why study in hungary?

    Hungary is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Europe, and the capital Budapest is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Despite its relatively small size, the country is home to many World Heritage sites, UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, the world's second-largest thermal lake (Lake Heviz), the largest lake in Central Europe (Balaton) and the largest natural area of grassland in Europe (Hortobágy). The country is attractive to international students because it offers a relatively low cost of living.

    How much does it cost to study in Hungary?


    The cost of studying in Hungary ranges from €1,000 to €6,000 depending on the programme and the university you have chosen. One famous university is IBS, where you receive a diploma from the University of Brno, and it is known for its excellent studies in business and international relations, which are conducted in English. Moreover, the University of Pécs, the University of Szeged and many others are not lagging behind; however the availability of basic studies in English is very limited. Budapest is an international centre that provides a beautiful life and as a starting point for studying abroad, it is a very good choice overall.



    International students who want to stay in Hungary for more than 90 consecutive days and who are not EU citizens must apply for a long-term student visa to stay in the country.

    To get a student visa for Hungary, you must first have an offer from a Hungarian university. You may apply for a student visa, only before you leave, from the Hungarian Consulate or Embassy that has jurisdiction within your own country or the country where you have permanent residence. Visa processing usually lasts about a month, but it may take longer, so make sure to apply as soon as possible to avoid unnecessary complications.

    The documents required for a student visa for Hungary are: 

    • Proof that you have paid the tuition fee
    • A letter of acceptance from a university regarding your admission
    • A passport valid for at least six months after the date of registration
    • A copy of the page containing the passport photograph
    • A passport photograph, no older than six months
    • Proof of health insurance
    • Proof of address of residence in Hungary
    • Confirmation of sufficient means to cover the cost of living in the form of a bank guarantee/statement
    • Visa application
    • Three stamped envelopes addressed to the applicant
    • When a consulate requests an interview, you may need to schedule this about 4 to 6 weeks in advance, as scheduling times are limited. After this appointment, the processing of the visa usually takes an additional 1 to 4 weeks.

    You need to apply for a residence permit within 15 days of your arrival in Hungary. This applies both to EU and non-EU students who plan to stay in Hungary for more than 90 days.

    In order to apply for a residence permit, EU and EEA citizens should provide the following documents:

    • Confirmation of payment of feesA document of approval from a university in Hungary
    • A document of approval from a university in Hungary
    • Proof of health insurance



    Due to its strict laws Hungary is not the most desirable country to stay in after graduation. The proximity of its region to the former Yugoslavia member states makes it less attractive, as students often have no sense that they are studying abroad. Transportation is very organized, finding accommodation is not so difficult and the food is very healthy and tasty. The average cost of living is almost identical to the Balkan countries, but the country is very well organised.

    After finishing the studies it is rare for anyone to decide to stay, unless they know the Hungarian language, which is said to be the second most difficult in the world.