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Diaspora Scholarship

Non-EU nationals with Hungarian heritage can study for free in Hungary (Europe) at Bachelor, Master or PhD level at Corvinus University of Budapest with the Hungarian Diaspora Scholarship. Applications are open from November until end of January for classes starting in September.

Hungarian Diaspora Scholarship in a nutshell:

  • A Hungarian state-funded programme (administered by Tempus Public Foundation);
  • Scholarship holders receive free tuition, medical insurance and accommodation & living allowances (upon request);
  • Applicants with Hungarian heritage who live outside of the EU (European Union)* are eligible to apply;
  • A unique opportunity to reconnect with your Hungarian roots, learn the language, build an international network and develop yourself professionally.

*Ukrainian and Serbian nationals are ineligible.

Application deadline: 31 January 2024, 2 p.m. (Central European Time)

Ready to apply?

If you already know about the Hungarian Diaspora Scholarship, have read the Call for Applications, meet the requirements and you’re ready to apply, click here.

What the Hungarian Diaspora Scholarship covers

In addition to the personal development opportunities, the scholarship entitles awardees to: 

  • Free tuition (for the duration of your studies)
  • Allowance to support the living costs
    • 43,700 HUF (c. €120) per month for Bachelor and Master students
    • 140,000 HUF (c. € 386) per month for PhD students in the first 4 active semesters and 180,000 HUF (c. € 497) for the 4 last active semesters of studies. Note: allowances are only paid to actively enrolled students. I.e. if you are a scholarship holder taking a passive semester, you will receive no allowances for that semester.
  • University accommodation or 40,000 HUF (c. €110) in accommodation allowance per month
  • Travel allowance (one occasion) of up to 330,000 HUF (c. €857) if you live within 8,000 and 19,999 km of Budapest
  • Medical insurance
  • Hungarian language course

Note: You must request living costs, accommodation and travel allowances, respectively when you apply to be eligible for each! (please see the Call for Applications).

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Eligibility (nationality)

The programme is available for the members of a Hungarian diaspora living in any country outside of the European Union. However, this excludes Serbian nationals and those from the Zakarpatska Oblast region of Ukraine.

Before applying, you will need a recommendation letter (click here for the sample) from the local diaspora organisation or the Hungarian Embassy in your country. Click on your country on the map for the name and contact details of your representative(s).

Eligibility (further requirements)

There are some further requirements you should be sure to meet if applying for the scholarship:

  • You must have lived a minimum of 10 years outside of Hungary;
  • You must have completed four years of schooling, including your entire secondary education, outside of Hungary
  • You must have been born before 31 August 2006 (i.e. you will be at least 18 years old by 31 August 2024);
  • You will learn Hungarian as a foreign language during your studies and must obtain B2 level by the end of your studies (or latest, within one year after obtaining the diploma/certificate);
  • You must complete two years of voluntary work after graduation to support a local Hungarian Diaspora community (outside of Hungary).

Please click here for full scholarship terms and conditions. 

For more information, please refer to the official website of the Hungarian Diaspora Scholarship.

Why should you apply to Corvinus?

  • Corvinus University of Budapest has a 120-year history and is the leading university in Hungary in Business and Management, Economics, and Social Sciences;
  • Our campus is located in the heart of Budapest, capital of Hungary, providing easy access to most areas of the city within minutes by public transport or even by foot;
  • Budapest has easy access to other major cities in Europe (the EU) by road, railway and air travel – offering a fantastic opportunity to explore Europe whilst studying in Hungary;
  • Corvinus offers more than 20 programmes in English at Bachelor, Master (including MBA) and PhD levels. We are one of the most prestigious European research universities;
  • Budapest is a beautiful city that combines history, culture, modern infrastructure with neoclassical architecture. The city has a vibrant international community. There are more than 150 multinational companies headquartered in Budapest and this is plenty to immerse yourself in culturally!
  • Corvinus is therefore the perfect bridge for you to connect with Hungarian culture (and students), Europe and the world.

How to apply for the Hungarian Diaspora Scholarship

Stage 1

Submit your application by 31 January 2024 via the official Hungarian Diaspora Scholarship website. Check the full list of required documents on this page or in the Call for Applications.

If you meet the basic requirements and your letter of recommendation is validated, you will move to the next stage.

Stage 2

Admission with Corvinus.
Our admission process consists of:

  1. The review of your online application in the application system, and
  2. An online interview and/or online exam, depending on the programme you’re applying for.

Check specific entry criteria for each of our programmes, by clicking on the respective title here.

Stage 3

Applicants who pass the admission process must have their secondary/high school diploma or a degree obtained in a foreign education institution assessed and recognized by our legal department.

Once admitted, applicants receive their Letter of Acceptance from Corvinus and Letter of Award from Tempus Public Foundation. Only once you receive both these letters, you can proceed with the preparation for coming to Hungary.

How likely am I to be accepted? 

Successful admission depends on a strong and well-researched application. Make sure you meet all the requirements and choose the right programme.

Below statistics* might help you better understand your chances:

  • Approx. 63 % of applicants receive nomination
  • Approx. 53 % of nominees are accepted

*Based on the application data from 2023.

Available programmes at Corvinus University of Budapest

Click programme name for link on the Diaspora Scholarship website (and to apply).

Bachelor/Undergraduate (BA/BSc):

For information about undergraduate programmes on our website, please click here.

Master/Postgraduate/Executive (MA/MSc/MBA):

 For information about postgraduate programmes on our website, please click here!

Doctoral (PhD):

For information about Doctoral Schools on our website, please click here.

Useful links

Check the following pages:  

Still did not get an answer, feel free to contact our International Student Recruitment team by making an enquiry here.

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