Hungary is a landlocked country in Central Europe. It is bordered by Slovakia to the north, Ukraine and Romania to the east, Serbia and Croatia to the south, Slovenia to the southwest and Austria to the west. The capital and largest city is Budapest. Hungary is a member of the European Union, NATO, the OECD, the Visegrád Group, and is a Schengen state. The official language is Hungarian.
Applicants to institutions of higher education in Hungary must have a secondary school certificate. Training is based on a seminar and lecture system. Students are usually required to complete 180 ECTS credits during a 3-year programme, and 120 ECTS credits during a 2-year training. Certain programmes (e.g. teacher training) require an additional semester of practical training or internship.
The academic year consists of two semesters: autumn (September-January) and spring (February-June). Both semesters include a 15-week long study period, usually with one week of schoolbreak in the middle of the term, and a 6-week long exam session.
At seminars, grades are usually awarded on the basis of in-class performance, mid-term and end-term papers, take-home essays, oral presentations, or a combination of these requirements. Class attendance is mandatory for seminars.
As for lectures, class attendance is recommended. Grades are awarded on the basis of oral and/or written exams, which take place during the 6-week long exam session at the end of the term. Students may choose from 2 to 4 dates when they want to sit for a particular exam. In case of fail, one re-sit will be allowed. The grading system ranges from 1 (fail) to 5 (excellent).
Currency rate: 277 HUF = 1 €
bachelor's degrees -EUR 1000 per academic year
master's degrees -EUR 1500 per semester
registration fees EUR 40 EUR - EUR 800
If you are an EU student or you may also qualify as a "state-funded" student.
You can expect monthly cost to be around 600 € in total.
It is advised for students to bring at least 2000 € to begin with.
From the 2nd year of their full degree studies onwards, registered full time students who achieve a 4,50 grade average or higher in each of the previous consecutive 2 semesters may submit an application for tuition fee reduction. Tuition may be reduced by up to 20% for a maximum of 20% of eligible students in each year.
University of Debrecen has its own dormitories. All dormitories have a refrigerator in each room, a well-equipped kitchen on every floor, laundry facilities, study and clubrooms in each building. All rooms have internet access.
Room prices range from 7.500 to 50.000 HUF/month, depending on the number of beds in the room.
Students with outstanding sport or research achievements will be given preference.
The application deadline for graduate students is the beginning of June and for first year students the middle of August. Students can apply online for place in dormitories.
Finding a job in Hungary can be difficult. International students can register at student work agencies, like Hungarian students, and theoretically they have the same chances too. However, in practice, higher possibility to get a job is if you know Hungarian language. Regarding the salary, it is rather low so students cannot support themselves only with these earnings, it is more like extra pocket money for daily expenses.