Hungarian government scholarships for South African Students



An agreement has been signed between the Government of South Africa and the Hungarian Government offering 100 scholarships to South African students to study at participating public university in Hungary. Most of the available courses are taught in English. Students applying for studies conducted in Hungarian will be required to do a one-year preparatory course before commencing with their degree studies.

At degree level, 30 students can apply, 60 for Master and 10 for PHD. The application process is currently open and closes on 5 March 2017.

South African citizens in good health are eligible to apply, with a strong academic record or a minimum average of 60%. Candidates with an interest in studying in Hungary and demonstrate commitment to the development of South Africa and candidates must be available to study in Hungary from September 2017.

All applicants must meet the entry criteria for their selected programme in Hungary and must meet the minimum academic requirement for entry into a similar programme at a South African university.

Fields available for the bachelor degree are sciences and sustainable environment, engineering and information technology, agricultural science and food science.

For the Masters, available is the natural sciences especially biotechnology, bioenergetics and renewable energy, engineering especially mining engineering, information technology; economics, business and management studies and tourism; agricultural science and food science; physical education and coaching, and adult education, and human resources development; international relations and European studies; and Hungarian language studies.

For the PHD all fields of study are accommodated.


Application process for South African Applicants

The application process is two-fold and both applications must be submitted in order to be considered:

  1. Complete the DHET application form, available to download here and email only the completed and signed form
  2. Complete their application and upload all supporting documents online on the Tempus Public Foundation website on (open from end of January).

Candidates applying for programmes taught in Hungarian need to complete a one year language preparatory course and should apply for the language course only, not for the degree. Applications for the degree programme will be done later, if admitted.

PHD applicants are required to visit this website before they submit their application. The website provides information about the Hungarian doctoral schools, available research field and research topics as well as the supervisors of the doctoral students. Thesis topic proposals are also available here.

Documents and links

A list of available courses and institutions is available here

Information about studying and living in Hungary is available here

DHET application form

Guide for the Hungarian online application

List of available courses and institutions

Website to apply for language preparatory course

Information for PhD candidates

PhD these topic proposals

Information about studying and living in Hungary