If you are a member of a country within the EU or European Economic Area (EEA) then you do not need to apply for a student visa in order to study in Hungary, although you will need to apply for a residence permit within 15 days of your arrival in the country.
If you are from outside the EU/EEA then you will need to apply for a student visa residence permit via their country’s Hungarian embassy or consulate at least six weeks before you arrive as the processing time can be up to one month.
There are several supporting documents required for a student visa in Hungary, these include a valid passport with at least six month’s validity after the intended departure date, proof of health insurance, proof of tuition fee payment/funds to support yourself in Hungary and accommodation arrangements and the official letter of acceptance.
Most universities in Hungary have dormitory accommodation available to students at a reduced cost, although these dormitories are not always available to international students so you should check before you start your accommodation search.
The private student accommodation market in Hungary is thriving with plenty of accommodation options for students, especially in the capital Budapest where there is plenty of options for students, from house and flat sharing to a room sub-rental from private tenants.
Hungary doesn’t have a centralised application system so each application needs to be made directly to the university itself. Most of the courses are taught in English, which means a language proficiency test is required for many courses if English is not your native language.
Hungary is a country with a lot of international students and its growing in prominence on the world stage means that you are likely to encounter many nationalities on your studies.
Depending on the course you want to study there may also be a separate entrance exam that needs to be taken in order to have your application approved. Check with the institution you want to study to see if this is relevant to the course you are applying to.
Tuition fees in Hungary are lower than many other places in Europe which makes it an attractive option for international students looking to finance their own studies.
Courses in Hungary range from $5,500 p/year for bachelors and undergraduate degrees to upwards of $15,000 p/year for medical post graduate degrees.
There are plenty of European scholarships available for international students such as ones available through the Erasmus scheme for European students, although there may be other scholarships, bursaries and grants available in your country.