Students from all around the world choose to study in Budapest, Hungary. The capital is famous for its high-quality university offer, as well as for its low living cost, making Budapest an appealing place to spend one’s university years in.
The best universities for international students
One of the most popular Hungarian universities is not only famous in its home country but also among international students. ELTE is a modern university with 380 year old traditions. Good news for foreigners! – ELTE has an extensive international network of partner institutions, among which there are 400 Erasmus partners.
The faculties in ELTE are the following:
FACULTY OF ECONOMICS
FACULTY OF EDUCATION AND PSYCHOLOGY
FACULTY OF HUMANITIES
FACULTY OF INFORMATICS
FACULTY OF LAW
FACULTY OF PRIMARY AND PRE-SCHOOL EDUCATION
FACULTY OF SCIENCE
FACULTY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES
BÁRCZI GUSZTÁV FACULTY OF SPECIAL NEEDS EDUCATIOn
The university also provides accomodation for students.
The Dormitory Centre, a central department, offers hundreds of high quality and affordable places. More than half of the international students request a dormitory place.
The Housing Office, on the other hand, helps you finding an accommodation according to your individual needs on the private market including apartment houses, flats, and hostels. In fact, you can apply to both services at once.
Either one intends to obtain a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree, ELTE offers a wide range of opportunities. Diplomas issued at ELTE are acknowledged worldwide and course credits are transferable in all countries of the European Union.
Types of degree programs:
joint degree program:students complete their studies at ELTE in Budapest (at least one semester) and at other member universities in the consortium (at least one semester)
pre-university programs: built up of special preparatory courses in the preparatory year
exchange student: courses are offered in foreign languages
To illustrate the general cost of the courses, take a look at the photo below, which summarizes the costs for English and American studies BA.
ELTE offers degree programmes to international students with a wide variety of funding options. Study-abroad organizations make international students’ lives easier.
Within the AIFS Study Abroad Scholarships one can receive for example the FEA Recipient Grant which provides $500 grant for students who receive a Fund for Education Abroad scholarship.
With The National Endowment for the Humanities Research Program, up to $40,000 is awarded for a year of study. Candidates for the program must be pursuing a research project in the humanities in Hungary. College scholarships include Randall Smith/M. Richard Zinman Award for Study Abroad awarding students with $1,000.
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Semmelweis University is a widely acknowledged instituion, not just in Hungary. Programmes are offered in three languages (Hungarian, English, German), and international students account for nearly a third of the around 11,000 students studying at the University’s six faculties.
The six faculties are the following:
FACULTY OF DENTISTRY
FACULTY OF HEALTH AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
FACULTY OF HEALTH SCIENCES
FACULTY OF MEDICINE
FACULTY OF PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES
SCHOOLS OF PHD STUDIES
As for accomodation, Dean’s College Hotel is a perfect place for international students who want to study here. The cosy apartments come with a single, a twin or queen bed, an in-room bathroom, and a fully equipped kitchen.
Single long cycle programmes
Concerning the tuition fee, it is determined by the year of enrollment to the Program. Students who complete their studies continually (without failing a year) pay the same tuition fee every year.
Although Semmelweis University does not provide scholarships in the English Language Programs of General Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences, the Hungarian State provides Stipendium Hungaricum and Hungarian Diaspora scholarships to international students.
According to international rankings, Budapest University of Technology and Economics is a great place to study.
Here are the faculties:
Faculty of Civil Engineering (ÉMK)
Faculty of Mechanical Engineering (GPK)
Faculty of Architecture (ÉPK)
Faculty of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology (VBK)
Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Informatics (VIK)
Faculty of Transportation Engineering and Vehicle Engineering (KJK)
Faculty of Natural Sciences (TTK)
Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences (GTK)
Tuition fees for international students ranges between 3200-4000 EUR/Semester. Here are some fees of faculties below:
International students shouldn’t worry about high tuition fees as there are some possibilities for funding one’s studies.
The Stipendium Hungaricum offers for BA/BSc, MA/MSc and one-tier master level programs HUF 43,700/month (cca EUR 135) contribution to the living expenses in Hungary, for 12 months a year, until the completion of studies.
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