The Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Programme, which is overseen by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and run by the Tempus Public Foundation, has been expanded to include the Students at Risk Sub-programme. Its objective is to support students and doctoral candidates whose research or studies have been halted due to conflict, disaster, prosecution, etc.
Scholarships are available through the Students at Risk Sub-programme to study at higher education institutions in Hungary.
For Ukrainian nationals who want to pursue higher education studies in a Hungarian higher education institution, there is currently a Call for Applications. Additionally, the option is available to people who have previously pursued higher education as well as those who just possess a secondary school diploma (and who will have earned a diploma by the time of enrolment).
The Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Programme now includes the Students at Risk Sub-programme, which is run by the Tempus Public Foundation under the direction of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Its objective is to aid Ukrainian students and PhD candidates whose coursework or research has been disrupted by conflict, disaster, prosecution, etc. The sub-programme offers scholarships for higher education in Hungary to students who have fled the conflict in Ukraine. Citizens of Ukraine who intend to pursue higher education studies at a Hungarian higher education institution are eligible to apply at this time. Additionally, the option is available to people who have previously pursued higher education as well as those who just possess a secondary school diploma (and who will have earned a diploma by the time of enrolment).
Ukrainian applicants may now submit an application for a preparation course in Hungarian in addition to other languages. Students who intend to acquire the Hungarian language and, following completion, continue their original full-degree higher education studies or begin their full-degree higher education studies in a Hungarian-language study programme should enroll in this language preparation programme. In general, applicants to these programmes are not expected to have any prior Hungarian language training, although they are typically expected to have at least a basic understanding of English.
Scholarship Holders must take the host university’s “Hungarian as a Foreign Language” course during their first academic year of study and pass an exam at the conclusion of the second semester (with the exception of Scholarship Holders enrolled in Hungarian language programmes).
- Tuition-free education – exemption from the payment of tuition fee
- Monthly stipend – for Ukrainian citizens at non-degree (including preparatory courses), bachelor’s, master’s, one-tier master’s level: monthly amount of HUF 43,700 (currently ca. EUR 110) contribution to the living expenses, for 12 months a year, until the completion of studies* – at doctoral level: according to the prevailing Hungarian legislation, the monthly amount of the scholarship is HUF 140,000 (currently ca. EUR 360) for the first phase of education (4 semesters) and HUF 180,000 (currently ca. EUR 465) for the second phase (4 semesters) – for 12 months a year, until the completion of studies.
- Accommodation contribution – free dormitory place or a contribution of HUF 40,000/month to accommodation costs for the whole duration of the scholarship period. (Please note that if the student does not live in the dormitory, the HUF 40,000/month is a contribution to the rental costs, and in bigger cities – especially in the capital city – this contribution would not cover the full amount of rental costs.)
- Medical insurance in case of students studying in Hungary – health care services according to the relevant Hungarian legislation (Act LXXX of 1997, national health insurance card) and supplementary medical insurance for up to HUF 65,000 (currently ca. EUR 165) a year/person.
- Who are citizens of Ukraine (including dual citizenship, except for those with Hungarian citizenship! Ukrainian-Hungarian dual citizens cannot apply!)
- Those Ukrainian students who can certify that they have completed at least 11 years in public education.
- Applicants under the age of 18 will not be rejected, but please note that parental (legal guardian) consent will be required to enroll, sign a scholarship contract, etc.
- All applications shall be submitted through the online application system of Tempus Public Foundation.
- After registration, the applicants can access the application system and upload the application documents. No hard copies are required. Please make sure that the application is actually submitted, not only saved.
The following documents must be uploaded to the online application system. Please note that only files with a maximum size of 4 MB can be uploaded.
- Online application form: The applicants must fill out and save all requested information on the online application form in English or Hungarian, including the attachment of a recent photo (not older than 2 years).
- Letter about future study plans: Minimum 1-page-long letter written in English, Hungarian or the language of the selected study programme about future study plans and how they are relevant to previous studies. If you are a doctorallevel student, this letter should include your research plans. The letter should be inserted into the online application system section called “Motivation”.
- School certificates: Ideally, this would be a copy of a secondary school graduation certificate or equivalent for bachelor-level studies, a bachelor’s degree certificate or equivalent for master-level studies and a master’s degree certificate or equivalent for doctoral-level studies. However, if missing, any other documents that provide credible evidence should be uploaded. For Ukrainian secondary school students, showing proof that they completed at least 11 years in public education and obtained or will obtain their secondary school graduation certificate (a document certifying the completion of high school studies) until the enrolment. For those who wish to continue their studies on a higher study level (e.g., finished their bachelor studies and would like to continue their studies at master level), showing proof that they obtained a degree at bachelor’s or master’s level is the date of the enrolment at the latest.
- Transcript of Records: Ideally, this would be the transcript of records regarding all academic semesters or school years completed during previous studies. If missing or partly missing, any other documents should be uploaded that provide credible evidence.
- Copy of Passport/ID card: If the applicant has a passport, upload the scanned copy of the page containing both the personal data and the photograph of the applicant.
- Proof of language proficiency: Documents that provide credible evidence that the applicant’s level of language proficiency meets the minimum level determined by the Host Institution. Ideally, this would be a copy of a language exam. A language exam is unnecessary if the applicants completed any previous studies in the same language as the language of the chosen Hungarian study programme (for example, if the official language of the high school was English because it is an official language in the home country of the student). See section 4.3. for general language requirements.
- Statement for Application: All applicants need to accept and sign the “Statement for Application”. The statement should be made on the form provided: download Annex 2, which contains the form that should be used.
Note: There could be missing documents (e.g., school certificates, transcripts). For this reason, the applicants are asked to upload as many documents as possible that could provide credible evidence about previous studies and grades (see details below).
Application Deadline: October 6, 2023Application ClosedOfficial link