Hungary is an emerging study abroad destination, but it has plenty to offer international postgraduates. Whether you’re looking for an internationally-recognised qualification, affordable tuition fees or a fascinating location at the crossroads of Europe, a Masters in Hungary represents an excellent opportunity to broaden your academic horizons.
The Hungarian higher education sector has experienced significant growth in recent years, and now welcomes nearly 22,000 international students every year. With four universities in the world top 800 (according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings), Hungary has several top universities, including one of the oldest in central Europe: the University of Pécs, founded in 1367.
Masters programmes at Hungarian universities follow the Europe-wide Bologna Process, which means they’ll be respected and recognised worldwide.
Hungary’s unique culture is influenced by its position at the crossroads between Central and Eastern Europe, although it retains an extremely distinct national identity (the Hungarian language, for example, is not a member of the Indo-European language group, instead sharing characteristics with Finnish and Estonian!).
Nearly 22,000 students currently study abroad in Hungary.
Most Hungarian Masters degrees take two years to complete and the Hungarian academic year runs from October to July.
Tuition fees for a Masters degree in Hungary average at €1,636. However, if you’re an EU/EEA student you may be eligible to apply for a state-funded place, in which case you won’t pay any tuition fees. fees range between HUF 300,000 and HUF 2,700,000 per year (€967 to €8,715).
The primary teaching language in Hungary is Hungarian, but many universities - public and private - offer courses in English, especially at postgraduate level.
If you’re an EU/EEA national, you won’t need a visa to study in Hungary. However, if you’re a non-EU/EEA national, you’ll need to apply for a long-term visa for study purposes (tartózkodási engedély átvételére jogositó vízum) from your nearest Hungarian consulate.
You can find out more by visiting our guide to studying a Masters in Hungary, which covers essential information such as tuition fees, applications and visas. You can also read up on what life in Hungary is like as an international student.