Although most of our foreign students live and study in Budapest, the cities in the countryside also have many things to offer for students. We have listed some of the most significant cities below and what they are famous for.
Budapest is the capital city of Hungary and the country’s principal political, cultural, commercial, industrial and transportation centre. With almost two million inhabitants, Budapest is the biggest and most densely-populated town in the country and over half of the nation’s GDP is generated here. Consequently, half of Hungary’s university students study here and the majority of professors work here, too, while the proportion of researchers working in Budapest is even higher. The town itself stretches along the banks of the Danube. It has a wide range of universities to choose from regardless of what you want to study.
After Budapest, Debrecen is the second largest city in Hungary. It is the regional centre of the Northern Great Plain region and the seat of Hajdú-Bihar county. This city has preserved its rich cultural life. Each year, on 20th August, a flower carnival takes place in the city, offering a variety of entertainment such as folk dance, parades and concerts. Debrecen is home to the University of Debrecen whose main building is a widely-praised piece of architecture. The university has many departments, it is a major research centre in Europe and it maintains a leading position in medical and information technology education.
Miskolc is a city situated in north-east Hungary, and is mostly known for its heavy industry. With a population close to 190,000, Miskolc is the third largest city in Hungary. It is also the seat of Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén county and the regional centre of the Northern Hungary region. By the 19th century, it had become an important commercial and industrial centre due to its geographical location. Nowadays, it’s one of the most popular choices for students who come to study in Hungary. Miskolc is full of hidden treasures like the Benedictine Monastery Ruins or the Cave bath of Miskolctapolca, it is also famous for the Castle of Diósgyőr where a medieval bustle is organised annually and for the Bükk National Park with all its fascinating landscapes.
The University of Miskolc is a relatively young institution, founded in 1949. Built in the style of the American campus model, it is surrounded by a large park and various sports facilities.
Szeged is the regional centre of South-Eastern Hungary and the seat of Csongrád county. Szeged and its area have been inhabited since ancient times. The city’s most impressive monument is the Cathedral, which is located in the town centre. Every summer, the square in front of the Cathedral transforms into a huge open-air theatre to host the Szeged Open-Air Festival. Szeged is the sunniest city in the country, with the highest amount of annual sunshine. The charming, warm weather is great for excursions to the town of Kecskemét, the Kiskunság National Park or to Ópusztaszer.
The University of Szeged was founded in 1872 so it has a relatively rich history. At present, it consists of 13 faculties, where you can study almost everything, ranging from humanities to business studies or health sciences.
Pécs is located in the south-west of the country and serves as the administrative and economic centre of Baranya county. Pécs has a rich cultural life and hosts a wide variety of historical buildings, such as the Basilica of St. Peter constructed in the 11th century. Several Turkish buildings date back to the age of the Ottoman Empire and give the city a multicultural atmosphere. The city of Pécs was selected as one of the European Capitals of Culture for the year 2010.
The University of Pécs was founded in 1367, making it the oldest university in Hungary. It now ranks among the top European universities. It has 10 faculties and offers a wide range of courses, covering nearly every possible field of study.
Győr is located in the north-western part of Hungary. The seat of Győr-Moson-Sopron county is located on one of the most important roads of Central Europe, halfway between Budapest and Vienna so it only takes one hour to reach the capital of Austria. The area has been inhabited since ancient times. Győr has a charming town centre and is abundant in beautiful baroque buildings. The Széchenyi István University is located in Győr and it has an excellent reputation in electrical and mechanical engineering.
Dunaújváros is situated quite near to Pest county, only 67 km away from Budapest. It is the second biggest town in Fejér county after Székesfehérvár. Dunaújváros was an industrial town; during the 50s it became the largest centre of iron and steel works, also the predecessor of the university was founded in 1962 to educate heavy industry workers. You can choose from a wide range of courses in the field of engineering, information technology, economics and social sciences offered by the University of Dunaújváros.
Eger is home to the famous Castle of Eger where several significant moments of Hungarian history took place such as the defeat of the Ottoman army. Today this castle serves as a museum to show how Hungarians lived throughout the ages. This city is worth visiting if you are a wine lover since Eger is the original producer of the famous Bull’s blood wine. The city is full of beautiful buildings built in the 18th and 19th century and despite its small size it has a considerable amount of attractions. The University has 4 campuses across the country: Eger, Gyöngyös, Jászberény and Sárospatak offering available courses ranging from economics and social sciences to pedagogy.
Veszprém is a quiet town only a few km from Lake Balaton. This city was built on five hills and has many ancient buildings such as the Cathedral of St. Michael. This city was given the title of “the town of queens” as Hungarian queens became patrons of the aforementioned cathedral. This town is very close to Lake Balaton, which is definitely worth a visit during the summer as well as the Bakony Hills and the Balaton Uplands National Park where you can take a day trip. Street music festival is annually organised here in July so if you prefer listening to music, visit these concerts performed by Hungarian and international musicians. Pannon University was founded here in 1949 and offers all possible fields of study through 6 BA, 12 MA and 9 PhD courses.
If you like green, panoramic areas but would also like to stay close to Budapest, Gödöllő is a fine choice to conduct your studies at. In the 50s Gödöllő became the country’s agrarian centre due to the relocation of the Agrarian University there in 1950. Gödöllő is not only famous for its agrarian university but also for the Royal Castle which was built by Antal Grassalkovich as many other monuments in Gödöllő. Szent István University is a very popular choice for students wishing to study agriculture.