About Us Stipendium Hungaricum

The new Call for Applications for studies starting from the Academic Year 2018-2019 is now available (to download click here).

  • The deadline for submitting the complete application package: 16th February 2018 (until 23:59 Central European Time)

  • Further details applying :www.stipendiumhungaricum.hu


Hungary provides high quality education in the heart of Europe. Today, there is a growing demand of international students to study in Hungary. Besides the quality of education and degrees recognised throughout Europe and beyond, students are attracted by the affordable living costs with an extremely favourable cost-to-value ratio, a safe and friendly living environment with convenient public transportation, the central location of the country in Europe and the unspoiled natural beauties combined with a 2000 year-old, rich Hungarian history and several UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Hungary is also within the top countries with the highest number of scientific Nobel Prize Winners per capita, and a numerous scientific inventions from Vitamin C to Rubik’s cube and so on.

The Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Programme was launched in 2013 by the Hungarian Government. The core mission of the programme is to increase the number of foreign students in Hungary and to encourage Hungarian higher education institutions to attract top foreign students.

The programme is based on bilateral educational cooperation agreements signed between the Ministries responsible for education in the sending countries/territories and Hungary or between institutions. Currently more than 50 Sending Partners are engaged in the programme throughout 4 different continents.

Thousands of students from all around the world apply for higher educational studies in Hungary each year. The number of Stipendium Hungaricum applicants is continuously increasing as well as the number of available scholarship places. In the academic year 2017/2018 approximately 4000 students can begin their studies in Hungary in the framework of the Stipendium Hungaricum Programme.

The Programme is managed by Tempus Public Foundation.


Stipendium Hungaricum scholarships are available for bachelor, master, one-tier master, doctoral and non-degree programmes (preparatory and specialisation courses). Both full time and part time study modes are available in case of bachelor, master, one-tier master and doctoral studies.

Available Scholarship
Duration Qualifications at the end of programme Available study modes
full time partial (exchange) full time partial (exchange)
Degree programmes Bachelor programmes 2-4 years 1 or 2 semesters BA or BSc degree certificate of completion full time and partial (exchange)
Master programmes 1.5-2 years 1 or 2 semesters MA or MSc degree certificate of completion full time and partial (exchange)
One-tier master programmes 5-6 years 1 or 2 semesters MA or MSc degree certificate of completion full time and partial (exchange)
Doctoral programmes 2+2 years 1 or 2 semesters doctoral degree certificate of completion full time and partial (exchange)
Non-degree programmes   Preparatory course in Hungarian language 1 year certificate full time
Specialisation courses up to
1 year
certificate full time

Note about one-tier master programmes:

In the Hungarian education system, one-tier master programmes cover both the bachelor and the master level of studies; therefore it is an undivided master programme that results in a master degree. These one-tier programmes are offered in specific study fields such as general medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, architecture, law, veterinary surgery, forestry engineering, et


  • Tuition-free education
    exemption from the payment of tuition fee
  • Monthly stipend
    • non-degree, bachelor, master and one-tier master level: monthly amount of HUF 40 460 (cca EUR 130) contribution to the living expenses in Hungary, for 12 months a year, until the completion of studies
    • doctoral level: according to the current Hungarian legislation, the monthly amount of scholarship is HUF 140 000 (cca EUR 450) for the first phase of education (4 semesters) and HUF 180 000 (cca EUR 580) for the second phase (4 semesters) – for 12 months a year, until completion of studies. Please see details in section 1.2.1.
  • Accommodation contribution
    • free dormitory place or a contribution of HUF 40 000/month to accommodation costs for the whole duration of the scholarship period
    • Please note that if the student does not live in the dormitory, then the HUF 40 000/month is a contribution to that rental costs, and in bigger cities – especially in the capital city – this contribution would not cover the full amount of rental costs.
  • Medical insurance
    • health care services according to the relevant Hungarian legislation (Act No. 80 of 1997, national health insurance card) and supplementary medical insurance for up to HUF 65 000 (cca EUR 205) a year/person

Please bear in mind that these provisions are only a contribution to the living expenses of the Scholarship Holders. It means that it does not fully cover all the costs of living and the students need to add their own financial resources in order to cover all living expenses in Hungary. All applicants are highly advised to check the expected living expenses both in Hungary and in the city that they wish to live in before applying; please do check our Cost of Living Calculator by clicking here: http://www.studyinhungary.hu/living-in-hungary/menu/your-costs-of-living.html


The Stipendium Hungaricum Programme is based on effective bilateral educational cooperation agreements between the Ministry of Human Capacities of Hungary and the partner’s Ministry responsible for higher education. Applications will be considered eligible if the applicant is nominated by the responsible authorities of the Sending Partner.

For full time programmes, students can apply from the following Sending Partners: Arab Republic of Egypt, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Federative Republic of Brazil, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Georgia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Japan, Kingdom of Cambodia, Kingdom of Morocco, Kingdom of Thailand, Kurdistan Regional Government/Iraq, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lebanese Republic, Macedonia, Mongolia, Montenegro, Pacific Alliance (member states: Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru), Palestine, People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria, People’s Republic of Bangladesh, People’s Republic of China (including the Hudec* scholarships), Republic of Albania, Republic of Angola, Republic of Azerbaijan, Republic of Belarus, Republic of Cabo Verde, Republic of Colombia, Republic of Cuba, Republic of Ecuador, Republic of Ghana, Republic of India, Republic of Indonesia, Republic of Iraq, Republic of Kazakhstan, Republic of Kenya, Republic of Korea, Republic of Kosovo, Republic of Moldova, Republic of the Union of Myanmar, Republic of Paraguay, Republic of Serbia, Republic of Singapore, Republic of South Africa, Republic of the Sudan, Republic of the Philippines, Republic of Turkey, Republic of Yemen, Russian Federation, Socialist Republic of Vietnam, State of Israel, State of Kuwait, Syrian Arab Republic, The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Tunisian Republic, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Mexican States, United Republic of Tanzania.

For partial (exchange) study programmes, students can apply from the following Sending Partners: Federative Republic of Brazil, Japan, Kingdom of Cambodia, Lebanese Republic, Mongolia, People’s Republic of China (only Hudec* applicants), Republic of Albania, Republic of Belarus, Republic of India, Republic of Korea, Republic of Turkey, Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Russian Federation, Syrian Arab Republic, United Mexican States.

Important note regarding partners marked with “ * “ : In case of these countries, the bilateral educational cooperation agreement is only valid until December 2017, therefore the online application surface cannot be opened until a new agreement is signed. In case a new agreement is signed before the application deadline, the application surface will open immediately.

Please note that the programme is implemented by direct cooperation with the responsible authorities of the Sending Partner. The application does not have any additional costs, therefore we highly suggest you not to apply through any agencies. However, for your information you can find a full list of agencies that the Hungarian universities work with, please click here to check.  The list of agencies will be updated on a regular basis. Please note that the following list of agents is for information purposes only. Tempus Public Foundation does not take any liability regading the operation of the agencies and/or agents


Applications will not be considered in the following cases:

  • Hungarian citizens (including those with dual citizenships).
  • Applicants with a citizenship different from the sending country/territory. For example, only Brazilian citizens can apply through the Brazilian Sending Partner.
  • Applicants born after 31 August 2000 (= applicants under 18 years old as of 31 August 2018) except applicants applying for Dance study programmes,
  • Applicants who will not hold a secondary school graduation certificate until 1 August 2018,
  • Those former Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Holders who were awarded for full degree studies and who
    • are now re-applying for full degree or partial (exchange) studies in the same cycle of education (non-degree studies, bachelor, master, one-tire master, doctoral level) – therefore, those Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Holders can apply for the programme who apply to continue their studies at a different cycle of education, e.g. bachelor scholarship holders can apply for master studies!
    • or who are now re-applying for the programme for any cycles of education while they still have a scholarship status at the time of application (unless they withdraw their former scholarship before the application deadline) and will not receive their degree until 31 August 2018,
    • or who have postponed the start date of their scholarship studies and did not withdraw their scholarship before the current application deadline.
  • Those former Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Holders who were awarded for partial (exchange) studiesand who
    • are now re-applying for partial (exchange) studies in the same cycle of education (non-degree studies, bachelor, master, one-tire master, doctoral level) – therefore, those Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Holders can apply for a different cycle of education, e.g. former bachelor scholarship holders can apply for master partial (exchange) studies if they are now master students in their home countries!

Therefore, please note that it is only possible to re-apply for full degree scholarship studies in the same cycle of education if the former Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Holder was previously awarded for partial (exchange) studies! Even in this case, the lengths of the full degree scholarship shall be reduced by the lengths of the previous partial (exchange) studies.


Please contact the website for more details about the programme and for frequently asked questions. Please contact the Stipendium Hungaricum Unit of Tempus Public Foundation in one of the following ways in case you need any further information.

We recommend all applicants to visit the Study in Hungary website (www.studyinhungary.hu) for detailed information about life and education in Hungary.