Living in Hungary

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Category: Study Destinations
Posted on August 09, 2019
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Hungary, a land-locked country in Central Europe, is one of the oldest European nations. Once part of the Celtic world, then the Romans and ultimately the Huns who gave their name to Hungary.  This is the land that produced ballpoint pen, the Rubik's cube, and 13 Nobel Laureates

The panoramic Danube River runs from north to south of the entire country. Hungary is also famed for myriad things including Herend Porcelain, mysterious caves, magnificent churches, quaint towns, beautiful freshwater lakes, Tokaj vineyards, and sophisticated food.

                Capital: Budapest Currency: Forint - HUF Population: 9,725,000    Number of Universities: 67

Did you know that there are more than a thousand natural hot springs in the country? 

Budapest alone has 118 hot springs. Hungary has one of the most famed thermal spring cultures in Europe. The country has about 1,500 spas, usually built on the lines of Roman, Greek, and Turkish architecture.

Although it is one of the small European countries, it has a long tradition of higher education. Some of the science fields that Hungarian higher education is known for are medicine and dentistry. Hungarian Universities has seen a sharp rise in the number of international students in recent times. Most students come from European countries (64%), Asia (23%) and even from Africa (7%). And from some more countries like Germany, Slovakia, Romania, Serbia, and China.

Famous study cities include - 

  • Budapest - UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Debrecen - Second Largest City of Hungary
  • Szeged - City of Sunshine & Cultural Hub of Hungary

Through this blog, you get to know what the Lifestyle - Culture, Food, Language, and Security of Hungary has in store for you.

CULTURE

More than half of the Hungarian people are Roman Catholic, about 11% are Calvinist. The rest of the population is either Lutheran, Jewish, or Greek Orthodox. Hungarians are proud sports lovers with one of the highest number of Olympic medals in sports such as fencing, gymnastics, swimming, kayaking and water polo.

Hungarian weather is pleasant with cold winters and warm summers.

 

Given its rich culture and history, Hungary offers scores of things from attractive architectural and cultural delights of its capital city, Budapest, to the famous vineyards, rolling hills, and historic castles. Here is a list of must-do things while you are taking your time off from studies - 

 

  • See the Magnificent Heritage Sites- 
    • Buda Castle or Royal Palace
    • Andrassy Avenue
  • Picturesque towns- 
    • Szentendre or St. Andrews
    • Eger
    • Tihany
  • Aggtelek’s Baradla Cave
  • Famous Lakes - 
    • Lake Balaton
    • Lake Heviz
    • Lake Fancsika
  • Visit Beautiful Cathedrals/Church of -
    • Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Apostle
    • Belgrade Cathedral
    • Esztergom Basilica
  • National Parks -  
    • Bukk National Park
    • Horotbagyi National Park
  • Museums - 
    • Hungarian Open Air Museum
    • Christian Museum
  • Enjoy Performances at Budapest Opera House 
  • Cultural Events -
    • Sziget Festival - One of the largest music and cultural festivals in Europe is held every August in Óbudai-sziget island on the Danube
    • Budapest Spring Festival - One of the country’s oldest festivals and held in March and attracts artists and musicians from around the world.

LANGUAGE

Hungarian(Magyar) is the official language with 99.6% of the population speaking it. Other languages spoken commonly are English and German. Minority languages spoken in the country include Russian, Romanian, and French. Literacy of total population is 99%.

Majority of the post-graduation courses at universities are entirely English-based. But learning the local language is an added plus to your experience with the locals and also to your job prospects. 

FOOD & DRINK

Gulyas, popularly known as goulash, is a signature national dish of Hungary. One element that a Hungarian kitchen cannot miss to have is Paprika - a red spicy powder.

Some famous Hungarian food include - 

  • Gulyásleves
  • Chicken Paprikash
  • Hungarian Lesco
  • Solet
  • Langos
  • Turos Csusza
  • Dobos torta

 

Hungary is famous for its wines and especially its dessert wine known as ‘Tokaji’ - the king of wines. Palinka is another famous alcoholic drink of the Hungarians.

Cultural Practice - When visiting a Hungarian household, gifting chocolates and flowers are ordinary instead of wine.

SECURITY

Hungary is a very safe country, but some parts of Hungarian cities are best avoided. While tourist places attract pickpockets, incidents of bag-snatching are particularly high on public transport. So it is advised not to carry much cash or valuables while traveling and being vigilant to suspicious activities.

Life of a student in Hungary is an enriching and truly unique experience!! The relatively low living costs and the state’s high expenditure on education make it a popular study destination. 

Hope you will make a well-informed choice of studying in this vibrant country! Good Luck!


Priya Negi
Student Guidance Counselor & Avid Blogger
Priya Negi
Student Guidance Counselor & Avid Blogger

I am a Post-Grad in Finance who chose to quit my 5 years of Corporate job to eventually add value through words than numbers. I love helping my clients create fresh & innovative content that convey their brand value. My recent association with PlanAll enabled me to guide & counsel students academically towards making meaningful career choices. When I'm not writing, I can be found fulfilling the demands of my chirpy toddler at home.

Ali Nayar
August 21, 2019 - 05:43am
Ali Nayar August 21, 2019 - 05:43am

Good information about living in Hungary.

Jeet Kapadia
August 12, 2019 - 06:00am
Jeet Kapadia August 12, 2019 - 06:00am

Really... Your blog provides detailed information about living in Hungary. Thank you!

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