In the last 10+ years, the Hungarian government has been focusing strongly on the internationalization of Hungarian higher education. The implemented changes and incentives have stimulated an increase in the number of international students- so much so, that the number of international students almost tripled since 2010.
State secretary Tamas Schanda was quoted by the Ministry of Innovation and Technology, saying that the number of international enrolments at Hungarian universities jumped to more than 38,000 during the 2019/20 academic year, almost reaching the target of having 40,000 international students by 2023, set in 2014 by Hungary’s Minister for Innovation and Technology.
According to an official report, the majority of international students are settling in Budapest, with Debrecen, Szeged, and Pécs following.
Despite the pandemic affecting the increase in the number of international students in Hungary, the state secretary expressed that after the reopening of travel, the numbers are expected to increase dynamically again.
According to data by Statista, Hungary has been experiencing a steady increase in the number of international students since the 2009/2010 academic year. That year, there were only 14 thousand students pursuing higher education in the country.