Exchange programs & Scholarships

Exchange programs & Scholarships


There is a wide range of scholarship opportunities offered for foreigners with an aspiration to study in Hungarian educational institutions.

Bilateral scholarships by the Tempus Public Foundation – a background organisation of the Hungarian Ministry of National Resources – are available to foreign students, researchers and lecturers in higher education institutions or in scientific or art institutions. To find out more about current calls for proposals and related information, visit the official website of the Tempus Public Foundation.

The Central European Exchange Program for University Studies (CEEPUS) scholarship aims at promoting student and teacher mobility in Central and South-East Europe. Students can spend a study period abroad and teachers can undertake a teaching period at a partner university. These opportunities are designed to strengthen professional and personal relationships among Central European scholars. In Hungary, the Tempus Public Foundation, a background organisation of the Hungarian Ministry of National Resources manages the programme.

For more information on the network and how to apply, visit the official CEEPUS website or contact the International Office of the University of Debrecen.

The EEA Grants Scholarship programme operates within the framework of EEA Grants that was established in order to reduce economic and social disparities and strengthen bilateral cooperation between Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein (donor countries) and beneficiary countries, such as Hungary. This scholarship gives the possibility to students, teachers and staff to acquire new skills and gain international experience. For more information on the scholarship and the application procedure, visit the following website.

The Erasmus+ programme is the European Union’s programme for education, training, youth and sport. Erasmus+ is open to all learners and trainees in all the 28 EU Member States, as well as in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Macedonia, Turkey and Serbia that have a pre-accession strategy. Opportunities to study abroad are available to students at Bachelor’s and Master’s levels, as well as Doctoral candidates. The University of Debrecen also has a wide network of Erasmus students who have the opportunity to participate in various social, cultural and sport events organised by the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) Debrecen. For more information on the Erasmus+ programme, visit the following website or contact the International Office of the University of Debrecen.

The Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Programme is based on bilateral educational cooperation agreements signed between the Ministries responsible for education in the sending countries/territories and Hungary or between institutions. It is provided for students who would like to complete higher educational studies in Hungary. To find out more about this opportunity, visit the official website of the Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Programme or the respective webpage of the University of Debrecen.

Exchange programmes

There is a wide range of exchange opportunities offered for students to gain international experience and learn new languages. (The list shown below is not exhaustive.)

The AFS Intercultural Programs offer the possibility for students to spend time abroad, improve their language skills and immerse themselves in a new culture. Applicants can select from 63 countries around the world where they would like to spend their exchange programme. It is also possible to host AFS students who are moving to your hometown. For more information on the AFS exchange programme, visit the organisation’s official website (https://afs.org/) or the Facebook page of the AFS Hungary – Debrecen (https://www.facebook.com/afshungarydebrecen/).

Education First (EF) offers a wide range of exchange programmes addressing the needs of students and professionals. Studying a language abroad or completing secondary school or higher education in a foreign country are only some of the options included in the EF programmes. Besides focusing on students, EF also runs specialised programmes for governments and companies, as well as people over 25. To find out more about the various programmes, visit the official EF website: https://www.ef.com/wwen/#homepage . For more information about the exchange programmes and scholarships, contact the International Office or the Coordinating Centre for International Education of the University of Debrecen: https://edu.unideb.hu/page.php?id=117 .

In addition, the Debrecen Summer School (DSS) is a unique opportunity for those who would like to learn Hungarian as a foreign language and gain knowledge of Hungarian culture. Established in 1927, the DSS has grown to become the biggest Hungarian summer school. Each year more than 1.000 students from 30-40 countries are taught by a team of about 50 experienced instructors who specialize in teaching Hungarian to foreigners. The school’s mission is to help its students pursue specific aspects of the Hungarian language and culture in depth. For more information on Debrecen summer school, visit the DSS official website.