Budapest has all the things a big city can offer to international students – good quality of living, a wide range of study degrees and a diverse culture – with a lower cost of living. Study in Budapest to benefit of top academic Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD programmes. In addition, you will get to meet a welcoming student community and explore all the wonders of an ex-empire capital city! Budapest is the capital and the largest city of Hungary, split in two halves (Buda and Pest), on either side of the Danube River. Budapest is a great stepping-stone to visiting the rest of East-Central Europe, countries like Austria, Poland, Serbia, Czech Republic, Croatia, Slovenia and Romania.
Budapest is an important economic and industrial hub. Several international companies have set up headquarters in Budapest due to both the city’s central location within Europe and the notable low expenses.
As a student in Budapest, you can find many internship and part-time working opportunities in sectors such as banking and finance, retailing, trade, transportation, tourism, real estate, media, advertising, legal services, accountancy, insurance, fashion and the arts.
Important multinational employers in Budapest include: IBM, Morgan Stanley, Ericsson Worldwide, Nokia Solutions and Networks, Hewlett-Packard (HP), Tata Consultancy Services, Vodafone, General Electrics, Prezi, Deloitte, Bosch, Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Nestlé, IKEA, and L’Oréal.
Budapest’s architectural and historic importance has earned it a place on the UNESCO World Heritage list, where it is described as “one of the world’s outstanding urban landscapes”. Hungary’s capital doesn’t just look beautiful – it also offers plenty of things to do and explore, from world-renowned spas, art galleries and classical music, to trendy cocktail bars, excellent cuisine and outdoor festivals.
While in Budapest, make sure to discover the historic Castle Hill with a walking tour and take a Danube cruise for beautiful panoramic views. You can also relax in one of Budapest's famous baths, such as the Király Baths, the Rudas Baths or the Gellért Baths, and enjoy rides with the super cute yellow subway line (the oldest subway in the European mainland).
Other important places to visit in Budapest include: the Chain Bridge, Matthias Church, Budapest Parliament, Heroes’ Square, St. Stephen’s Basilica, Andrássy Avenue, the Fisherman's Bastion, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Vajdahunyad Castle, or the Spoon Cafe.
Budapest has a number of relaxing paradises, such as the Millenáris Park, the Botanical Garden, the City Park, the Margaret Island, the People's Park and the Csepel Island. The best known of Budapest's outdoor cultural events is the huge Sziget music festival, held on Óbudai Island, every August.
Budapest is one of Europe’s most attractive capitals, drawing a great number of tourists, expats and foreign students, as well as many international businesses and events. One of the largest cities in European Union, Budapest hosts large communities of Germans, Slovakians, Romanians, Croatians, Chinese, Arabs, Vietnamese, and Russians.
Some of the most spoken foreign languages in Budapest include English, French, German and Russian. English is especially used within the service industries, the community of international students, and the business environment.
Budapest has a four-season climate. Spring is characterized by abundant sunshine and scattered showers, summer can have prolonged hot periods, and winters are unpredictable, with fairly frequent snowfalls. July is the hottest month in Budapest, with an average temperature of 21°C (70°F), while the coldest is January, at an average of -1°C (30°F).
Types of accommodation for students in Budapest include:
Many students choose Budapest because it is a less expensive study destination, compared to Western European cities. You should be able to cover your monthly expenses with around 500 EUR, including accommodation, food, traveling, and some social activities.
For grocery shopping you will spend around 100 EUR per month, and for a menu at the student cafeterias you will pay about 3 EUR. The monthly student-pass for public transportation costs 12 EUR.
International Business School is a vibrant modern business school that attracts students from around 70 countries of the world. We offer degree programmes in partnership with The University of Buckingham in Budapest and in Vienna. Being truly international, IBS is famous for its highly practical and student-focused approach that results in an outstanding employment rate after graduation.
Central European University is a graduate-level “crossroads” university where faculty and students from more than 100 countries come to engage in interdisciplinary education, pursue advanced scholarship, and address some of society’s most vexing problems.
The Pázmány Péter Catholic University has got an eminent place in the Hungarian higher education system and has become recognized partner of many universities and research centers on the national and international level.
Leading research university in the heart of Hungary offering a great environment for research and quality education with Hungary’s largest selection of exchange and degree programs to the international community. Diplomas issued at ELTE are acknowledged worldwide and course credits are transferable in all countries of the European Union.
In the spirit of the Biblical Word, the mission of the University is to educate young people consciously claiming the morals and spiritual values of Christianity, and to train professionals with up-to-date knowledge for the good of the nation, to serve Hungarians living in Hungary and outside our borders alike, first of all the reformed system of institutions and the reformed communities.
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Óbuda University is a dynamic and thriving institution located in Budapest, heart of Hungary, heart of Europe. For 132 years of existence, the educational excellence has remained paramount.
Budapest University of Technology and Economics or Budapesti Mueszaki es Gazdasagtudományi Egyetem in Hungary was found in 1782 by Emperor Joseph II. It is one of the oldest technology institutes in the world. The first university in Europe to train engineers. The motto of the university is “Courses in Contemporary Engineering - harmonizing theory and practice”. The language of teaching was Hungarian, it was changed to Latin in 1860. It moved to its current campus in 1910. In 1967 two technical universities in Budapest came to form the Technical University of Budapest. 6 faculties were introduced and the Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences was established in 2000 and the university became Budapest University of Technology and Economics. There are many famous alumni in this university: Dennis Gábor who was the inventor of holography got his Nobel Prize in Physics in 1971, George Oláh got his Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1994. Nowadays the university has 110 departments, 1100 lecturers, 400 researche