The economic situation in Nigeria is pushing parents to seek alternative provisions for their children’s university education. This is not such a bad thing as there are so many other excellent choices out there that can compete favorably with the traditional UK/US/Canada offering.
Recently I caught up with Ben, a 3rd year medical student of the University of Debrecen (see link University of Debrecen) in Hungary and he gave me glowing reviews of his school. Having done some research on the school, it appears that international graduates of the school echo same. For reviews on this school see Reviews on UD and More reviews on UD.
If parents are still very keen on their children getting an education abroad and are finding the big 3 to be too expensive, then it is refreshing to know that there are choices out there in Europe.
From my conversation with Ben and research, I drew out some facts as below. Please note that the focus for this is Hungary.
- Six universities in Hungary appear in the QS World University Rankings® 2016/17, while a total of eight are featured in the QS University Rankings: Emerging Europe and Central Asia (EECA) 2016. See link for the 5 highest ranked universities in Hungary.
- University of Debrecen features among the world’s leading insititutions for 6 subjects in the QS World University Rankings by subject, including a place on the global top 300 for Agriculture, Forestry, Medicine and modern languages
- The school fees ranges from $5500 to $16000 a year. The most expensive is medicine.
- Courses are taught in English. Students however take the language as an elective. It does make sense to learn the language as it will assist you with getting a job in Hungary. However Hungarian is the 2nd most difficult language in the world. Ben told me this yet to check it up though!
- The pharmaceutical programme of the University of Debrecen is among the top 200 in the world, while the biology programme is the strongest in Hungary see here.
- Ben said the location of the University is very serene and provides him the right atmosphere for reading. Locals are friendly and he feels safe.
- Cost of living is affordable. The price of staple foods is cheap. We drew this conclusion after comparing prices in $ and £.
- Immigration papers are straight forward. He said his A-level school in Nigeria did the leg-work for him. The rest is pretty straightforward once you get to Hungary.
- Entrance requirement is in the form of an exam.
- Your child will have lots of company see link for the list of international students admitted last year
- Just so you know 13 Nobel Prize Laureates are Hungarian see here.
So there you have it! Thank you Ben for your time, lets hear from other students.