Access to Higher Education
The number of students admitted to higher education is limited. Applicants' ranking is based on their secondary school grades and their érettségi vizsga (secondary school leaving examination) results or based solely on the latter, considering the interest of the applicant. The requirement for admission to Bachelor and undivided one-tier Master courses is the secondary school leaving examination taken - as a rule - after the completion of the 12th grade of a secondary school, certified by Érettségi bizonyítvány (secondary school leaving certificate).
The admission to certain programmes is based on an additional aptitude test or a practical examination. To Master courses students can be admitted if they possess Főiskolai oklevél (college-level degree) or Egyetemi oklevél (university-level degree) or a Bachelor degree. To postgraduate specialist training students can be admitted if they possess college- or university-level degree, or a Bachelor or a Master degree. Only applicants with university-level degree or Master degree may be admitted to Doctorate courses. Higher education institutions may set additional requirements for admission to Master, postgraduate specialist and Doctorate courses.
Admission can be processed twice in every calendar year:*
Deadlines of applying to foreign languages programmes may differ from the above dates and vary by institutions!
- The deadline of applications for the autumn admission procedures for programmes launching in February is 15 November.
- The deadline of applications for the spring admission procedures for programmes launching in September is 15 February.
The precondition for admission to higher education institutions is the successful passing of the upper secondary school leaving examination (at standard or advanced level), which thus also functions as an entrance exam.
Higher education institutions determine admission on the basis of a combined score based on the secondary school leaving examination results and the secondary school performance reports of students. Some higher education programmes have specific admission requirements set by institutions jointly or by themselves. These vary depending on the subject or type of course.
State owned higher education institutions may offer state funded and fee-paying places for applicants. The number of state funded places for each cycle and study field is annually determined by the government. The amount of fees is determined by higher education institutions in accordance with regulations stipulated by government decrees.