Study in Hungary
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During your time in Hungary, you will live with a host family and attend a local high school.

PROGRAM DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
2025 Fall Year Mid-August Late June $12,995
2025 Fall Year Music Mid-August Late June $13,995
2025 Fall Year Sports Mid-August Late June $13,995
2025 Fall Year Bilingual Mid-August Late June $13,995
  • 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

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.

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.

*Due to COVID-19, the 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation described above may take place online 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.

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

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. This is a half-day guided tour.

YFU Advent Party: An evening program in December at a special venue where the YFU community celebrates the festive season with performances and time spent together in an easy-going, fun-filled atmosphere. There is no additional cost, but registration is required.

YFU Tea Party: An afternoon program in the autumn where students gather with YFU volunteers for fun games and learn to prepare a simple yet delectable Hungarian cookie. There is no additional cost, but registration is required.

YFU Family Day: Spend a day with the YFU community and other exchange students and experience cooking a Hungarian dish together on an open fire! You’ll be guided by a Hungarian chef and enjoy the beautiful lunch you will create. There is no additional cost, but registration is required.

  • 2025 Fall Departures: Students born January 1, 2008 – December 31, 2010
  • Students who do not meet this age requirement will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

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 families may be in Hungary’s rural, suburban, or urban areas.

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. They 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 students to attend an international high school called Orchidea. Orchidea is a private school where students participate in bilingual English/Hungarian classes.

During your time in Hungary, you will live with a host family and attend a local high school.

PROGRAM DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
2025 Fall Semester Early August Early November $TBD
  • 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

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.

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 to mid December (Spring departures). This orientation is a required part of the program aimed at preparing students for their experience overseas.

*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.

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

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. This is a half-day guided tour.

YFU Advent Party: An evening program in December at a special venue where the YFU community celebrates the festive season with performances and time spent together in an easy-going, fun-filled atmosphere. There is no additional cost, but registration is required.

YFU Tea Party: An afternoon program in the autumn where students gather with YFU volunteers for fun games and learn to prepare a simple yet delectable Hungarian cookie. There is no additional cost, but registration is required.

YFU Family Day: Spend a day with the YFU community and other exchange students and experience cooking a Hungarian dish together on an open fire! You’ll be guided by a Hungarian chef and enjoy the beautiful lunch you will create. There is no additional cost, but registration is required.

  • 2025 Fall Departures: Students born January 1, 2008 – December 31, 2010
  • Students who do not meet this age requirement will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

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

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 about 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!

Study Abroad Participants
What to Expect

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”, take 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, has 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!

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
Culture Connect Scholarship

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

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.

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. Experience the rich arts, music, and language of this unique and beautiful culture!

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