Hungary has  a distinct culture that share broader European aspects as well as its own internal traditions. The Hungarian people began as a nomadic tribe and then developed into Hungary as we know it today.  Hungary is characterised by its stylish architecture, castles and people that are proud of their heritage.  There is no language requirement to go to Hungary.


Credit: Christina from NZ

Exchange students to Hungary are often enrolled into Gymnaziums.  The main subjects taught in these schools are: History, Hungarian Grammar, Literature, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, Language Practice (English, German, French etc.), Music, Physical Education, and  Art.  A typical school day starts at 8am and the average number of classes is 6 per day. Classes last for 45 minutes and there is always a break of at least 10 minutes between them.  Most schools have a longer break for lunch and lunch can be bought at the school canteen. A class consists of an average of 30 students but during classes like Language Practice and Maths students are divided into groups of 15-20.  The relationship between students and teachers is usually formal and rather strict.  Graduation is considered an important part of school life.  It has become increasingly common on the last day of classes for graduating seniors to slowly march around the school singing from room to room.


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The average Hungarian family consists of 3 to 4 members.  Although families in the countryside tend to have 3 or more children. Generally families live in houses or in apartments of 2-3 rooms. Because of problems of housing, after getting married children live with their parents. Therefore it is not rare to find families where 3 or even 4 generations are living together.  A typical Hungarian Sunday (Vasárnap) for a Hungarian family involves going for walks, digging in the garden of the “weekend house”, washing the car, visiting parents,  having leisurely breakfasts,  watching soccer games,  having a beer with friends, doing housework that was neglected during the busy weekdays, going to church or on an outing or hike, or window shopping in the in the city.  Hungarian Sundays are pretty much like Sundays in the rest of Europe, except, perhaps for the Sunday lunch, which is traditionally chicken soup and fried chicken with cucumber salad with garlic and sour cream sauce.

Special Programs

YFU Hungary offers specialist programs in the following areas:

PM Music school, Sport and Catering

Please contact YFU Australia for prices, departure dates and more information.

Program Departure Price Discount Deadline Application Deadline
Semester August 2019 $10,500 NZD February 28, 2019 April 15, 2019
Year August 2019 $12,000 NZD February 28, 2019 April 15, 2019