Due to the expansion of higher education in the last two decades, the number of enrolled students and the capacity of the institutions have increased considerably. 


Degree structure

In accordance with the common European higher education principles Hungary introduced the three cycle degree structure in 2006 (BA/BSc, MA/MSc, PhD/DLA).

The first degree programmes (3 to 4 years) lead to Baccalaureus / Bachelor’s degrees, while second degree programmes (1 to 2 years) lead to Magister / Master’s degrees.

Unified, undivided, long-term Master’s degree programmes (5 to 6 years) are offered in some fields of study (e.g. in human medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, architecture, teacher training, law and in a few programmes of art education) leading to a first degree but equivalent to a MA/MSc degree.

Based on a Magister / Master’s degree or its foreign equivalent, PhD or Doctor of Liberal Arts (DLA) degrees as third cycle degrees can be awarded after 3 years of study.

In addition to full degree courses, HEIs offer shorter programmes too such as summer universities and partial trainings.


Facts and figures about Hungary

Population: 9.935 million

Territory: 93,030 km2

Urbanisation: about 70 per cent of the population lives in towns and urban communities, with Budapest and its suburbs accounting for nearly 30 per cent of the total

Capital: Hungary’s capital, Budapest, is a metropolis with 1.74 million inhabitants and is regarded by many as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.

Cities: Other Hungarian cities such as Debrecen, Szeged, Miskolc, Pécs and Győr are easily accessible from the capital due to an extensive transport network.

Language: The official language is Hungarian (magyar) which is the mother tongue of the overwhelming majority (over 97%) of the population. 

Climate: The country’s climate is continental, with an absence of excessive climatic variations and regular natural catastrophes.

Hungary has been a full member of the European Union since 1 May 2004.


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