Programme outline

The Hungarian Government is offering 100 scholarships to South African students to study at
participating public university in Hungary.All courses available for South Africans are taught in
English.

Eligible Programmes

The Stipendium Hungaricum is offered at the three levels of study Bachelor's (30), Master's (60) and
PhD (10).

Kindly refer to the list with the specific fields of study

Bachelor's and Master's applicants must apply for a course on this list to be considered for the
scholarship. PhD candidates can apply for any field of study.

Eligibility

  • Be a South African citizen in good health;
  • Have a strong academic record:
    • o Bachelor’s applicants require a minimum average of 70% in their NSC (excl LO);
    • o Postgraduate applications require a minimum of 65% in their previous studies
  • An interest in studying in Hungary and demonstrated commitment to the development of South Africa;
  • Available to study in Hungary from September 2019 (postponements will not be granted);
  • Meet the entry criteria for their selected programme in Hungary;
  • Meet the minimum academic requirement for entry into a similar programme at a South African university.

  • Scholarship offer

    For more information about what the scholarship covers, Hungarian institutions and studying in
    Hungary please visit the website: http://studyinhungary.hu/

    Deadlines

    The application process will open from mid-November 2018 to 15 January 2019.

     

    Application process and requirements

    Applicants are required to complete the online application on the Stipendium Hungaricum website by
    the deadline indicated and fulfil all requirements as stipulated https://apply.stipendiumhungaricum.hu/

    In addition to requirements indicated on the Stipendium Hungaricum website, South African
    applicants must upload the following documents as part of the online application. Any applications
    that do not comply with the below will be ineligible:

                 

    Applications for Bachelor's programmes

    Applications for Master's programmes

    Applications for PhD's programmes

    1. Copy of South African National Senior Certificate (NSC) with a Bachelor's pass OR a certificate of equivalence (from the Matriculation Board) if a school leaving certificate other than the NSC was obtained. 

     

    A minimum of 70% average is required, excluding Life Orientation.

    Marks of pre-requisite subjects for chosen field of study (eg for Engineering applicants, NSC Maths and Physics marks OR for social sciences, NSC English marks) will be reviewed separately

    1. Copy of degree certificate(s), which must be a minimum of a Bachelor's degree with Honours, or a full qualification equivalent to South African National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Level 8.

     

    A minimum of 65% average is required.

    1. Copy of degree certificates, which must include a Master's degree, or full qualification equivalent to South African National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Level 9.

     

    A minimum of 65% average is required for the Master's degree.

    2. Official transcripts of all previous university studies. 2. Transcripts of all previous university studies.

     

    3. A maximum 1 page letter of motivation for the scholarship AND personal reasons for choosing the field of study. 3. A maximum 1 page letter of motivation for the scholarship AND personal reasons for choosing the field of study.
    4. Research proposal issuing following headings:

    Title
    Objectives
    Rationale
    Methodology
    Relevance of study
    (plus any other scholarship requirements)
    References

    4. Research proposal issuing following headings:

    Title
    Objectives
    Rationale
    Methodology
    Relevance of study
    (plus any other scholarship requirements)
    References

    2. A maximum 1 page letter of motivation for the scholarship AND their choice of field of study.
    3. Two reference letters, signed and on an official letterhead, with a contact number and email address.

     

    At least one reference must be from a school teacher. The second letter can be from either a teacher or work supervisor.

    The letters must attest to the following: reliability, integrity, academic excellence and suitability for an international scholarship.

    5. Two reference letters, signed and on an official letterhead, with a contact number and email address.

     

    At least one reference must be from a lecturer or professor. The second letter can be from either a lecturer or work supervisor.

    The letters must attest to the following: reliability, integrity, academic excellence and suitability for an international scholarship.

    5. Two reference letters, signed and on an official letterhead, with a contact number and email address.

     

    At least one reference must be from a lecturer or professor. The second letter can be from either a lecturer or work supervisor.

    The letters must attest to the following: reliability, integrity, academic excellence and suitability for an international scholarship.

    All documents uploaded must be clear and in PDF format (no photographs of documents will be accepted).

    All application forms with the supporting documents must be submitted on the Stipendium
    Hungaricum website by 15 January 2019. Only applications submitted on the Stipendium Hungaricum
    website will be assessed by the South African Department of Higher Education and Training
    for nominations.

    South African applicants do not need to undertake an English language proficiency test and can upload
    the attached letter instead.

    PHD applicants are required to visit the Hungarian Doctoral Council website
    before submitting their application. The website provides information
    about the Hungarian doctoral schools, available research field and research topics as well as the
    supervisors of the doctoral students. Thesis topic proposals are also
    available http://www.doktori.hu/index.php?menuid=115&lang=EN


    Review process

    Stage one:  Your documents will be screened by both the Hungarian Government and the DHET,
                         only applicants whomeet all the minimum requirements and have uploaded ALL
                         documents required by both the DHET and the Hungarian Government will be
                         considered for the scholarship.

    Stage two:  Applications will be ranked according to past academic performance and a limited
                         number of applications will move forward to Stage three.

    Stage three:  Applicants who pass the second stage will be invited to attend an interview in person,
                           or via Skype in special circumstances. Candidates will also be required to complete a
                           written questionnaire at the time of the interview. No interviews will be done
                           telephonically. Any candidate who does not arrive on time for their confirmed
                           interview without informing us in advance, will be immediately disqualified, regardless
                           of the reason. Candidates who cannot be contacted on the phone number provided in
                           the application or who do not respond to emails will be disqualified.

    Stage four:    A limited number of Master's and PhD applicants will be reviewed by two academics.

    Stage five:    -  Bachelor's applicants will be nominated based on the outcome of the interview,
                           questionnaire and reference check.

                           -  Master's and PhD applicants will be nominated based on the combined outcome
                           of the interview, questionnaire, reference check and the academic review.

    Stage six:    Nominated candidates will be informed that they have been nominated for the
                         scholarship by 1 March 2019. Their documents will then be reviewed by their first
                         choice of institution that they have identified in their application. They will be
                         contacted directly by the institution for assessments and/or telephone interviews.

    Please note that nominations are based on a competitive process due to the limited number of
    available scholarships. Applicants who are not nominated for the scholarship will be notified by email.

    Successful candidates are required to attend the orientation which is scheduled to take place in August
    2019 in Pretoria

    Queries

    Queries about the nomination process can be submitted to
    HungaryScholarshipApplications2019@dhet.gov.za (South African applicants only)

    Queries about specific study programmes should be addressed to the relevant institutions.

    Documents and links

  • Printable guidelines for South African applicants
  • Guide for the Hungarian online application http://www.studyinhungary.hu/
  • List of available courses and institutions http://studyinhungary.hu/study-in-hungary/menu/find-a-study-programme/study-finder.html
  • Website to apply for language preparatory course http://studyinhungary.hu/study-in-hungary/menu/find-a-study-programme/study-finder.html
  • Information for PhD candidates http://www.doktori.hu/
  • PhD these topic proposals http://www.doktori.hu/index.php?menuid=115&lang=EN
  • Information about studying and living in Hungary http://studyinhungary.hu/living-in-hungary/menu/your-costs-of-living.html