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Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Programme

Mission of the Programme 

            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 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 main goal of the programme regarding the education policy is to support the internationalisation of Hungarian higher education and its constant development, to strengthen the international relations of the Hungarian academic and research community, to enhance the cultural diversity of higher education institutions and to promote the good reputation and competitiveness of Hungarian higher education throughout the world. The programme also aims to establish and encourage the personal and professional attachment of foreign graduates to Hungary and contribute to the promotion of Hungarian culture and language abroad.

            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 nearly 70 Sending Partners are engaged in the programme on 5 different continents,and the geographical scope of the programme is spreading each year.

            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 2019, more than 4,500 scholarships were awarded.

            The Programme is managed by Tempus Public Foundation.

Available Scholarship Types

Study Levels 

Stipendium Hungaricum scholarships are available for bachelor’s, master’s, one-tier master’s, doctoral, and non-degree programmes (preparatory and specialisation courses). Please note that this Call for Application is for bachelor’s, master’s, one-tier master’s and non-degree programmes only. Please find the Call for Applications for doctoral level here.

Important note: applications are only accepted for bachelor’s, master’s, one-tier master’s and non-degree programmes OR for doctoral programmes; therefore please consider carefully your selected programme(s).

Available Scholarship
 Types
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 degree and partial (exchange)
Master programmes
1.5-2 years
1 or 2 semesters
MA or MSc degree
certificate of completion
full degree and partial (exchange)
One-tier master programmes
5-6 years
1 or 2 semesters
MA or MSc degree
certificate of completion
full degree and partial (exchange)
Non-degree programmes  
Preparatory course in Hungarian language
1 year
certificate
full  degree
Specialisation courses
up to
1 year
certificate
full  degree


Note about one-tier master’s programmes: In the Hungarian education system, one-tier master’s 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, etc.

Study Modes

Both full degree and partial (exchange) study modes are available, in accordance with the relevant bilateral educational cooperation agreement. Full degree programmes are programmes that lead to a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree. One-year programmes do not lead to a degree but provide a preparatory course before a degree programme or a specialisation course after a degree programme.

            Partial (exchange) studies are one-or two-semester long exchange studies that are part of the students’ degree studies in their sending higher education institutions. Therefore, those who apply for partial (exchange) studies must be registered in and must have a student status at a higher education institution that operates outside of Hungary. In case of partial (exchange) studies, applicants can only apply to those study levels (bachelor’s, master’s) that they are attending in their sending, home institutions. Partial (exchange) studies are not available for preparatory and specialisation courses. Partial (exchange) studies are available for up to one academic year and cannot be extended.

            Please be extra cautious when selecting your preferred study programmes in the online application system as most of the study programmes are offered both as full degree and partial study programmes; therefore, those programmes appear twice. Please make sure that you select the programme marked with the study mode of your desire,because it is not possible to change the study mode after submitting your application!

Provisions Covered by the Scholarship

Tuition-free education
            - exemption from the payment of tuition fee
Monthly stipend
            - non-degree, bachelor’s, master’s and one-tier master’s level: monthly amount of HUF 43,700 (cca EUR 130) contribution to the living expenses in Hungary,for 12 months a year, until the completion of studies

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, 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 LXXX of 1997, national health insurance card) and supplementary medical insurance for up to HUF 65,000 (cca EUR 195) 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

Eligibility

Eligible Sending Partners

            The Stipendium Hungaricum Programme is based on effective bilateral educational cooperation agreements between the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade or its legal predecessor as regards the Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Programme, the Ministry of Human Capacities,and the partner’s Ministry responsible for higher education. Applications will be considered eligible only 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, Argentine Republic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Federative Republic of Brazil, 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, Republic of North Macedonia,Malaysia, Mongolia, Montenegro, Oriental Republic of the Uruguay, 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 Namibia, Republic of Paraguay, Republic of Serbia, Republic of Singapore, Republic of South Africa, Republic of the Sudan, Republic of the Philippines, Republic of the Union of Myanmar, Republic of Tajikistan,Republic of Turkey, Republic of Uzbekistan, Republic of Yemen, Russian Federation, Socialist Republic of Vietnam, State of Eritrea, 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 Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Republic of Turkey, Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Russian Federation, Syrian Arab Republic, United Mexican States.

            Please note that the programme is implemented through 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, to find the list of agencies that the Hungarian universities work with, please click here to check; the list is updated regularly.

Non-eligibility

Applications will not be considered in the following cases:

  • Hungarian citizens (including those with dual citizenships), persons granted a refugee status (“menekült”), persons enjoying temporary protection (“menedékes”), persons admitted for subsidiary protection (“oltalmazott”) and persons granted humanitarian protection (“befogadott”),

            Please note that this requirement is not only for applicants but for Scholarship Holders      as well; it means that, e.g., if you obtain Hungarian citizenship or refugee status during your studies in Hungary, you automatically lose your scholarship status.

  • 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 2002 (= applicants under 18 years old as of 31 August 2020 except applicants applying for Dance study programmes,
  • Applicants applying for a doctoral programme,
  • Those applicants who are registered self-financed / fee-paying students of a Hungarian higher education institution at the time of the application deadline AND who are applying for a study level below their self-finances studies. It means that:

- self-financed master students of a Hungarian higher education institution cannot apply for bachelor studies, and

  • Those former Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Holders who were awarded scholarships 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 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 2020
- 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 scholarships for partial (exchange) studies and who

- are now re-applying for partial (exchange) studies in the same cycle of education (non-degree studies, bachelor, master, one-tire master 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 partial (exchange) studies. Even in this case, the length of the full degree scholarship shall be reduced by the length of the previous partial (exchange) studies.

Important note for self-financed students already studying in Hungary:

Those applicants who are registered self-financed / fee-paying students of a Hungarian higher education institution at the time of the application deadline AND who are now applying for the same study level are only eligible to apply for the Stipendium Hungaricum programme if,

            - they are recommended by their Hungarian host universities where they are studying at the time of application, AND
- if their cumulative, corrected sum average (“összesített korrigált kreditindex”) is higher than the students’ average performance in the particular study programme (“szakátlag”).

For example, self-financed master students enrolled in Hungary can apply to continue their studies with the scholarship on the same master level only if they are recommended by their university and their cumulative, corrected sum average is above average. Please see further details about the optional application documents in Section 3.2.3. of the Call for Application.

CONTACT DETAILS 

Please check 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.

  • Website of the Programme: stipendiumhungaricum.hu
  • Skype: stipendiumhungaricum
  • E-mail: stipendiumhungaricum@tpf.hu
  • Tempus Public Foundation: https://tka.hu/english

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

Source: http://studyinhungary.hu/static/upload/stipendium-hungaricum/ba-ma-otm-call-for-applications-2020-2021.pdf