In March, the 2024 webinar series of the Alumni Network Hungary started with an inspiring presentation by Hikmat Hasanov, an alumni volunteer and former Stipendium Hungaricum scholarship holder who shared his experience as a professional fundraiser with the members of the international alumni community. Hikmat is now back in his home country, Azerbaijan and we have caught him for a quick interview about his professional journey.

Why is it worth applying for the Stipendium Hungaricum scholarship programme, and how studying in Hungary can improve your academic and professional path and your personal growth? Watch the video interviews of the students of ELTE about their journey in Hungary! 

CEEPUS allowed me to develop important professional and personal skills

Do you want to know more about the CEEPUS exchange program? How do international students experience it? Read the story of Liridon Muqaku, a PhD student who has recently finished mobility at the University of Pécs , and it made him more independent and adaptable which can be valuable in his future academic and professional endeavours.

We have a great and enthusiastic international alumni volunteer team of 22 people from 18 countries. Most of them decided to create an alumni chapter in their home country or make international professional alumni groups and some of them did great social media work. In the next chapter of our volunteer series, you can read Husam Rajab’s story from the Palestine Territories! He studied Computer Engineering at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics between 2017-2022 and now he’s the student affairs and digital media officer at Palestine Embassy in Budapest. 

Every year we welcome the new Stipendium Hungaricum students coming from all around the world and this year was no exception.

Are you interested in studying in Hungary for a shorter period? Are you a student of the Central European region? We introduce you to the CEEPUS mobility programme and the stories of former international participants with an exclusive interview!

Meet Nicholas Kolya Chang, a PhD student at the Faculty of Letters of the Babeș-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca who participated in a CEEPUS mobility and visited the University of Szeged and the Eötvös Lóránd University in Budapest!

Emese and Mario met nine years ago, when the Spanish boy spent his Erasmus years in Budapest. Afterwards, Emese also visited Madrid as an Erasmus student to meet the boy, and then they travelled throughout Portugal, New Zealand and Asia together. They learnt the barista trade from international professionals, and finally they launched their own common business, Dorado Café.

Ayaz Mukarram Shaikh, a young professional from India, graduated from the University of Debrecen as a certified food safety engineer. He began his master's course in Hungary in 2016, under the Stipendium Hungaricum scholarship programme. He obtained his BSc in Food Technology from MIT College, India, in 2015. Currently, he is working as an R&D engineer for the Mrida Group, India, but the research he conducts in Hungary ties him to Debrecen.


"I reckon two years of my postgrad as a best part of my educational career where I got a chance to work with a best professor and researcher of my research interest. We are still in contact and working together on projects. Ergo, I believe Hungary is one of the best options to pursue your professional qualification. "


From time to time we ask our members and volunteers to tell about their Hungarian study and everyday experiences and why it is important for them to be an Alumni Hungary member.

National University of Public Service (NUPS) has the first ever PhD graduate among all participating Hungarian universities from the Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Programme since its launch at the university in 2014.


As you graduate today I urge you to think about life a little more, and of people whom we will serve. Think about what really matters to you and them. Please do not waste your time on this planet let’s do our best to shape the world into a better place for all of us.


Indeed, my stay here in Hungary exposed me to the fact that everybody can live peacefully not minding the religious, cultural and social background. Society can be a better if we choose to make it a better.


Stipendium Hungaricum Program is a huge opportunity for both national and international students to network, share each other's culture, and make this world a global village.


When you have time, think back on your entire study abroad experience. The people you met, the places you traveled, the things you did… don’t be afraid to reminisce. Appreciate the fact that you did something very few students get to do, and treasure that experience and the new qualities you possess because of it.


A forever memory to be held and narrated in the future; these years have been eye-opening and life-changing for many of us, it's fascinating how people from every part of the globe could gather, study, and live together in the same community and actually love each other despite the differences.


Most of the time dreams stay dreams for villagers. Well, like other student studying in a village school, I also had the dream, but I didn’t think it would come true. My name is Rashid. I’m from India and I grew up in a small village called Nagrota. It’s located northern part of my country. I never thought I would at one time live and study abroad.

Basak Dilara Özdemir-Lakatos is a brilliant pianist and composer. She says, she owes her professors and the Liszt Academy a lot. Although she received many scholarships through the years, Hungary remained the centre of her life. She has a Hungarian husband and started a family in Hungary. 

The doctor of the Year in 2016, still remembers when he arrived to Hungary several years ago. He fell in love with Budapest at the first sight. His studies in Hungary changed his life completely. Tempus Public Foundation’s International Alumni Team had the opportunity to spend an afternoon with him at Gyula, where he lives and works. He talked about the beginnings, his job, community work even about his future plans.

Tim Baas is a member of the International Alumni Network. He studied in Hungary with the Erasmus+ Programme, but his relationship with Hungary goes far beyond the Erasmus experience. We asked him about this special relationship with our country.

The "Explore Hungary" information day and alumni meeting was held on 29th September at the University of Sao Paulo. Many students, who have been studying in Hungary with the Science Without Borders scholarship programme, accepted the invitation and were happy to share their experiences with other guests. 

It is not only the theoretical knowledge gained during the studies. It is also about the knowledge gained from living happily in a foreign country, communicating and interacting with people from different nationalities and cultures.

Feifei Wang is a 27 years old girl. She is Chinese while she lives in Hungary right now in the capital city, Budapest. She studied public health during her master’s study in University of Debrecen. 

Abdallah Benhamida is 24 years old, living in Algeria. 
Interviews with international students