Hungary provides high quality education in the heart of Europe. Today, there is a growing demand of international students to study in Hungary. Besides the quality of education and degrees recognised throughout Europe and beyond, students are attracted by the affordable living costs with an extremely favourable cost-to-value ratio, a safe and friendly living environment with convenient public transportation, the central location of the country in Europe and the unspoiled natural beauties combined with a 2000 year-old, rich Hungarian history and several UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Hungary is also within the top countries with the highest number of scientific Nobel Prize Winners per capita, and a numerous scientific inventions from Vitamin C to Rubik’s cube and so on.
The core mission of the Scholarship Programme for Christian Young People is to provide the possibility of studying in Hungary for young Christian students living in the crisis regions of the world and/or being threatened in their country because of their faith. After completing their studies, the scholarship holders will return to help their home community with their gained knowledge, and thy will participate in the reconstruction of war-destroyed countries and contribute to improvement of social situation and preservation of culture of Christian communities.
The Programme is managed by the Deputy State Secretariat for the Aid of Persecuted Christians and organized by the Tempus Public Foundation.
Available Scholarship Types
Scholarships are available for bachelor, master and one-tier master programmes
|Duration||Qualifications at the end of programme||Available study modes|
|full time||partial||full time||partial|
|Degree programmes||Bachelor programmes||2-4 years||1 or 2 semesters||BA or BSc degree||certificate of completion||full time and partial|
|Master programmes||1.5-2 years||1 or 2 semesters||MA or MSc degree||certificate of completion||full time and partial|
|One-tier master programmes||5-6 years||1 or 2 semesters||MA or MSc degree||certificate of completion||full time and partial|
Note about one-tier master programmes:
In the Hungarian education system, one-tier master programmes cover both the bachelor and the master level of studies; therefore it is an undivided master programme that results in a master degree. These one-tier programmes are offered in specific study fields such as general medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, architecture, law, veterinary surgery, forestry engineering, etc.
Provisions Covered by the Scholarship
- Tuition-free education
- exemption from the payment of tuition fee
- Monthly stipend
- bachelor, master and one-tier master level: monthly amount of HUF 119 000 (cca. EUR 380) contribution to the living expenses in Hungary, for 12 months a year, until the completion of studies
- dormitory place or a contribution of HUF 40 000 to accommodation costs for the whole duration of the scholarship period
- Reimbursement of travel costs
- HUF 200 000 /year (cca. EUR 645)
- Medical insurance
- health care services according to the relevant Hungarian legislation (Act No. 80 of 1997, national health insurance card) and supplementary medical insurance for up to HUF 65 000 (cca. EUR 205) a year/person
Eligible Sending Partners
The Scholarship Programme is based on the cooperation between the Ministry of Human Capacities of Hungary and churches, pursuing humanitarian activities in crisis regions. For the 2017/18 academic year the scholarship is announced for the citizens of following countries: Egypt, Lebanese Republic, Republic of Iraq, State of Israel, Palestine, Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Syrian Arab Republic, The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and Nigeria. The applicants may not have Hungarian citizenship.
Local Churches are to verify and prove that the applicant belongs to their religious community. List of Churches is to be found in Annex 1.
Only those applications can be awarded with scholarship, which also possess the recommendation from the local Church along with the approval of the Deputy State Secretariat for the Aid of Persecuted Christians.
Scholarship holders must possess the relevant language and education certificates, degrees requested by the host university of the selected degree programme. The scholarship holders commit themselves in the scholarship agreement that after the scholarship agreement ends they return to their home countries, if the local security and political conditions allow it so.
Scholarships are for young applicants who are older than 18 years of age by the time their education starts in Hungary. An individual may win the scholarship only one time at a study level.
Available Host Institutions and Study Programmes
The list of available study programmes and Host Institutions compiled by the Deputy State Secretariat for the Aid of Persecuted Christians is accessible in this call as Annex 2. (see Annex 2 or to download).
Each applicant is entitled to apply for up to two different study programmes, in order of preference. Once the application has been submitted, the order of preference can no more be changed by the applicant.
Language of Study Programmes
Applicants are eligible to apply only if they meet the minimum language criteria set by the chosen host higher education institution (see Annex 2). In general: students shall have a level of English proficiency required by the Host Institution.
THE APPLICATION PROCESS
Application Documents to be submitted to Tempus Public Foundation
No hard copies are required from any of these documents by Tempus Public Foundation at the time of application.
Basic Application Documents
All of the following documents are compulsory and need to be submitted to the online application surface by all applicants until 16thJune 2017 (23:59 Budapest time).
|Application Documents||Detailed Requirements||Required to be uploaded by|
|Online application form||
|Proof of language proficiency and their translations in the language of the selected study programme or in Hungarian||
|School certificates and their translationsin the language of the selected study programme or in Hungarian||
|Transcript of Records and its translationin the language of the selected study programme or in Hungarian||
|Copy of passport||
|Statement for Application||
All documents that cannot be obtained in the language of the selected study programme or in Hungarian have to be translated and the translations have to be submitted as well as a copy of the original document.
Additional Documents for Music Applicants
Besides the documents listed in section 3.2.1, applicants applying for studies in the field of Music need to upload the below documents as well. All of the following documents are compulsory and need to be submitted to the online application surface by Art and Music applicants until 16th June 2017 (23:59 Budapest time).
|Application Documents||Detailed requirements||Required to be uploaded by|
|Audio Portfolio||audio track of three works (indicating the date of the creation)||applicants of study programmes in the field of Music|
All documents listed in point 3.2. are compulsory application documents. However, certain documents are accepted to be uploaded even after the application deadline, provided that the applicant could not possibly obtain the document by the deadline of application.
In this case, the applicants need to upload a signed statement that they will obtain and upload the missing document(s) until 1st August the latest. No missing document will be accepted if the statement is not uploaded until 11th June and/or if the missing documents are uploaded after 1st August, thus such applications will automatically be rejected.
The following missing documents can be submitted after the application deadline, but no later than 1st August 2017 (23:59 Budapest time).:
|Which documents can be uploaded as missing documents?||Who can upload these documents as missing documents?||What has to be uploaded until the deadline||What has to be uploaded until 1stAugust?|
|School certificates and their translations||high school certificate||only applicants registered for the last semester of their secondary school studies||statement signed by the applicant||high school certificate|
|bachelor degree certificate||only applicants registered for the last semester of their bachelor programme||statement signed by the applicant
high school certificate and translation
|bachelor degree certificate|
|Certificate of language proficiency||only applicants awaiting their language test results at the time of application||statement signed by the applicant||certificate of language proficiency|
|Copy of passport||only applicants awaiting their passport to be issued||statement signed by the applicant||copy of passport|
|Medical certificate||only applicants awaiting their medical certificate||statement signed by the applicant||medical certificate|
Submitting the Application
Application to Tempus Public Foundation
All applications shall be submitted through the online application system of the Programme. Upon registration, the applicants will be able to access the application surface and upload the required documents. Applications can only be submitted by clicking on the “submit” button in the application system. Please note that no applications will be accepted without the online submission and after the deadline. No hard copies are required.
The deadline for submitting the complete application package: 16th June 2017 (until 23:59 Central European Time).
By submitting the application, the applicant declares that all information provided on the online application surface of the programme – including the content of all uploaded documents – are true and correct to the best of their knowledge and belief.
Application “Dos and Don’ts”
Please make sure that
- you read and understand all parts of the Call for Application,
- you visit the website of the programme (www.scholarship.hu) and your chosen Host Institutions for details about the entrance requirements of study programmes, curriculum and so on,
- you provide precise contact details and make sure your e-mail address (or any other information) is not mistyped on your application form because all information – including the selection results – will be sent there,
- you do not accidentally apply for the wrong study levels (e.g. master studies while you are a bachelor student) and do not apply to different study levels in one application
- the documents with the correct file formats are uploaded and the files can be opened,
- you submit your application until the deadline to the online application system,
- you click on the “submit” button to submit your application because the “save” button will only save your surface but the application will not be submitted,
- you write down and remember your login name, password and your e-mail address used when you submitted your application because you will need these information later (e.g. for accepting the scholarship offer), and
- you write down and remember your application registration number because this is how we will be able to identify your application later and this is the number that Scholarship Holders will need to use.
We highly suggest you to
- increase your chances of getting admitted by applying for 2 different study programmes (in order of preference)
- not to use a hotmail or yahoo e-mail address when submitting your application in order to avoid any technical problems.
First round of selection: approval of recommendation
The recommendations need to be approved by the Hungarian Deputy State Secretariat for the Aid of Persecuted Christians. Approved applications are sent to the Host Institutions for institutional evaluation.
Second round of selection: the institutional evaluation
The formal check of the applications is done by the Host Institutions in parallel with the entrance examinations.
Applications are considered formally eligible if all criteria are met:
- the applicant is eligible for participation in the Scholarship Programme;
- the applicant has applied for a scholarship type and study programme available within the framework of the Scholarship Programme;
- the applicant has submitted the application and all documents as required no later than the application deadline (except for cases listed in section 3.3.);
- the applicant has proved his/her language proficiency and the language skills meet the requirements of the Host Institution.
Applicants with an eligible, formally correct application can proceed to the institutional entrance examinations. Each applicant can participate in up to two institutional entrance examinations – based on the submitted application form.
The exact date and method of the entrance examination varies by institutions. The methods of examination are available on our website (see Annex 2). Each applicant will be informed about further details (e.g. date of examination) directly by the Host Institutions.
The final decision about the application is made based on the application preferences, the entrance exam results as well as the capacities of the Host Institutions involved in the programme.
Applicants can be expected to be informed about the final result of application around 14th July 2017.
STUDYING IN HUNGARY
Arrival and Enrolment
In order to gain a Scholarship Holder status, successful applicants must accept their scholarship offer and the Rules and Regulations of the programme through the online application system not later than 1st August 2017. Those who do not accept their scholarship offer until the deadline are automatically considered withdrawn from the scholarship.
Successful applicants are expected to make their own travel arrangements to Hungary. The programme covers HUF 200 000/year as travel allowance. Providing travel allowance is organised by the Host Institution. Scholarship Holders are expected to obtain their visa and arrive to Hungary no later than 1st September 2017 (for study programmes starting in the Autumn Semester) – or the date set by the Host Institutions. No visa, administrative services or additional contribution is given to family members or accompanying persons.
The applicant who is granted the scholarship must enrol to the Host Institution in the semester in which he was granted admission. If s/he does not enrol within one month after the beginning of the academic year/semester or the deadline provided by the Host Institution, s/he will be automatically excluded from the scholarship programme. In justified cases, the applicant can ask for the postponement of his/her studies for up to 1 year. Postponement request has to be sent to the Host Institution and the Tempus Public Foundation until 30thSeptember 2017 the latest – or until the registration deadline set by the Host Institution.
Please visit the Rules and Regulations of the programme for details about the acceptance of the scholarship, enrolment and postponement procedures.
Rights and Obligations
All Scholarship Holders are bound by the Rules and Regulations of the Scholarship Programme. Please make sure to read it carefully: http://www.tpf.hu/docs/palyazatok/scy-operational-regulations-en.pdf
Scholarship Holders are required to sign a scholarship contract with the Host Institution including study-related details and the rights and obligations of the Scholarship Holders.
The scholarship is a contribution to the living costs of the Scholarship Holder only, therefore – within the framework of the programme – visa-related assistance, additional allowance and administrative services are not provided for any accompanying people or family members. The legal entity of the scholarship contract are exclusively the Scholarship Holder and the Host Institution.
The Scholarship Holders are expected to follow the regulations of the Host Institution and continue their studies in good faith, to the best of their abilities, in order to meet the academic requirements of the study programme and thus finish the programme successfully. By accepting the scholarship offer, the Scholarship Holders agree to participate in the alumni system of the programme that supports the maintenance of relationships with the Scholarship Holders and facilitates the flow of information – such as the alumni website, alumni events and surveys about the satisfaction of students, career monitoring and the evaluation of research activities.
Scholarship Holders are obliged to live and study in Hungary, therefore they are not allowed to live habitually in any other countries during the study period – otherwise their scholarship holder status will be terminated. The Scholarship Holders are obliged to inform their host institution if they leave Hungary during the study period for more than 10 days in a row. The Scholarship entitles Scholarship Holders to carry out studies in Hungary, therefore the Scholarship Holders are not entitled to use financial support for getting enrolled in full time or partial study programmes outside Hungary (e.g. Erasmus + and CEEPUS). Applicants are also not eligible to receive the Scholarship in case they have another concurrent scholarship from the Hungarian central budget. If the Scholarship Holder was awarded more than one scholarship, s/he has to choose one of the scholarships and renounce from the other ones.
At the end of their study period or academic year as Scholarship Holders, students are obliged to submit a Student Report to Tempus Public Foundation until the given deadline.
General information about applications:
Tempus Public Foundation
Name: Mrs. Bíbor Bánfi-Klekner
Address: H-1077 Budapest, Kéthly Anna tér 1.
Phone: 00 36 1 /237-1300/337
Ministry of Human Capacities of Hungary
Deputy State Secretariat for the Aid of Persecuted Christians
Address: H-1054 Budapest, Akadémia u. 3.
Phone: 00 36 (1) 8963692
Annex 1: List of Churches
Annex 2: List of eligible Host Institutions, study programmes, institutional language criteria and institutional methods of examinations
Annex 3: Statement for Application
List of Churches
- Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East
- Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of the Holy City of Jerusalem and all Palestine
- Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All The East
- Chaldean Catholic Church
- Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem
- Catholic Church of Nigeria
- Coptic Catholic Church
- Coptic Orthodox Church
- Syriac Maronite Church
- Melkite (Greek) Catholic Church
- Armenian Catholic Church
- Armenian Apostolic Church
- Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Pakistan
- Syriac Catholic Church
- Syriac Orthodox Church
Please note that the list of eligible host institutions and study programmes are subject to change.
|Institution||Study programme||Faculty||Study level||Language of instruction||Qualification|
|Budapest University of Technology and Economics||Computer Engineer||Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Informatics||BSc||English||BSc in Computer Engineering|
|Budapest University of Technology and Economics||Electrical Engineering||Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Informatics||BSc||English||BSc in Electrical Engineering|
|Budapest University of Technology and Economics||Mechanical Engineering (BSc)||Faculty of Mechanical Engineering||BSc||English||BSc in Mechanical Engineering|
|Eötvös Lorand University||Assyriology||Faculty of Humanities||MA||English||Assyriologist|
|Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music||Musical Creative Arts and Musicology||Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music||BA||English||Specialisation 1: Composer, Specialisation 2: Composer of Applied Music|
|Pázmány Péter Catholic University||Computer Science Engineering||Faculty of Information Technology and Bionics||MSc||English||MSc in Computer Science Engineering|
|Pázmány Péter Catholic University||Info-Bionics Engineering||Faculty of Information Technology and Bionics||MSc||English||MSc in Info-Bionics Engineering|
|Pázmány Péter Catholic University||Archaeology||Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences||MA||English||archaeologist|
|University of Debrecen||Pharmacy||Faculty of Pharmacy||OTM||English||Pharmacist (Pharm. D – doctor pharmaciae)|
|University of Debrecen||Social Work in Health Care||Faculty of Health||MSc||English||Social Worker in Health Care (MSc in Social Work in Health Care)|
|University of Debrecen||Hydrobiology – Water Quality Management||Faculty of Science and Technology||MSc||English||Hydrobiologist (MSc in Hydrobiology)|
|University of Miskolc||Petroleum Engineering||Faculty of Earth Science and Engineering||MSc||English||MSc in Petroleum Engineering|
|University of Miskolc||Petroleum Geoengineering||Faculty of Earth Science and Engineering||MSc||English||MSc in Petroleum Geoengineering|
|University of Pécs||Business Administration and Management||Faculty of Business and Economics||BA||English||Economist in Business Administration and Management|
|University of Pécs||Nursing and Patient Care (Midwife)||Faculty of Health Sciences||BSc||English||Midwife|
|University of Pécs||Nursing and Patient Care (Nurse)||Faculty of Health Sciences||BSc||English||Nurse|
|University of Pécs||Nursing and Patient Care (Physiotherapy)||Faculty of Health Sciences||BSc||English||Physiotherapist|