Hungría es una orgullosa nación donde el este y el oeste de Europa se encuentran.  Su impresionante ciudad capital, Budapest, fue conocida alguna vez como “la París del Este.”  El poderoso río Danubio y las planicies del campo, junto a las plácidas colinas que se ven a la distancia, se combinan entre sí para crear una escena única, característica del bello paisaje de este país.  Debés asistir también a alguno de los tradicionales festivales húngaros, donde la comida será usualmente el foco de atención.

Los adolescentes húngaros se dedican seriamente a sus estudios y a estudiar para los exámenes finales, que son importantes para la admisión a la universidad.  En su tiempo libre ellos participan en actividades organizadas por el colegio o por la comunidad, tales como deportes (el fútbol, el baloncesto y el voleibol son populares), el teatro, las danzas folklóricas y los clubes de música.  Los fines de semana ellos van al cine, a una fiesta, o se reúnen en la casa de alguno para pasar tiempo juntos y conversar.

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Host Family & Community

You will probably live in urban areas near Budapest or other large cities, however some host families live in the countryside. Hungarian families tend to be traditional, but everyone shares in the housework and spends time together on weekends. 


Most AFS students attend a public school called a gimnázium, but you could also be placed in a szakközépiskola (vocational) school. You’ll likely choose from a variety of classes, but Hungarian and foreign language courses are required. The school year runs from the beginning of September to early June and is divided into two semesters. Classes are held Monday to Friday from 8 am to 3 pm.


One of the most popular and well-known Hungarian dishes is goulash, a stew made with meat, potatoes, and paprika. Dishes are typically served with potatoes or noodles and there are lots of delicious breads and pastries to try! Typical Hungarian dishes tend to be hearty, but culinary habits are changing, so the food is lighter than in the past but without losing its great flavours. Paprika and other spices and sauces are used in many dishes.


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Magyar, also known as Hungarian, is the official language of Hungary, and it’s related to Finnish and Estonian. English and German are widely spoken foreign languages, while there are several recognized minority languages in Hungary. Hungarian language lessons will be offered during the early months of your stay. You do not need to speak Hungarian to be accepted into the program, but you are encouraged to begin learning as much as you can before you arrive. 

Let AFS guide your intercultural adventure

Go abroad with AFS to discover who you really are, make new lifetime friendships and immerse yourself in a fascinating intercultural experience.

Our learning program will prepare you for an amazing AFS intercultural experience. The program begins at your home country with a pre-departure orientation and continues with orientations and other supported learning activities and facilitated conversations will help you maximize your experience, cope the challenges of navigating a new culture and community and gain knowledge, skills, and a global understanding, throughout your time abroad, and as you return to you home country. AFS volunteers will be there to support and guide you and your host family through your learning journey abroad.


The Global Competence Certificate (GCC) program will support your intercultural learning experience. This state-of-the-art program prepares you to successfully navigate new cultural environments—during your AFSNext experience and long after you finish the program. Online intercultural learning modules combined with in-person sessions help you develop practical and global skills, knowledge and attitudes that employers need and mission-driven organizations believe will help achieve their social impact goals. You will receive your certification upon completion of the training program.   

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