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Study in Hungary: Application Process

Interested in studying abroad in Hungary? We’re here to help make the process a little simpler. The admission process may be different from what you’re used to, so make sure you consult the university at which you are applying if you have specific questions.

Nov 29, 2013
Budapest, Hungary

Interested in studying abroad in Hungary? We’re here to help make the process a little simpler. The admission process may be different from what you’re used to, so make sure you consult the university at which you are applying if you have specific questions. In the meantime, take the following steps to get started:

1. Choose a Program

Start by choosing a degree program that is right for you. Select the level of studies you are looking for (bachelor, master, PhD), and your field of study. Keep in mind that you may be required to take a proficiency test or extra language lessons. Start by choosing the degree program that is right for you. Whether you’re an undergraduate or graduate student, there are degrees in a multitude of fields across disciplines. 

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2. Prepare the Paperwork

Among the basic paperwork that is commonly required by all universities, is a letter of motivation, recommendation letter, and a portfolio of previous work if applicable. Universities will also require proof of completion of previous studies. To satisfy this requirement, send the university an official transcript from your secondary school if you’re beginning a bachelor’s or your previous university if you’re pursuing a Master’s degree or higher. If you are not a native speaker, you may also need to successfully pass an English proficiency test, such as the TOEFL® or IELTS™ Test.

3. Check Specific Admission Requirements

Depending on the university, specific documentation could be required. Always consult the university website for specific admission requirements and contact the appropriate university office if you have any questions.

4. Submit Your Application

Most applications to universities in Hungary are done through an online application system. Application forms are available through specific university websites, and often Hungarian universities require an application fee between 100 and 150 EUR. After you’ve completed the application form, attach the necessary documents or prepare to mail them in to the university.

5. Wait to Be Admitted

Admission results are often notified by e-mail or post (hurray!). If you are a fee-paying student meaning that you are not an EU/EEA citizen, you will usually be asked to pay the tuition fees for the first semester. Otherwise, the university where you will pursue your studies will send you an official letter of admission, admission confirmation for visa purposes, and other practical information about studying abroad in Hungary.

6. Apply for a Visa

If you are not from an EU/EEA country, upon acceptance into a Hungarian university, begin the visa application process as soon as possible because the process can take up between one to three months and requires several important documents, do not wait. You must apply for a student visa at the Hungarian consulate or embassy before leaving the country. The documents required for a Hungarian student visa are:

  • Admission letter from your accepted university
  • Your passport should be valid at least 6 months after the entry day
  • Proof of accommodation in Hungary
  • Proof of health insurance
  • Proof you have enough funds to cover living expenses during your studies
  • Visa application form

When you get to Hungary, you will need to apply for your residence permit within 15 days. This is necessary even if you are an EU/EEA resident.

7. Arrive in Hungary

After you’ve been admitted to a university and have received the necessary visa, it’s time to begin your adventures in Hungary! Think about the cost of living in Hungary and what your budget will be. Once you have that, you can begin looking for accommodation. Finally, it’s time to purchase your transportation to Hungary and arrive in your new home city! No matter where you’re staying, there are plenty of sights and attractions to be enjoyed.

Study in Hungary - Overview

Over 33,000 international students choose Hungary as their study abroad destination every year. Click here to learn why.

Education System

Want to learn about how the higher education system works in Hungary? Hungary is a popular destination for a variety of students, given its diverse programs, free education and its culture and history. Take a minute to find out more about the structure of the education system in Hungary!

Student Visas

Do you need a visa to enter Hungary to study? Learn more about the student visa process, and what you need to enter the country, depending on your citizen status. You will also be required to bring certain documents with you to passport control at the airport, which we cover as well.

Housing & Living Costs

No matter where you study abroad, it’s important to create a budget in advance so that you’re prepared. Therefore, we’ve detailed average living and housing costs so that you can get a better idea of what you would be paying as a student in Hungary.

Tuition Fees & Scholarships

Tuition fees for degree programs in Hungary may vary. To cover the rest of the costs, there’s plenty of scholarship opportunities available.

Language & Culture

Hungary is a country rich in history and culture. Find out more about what the country offers in terms of language, culture, and more!


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