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Masters in Hungary

by Dr Nathalie Mather-L’Huillier

A Masters in Hungary may not be the obvious choice for international postgraduate study, but it can offer some unique training and research opportunities in a beautiful part of Europe.

The Hungarian higher education system also has much to be proud of, with universities dating back to the fourteenth century and over 20,000 international students - including those on Masters degrees and other postgraduate courses.

This page covers everything you'll need to know in order to successfully study abroad in Hungary, including advice on universities, courses, applications and fees.

Masters Study in Hungary - Key Details
Universities 69
Oldest University The University of Pécs (1367)
International Students 23,200
Course Length 1.5-2 years
Typical Fees (Domestic / EU) €2,589 (average)
Academic Year September to July

Why study for a Masters degree in Hungary?

As an emerging study abroad destination, Hungary is committed to educational attainment from primary education upwards. The country is also determined to become an international education hub and is making good on its intentions with four universities already in the world top 700. The Hungarian higher education sector as a whole has grown significantly in recent decades, with more and more options to study a Masters in Hungary in a wide range of subject areas.

As befits a country with a recently expanded university sector, Hungarian higher education is currently fairly diverse so it is recommended that you do your research before choosing an institution, but Hungarian universities have considerably expanded their offering of postgraduate programmes in English to attract international students.

What's it like to study abroad in Hungary?

Want to know more about life for international students in Hungary? Our detailed guide covers everything from accommodation and living costs to culture and entertainment.

Universities for postgraduate study in Hungary

The higher education landscape in Hungary is divided between public and private higher education institutions. Most accredited institutions, which comprise universities, business schools, schools of management and arts colleges/academies offer Masters programmes. A number of foreign institutions are also present. It is recommended that you check whether the institution is a bona fide educational establishment through the relevant authorities of the institution’s country of origin.

All degrees, including Masters degrees, are awarded ECTS credits. Universities follow the Bologna three-tier system: Bachelor (three years), Master (one-two years), Doctorate (three-four years).

Hungarian Masters degrees

Masters degrees in Hungary may be either one year or two years in length. Programmes at Hungarian state universities are always two years in duration, whilst private and overseas institutionsare more likely to offer one year programmes. As in other European countries, credits are gained through a mix of compulsory/core courses and optional courses or activities. Teaching for Masters degrees is delivered face-to-face or virtually through lectures, seminars, tutorials and practicals. Assessment will be based on coursework, exams and the final dissertation.

The language of instruction is Hungarian, but many institutions have decided to deliver full Masters programmes in English both for local students and to attract international students. Click here to run a search on FindAMasters

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Applying for a Masters in Hungary

The Hungarian academic year begins in September/October. The application deadline for most Masters programmes in Hungary is 15 February for a September start in the same year, and 15 November for a start in the Spring semester beginning in February (although please note that not many courses are available to start in the Spring, unless you are an exchange student). For courses delivered in English, the deadlines can vary considerably so be sure to check with your institution.

Entry requirements

In general, for entry onto a two year Masters, applicants must hold or be about to receive a bachelor degree pursued over a minimum of three years. For entry onto a one year Masters (notably in private institutions which may offer courses accredited by foreign authorities), a four year undergraduate degree is required.

Decisions on applications are made on the basis of:

  • Your academic performance (including your grade point average, if relevant).
  • You language skills: English or Hungarian if you are opting to pursue a Masters in the country’s language.
  • Other faculty-specific requirements, if applicable.

Note, that some institutions may require you to sit an admission test.

Application process

There are two ways to apply at universities in Hungary:

  • Online through the FEVLI system (the equivalent of the UK UCAS/UKPASS system), although this will require a fairly good command of Hungarian language.
  • Directly through the university by email or online.

You can expect to have to provide:

  • A completed application form.
  • Diplomas and transcripts.
  • A CV.
  • Evidence of professional experience, if required.
  • Recommendation letters.
  • Evidence of English-language proficiency for courses delivered in English, or a Hungarian language certificate if you are opting for a course delivered in Hungarian.
  • Individual interviews (face-to-face or via Skype), in some cases.
  • A timed test of writing ability.

Masters student visas in Hungary

All students wishing to study a Masters in Hungary will need to register with the local authorities, regardless of where they are from. There are also specific visa procedures that non-EU students will have to go through. The Central European University has very detailed information for different categories of students. It links to official immigration information (which may not be available as extensively in English).

Health insurance

It is normally compulsory to have adequate healthcare insurance to study in Hungary. If you are studying at an accredited institution in Hungary you may have access to the national health service (called TAJ). This still needs to be paid through your university (around Ft6,500 / $24 USD per month). A number of universities will offer students the opportunity to purchase their own health insurance (similar cost to that of the national health service), although if you are in receipt of a scholarship, this may be included.

You do not need to buy a health plan from your institution and you may wish to look at private providers. EU students are strongly advised to obtain a European Health Insurance Card. This allows you to continue to have the same access to medical treatment as in your home country. However, outpatient treatments must be paid for and then claimed back so you may choose to subscribe to your university’s plan.

Masters fees and funding in Hungary

Postgraduate education in Hungary can be a very affordable choice, but the exact cost will usually depend upon your nationality, the policy of your university and, of course, your funding arrangements. The good news is that, in some cases, it is possible to study a Masters in Hungary without incurring any tuition fees. For those who do need to pay fees (or who require help with living costs) there are various funding packages available from various national and international sources.

Broadly speaking, there are three categories into which students can fall with respect to tuition costs on Hungarian Masters degree programmes: state-funded students, fee-exempt students and those paying full tuition at the rate set by their university.

  • Students considered as 'state-funded' (which generally applies to Hungarian students but also to those with the best academic records who have been put forward by their institution for 'state-funded' status) do not pay tuition, fees but may have to contribute small amounts for their education.
  • EU students or those whose country has a reciprocal agreement with Hungary will usually be exempt from tuition fees.
  • Other students will be liable to pay tuition and registration fees. Tuition fees are not regulated at national level and you’ll find considerable variation, including in the currency used to publish those fees (in Hungarian Forint, US Dollar or Euro) or whether the fees are per year or semester. For Masters degrees, the average tuition fees are Ft465,300 ($1,688 USD) per semester (with a range between Ft263,670-1,085,700 / $955-3,938 USD per semester).

Other costs

All students will have to pay a registration fee. This varies considerably across different institutions, usually betweeen Ft12,408-248,160 ($45-900 USD). You may also have to pay for a student card. Health insurance will also be required (see our Student’s Guide to Living in Hungary).



Our own postgraduate funding website provides a comprehensive database of small grants and bursaries available to support postgraduate study around the world, including travel bursaries, living cost support, fee waivers and exchange programmes. Click here to start searching for funding to study a Masters in Hungary, or elsewhere.

After graduation - careers and opportunities with a Hungarian Masters degree

Masters programmes in Hungary, notably those targeted at the international student community, can have a strong research content and be designed as a preparation for doctoral studies. This is not always explicit in the title as for UK Masters by Research so it is worth checking the career prospects information on the programme pages. However, both research-led and taught Masters are a valuable addition to your CV regardless of whether you are aiming for a research career or not.

Universities have career services that can advise you on employment opportunities. They will have local knowledge of the labour market in Hungary and Eastern Europe so if you intend on staying after your studies, it is worth consulting with them.

Unemployment in Hungary is at its lowest in the last two years. Opportunities for work in local companies may be limited but international companies are heavily present in Hungary so there may be opportunities there. If you require a visa to study in Hungary, check what the post-study employment situation is.

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Last updated - 02/11/2016

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