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Colleges offerings programs in English.
70
Bachelor's programs offered in English.
117
Master's programs offered in English.

Top Universities in Budapest for International Students

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Why should I study here?

Budapest, with the majestic Danube in the middle. Buda, with its romantic atmosphere on one hand, and Pest, a dynamic cultural center on the other. One would have to be sharp to find another city in the world with such beautiful natural settings and a rich architectural and historical heritage, offering an unparalleled combination of culture, fine cuisine, and thermal baths. 

The Buda side, with its historical thermal baths, the Royal Palace, the Matthias Church, and the zigzagging alleys encompassing the Castle District, emanates a sense of tranquility. On the other hand, thanks to its rich museums, the Parliament, the Great Market Hall, St. Stephen’s Basilica (surrounded by pedestrian streets), and the inspiring atmosphere of the "Jewish quarter", Pest offers a bustling, vibrant scene. 

The Hungarian capital deserves to be called a city with living history. As a spa city, Budapest is more than the sum of its bathing facilities, as it offers a unique blend of Roman, Turkish, and European bathing cultures. Budapest is no longer limited to restaurants, outdoor terraces, and coffee houses, but rather features a cuisine consisting of a blend of traditional Hungarian flavors and the latest dining trends. 

Budapest is also a peaceful meeting point of religions and cultures, a coexistence of the spiritual heritage of East and West. Budapest is a melting pot of wide-ranging subcultures, making it worth a visit as it’s a familiar and safe metropolis with a human face that also offers a wealth of novelties, experiences, and surprises for open-minded visitors. 

Special Notes

I arrived in Budapest for my third week of travel.  I had a long train ride without wifi from Prague; my taxi driver overcharged me; and there was trouble checking into my Airbnb—which turned out to be a bit of a dump. These factors, along with the fact that I hadn’t seen the sun for almost a week and I was tired of Eastern European food, made me quite grouchy for my first few days. 

By the end of the week, though, the sun was out, I had learned about some amazing programs, discovered Langos, and understood the appeal of Budapest! Budapest is split by the Danube River. Pest is on one side and Buda is on the other. Most schools are on the Pest side, where it is more residential with an abundance of cafes, bars, and such. In some parts of Pest, I had trouble determining whether an area was trendy or sketchy. Turns out, most are trendy. 

There are these popular things called "ruin bars" that are set up in abandoned buildings.  I planned to grab a pre-dinner drink in one near my apartment but walked right in and out when I realized I was much too old for this crowd. 

The Buda side of the river is absolutely beautiful. Of course, the benefit to staying on the Pest side is that you get to see that view every day. I walked across the bridge to explore Buda Castle, Fisherman’s Bastion, and St. Matthias Church.  It was an incredible experience, though crowded with tourists, so I’m glad I stayed on the Pest side. The cost of living is incredibly affordable here. A train ticket without a student discount is right around $1. Most of my meals cost under $5. Rooms in student residences generally cost under 200 euros per month, and you can live well in a large, nice shared apartment for under 400 euros a month. 

The American students I spoke with in Budapest were incredibly happy with their experience. Interestingly, this is the first time in Europe for both of them, and affordability was one of the decision-making factors they used. 

Matthew is a nontraditional student (age 39) from Washington State who moved to Budapest with his wife and two small children to pursue a master’s degree. Chris is from a small town in Louisiana and attended LSU for two years before moving to Budapest. Even with airfare factored in, he is paying less in Budapest than he was as an in-state student at LSU. The impetus for both Matthew and Chris was a strong desire to see the world and experience diversity. They both appreciate the various international backgrounds of their friends and the students in their classes and the opportunity this diversity provides in learning different perspectives about world events and even day-to-day living. Chris also prefers the much smaller class sizes here at Budapest Metropolitan. He noted that at LSU he had many classes with 800 students and no personal contact with the professor, while most of his classes here have fewer than 20 students and the professors are accessible in and out of class time.

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