Hungary as a destination

Are you planning to study in Hungary, but don’t have all the information you need to do so? We’ve put together everything you need to know before you set off, so that you can familiarize yourself with the country that will welcome you for the time of your studies, or longer if you’re so keen!

Hungary: what you need to know

First things first! At the center of the European continent, Hungary is one of Europe’s oldest countries, with an exceptional architectural and natural heritage. It has a continental climate, with maximum temperatures of 30°C in summer and -5°C in winter, which is usually very snowy. Surrounded from west to east and north to south by Austria, western Ukraine, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia and Romania, it covers an area of 93,028 km² and is home to almost 10 million people. Its capital, Budapest, has the highest number of thermal springs in the world and remains one of the most visited cities in Europe. After Budapest, located two hours and a half by plane from Tunis, the most important cities, particularly from a university point of view, are : Debrecen, Gödöllő, Győr, Kaposvár, Miskolc, Pécs, Sopron, Szeged and Veszprém. A member of the European Union since 2004, its currency is the Forint and its official language is Hungarian, although English is widely spoken, particularly by young urban residents.

Hungarian habits and customs

Hungary is similar to Tunisia in that the family is the foundation of its society. It is not uncommon for three generations to share the same roof, and family solidarity and mutual aid are a reality. In terms of culture and leisure, Hungarians are fond of all types of art, dance and music in particular. But also sports: water polo, swimming, canoeing, fencing, boxing and gymnastics. A little useful information for your meetings with native speakers: in Hungary, time is time, and there are no delays in Hungarian meetings.


Although dormitory-style student accommodation is available at universities, it is generally reserved for national students. However, for international students, solutions such as renting furnished rooms, flat-sharing or renting are available. Some organizations with which your placement agency has partnerships are able to find accommodation that meets your expectations and budget. In any case, rents are well below those in Western Europe.

What to eat

Hungary is one of the countries where food is cheapest. Whether you opt for the “takeaway” option, where a wide range of world cuisine is available, or the “home-made” option, eating well doesn’t require an astronomical budget. Among all the specialities of the local cuisine, don’t hesitate to try the national dish, Goulash, in as many versions as there are regions, with the meat of your choice or with vegetables, particularly enjoyable and nourishing in winter.

Health care

All residents of Hungary, whether nationals or foreigners, are entitled to health cover for an affordable fee.

Cost of living in Hungary

Although living in Budapest is a little more expensive, it is nevertheless true that between accommodation and food, as well as transport, health and leisure costs, Hungary is half the price of other Western European destinations. For more information and details on every item of expenditure for a student going to Hungary, don’t hesitate to contact the destination specialists.

Student jobs in Hungary

For international students, a degree entitles you to work for a maximum of 40 hours a week.

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