The Hungarian Office of Education has recently published a study about the dropout rate in Hungarian higher education institutions. Unfortunately, the numbers are not as promising as they should be. There are several reasons behind it, but in the end, approximately one-third of students terminate their studies before finishing.

The study of the Hungarian Office of Education can be downloaded from the website of The study analyses the different reasons behind the premature termination of the studies of such a high number of students as well as compares the data of different fields and even institutions.

According to Magyar Nemzet, the two most common reasons for cancelling their student status are failure to comply with the requirements and terminating the contract by the students’ own volition. There is not much difference in the exact numbers of the two reasons.

Although it is not prevalent, in some cases, the reason behind the dropout can be the inability to finance the tuition fees.

Let us move on to the different faculties and institutions. More than one-third (36-39%) of the attendees of the three-year Bachelor’s training programs never even get the final certificate (absolutorium), and only slightly more than just 50% of students acquire at least the final certificate. The most prevalent student dropout is in the fields of IT, engineering, and natural sciences, while typically, programs in art and education have a lower dropout rate.

“With state sciences and health sciences, young people interrupt their studies mainly of their own volition, while students of humanities and computer science usually do not meet the requirements, and too many passive semesters in undergraduate and sports sciences are usually the reason behind failing.”

In the fields of IT and Physics, the dropout rate is among the highest, reaching even 50-65%, which is quite shocking. Also, the method of education matters, as more people drop out of distance learning than full-time programs. Men are also more likely to drop out than women, but this is not everything. The study has also found that where the average age of the instructor team is younger, fewer students drop out, and they tend to be more successful.

Art faculties have a lower, about 20% dropout rate, and the numbers are similar for five-year undivided programmes as well.

This is not everything as there are huge discrepancies between universities. Most dropouts were registered at the Pécs and Győr Universities, but one of the most famous Hungarian universities, Eötvös Loránd University, also has numbers below the national statistics.

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Source: Magyar,

  1. The level of hungarian education could be measured in average within couple of rides in the tram 4-6 lines.

  2. Can you explain that Rick. Are you referring to behavior, the way people address one another, the way that they dress & do their hair? I notice that people smoke anywhere, everywhere. See photos of people with alcohol on the tables consistently instead of simply at special occasion meals as if the younger generation are as over consumers of booze as their parents & grandparents were. Or have you notices something more important?

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