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Frequently Asked Questions

Studying in Hungary
Are there any scholarships available for foreign students in Hungary?

Yes. Foreign students have the opportunity to study in Hungary with scholarships. For example, students from non-EU countries can apply for the Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship. Currently more than 50 sending partner countries are engaged in the programme throughout 4 different continents. Please visit the scholarship website and check whether you are eligible to participate in the programme. Hungary is also partner of the Brazilian Government in the Science without Borders Scholarship Programme. EU citizens can study in Hungary with Erasmus+, CEEPUS or EEA grants.

  

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Can I study in English in Hungary?

Yes. There are more than 550 study programmes offered in English, German and other foreign languages.

  

If you are in interested in Erasmus+, CEEPUS, EEA grants or other European exchange programmes, please contact the international coordinators of the Hungarian higher education institutions directly.

  

Regarding the programmes offered in English in the frame of Stipendium Hungaricum, please click here.

Do most people speak fluent English in Hungary?

Students in Hungary start learning English in primary school, therefore most of them are able to communicate in English.

How difficult is it to learn Hungarian? Why do people say Hungarian is one of the most difficult language?

Hungarians call their language ‘magyar’. While most European languages belong to the Indo-European language family, Hungarian is a part of the Uralic language family together with Finnish and Estonian. However, Hungarian has followed a very different development path and nowadays shares almost no similarity with Finnish or Estonian. In addition to the standard letters of the Latin alphabet, Hungarian uses several special characters, especially vowels, for instance: á,é,í,ó,ö,ő,ú,ü,ű. In Hungarian there is no grammatical gender. Furthermore, Hungarian is an agglutinative language, meaning that it relies heavily on suffixes and prefixes.

  

If you are interested in learning Hungarian, click here for courses provided by Hungarian higher education institutions.

Are there many international students at Hungarian universities?

Yes. Annually, thousands of foreign students from all over the world arrive to Hungary in order to study. 

Apart from Budapest, are there any other university towns in Hungary? What kind of cultural and recreational activities are available there?

Foreign students are welcome to study not only in Budapest, but in the eastern, western and southern parts of Hungary as well. The list of the Hungarian universities are available here.

  

Universities and university towns in the countryside also offer numerous cultural and leisure activities including but not limited to:

 > the Flower Carnival in Debrecen, which is one of the biggest and the most popular cultural events in Hungary;

 > in Szeged, every summer the square in front of the Cathedral transforms into a huge open-air theatre to host the Szeged Open-Air Festival;

 > the Miskolc International Film Festival, Hungary’s leading international film festival is organized every year since 2004 with a huge success;

 > the town of Pécs was selected as one of the European Capitals of Culture for 2010. The city was awarded the UNESCO "Global Learning City Award" for the year of 2017;

 > in 2017, the city of Győr will host the European Youth Olympic Festival.

  

It is worth visiting the official websites of the above mentioned cities for recent programme offers.

  

If you would like to read more about the university towns in Hungary, click here.

Is it possible to work during university studies? Can the university staff assist you to get a job?

Students from a third country studying in Hungary as part of a cooperation programme can work in their term-time for a maximum of twenty-four hours a week, and sixty-six working days beyond their term-time not exceeding ninety days.

  

For career guidance and counselling, please contact the Career Office or Career Centre of your host institution.

Living in Hungary
Where is Hungary located?

Hungary is a landlocked country in Central Europe. The country is situated in the Carpathian Basin.  Hungary is bordered by Slovakia to the north, Romania to the east, Serbia to the south, Croatia to the southwest, Slovenia to the west, Austria to the northwest, and Ukraine to the northeast. 

  

Hungary is a member state of the European Union since 2004.

  

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Is it easy to travel around the neighbouring countries of Hungary?

Hungary is situated in the heart of Central Europe. Capitals of Central European countries, like Vienna or Bratislava are easily accessible by train from Budapest. In Central Europe there are no big distances, therefore your travel should not take too long, couple of hours only. The website of the Hungarian State Railways is available in English; therefore, you can plan your travel to the surrounding countries.

  

More information about international destinations is available at the website of Hungarian State Railways (MÁV).

Is it difficult to visit other Hungarian cities by public transport?

Travelling within the country can be very convenient. The country has a modern and well-developed road system and an extended railway network. University towns are accessible via motorways or railway. Railway services are operated by the Hungarian State Railway, also known as MÁV. All main cities are linked to each other, usually via Budapest. Regular coach services connect towns throughout the country. The national bus company is called Volánbusz.

  

More information about domestic destinations is available at the website of Hungarian State Railways (MÁV) or Volánbusz.

How reliable is the urban public transport in Hungary?

Urban transport is well-developed in Hungary. Budapest has a network of several bus, tram and trolleybus routes, as well as four metro lines. You must purchase transport tickets and validate them once aboard. If you travel without a ticket, you can be fined on the spot. Penalty fares are rather high, therefore do not forget to validate your ticket. Other university towns, such as Szeged, Miskolc and Debrecen have a tram system and all have a network of local buses as well. 

What's the weather like in Hungary?

Hungary is protected from extreme weather conditions by the surrounding mountain ranges, the Alps and the Carpathians. The country is in the temperate zone and has a relatively dry continental climate. There are big differences in temperature between the four seasons: summers are hot, while winters are fairly cold. Average temperatures range from -1 °C in January to 21 °C in July.

   

Spring officially starts on 21 March. The most precipitation occurs in late spring and early summer (May and June). Generally, the most pleasant weather is between May and September, when days are warm and the nights are cool.

  

Summer officially starts on 22 June. July is the warmest month with an average temperature of 21°C. September is the start of autumn in Hungary.

  

Autumn officially starts on 23 September, the days are still warm but not as hot as in the summer. In the end of October, beginning of November the temperatures fall significantly. As the last month of autumn, November is rather rainy in Hungary.

  

Winter officially starts on 21 December. The days are shortest and the nights are longest at this time. Heavy snowfalls are possible during winter, which usually lasts until the end of February. 

How much money you need (monthly) to live comfortably in Hungary?

The Study in Hungary team of the Tempus Public Foundation developed a cost of living calculator for foreign students. You can check the prices in different towns in HUF, GBP, EUR, USD, JPY and in CNY as well.

   

The calculator is available here.

Where to buy food in Hungary?

Foreign students who are currently studying in Hungary recommend to buy food in Tesco, SPAR, Lidl or Aldi. These are well-known supermarket chains, which have stores across Europe and provide standard quality.

Are there any Kosher or Halal restaurants in Hungary?

Yes, there are numerous restaurants and supermarkets selling Kosher and Halal food. Due to its size, Budapest has the most places selling food meeting religious guidelines are available; however bigger university towns such as Debrecen or Szeged also provide various opportunities.

Can I buy vegetarian or vegan food in Hungary?

Although Hungarian cuisine is famous for its goulash and being meat-based, you would be surprised how easy it is to find places that avoid meat or animal products. There are numerous Hungarian dishes prepared with potato, cauliflower, cheese, mushroom or zucchini. Salads are also well-known in Hungarian cuisine and popular among people. There are several restaurants that serve vegetarian or vegan needs.

Is it possible to maintain a gluten-free or lactose-free diet in Hungary?

Just like in other European countries, healthy food trends have taken off in Hungary too. You can buy gluten and lactose-free products in most supermarkets nationwide including a wild range of milk substitute products and whole grain products.