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Hungary

Come experience the rich arts, music, language, of this unique and beautiful culture!

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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! A rare blend of the old and new, Hungary is quickly being discovered as one of Central Europe's new hot spots. From beach resorts and wine vineyards to vibrant cities, this land offers both tranquility and excitement to all its visitors.

One of the most cosmopolitan countries in Europe, Hungary is considered the heart and soul of Central Europe. Everywhere you go, you'll be sure to hear bands playing live music. There are always concerts to attend or a traditional folk song to learn. Hungarians listen to Hungarian artists, but also appreciate music from around the world. You'll be able to expand your music tastes like you never thought possible!

Hungarian food is one of the best kept secrets of the country - it's delicious! Hungarian cuisine includes various high quality ingredients of meats, fresh bread, cheese and spices inspired by the Magyars. The Magyars are the primary ethnic group in Hungary and have passed on traditions and recipes over the generations. Be sure to try goulash, a spicy stew of meat, vegetables, and paprika.

The Hungarian education system consists of three types of secondary schools: the "Gimnazium," the "Szakkozepiskola," and the "Szakmunkaskpzo." For those on an academic program, you will most likely be placed in a "gimnazium," which prepares students for college. However, if you are interested in more specialized studies, such as music, a "szakkozepiskola" might be the right fit for you.

Best known for their hospitality, Hungarians love welcoming foreigners into their culture. It's not hard to strike up a conversation with a local, and you'll likely develop many new friendships in Hungary. Your host family may live in a larger or smaller town and will probably include one or two host siblings. Hungarian teenagers enjoy many of the same activities as Americans, including hanging out in cafes, dancing in clubs, 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. In Hungary, there is something for everyone!

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

Pastimes

Sports, meeting friends, eating at a cafe, and going to the cinema.

Online Resources

To learn even more about Hungary, we recommend:

  • Visit your local library to find reference books, travel guides and essays, Hungarian language dictionaries, and many more country resources
  • Use an internet search engine to find informative web sites

+ Scholarships Available

Scholarships for 2020 programs have not yet been confirmed. Applications for 2020 Summer/Fall scholarships will open in the Fall of 2019. The YFU Financial Aid Fund can be applied to any program and will remain available for 2020 Spring programs until September 15. The YFU Legacy Grant can be applied to any program at any time of application. For more details on the Financial Aid Fund, Legacy Grant, and previous merit-based scholarships please visit our scholarships page.

Learn more about scholarship details and application deadlines.

+ Programs & Tuition

Fall Year Catering: $14,495
Fall Year: $13,995
Fall Year Music: $14,495
Fall Year Sports: $14,495
Spring Year: $13,995
Spring Year Catering: $14,495
Spring Year Music: $14,495
Spring Year Sports: $14,495
Fall semester: $12,995
Fall Semester Sports: $13,495
Spring Semester: $12,995
Spring Semester Sports: $13,495

Applications for tuition based programs must be submitted by October 1 for winter/spring departure programs and March 15 for summer and fall. Applications submitted after this date will be considered on a case by case basis depending upon availability.

+ 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, typically between €80 and €300 per semester.

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. German, French, Russian, and Italian are taught as well. Hungarian schools emphasize physical education, morality, and familiarity with the arts. The academic programs include a distance Hungarian language program which is initiated at orientation and carried throughout the program. 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 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.

You will also have a four-day arrival orientation in Hungary, which includes an open discussion with departing YFU summer program students, along with 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 grammar materials and will meet with a volunteer teacher once every 6 weeks while on program to reinforce their skills. 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: Four-day sightseeing trip to Prague, the Capital of the Czech Republic. Trip includes a guided bus tour and other cultural activities.

Parliament Tour: Afternoon activity in the Spring with Volunteers and YFU Hungary staff to visit the Hungarian Parliament in Budapest, known as one of the most beautiful works of arcitecture in the world.

Day Trip to Vienna: 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: A day together 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 which 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 involved 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 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!

Catering Program: This program gives students the opportunity to attend one of the catering-focused high schools in Hungary. This is a practical program that helps students develop their skills as a chef or confectioner. Students will take courses and intern at a restaurant or hotel to gain hands-on job experience. Applicants must have at least one year of experience in catering or restaurant service. Please contact info@yfu.org for more information about the experience requirements for this program!

PROGRAM DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Fall Year Mid August Late June $13,995
Fall Year Music Mid August Late June $14,495
Fall Year Sports Mid August Late June $14,495
Fall Year Catering Mid August Late June $14,995
Spring Year Mid January Late November $13,995
Spring Year Music Mid January Late November $14,995
Spring Year Sports Mid January Late November $14,995
Spring Year Catering Mid January Late November $14,995

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

  • 2020 Fall Departures: Students born January 1, 2003 - December 30, 2005.
  • 2020 Spring Departures: Students born July 2, 2002 - June 30, 2005.
  • 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. German, French, Russian, and Italian are taught as well. Hungarian schools emphasize physical education, morality, and familiarity with the arts. The academic programs include a distance Hungarian language program which is initiated at orientation and carried throughout the program. 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 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.

You will also have a four-day arrival orientation in Hungary, which includes an open discussion with departing YFU summer program students, along with 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 grammar materials and will meet with a volunteer teacher once every 6 weeks while on program to reinforce their skills. 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: Four-day sightseeing trip to Prague, the Capital of the Czech Republic. Trip includes a guided bus tour and other cultural activities.

Parliament Tour: Afternoon activity in the Spring with Volunteers and YFU Hungary staff to visit the Hungarian Parliament in Budapest, known as one of the most beautiful works of arcitecture in the world.

Day Trip to Vienna: 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: A day together 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 Program: 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 which 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 involved 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 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!

Catering Program: This program gives students the opportunity to attend one of the catering-focused high schools in Hungary. This is a practical program that helps students develop their skills as a chef or confectioner. Students will take courses and intern at a restaurant or hotel to gain hands-on job experience. Applicants must have at least one year of experience in catering or restaurant service. Please contact info@yfu.org for more information about the experience requirements for this program!

PROGRAM DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Fall Semester Mid August Early January $12,995
Fall Semester Sports Mid August Early January $13,495
Spring Semester Mid January Late June $12,995
Spring Semester Sports Mid January Late June $13,495

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

  • 2020 Fall Departures: Students born January 1, 2003 - December 30, 2005.
  • 2020 Spring Departures: Students born July 2, 2002 - June 30, 2005.
  • 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.