University towns

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.