Studying in Budapest, Hungary

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Budapest at a glance

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.


Studying in Budapest

Budapest has a rich history of higher education, with some of its universities dating as far back as the 14th century. Academic education in Hungary’s capital is generally of a high standard, although it frequently adopts a more traditional approach than that of Western European countries.

Following the regulations of the Bologna system, both colleges and universities in Budapest may launch Bachelors, Masters and PhD courses that are globally recognised. Other study programmes include joint degrees with other European universities, Erasmus Mundus degrees, advanced certificate programmes and summer courses.

International students in Budapest can attend a number of pre-university programmes, which are built up of special preparatory courses. A successfully completed foundation study is acknowledged with a certificate and ensures admission to the given programme at Bachelor’s level.

Medicine, dentistry, pharmaceuticals, veterinary studies, and engineering are among the most popular fields for foreigners to undertake in Budapest. There is also the whole range of other options from marketing and business management to international studies, environmental sciences, and creative arts.


Career opportunities in Budapest

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 city life

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.

International atmosphere in Budapest

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.

Weather Budapest

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).


Accommodation costs in Budapest

Types of accommodation for students in Budapest include:

  • Student residence halls – This is the cheapest housing option, but the number of places for international students is limited. You can choose between twin bedroom and single rooms, for prices starting at 150 EUR/month.
  • Rented private flats – For a room in a shared flat, students usually pay between 200-350 EUR/month, including utilities (internet, gas, electricity, etc.).
  • Homestay – Living with a host family/person in Budapest can be more expensive (between 270 – 500 EUR/month), but often prices include receiving some warm meals during the week. You will also get to understand closely the Hungarian authentic way of living!

Living costs in Budapest

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.

Universities in Budapest

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.

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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.

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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.

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