The Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Program

Written by Michael Nz. on November 18, 2021

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The Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarships are part of a program launched in 2013 by the Hungarian government with the aim of giving foreign students the opportunity to continue their higher education studies in Hungary. 

The main mission of the program is to increase the number of international students in Hungary and to encourage Hungarian higher education institutions to attract the best foreign students. The scholarship program is managed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and coordinated by the Tempus Public Foundation.

The program is based on bilateral educational cooperation agreements signed between the Ministries responsible for education in the countries/territories of origin and Hungary. Currently, more than 80 Shipping Partners participate in the program on 5 different continents, and the geographic scope of the program is expanding each year.

The scholarship program offers both full and partial degree study opportunities in the three-cycle structure (Bachelor, Master, and Ph.D. programs), mainly in the English language, however, other foreign language study programs are also available in the framework of the Hungaricum Scholarship Program. 

Students can also apply for a one-year Hungarian language preparatory training course, after which they can continue their higher education studies in the Hungarian language.

Upon completion of their studies, a European degree in hand offers graduates a wide range of opportunities on the global job market.

Since 2013, the number of Stipendium Hungaricum fellows has grown significantly, at the same time as the proportion of international students paying on their own at Hungarian universities has increased. Between 2013 and 2019, the proportion of international students studying in Hungarian higher education institutions has doubled and the proportion of Stipendium Hungaricum scholars among them has quadrupled. As a result, the number of study programs taught in foreign languages ​​has tripled in Hungarian universities since 2015.

The number of applicants and winners of the Stipendium Hungaricum is constantly increasing, as well as the number of places available for scholarships. In 2021, close to 50,000 applications were received and more than 4,700 scholarships were awarded, demonstrating that, since its launch, the Stipendium Hungaricum scholarship has become a program of excellence.
This is a call for applications to enter bachelor’s, master’s, master’s degree programs, non-university programs, and specialized postgraduate training courses 2022/2023

Hungaricum Scholars are encouraged to focus on their academic advancement during their stay in Hungary as all their tuition fees are covered and their accommodation and living costs are also covered.

Hungaricum scholarships are available for bachelor’s, master’s, one-level master’s, doctorate, non-degree (preparatory courses), and postgraduate specialized training courses. Please note that this call for applications is for bachelor’s, master’s, one-level masters, non-degree programs, and specialized postgraduate training courses only. Here you will find the call for applications for the doctoral level.

Important Note: Applications are only accepted for bachelor’s, master’s, master’s degree programs, non-university programs, and specialized postgraduate training courses or for doctoral programs, therefore please carefully consider the selected programs.
to. Degree programs
b. Bachelor’s programs
c. Master’s programs
d. One-level master’s programs
e. Non-degree academic programs
f. Preparatory courses in Hungarian
Postgraduate specialist training courses

In the Hungarian education system, one-level master’s programs cover both bachelor’s and master’s levels.
therefore, it is an undivided master’s program that results in a master’s degree. These one-level programs are offered in specific fields of study such as general medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, architecture, law, veterinary surgery, forestry engineering, etc.
Postgraduate specialized training courses provide the opportunity to earn a specialized qualification after a bachelor’s or master’s degree. Preparatory courses are not available for postgraduate specialist training courses.

Full and partial degree (exchange) study modes are available, in accordance with the relevant bilateral educational cooperation agreement. Full degree programs are programs that ultimately lead to a bachelor’s degree.
One-year programs do not lead to a degree but provide a preparatory course before a degree program.

Partial (exchange) studies are exchange studies of one or two semesters. If partial (exchange) studies are part of the student’s undergraduate studies at their home higher education institutions, those applying for partial (exchange) studies must be registered and must have student status at an educational institution superior operating outside Hungary. In this case, applicants can only apply to the levels of study they attend at their home institutions of origin (i.e., Ph.D. level).

In case of partial studies are not part of the student’s undergraduate studies at their home higher education institutions, a student status at a higher education institution operating outside Hungary is not required.
Partial (exchange) studies are available for up to one academic year, must be completed before June 30, and cannot be extended.

Be very careful when selecting your preferred study programs in the online application system, as most study programs are offered as full and partial study programs.

therefore, those programs appear twice. Make sure to select the program marked with the study mode of your desire, because it is not possible to change the study mode after submitting your application.

Those applicants who are registered self-funded / fee-paying students from a Hungarian higher education institution at the time of the application deadline AND who are now applying for the same level of study are only eligible to apply for the Hungaricum scholarship program 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 is higher than the average student performance in the particular study program.

For example, self-funded master’s students enrolled in Hungary can apply to continue their studies with the scholarship at the same master’s level only if they are recommended by their university and their corrected cumulative average sum is higher than average. See more details on optional application documents in Section 3.2.3. of the call.

At these levels, 28 Hungarian higher education institutions participate in the Hungaricum Scholarship Program for the academic year 2022/2023 with almost 500 study programs in foreign languages ​​(mainly taught in English). Study programs are generally available in the English and Hungarian languages, and some programs are also offered in German and French.

Available study programs and host institutions are available in the online application system (

Please note that you can only apply for these study programs under the Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Program.
Applicants are eligible to apply only for those types of scholarships and fields of study that are determined in the educational cooperation programs in force between Hungary and the specific Referring Partner. See the full list of available fields of study regarding your home country here:

What benefits do the Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarships offer?

1. Exemption from tuition payment
2. Monthly salary. For non-degree, bachelor, master, and master level of one level: monthly amount of 43,700 HUF (approximately 120 EUR) of contribution to living expenses in Hungary, for 12 months a year, until completion of studies
3. Contribution of accommodation. Free place in the dormitory or a contribution of HUF 40,000 / month to the accommodation costs for the entire scholarship period (note that if the student does not live in the dormitory, HUF 40,000 / month is a contribution to the costs rent, and in larger cities, especially in the capital, this contribution would not cover the full amount of rental costs).
4. Health insurance. Excellent health care services in accordance with the relevant Hungarian legislation (Law LXXX of 1997, national health insurance card) and supplementary health insurance of up to HUF 65,000 (approx. 180 EUR) per person/year
5. Please note that these provisions are only a contribution to the living expenses of the scholarship recipients. It means that it does not fully cover all living costs and students have to add their own financial resources to cover all living expenses in Hungary. All applicants are strongly advised to verify the anticipated living expenses both in Hungary and in the city in which they wish to live before applying.
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a. Since the Scholarship Hungaricum scholarship covers the entire study period, scholarship recipients are not entitled to use financial support to enroll in full-time or part-time (exchange) study programs outside Hungary (e.g. Erasmus +, CEEPUS, Campus Mundi). They can only participate in conferences or research activities that are professionally relevant to their studies. 

These activities must not exceed 14 days or prevent the student from living habitually in Hungary.
b. Applicants are also not eligible to receive the Hungaricum Scholarship in case they have another concurrent scholarship from the Hungarian central budget for studies in Hungary. If the Scholar was awarded more than one scholarship, they must choose one of the scholarships and withdraw from the others. 

However, host institutions may provide additional financial support to students on a social, performance-related, or another basis.
c. In accordance with the regulations of Government Decree 51/2007. (III. 26.), scholarship holders are entitled to receive the National Higher Education Scholarship.