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Balassi Institute - Hungarian Scholarship Board Office

The Balassi Institute was established by the Ministry of Education and Culture was appointed to promote Hungarian culture as well as providing information about Hungary's geographic and social features, including her history and contemporary characteristics, both for foreigners living in Hungary and abroad within the framework of Hungarian international cultural relations. Since January 2007 the Hungarian Scholarship Board Office, the Hungarian Institutes abroad, the Office of the Márton Áron Students' Houses and the Balassi Language Institute operate under the auspices of the Balassi Institute.

The Hungarian Scholarship Board (HSB) Office announces university and research scholarships for an academic year and summer school scholarships. 

Scholarships and study trips might be a special opportunity in the life and professional development of young people. Therefore it is essential to choose a country that has outstanding results in the field of education and research and its culture is rather different from the applicant’s home culture. Hungary is one of the most attractive destinations for those who wish to study abroad. Lying in the heart of Europe, Hungary is famous for its hospitality and friendliness in harmony with its ancient eastern traditions. Hungary is renowned for a particular language with a unique rhythm, special music, folk art, architecture as well as its long traditions in science, education and arts. There is hardly anyone who is not familiar with Liszt, Bartók and Kodály’s music, János Irinyi’s matches, László Bíró’s ball pen, János Bólyai’s non-Euclidean geometry, Albert Szent-Györgyi’s vitamin C, László Moholy-Nagy’s revolutionary work activity in the field of visual arts, János Neumann’s computer, Dénes Gábor’s hologram, Endre Papp’s hybrid maize, Ernő Rubik’s magic cube or Ignác Semmelweis’ mother-saving theory on the use of hand disinfection, only to mention a few famous Hungarian “inventions”. 

Budapest is one of the most beautiful capitals in the world with special architecture, a great amount of protected area as part of the World Heritage, with the Blue Danube, mountains, Europe’s longest karst cave, with so many thermal spas, Turkish and Roman monuments and a city of ruins rivaling Pompei. The Hungarian equestrian culture originating from the ancient steppe, the Hungarian fishing industry, livestock, agriculture and the country’s tourist attractions are abundant in surprises for everybody. 

Lake Balaton, the region’s largest sweet water lake, the first museum of golden artifacts, cafés competing with those in Paris and Vienna, retro pubs, flea markets, festivals and museums are inviting visitors. 

Hungarian higher education institutions have been receiving foreign students for more than a hundred years. Degrees obtained in Hungary are accepted and appreciated worldwide. For many decades Hungarian universities and research institutes have been participating in international co-operations in all fields of science and arts.
Come and study or do research in Hungary and thus not only develop your professional skills but also gain unforgettable experience.

Location: Eastern hemisphere between longitudes 16° and 23° and Northern hemisphere between latitudes 45° and 49°, at the center of Europe, in the Carpathian Basin.
Area: 93,030 square kilometres
Capital: Budapest
Official language: Hungarian
Estimated population: 9,962,000
Climate: Continental
Average temperature: approx. +10 °C
Number of sunny hours per year: 1,700 – 2,100
Average rainfall per year: 500-1,000 mm