Studying in Hungary is very popular among international students because the quality of education is high while the cost of living is low. One can continue their studies in such beautiful and pulsating cities like Budapest, Szeged, or Debrecen. Moreover, the Hungarian government offers a lot of different scholarships for those who decide to come to continue their studies in Hungary.
If the institutions are put into order according to the number of students they have, then the first ten universities in Hungary make up almost ¾ of the student population. Among the ten universities, five of them especially stand out; individually, these institutions have an enrollment over 10.000, and make up half of the total student population: the University of Debrecen, Eötvös Lóránd University, the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, the University of Szeged, and the University of Pécs.
According to eduline.hu, hvg has recently published their list of the best Hungarian universities that can serve as the perfect guideline for those foreigners who would like to study in the country. The list of hvg can be reached here.
Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest (ELTE)
Taking into consideration the lists published before, it is not surprising that the best university in Hungary is currently the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest (ELTE). This institution is the oldest Hungarian university operating continuously since its foundation in 1635.
It offers the largest scientific establishment in the country with 80 academic lecturers, 24 research groups, and 16 doctoral schools having 118 PhD programs. Every fifth Hungarian applicant still chooses ELTE, and most of them come with the best results to start their studies. Currently, 24,685 students are at the university, with 2,000 international students who come from 80 countries. The university, which has campuses on both sides of the Danube, has already signed 797 Erasmus agreements and offers programs at eight faculties, from law to management and the arts.
Budapest University of Technology and Economics
The second-best university is the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, but this institution has a different profile compared to ELTE. BME is also in Budapest, and it is the leader of the Hungarian technical higher education.
It has more than 110 departments and institutes operating within the structure of eight faculties. About 1,100 lecturers, 400 researchers, other degree holders, and numerous invited lecturers and practicing expert specialists participate in education and research at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. Approximately 800 of the university’s 14,000 students are from 50 countries abroad. The Budapest University of Technology and Economics issues about 70% of Hungary’s engineering degrees.
University of Debrecen
In the third place is the University of Debrecen. Unideb.hu says that it is also one of the top 500 universities in the world. The student community of 30,000 can study in 14 faculties, in institutions of excellent scholarly standard. As a leading university, it is known in Hungary as an intellectual center providing the most colorful spectrum of educational programs while also closely cooperating with the private sector, the business sphere, and the local government. Fourth and fifth are the Pázmány Péter Catholic University and the University of Szeged.
Hvg says that they established the list of the best universities taking into consideration not only the academic rank of the teachers but also the educational achievement of the students (e.g. how many of them have a language exam).
In the Times Higher Education’s (THE) newest World University Ranking, Loránd University (Budapest) is between the 601st and 800th positions, together with the University of Pécs. Furthermore, the University of Debrecen found itself in the 801-1,000 category.
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