Students who do high school abroad in Hungary will find themselves falling in love with its mesmerizing history, enchanting wilderness, and wonderful people. Visitors speak of it with admiration and affection.
Though definitely a less popular destination for high school abroad, students who come to Hungary to volunteer or participate in a teen travel tour will gain an educational experience that truly sets them apart from their peers. Not to mention, it's pretty darn affordable for a European destination.
Hungary is great for students who are interested in Eastern European history, delicious pastries, learning Hungarian, or volunteering abroad.
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High school students wanting to study in Hungary can choose from:
- A volunteer abroad program
- A high school exchange
- A youth travel tour
While the country’s economy is on the rise, there are still many opportunities to volunteer in Hungary. Hungarians in poverty often find themselves in need of support and education, which students help provide. Children and women are most in need of assistance. If you’re looking to genuinely make a difference as a high school student, consider volunteering in Hungary. Not all volunteer programs are specifically geared toward high schoolers though, so contact the programs you’re interested in to see if they have age requirements.
High school exchange
High school students can spend a semester or year attending a local high school in Hungary. They'll learn Hungarian and live with a local host family. Shorter term study abroad options are also available for those who don't want to commit to a full year or semester abroad.
Youth travel tours
Youth travel tours are a great opportunity for high school students who have less time to spend in Hungary. Youth travel tours in Hungary have a specific focus like adventure, culture, or history. They will incorporate educational lessons into the trip, allowing students to both explore and learn more about Hungary.
Planning Your Trip
Citizens of Australia, the US, the UK, EU, and several other nationalities are not required to obtain a visa if they are staying 90 days or less in Hungary. If you plan to stay longer than 90 days, you should read the requirements and apply for a residence permit. Visit the Hungarian Consular Services site if you or your parents have more questions.
Depending on your study abroad programs in Hungary, housing options vary. Traveling tours provide high schoolers with hostels and shared hotels rooms. Students volunteering may stay with local families, in apartments, or at hostels.
If you’re flying from North America to Budapest it could cost between $700 to $1,000 USD. Students flying from within Europe will spend around $250 USD.
The cost of living in Hungary is much lower than in North American or Western European countries. An average daily budget for students in Hungary should be around $30 USD.
Program costs differ based on length of stay, housing, included extras, program type and the location in Hungary. Prices range from $2,000 for a three-month volunteer program to $4,000 for a two-week tour. Generally speaking, the longer a program is the less it costs per week.
Hungary experiences all four seasons, meaning you should pack based on the season, what activities you’re doing and how long you’re staying. Summers are sunny and warm while winters can be snowy and cold.
- Breathable and UPF (sun resistant) clothing
- Bug repellant
- Warm/waterproof jacket
- Solid walking shoes
- A power and voltage converter
Health & Safety
Staying Healthy in Hungary
Routine health care in Hungary is easy to find at clinics. Hospitals and doctors usually expect payment at the time of treatment, so health insurance generally has to reimburse patients.
If you're spending time near rivers and lakes in the summer, come armed with insect repellent, as mosquitos are common.
Students spending time in forests should be vigilant against ticks, which can spread tick-borne encephalitis or Lyme disease. Food and water is generally safe in Hungary.
Students should be aware of their surroundings in Budapest, as pickpockets have been reported. If you're in a crowded, touristy destination, keep your valuables close.
Always ask for the menu and check prices before making purchases.
In larger cities avoid local demonstrations and grab a friend if you’re walking somewhere at night.
Always follow local government laws and stay away from illegal drugs and underage consumption.
Contributed by Alecia Weaver
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SYA Program Scholarships
School Year Abroad (SYA) offers scholarships to high school students who demonstrate exceptional academic ability, commitment to their home school communities and passion for exploring other cultures.
The opportunity to study abroad should be available to everyone, regardless of their financial means. Annually, we award scholarships to about half of our study abroad students.
The Experiment in International Living
The Experiment in International Living offers a variety of need-based and merit-based scholarships to worthy high school students looking to participate in their program. The eligibility requirements vary depending on where you live and other demographics -- and your GPA is taken into account for some scholarships too.