Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Programme

The Hungarian Government announced the policy of “Global Opening”, as part of which the Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Programme was launched in 2013 for foreign students.
The aim of the programme is to promote cultural understanding, economic and political relations between Hungary and other countries. Currently 53 sending partners are engaged in the programme which is managed by Tempus Public Foundation (TPF).

Thousands of students from all around the world apply for higher educational studies in Hungary each year. In the academic year 2016/2017, more than 2300 students began their studies in Hungary in the framework of Stipendium Hungaricum Programme.

Why study in Hungary?

Call for Applications for 2017/18
Online application system
- opens in the middle of January 2017

Operational Regulations of the Programme

Rules and Procedures of SZIU

Provisions covered by the scholarship  

  • Tuition-free education: exemption from the payment of tuition fee
  • Monthly stipend: non-degree, bachelor, master and one-tier master level: monthly HUF 40 460 (cca EUR 130) contribution to the living expenses, for 12 months a year, until the completion of studies; doctoral level: according to the current Hungarian legislation, for newcomers, it is monthly HUF 140 000 (cca EUR 450) for the first phase of education (first 4 semesters) and HUF 180 000 (cca EUR 580) for the second phase (second 4 semesters) for 12 months a year, until completion of studies; for second and third-year students, it is unchanged: HUF 100 000 (cca EUR 325)
  • Accommodation: dormitory place or a contribution of HUF 30 000/month to accommodation costs for the whole duration of the scholarship period while staying in Hungary
  • Medical insurance: health care services according to the relevant Hungarian legislation (Act No. 80 of 1997, national health insurance card) and supplementary medical insurance

Application Timeline

5 March 2017                Application deadline (submitting application to TPF and to Sending Partner)
9 April 2017                   Nomination period (by Sending Partner)
April-June 2017             Institutional admission procedure
End of June 2017         Notification about selection result by Tempus
July-August 2017          Visa application process
September 2017          Arrival in Hungary

Eligible Sending Partners
The Stipendium Hungaricum Programme is based on effective bilateral educational cooperation agreements between the Ministry of Human Capacities of Hungary and the partner’s Ministry responsible for higher education. Applications will be considered eligible if the applicant is nominated by the responsible authorities of the sending partner.

For full time programmes, students can apply from the following sending partners: Albania, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belarus, Cambodia, China (including the Hudec scholarships), Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea, Kosovo, Kurdistan Regional Government/Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Macedonia, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Myanmar, Namibia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Paraguay, The Philippines, Russia, Serbia, South-Africa, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uruguay, Vietnam, Yemen
For part time programmes, students can apply from the following sending partners: Albania, Belarus, Cambodia, China (only Hudec applicants), Georgia, India, Iran, Japan, Korea, Laos, Lebanon, Mexico, Mongolia, Myanmar, Russia, Syria, Turkey, Vietnam

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

Available Study Programmes - will be updated by the middle of January 2017

Contact details
Please contact the Study in Hungary Unit of Tempus Public Foundation in one of the following ways in case you need any further information:

For more information on Szent István University's programmes, please check our English academic programmes or contact us at

You can also contact the institutional Stipendium Hungaricum coordinator, Ms. Csilla Kánai (International Relations Office, Gödöllő Campus, Main Building, 1st floor, Room 1005; Office hours: 10-11 am daily)

For detailed information about life and education in Hungary, we recommend you to visit the Study in Hungary website