Budapest has all the things a big city can offer to international students – good quality of living, a wide range of study degrees and a diverse culture – with a lower cost of living. Study in Budapest to benefit of top academic Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD programmes. In addition, you will get to meet a welcoming student community and explore all the wonders of an ex-empire capital city! Budapest is the capital and the largest city of Hungary, split in two halves (Buda and Pest), on either side of the Danube River. Budapest is a great stepping-stone to visiting the rest of East-Central Europe, countries like Austria, Poland, Serbia, Czech Republic, Croatia, Slovenia and Romania.
Budapest is an important economic and industrial hub. Several international companies have set up headquarters in Budapest due to both the city’s central location within Europe and the notable low expenses.
As a student in Budapest, you can find many internship and part-time working opportunities in sectors such as banking and finance, retailing, trade, transportation, tourism, real estate, media, advertising, legal services, accountancy, insurance, fashion and the arts.
Important multinational employers in Budapest include: IBM, Morgan Stanley, Ericsson Worldwide, Nokia Solutions and Networks, Hewlett-Packard (HP), Tata Consultancy Services, Vodafone, General Electrics, Prezi, Deloitte, Bosch, Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Nestlé, IKEA, and L’Oréal.
Budapest’s architectural and historic importance has earned it a place on the UNESCO World Heritage list, where it is described as “one of the world’s outstanding urban landscapes”. Hungary’s capital doesn’t just look beautiful – it also offers plenty of things to do and explore, from world-renowned spas, art galleries and classical music, to trendy cocktail bars, excellent cuisine and outdoor festivals.
While in Budapest, make sure to discover the historic Castle Hill with a walking tour and take a Danube cruise for beautiful panoramic views. You can also relax in one of Budapest's famous baths, such as the Király Baths, the Rudas Baths or the Gellért Baths, and enjoy rides with the super cute yellow subway line (the oldest subway in the European mainland).
Other important places to visit in Budapest include: the Chain Bridge, Matthias Church, Budapest Parliament, Heroes’ Square, St. Stephen’s Basilica, Andrássy Avenue, the Fisherman's Bastion, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Vajdahunyad Castle, or the Spoon Cafe.
Budapest has a number of relaxing paradises, such as the Millenáris Park, the Botanical Garden, the City Park, the Margaret Island, the People's Park and the Csepel Island. The best known of Budapest's outdoor cultural events is the huge Sziget music festival, held on Óbudai Island, every August.
Budapest is one of Europe’s most attractive capitals, drawing a great number of tourists, expats and foreign students, as well as many international businesses and events. One of the largest cities in European Union, Budapest hosts large communities of Germans, Slovakians, Romanians, Croatians, Chinese, Arabs, Vietnamese, and Russians.
Some of the most spoken foreign languages in Budapest include English, French, German and Russian. English is especially used within the service industries, the community of international students, and the business environment.
Budapest has a four-season climate. Spring is characterized by abundant sunshine and scattered showers, summer can have prolonged hot periods, and winters are unpredictable, with fairly frequent snowfalls. July is the hottest month in Budapest, with an average temperature of 21°C (70°F), while the coldest is January, at an average of -1°C (30°F).
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