Universities in Hungary

McDaniel College

Budapest, Hungary
McDaniel College is a private, selective college of the liberal arts and sciences, located in the USA. It describes itself as ‘offering a life-changing education to undergraduate and graduate students’. McDaniel College Budapest is the branch campus of McDaniel College, which was established in 1994 in partnership with College International and International Studies, Inc. McDaniel College Budapest is an international four-year college that provides a full program of study for international students from over 20 countries around the world, leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree in... See full description.

Central European University (CEU)

Budapest, Hungary
Central European University (CEU) is a graduate-level educational institution, based in Budapest, Hungary. It receives over 1500 students from 100 different countries and is accredited in both the United States and Hungary. The school provides degrees in the social sciences, humanities, law, public policy, business management, environmental science, and mathematics. More specifically, there are one-year master degree programs in Central European History, Economic and Legal Studies, Gender Studies, Human Rights, International Relations and European Studies, Medieval Studies, and others;... See full description.

Duna International College - Budapest

Budapest, Hungary
Duna International College - Budapest, is a preparatory center for those students who wish to be accepted into a hungarian university. The Centre provides preparatory courses for future university studies.

University of Pécs

Pécs, Hungary
The modern University of Pécs was founded on 1 January 2000 through the merger of Janus Pannonius University, the Medical University of Pécs and the Illyés Gyula Teacher Training College of Szekszárd. However, its roots go back to 1367 when the Anjou king of Hungary, Louis the Great established the first Hungarian university in Pécs.

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About universities in Hungary

Universities and colleges in Hungary are either state owned or run by legal entities. Private institutions offering higher education have to undergo an accreditation process, which is governed by the Hungarian Accreditation Committee. The current format is set according to the Higher Education Act, which is in line with the Bologna process. This system was adopted in December 2005, and it introduced a three cycle degree program.
The higher education system in Hungary has two types of institutions: the főiskola, which are non-university colleges and the egyetem, which are universities in Hungary. While both of them can conduct courses for any of the three cycles, but for an institution to be called a university in Hungary, it must at least offer master’s programs in more than two fields and a PhD program in one. The students can avail admission into these institutes by passing the upper secondary school leaving examination (érettségi vizsga), which doubles up as an entrance exam. There are 69 institutes, out of which, 29 are state run while others are private.
Both the institutes offer both state funded and fee payable seats to the applicants, wherein the number of state funded seats for each cycle and the course is determined by the government annually. For the fee payable seats, the government regulates the fees that can be charged for a course by an institute.
Bachelor’s Studies in Hungary
The first cycle of the structure is a 6 to 8 semester long bachelor’s program, which provides students with a bachelor’s degree, provided they attain the required 180-240 credits in the European Credit Transfer System. There are also certain programs like medicine, law, architecture, pharmacy, dentistry and design, which have chosen to retain the single cycle structure and last for 5-6 years. Two of the Hungarian universities, the Eötvös Loránd University and the University of Szeged, have been ranked amongst the best in Central Europe by the Shanghai List. The technology courses are popular amongst overseas students, and many choose to pursue these courses from the older institutes in Budapest. Learning Hungarian is not a criterion, unless the course being pursued is being taught partially of fully in Hungarian.  Several colleges in Hungary offer bachelor’s courses in foreign languages; particularly English and German. Students have to clear the State Board Examination, known as the Államvizsga, if they want to attain the higher education certificate.
Master’s Studies in Hungary
The second cycle is for the master’s degree programs in Hungary, which require a bachelor degree for enrolments. International students with a bachelor’s or an equivalent degree from their country can also apply for a master’s in Hungary. These programs last 2-4 semesters and students are required to obtain 60-120 ECTS credit points for attaining a master’s degree.
Doctoral Studies in Hungary
The students can also pursue a third cycle, which includes doctoral studies or the PhD, after completion of the master’s program in Hungary. A master’s degree is mandatory for joining a doctoral course, but the rules vary for specific fields like law and medical studies. A doctoral applicant is also required to submit a written dissertation proposal and go through an interview at the desired institute. These courses have retained the single cycle of 10-12 semesters with a requirement of 300-360 ECTS credits, but their first degree is equivalent to a master’s degree in Hungary. A doctoral degree in Hungary is awarded to a student only after they complete the course and defend their doctoral thesis.

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