Hungary combines the central and Eastern Europe by bridging them that forms a unique combo of attractions from both regions but that does not, in any case, means that Hungary doesn’t have its own identity. Hungary prides in offering from architectural to the cultural delights to the visitors. It has many historic castles and an amazing range of vineyard covered hills. Moreover, student cities in Hungary have many globally ranked universities hosting hundreds of international students.
Having all these attractions with a strong focus on internationalization and relatively low living expenses increases the popularity of Hungary as a study abroad destination. Choose to study in Hungary and get to experience a wonderful lifestyle with great quality of higher education. In this article, I have shared 5 best cities for international students in Hungary.
1 - Budapest
Budapest is the capital of Hungary and is undoubtedly one of Europe’s most beautiful and appealing cities. The city is divided into two halves named as Buda and Pest that are situated at both sides of the Danube River. Budapest is in the list of UNESCO World Heritage because of its historical and architectural value. In that list it is described as one of world’s most outstanding Urban Landscapes.
It is important to add here that Budapest is not only beautiful because of its architectural development and historical places; it also offers a lot more to the foreigner students. It has art galleries, classical music, world renowned spas, trendy bars, outdoor clubs and bohemian cafes. Best known cultural event in Budapest is its Sziget music festival held every August but there are plenty of events going on all year round.
Besides these attractions, Budapest has a lot to offer in higher studies. It has many universities ranked in the QS World ranking of universities. Three universities in Budapest are featured in the QS World University Rankings 2016-17. All three are participants in Erasmus Mundus and various other student exchange programs. Some other notable universities in the city of Budapest include Budapest Business School, Hungarian University of Fine Arts, Semmelweis University, Obuda University and Central European University (ranks in the Global top 50 Schools of Politics).
Top Ranked Universities in Budapest:
- Eotvos Lorand University (ranked 601-650)
- Corvinus University of Budapest (701+)
- Budapest University of Technology and Economics also (701+)
2 - Debrecen
Debrecen is the second largest city of Hungary with 250 thousand residents. Debrecen has been the capital city of Hungary for two brief periods in history. The city is educational, economical, scientific, technological, and cultural center of the Eastern region of the country. It has similar charms like any other modern urban city of the world with theater, live music, bars, nightclubs (in true Hungarian style) and natural hot springs and spas.
The city is also known for a very famous Flower Carnival held in August every year which involves millions of flowers used to decorate the city that makes the Carnival colorful. With all these mentioned charms this city is picture perfect for a student looking for a beautiful place for higher education. University of Debrecen is most popular university of the city.
Top Universities in Debrecen:
- University of Debrecen
- Debrecen Reformed Theological University
3 - Szeged
Szeged is Hungary’s third largest city located in the South region of the country on the Banks of Tisza River. It also called the “City of Sunshine” due to its warm climate and sunny days. You will find showcasing outdoor theater performances throughout the summer. You will also get to see the pride festival of Szeged called Open Air Festival held annually. After all, Szeged is known as cultural hub of the country for a reason.
This city is also known as a university town offering robust nightlife and tasty food items. Some of the best local items for the foodies are Salami and Fisherman’s Soup. It is famous as the education center of south Hungary because it is home to the top ranked university of the country University of Szeged.
Top Universities in Szeged:
- University of Szeged (ranked between 501 - 550)
- Eötvös József College
4 - Pecs
Pecs is a city located in the Southern part of Hungary closed to the Croatian border. It is very famous for a Mosque built by Qazi Pasha Kasim in the 16th century. Pecs is 4th best student city of Hungary as it not only offers a good lifestyle but also many great universities. City of Pecs has one of the most respected universities of the country, University of Pecs. This university is ranked between 150 to 250 best in world for Medicine, History and English literature. QS ranked it 750+ globally in overall performance.
Top Universities in Pecs:
- University of Pécs (63rd in EECA ranking)
- Theological College of Pécs
5 - Miskolc
Miskolc is another beautiful city of Hungary filled with traditional and cultural values. It is perfect Hungarian student city for those who like less hustle areas. This city is regarded 4th best for international students because considering all the facilities available for them. It is home to the University of Miskolc. University of Miskolc offers courses in Engineering, Law, economics, fine arts and material sciences.
Top Universities in Miskolc:
- University of Miskolc (110th in EECA ranking)