Hungarian Government Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Programme for International Students (4000 awards available)

Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Programme

Course(s) Offered: All fields
Course Level: Bachelors, Masters, PhD, Postdoc, Non-degree programs
Provider: Tempus Public Foundation
Country to Study in: Hungary

Scholarship Description
The Hungarian Government offers the Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Programme for international students as an opportunity to undergo study of all types in Hungary for free. The Programme is managed by Tempus Public Foundation.

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. 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.

The Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship 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.

Hungarian Government Scholarship Programme for Foreign International Students

This scholarship is for all foreigners to the Hungarian state ONLY. Applications will not be considered in the following cases:
  • Hungarian citizens (including those with dual citizenships)
  • former Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Holders, who are re-applying for studies in the same cycle of education (non-degree studies, bachelor, master, doctoral level) including both full time and partial study programmes
Eligible groups
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*, 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 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.

Participating Institutions
All Hungarian higher education institutions

Fields of study
Applicants are encouraged to apply for study fields that are in the educational cooperation programmes between Hungary and the specific Sending Partner.

Stipendium Hungaricum scholarships are available for bachelor, master, one-tier master, doctoral and non-degree programmes (preparatory and specialisation courses).

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, etc.

Number of awards
In the academic year 2018/2019 approximately 4000 students can begin their studies in Hungary in the framework of the Stipendium Hungaricum Programme

Sponsorship duration
Duration of candidate’s chosen program:
  • Bachelor programmes: Fulltime: 2-4 years; Partial: 1 or 2 semesters
  • Master programmes: Fulltime: 1.5-2 years; Partial: 1 or 2 semesters
  • One-tier master programmes: Fulltime: 5-6 years; Partial: 1 or 2 semesters
  • Doctoral programmes: Fulltime: 2+2 years; Partial: 1 or 2 semesters
  • Non-degree programmes:
    • Preparatory course in Hungarian language: 1 year
    • Other preparatory and specialisation courses: up to 1 year
Scholarship benefits
The scholarship includes:
  • 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.
  • Accommodation: dormitory place or a contribution of HUF 40 000 to accommodation costs for the whole duration of the scholarship period
  • Medical insurance: health care services according to the relevant Hungarian legislation and supplementary medical insurance for up to HUF 65 000 (cca EUR 205) a year/person
Method of Application
All documents that cannot be obtained in the language of the selected study programme or in Hungarian have to be translated and the translations have to be submitted as well as the copy of the original document. A guide for the online system will be available to download from the official Stipendium Hungaricum website.

It is important to go through the Application Requirements(pdf) thoroughly and also to visit the official Stipendium Hungaricum website (link to it is below) before applying for this scholarship

All of the requested documents are compulsory and need to be submitted to the online application surface by all applicants by the deadline of 16 February 2018 – noon (until 12:00 PM Central European Time)

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 suggest you to not to apply through any agencies.

The Hungarian Government integrated the different higher education scholarships programmes financed by domestic and European funds into one organisation based on a government decree published on 31 March 2015. The tasks are performed by Tempus Public Foundation, a background organisation of the Ministry of Human Capacities, established in 1996.

Application Deadline: 16 February 2018
Open to International Applicants: Yes

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