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Study in Hungary

A rare blend of the old and new, this 1,000-year-old country is quickly becoming one of Central Europe’s most popular. From gorgeous lakes and rivers to breathtaking architecture and complex cities, Hungary offers a remarkable and balanced experience for any exchange student. Come experience the rich arts, music, language, of this unique and beautiful culture!

+ More About Hungary

Jó napot! From beach resorts and vineyards to vibrant cities, Hungary is quickly being discovered as one of Central Europe’s new hot spots.

While visiting the “heart and soul of Central Europe”, you’ll have the opportunity to attend concerts and learn traditional folk songs. You’ll hear live bands play music from around the world! The primary ethnic group in Hungary, the Magyars, have passed on food traditions and recipes like goulas, a spicy stew of meat, vegetables, and spices. Hungarian cuisine will not disappoint you with its high quality meats and fresh, sharp cheeses and spices.

The Hungarian education system consists of three types of secondary schools: for those on an academic program, you will most likely be placed in a “gimnazium,” which prepares students for college. Best known for their hospitality, your Hungarian host family will love welcoming you into their culture. Hungarian teenagers enjoy many of the same activities as Americans, including hanging out in cafes and going to concerts. However, with nine national parks and about 1,000 protected areas, you will no doubt be able to experience the outdoors too.

If you choose Hungary, you will experience plenty of spice – in food, festivities, and everyday life!

+ Scholarships Available

YFU USA is proud to send over 200 American students on cultural exchange with a full or partial scholarship each year. Financial assistance may be in the form of a merit-based scholarship, needs-based financial aid, or Legacy Grant for students who are previously involved in the YFU Community. Scholarships may vary in deadline, requirements, and eligibility. To learn more, please visit our Scholarships Page to find details on the following scholarships eligible for Hungary:

Holcomb & Farnell Foreign Study Fund
YFU Legacy Grant
YFU Financial Aid Fund
Karla Topolka Scholarship Fund
Passport to Equity

+ Application Deadline

Applications for Spring/Winter programs must be submitted by September 15 for review. Summer and Fall departure program applications are due March 15.

+ Additional Information

Visa Information

Information regarding visas and other immigration processes will be provided upon enrollment.

Additional Costs

Program tuition does not include personal spending money or school-related costs such as books and school trips. Students are responsible for transportation to school (if applicable) and residence permit fees upon arrival. Students participating in an afternoon music school will be responsible for the cost of the music school.

Choose Your Program

+ Academic Year Programs

During your time in Hungary, you will live with a host family and attend a local high school. Part of your experience will be:

School

You will attend a gimnàzium (academic secondary school). English is taught as the primary second language. Hungarian schools emphasize physical education, morality, and familiarity with the arts. All high schools teach history, Hungarian grammar, literature, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, geography, physical education, art, and music.

Orientations

All students applying for the program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation*, which usually takes place in mid-July or early-mid December (Spring departures). This orientation is a required part of the program aimed at preparing students for their experience overseas. All students applying for the Fall programs will participate in a one-day local pre-departure orientation in May or June.

*Due to COVID-19, the 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation described above may take place on-line dependent upon recommended guidelines at the time of the event. YFU will continue to assess the situation as it develops.

You will also have a four-day arrival orientation in Hungary, in addition to a three-day mid-year orientation in January and a three-day departure orientation at the end of the program. YFU Hungary offers a basic Hungarian language course during the post-arrival orientation. Students will receive advanced language and grammar materials throughout the program. All orientation costs are included in program tuition.

Optional Excursions

Year program students will also usually have the option of participating in a number of educational trips and excursions during their stay, at an additional cost.

Prague Visit: This four-day sightseeing trip to Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, includes a guided bus tour and other cultural activities.

Parliament Tour: In the spring, students have the opportunity to visit the Hungarian Parliament in Budapest, known as one of the most beautiful works of architecture in the world.

Day Trip to Vienna: Students may have the opportunity to take a one-day long trip to Vienna, the capital of Austria, accompanied by YFU volunteers. The group leaves early in the morning and arrives back at night. The program includes taking a short walking tour, a bus tour, and other cultural activities.

Day Trip to Budapest: In the winter, students may get the chance to spend a day with other exchange students and volunteers in Budapest. Depending on the weather, the program will include ice skating or sightseeing and other winter-specific activities.

Special Interest Programs

Music: Hungary has always been a country with a strong musical tradition. From Liszt and Bartok to the pulsating rhythm of the “czardas,” Hungarian composers and musicians have made this nation’s folk and classical music famous worldwide. Depending on your host family placement and musical ability level, you will attend one of two types of music schools. One involves taking academic classes at a public high school in the morning and music lessons in the afternoon. This type of school is recommended for students who play music as a hobby, and are interested in developing their skills through a high quality music program. Students receive one on one instrumental lessons twice a week, as well as compulsory solmization lessons twice a week, and may have the opportunity to play with the school’s orchestra at competitions, concerts, and festivals. The other involves the students attending a musical-arts high school, and is recommended for students who are serious about developing their existing music skills. YFU Hungary reserves the right to decide which type of music school you can be enrolled in according to your audition materials. You should bring your instrument with you to Hungary. Students applying for the music program should have previous training and be serious about musical arts. Please contact info@yfu.org for more information about the experience requirements for this program!

Sports Program: The sports program in Hungary allows students to continue practicing a high-level sport or to begin a new sport in an intensive atmosphere. The most common sports practiced in Hungary are horseback riding, water polo, dance, and soccer, but if a student wishes to gain experience in a different sport, that is definitely a possibility! Contact info@yfu.org to find out more information about opportunities to practice your preferred sport in Hungary!

Bilingual Program:

YFU Hungary offers an option for future inbound
students to attend an international high school, called
Orchidea. Orchidea
is a private school – students would participate in a
bilingual class (English-Hungarian).

PROGRAM DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
2024 Fall Year Mid August Late June $12,595
2023 Fall Year Music Mid August Late June $13,095
2024 Fall Year Sports Mid August Late June $13,095
2024 Fall Year Bilingual Mid August Late June $13,095

Tuition Includes

  • Placement with a host family
  • Enrollment in a local Hungarian high school (or music high school)
  • Airport transfers
  • Domestic and international travel
  • All pre-departure and post arrival orientations
  • Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
  • Support from a YFU Hungary Area Representative while on program
  • Comprehensive insurance

Age Requirement

  • 2024 Fall Departures: Students born January 1, 2007 – December 31, 2009.
  • Students who do not meet this age requirement will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

Language

Hungarian. Previous language study is not required. YFU Hungary offers a basic language course during post-arrival orientation and Hungarian language materials throughout the program.

Host Family Placement

Host families may be located throughout Hungary in rural, suburban, or urban areas.

+ Semester Programs

During your time in Hungary, you will live with a host family and attend a local high school. Part of your experience will be:

School

You will attend a gimnàzium (academic secondary school). English is taught as the primary second language. Hungarian schools emphasize physical education, morality, and familiarity with the arts. All high schools teach history, Hungarian grammar, literature, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, geography, physical education, art, and music.

Orientations

All students applying for the semester program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation*, which usually takes place in mid-July or early-mid Decemeber (Spring departures). This orientation is a required part of the program aimed at preparing students for their experience overseas. All students applying for a Fall program will participate in a one-day local pre-departure orientation in May or June.

*Due to COVID-19, the 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation described above may take place on-line dependent upon recommended guidelines at the time of the event. YFU will continue to assess the situation as it develops.

You will also have a four-day arrival orientation in Hungary, in addition to a three-day mid-year orientation in January and a three-day departure orientation at the end of the program. YFU Hungary offers a basic Hungarian language course during the post-arrival orientation. Students will receive advanced language and grammar materials throughout the program. All orientation costs are included in program tuition.

Optional Excursions

Semester program students will also usually have the option of participating in a number of educational trips and excursions during their stay, at an additional cost.

Prague Visit: This four-day sightseeing trip to Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, includes a guided bus tour and other cultural activities.

Parliament Tour: In the spring, students have the opportunity to visit the Hungarian Parliament in Budapest, known as one of the most beautiful works of architecture in the world.

Day Trip to Vienna: Students may have the opportunity to take a one-day long trip to Vienna, the capital of Austria, accompanied by YFU volunteers. The group leaves early in the morning and arrives back at night. The program includes taking a short walking tour, a bus tour, and other cultural activities.

Day Trip to Budapest: In the winter, students may get the chance to spend a day with other exchange students and volunteers in Budapest. Depending on the weather, the program will include ice skating or sightseeing and other winter-specific activities.

Special Interest Programs

Sports Program: The sports program in Hungary allows students to continue practicing a high-level sport or to begin a new sport in an intensive atmosphere. The most common sports practiced in Hungary are horseback riding, water polo, dance, and soccer, but if a student wishes to gain experience in a different sport that is definitely a possibility! Contact info@yfu.org to find out more information about opportunities to practice your preferred sport in Hungary!

Music Program: The Music program in Hungary allows students to continue studying music on a higher level in addition to regular academic studies at a public school. This is an excellent program for students who are serious about their musical studies. In order to qualify for this special program, students must have studied music previously and be serious in working at a high level with instructors. Contact info@yfu.org to find out more information about opportunities to practice your preferred instrument in Hungary!

PROGRAM DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
2025 Spring Semester Early January Late June $11,595
2025 Spring Semester Sports Early January Late June July $12,595
2025 Spring Semester Music Early January Late June $12,595
2024 Fall Semester Mid August Mid January $11,095
2024 Fall Semester Sports Mid August Mid January $12,095
2024 Fall Semester Music Mid August Mid January $12,095

Tuition Includes

  • Placement with a host family
  • Enrollment in a local Hungarian high school (or music high school)
  • Airport transfers
  • Domestic and international travel
  • All pre-departure and post arrival orientations
  • Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
  • Support from a YFU Hungary Area Representative while on program
  • Comprehensive insurance

Age Requirement

  • 2024 Fall Departures: Students born January 1, 2007 – December 31, 2009.
  • 2025 Spring Departures: Students born June 30, 2007 – June 30, 2010.
  • Students who do not meet this age requirement will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

Language

Hungarian. Previous language study is not required. YFU Hungary offers a basic language course during post-arrival orientation and Hungarian language materials throughout the program.

Host Family Placement

Host families may be located throughout Hungary in rural, suburban, or urban areas.