Students with best academic records usually benefit from the State-Funded program, where the government of Hungary pays the tuition of students selected. If you are an EU student or come from a country that has reciprocal agreement with Hungary, you may qualify for the “State-Funded” student.

International students, non EU and students who don’t fall within the “State-Funded” category will have to pay tuition fees usually ranging from 1000 to 3000 euro per academic year. In addition they may also pay registration fees ranging from 40 to 700 euro depending on the course.

Hungary offers some state-funded places to EU students applying to university. This covers tuition and registration (though you may need to make a small contribution) and is based on your previous grades. Recently, there has been a cut in the number of these places, so whilst it is worth applying, you will need to have a back-up plan to fund your course.

Your first port of call for researching these funded places is your university of choice, they should be able to tell you what is available – and some universities offer reductions in fees based on grades themselves.

There are also some scholarships available to international students through the Hungarian Scholarship Board. These fall into seven categories, covering a variety of courses. To be eligible, you must have received a letter of acceptance from a university. Students coming in from Eastern Europe may also be eligible for a scholarship from the Visegrad Fund. Excluding medicine and similar courses which are more expensive, you can expect to pay around €3,000-€5,000 for a masters and €4,500-€5,500 for a PhD.

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