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Study Nursing in Hungary

Study Nursing in Hungary
Shishant KumarNov 11, 2022

Study Nursing in Hungary: Top Courses, Schools, Tuition Fees, Admission Requirements, Scholarships, and Career Scope for International Students

Hungary is emerging as a preferred study destination for international students. The English -taught programs, low tuition fees, and affordable living are the reasons for its growing popularity. Currently, there are four nursing schools in Hungary. The University of Pecs, University of Szeged, University of Debrecen, and Semmelweis University. 

All four are public universities. They all offer their nursing bachelor’s degrees in English. The University of Pecs and Semmelweis University also offer master’s specializations in nursing. Let us learn more about nursing studies in Hungary.

Overview

Undergraduate degree offered  BSc in Nursing
Annual fees for bachelor’s degree  5,258 to 6,940 USD*/year
Post-graduate degree offered MSc in Nursing 
Annual fees for master’s degree 1,750 to 3,365 USD*/year
Medium of teaching  English 
Entrance exams  University entrance test or personal interviews 
English proficiency tests IELTS, TOEFL
Accrediting body  Hungarian Accreditation Committee
Licensing registration  National Healthcare Service Center (AEEK) 

 

Top Nursing Courses in Hungary 

Nursing is a highly respected profession in Hungary. The entry-level degree for nursing in Hungary is a bachelor’s degree called BSc in nursing. This degree award students with a nursing diploma. BSc in Nursing degree lasts for 4 years. Following a bachelor’s degree, students can also go for a master’s specialization for 1.5 to 3 years. These courses should be accredited by the Hungarian Accreditation Committee. There are also options to study doctoral courses in nursing. 

Top Hungarian Nursing schools 

Hungary has some of the finest medical schools. The below table contains a list of all the nursing schools in Hungary. They are accredited by the Hungarian Accreditation Committee. All these universities offer courses in English. Thus, international students prefer to study nursing in Hungary. 

University Name  Bachelor’s Degree Offered Duration  Master’s Degree Offered Duration 
University of Pecs BSc in Nursing 4 years MSc in Nursing APRN (Primary and Intensive Care) 3 years 
University of Szeged BSc in Nursing 4 years NA NA
University of Debrecen BSc in Nursing and Patient Care 4 years NA NA
Semmelweis University BSc in Nursing 4 years MSc in Nursing [Community Health Nursing (APN)]  1.5 years

Tuition fees and cost of studying Nursing in Hungary 

The following table contains a list of tuition fees for BSc nursing and Msc nursing courses in Hungary. 

University Name  Bachelor’s Degree Tuition Fees (USD*/year) Application and Registration Fee (USD*) Master’s Degree Tuition Fees (USD*/year)
University of Pecs 5,258 210 and 105 1,750
University of Szeged 6,520 315 NA
University of Debrecen 6,500 150 and 350 NA
Semmelweis University 6,940 473 and 231 3,365

In addition to tuition fees, students also have to consider the cost of living. Hungary does not have a high standard of living. Hence the living cost including rent, accommodation, transport, food, and utilities does not go beyond 600 USD* per month.  

Category Cost (USD*/month)
Accommodation  100 to 250 
Food 147
Public transport  13 to 15
Personal expenses  100 to 200

Admission requirements for Nursing in Hungary 

The admissions intake starts in the fall and students are expected to apply early to avoid missing deadlines. Hungary does not have any centralized application service. Hence students are required to apply individually to each university. All Hungarian nursing schools have online applications. Students can apply by filling out an application form and submitting documents. To avoid missing deadlines students can apply via Gyanberry. We have partnered with all the nursing universities in Hungary. Hence there are higher chances of getting admission. Here are some general admission criteria for nursing schools in Hungary. 

  • High school or secondary education (12 plus) 
  • Official transcripts
  • University entrance test or personal interview
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Motivation letter
  • Student visa 
  • Proof of English language proficiency (B2 level, or 6.0 IELTS score)
  • Health check 
  • Proof of financial stability

Except for the requirement of a bachelor’s degree in nursing, the admission requirements for master’s specializations are the same as that of a bachelor’s degree. 

Scholarships to study Nursing in Hungary

Recent years have seen a rise in many international students studying in Hungary. To boost this number, even more, Hungary offers generous scholarships to international students. Although Hungary is cheap to study, scholarships make it possible to study for free in Hungary. Some of them not only cover tuition fees but also cover other living expenses.

Stipendium Hungaricum scholarship

Founded in 2013, this is one of the best scholarships for international students studying in Hungary. The Hungarian government funds it for the internationalization of Hungarian higher education. It is applicable to all degree-level programs. The scholarship covers tuition fees, accommodation, medical insurance, and a monthly stipend to cover living expenses. 

Bilateral State Scholarship

Bilateral State Scholarships are given to students of participating countries. The funds cover full tuition fees including some living expenses. These funds are being borne by Tempus Public Foundation and the participating country. Students applying to all bachelor’s master’s and doctoral programs (full or part-time) are eligible to apply for this scholarship. 

Hungarian Diaspora Scholarship 

The funding for the Diaspora scholarship comes from the Hungarian government. Students eligible for this scholarship are exempt from paying tuition fees. It is applicable to all degree levels. Financially challenged students can also apply for living expenses via this scholarship. 

Visegrad Scholarship Program

Visegrad Fund is the joint collaboration between the governments of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia. Therefore, this scholarship is limited to these nationalities only. It is applicable for bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs at Hungarian universities. 

Erasmus+ Scholarship

Erasmus is the most popular scholarship among international students studying in Hungary. This scholarship is limited to students from EU countries. Erasmus+ covers the tuition cost of all degree levels. 

Career scope

How to become a Nurse in Hungary?

The process of becoming a nurse in Hungary does not stop at getting a bachelor’s degree. Students also have to register with National Healthcare Service Center (AEEK). Upon registration, their names will be added to the nursing registry of Hungary. After this, the prospective nurses have to apply for operational registration. This step is mandatory to work either in Hungary or abroad. The last step is to get a professional chamber membership. Nurses can work in the following setting in Hungary:

  • Primary Care
  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Nursing homes
  • Armed forces
  • Hospice Care
  • Specialist consultants

Students who wish to do a particular specialization in nursing can go for MSc specializations in nursing like 

  • Critical care
  • Intensive care
  • Primary care
  • Community health 

A PhD in nursing is also an option available to nursing graduates in Hungary. 

*Note: The tuition and other costs fees are converted on the basis of the current exchange rate, i.e., 1 Euro = 1.05 USD. Exchange rates are subject to periodic change.

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FAQ’s

Yes, Hungarian nursing school accepts applications from international students all over the world.

To become a nurse in Hungary, a student must hold a bachelor’s degree in nursing, which is of four years duration.

Yes, Hungary offers generous scholarships to foreign students to study nursing.

Nursing has been a female-dominated profession. But recent years have seen a rise in male nurses. Any gender who wants to help the community at large should pursue nursing.

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