Official name: Hungary
Area: 93,030 square km
Neighbouring countries: Austria, Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia
Official language: Hungarian
State form: Parliamentary republic
Capital and largest city: Budapest (population: 1 700 000)
Other large cities: Debrecen, Miskolc, Szeged, Pécs, Gyor
Currency: Forint (HUF)
Time zone: CET (GMT +1)
Major rivers: River Danube (417 km), River Tisza (597 km)
Largest lakes: Lake Balaton, Lake Velence
Highest point above sea level: Kékes (1014 m) in the Mátra Hills
Hungary is a member of OECD, NATO, EU and a Schengen state. Administratively, Hungary is divided into 19 counties with the capital city of Budapest being independent of any county government.
Hungary is one of the 15 most popular tourist destinations in the world with a capital regarded as one of the most beautiful cities. Despite its relatively small size, the country is home to numerous World Heritage Sites, UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, the second largest thermal lake in the world (Lake Hévíz), the largest lake in Central Europe (Lake Balaton), and the largest natural grassland in Europe (Hortobágy).
The official language of the country is Hungarian, which forms part of the Finno–Ugric language family. Hungarians call their language magyar. Although Hungary is located in Central Europe, Hungarian is not related to any of the languages that surround the country. Hungarian is spoken by 10 million people in Hungary.
Third-country nationals are required to have a visa for entering the territory of Hungary and also for a stay of up to 90 days within a 180-day-period if they come from a country that is under visa obligation according to the Schengen acquis. It is worth checking to see if your country has a bilateral agreement with Hungary, because in this case there is no need for a visa. If not than you are required to have a visa for entering the territory of Hungary and also for a stay of up to 90 days within a 180-days period if they come from a country that is under visa obligation according to the Schengen acquis. The visa application has to be submitted to the Hungarian Consulate in the country where the permanent or temporary residence of the applicant is located or in the country of the applicant’s nationality. If you arrive from a third country, we recommend taking out health insurance.
There are several kinds of accommodation alternatives in Hungary but the cheapest one should be a dormitory belonging to the students’ homes section of the university you attend. One advantage is that it is cheap, it is an easy way of making friends and it provides you with the facility of regular partying.
On the other hand, renting an apartment is a more feasible option if you prefer privacy. You can rent a room from about HUF 25,000 a month. But renting a whole flat is also an option to follow. It is more expensive but a flat share will reduce your costs. We are talking on average at about HUF 60,000–HUF 160,000 a month plus overhead. Renting a flat outside the capital is always cheaper, depending on the location of the university you attend.
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There are plenty of possibilities to access the Internet in Hungary. To help you check your e-mail or surf the net wi-fi access is offered in many cafés, hotels, bookstores and public buildings. Almost every university campus has its own wi-fi hotspots.
Hungarian cooking is actually quite difficult to define. It frequently uses paprika, black pepper and onion. Potatoes are also commonly used in many types of meal. There are two remarkable elements of Hungarian cuisine that locals take no or little notice of but which seem quite unusual to foreigners. One is known as “f"ozelék” (various vegetables prepared in a special way, served cooked and bearing some similarity to a very thick soup) and the other one is soup itself prepared in different kinds of ways. Hungarian cuisine offers a bunch of soups from vegetables or meats or both. These soups come in creamy types, as fresh fruit soups and also as heavy meat soups.
If you want to enjoy Hungarian culture, rich cultural life awaits for you in every town, especially in the capital.
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"Studying in Hungary is a good choice considering its central location in Europe, thanks to which it is easy to travel around the continent.” (Erká, Mongolia)
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The degree structure of tertiary education is based on three cycles. Nearly all study fields lead first to a Bachelor’s degree (usually 3 years), and after a further study period to a Master’s degree (2 years). However, there are some exceptions: medicine, pharmacy, dental and veterinary studies, architecture, law, teacher training, and certain arts-, crafts- and design-related study programmes, which retain a long single-cycle structure of 5 or 6 years of study. A four-year doctoral programme is a post-graduate course to follow any Master’s or equivalent qualification.
The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) is the only existing credit system in Hungary, ensuring transparency of the learning, teaching and assessment processes by facilitating the recognition of learning achievements and qualifications in many countries throughout the European Higher Education Area.
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The programme is based on bilateral educational cooperation agreements between the Ministry of Human Capacities of Hungary and the partner country’s ministry responsible for higher education. More than 50 partner countries are involved and thousands of students from all around the world apply to study in Hungary each year.
Stipendium Hungaricum scholarships are available for bachelor, master, one-tier master, doctoral and non-degree programmes (preparatory and specialisation courses). Both full time and part time study modes are available in case of bachelor, master, one-tier master and doctoral studies.
The Programme is based on effective bilateral educational cooperation agreements between the Ministry of Human Capacities of Hungary and the partner’s Ministry responsible for higher education. Applications will be considered eligible if the applicant is nominated by the responsible authorities of the sending partner. See the full list of the partner countries.
Erasmus+ is the European Union’s programme for education, training, youth and sport which provides opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, gain work experience and volunteer abroad.Erasmus+ helps organise student and doctoral candidate exchanges within Erasmus+ Programme countriesand to and from Partner countries.
"The positive energy of Hungarians surrounds me everywhere. I feel so motivated every day when I get up, look forward to the day and feel content when I go to bed.” (Ambuj, India)
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