Pilot Training at Hungarian Universities

Hungarian universities offer a wide range of degree courses for students looking to study in Hungary. However, in recent years, due to the advantages it offers and its affordable tuition fees, aviation education in Hungary, especially pilot training, has gained prominence. At Hun Education, we enroll students who aspire to study pilot training in Hungary and provide support as they embark on a magnificent journey of building their careers.

Let’s explore various aspects of aviation education in Hungary, including pilot training, aviation schools in Hungary, tuition fees at aviation schools, and reasons to consider enrolling in aviation programs at Hungarian universities.

Why Choose Pilot Training in Hungary

Hungarian pilot schools have become one of the most preferred choices in Europe by increasing their investments and providing high-quality education. Their cost-effective training and a strong fleet of aircraft have made them a top choice for aspiring pilots. Aviation education programs offered by Hungarian universities are known for being more affordable compared to those in other countries. Moreover, they are renowned for delivering high-quality education led by expert pilot instructors. Additionally, due to their proximity to Turkey, Hungarian pilot schools host numerous Turkish pilot candidates each year. As a result, Hungarian pilot schools have become a preferred option for those seeking quality education and cost-efficiency.

Universities Offering Pilot Training in Hungary

Several universities in Hungary offer aviation education programs, with the Debrecen University being the most popular choice. The general aim of the pilot training program at Debrecen University is to provide applicants with the knowledge and skills needed to pass the theoretical knowledge exam for the Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL) and the skill tests for CPL(A), ME/IR(A) as required by the Hungarian Aviation Authority. The program aims to produce professionals who understand the aviation industry, can work as professional pilots for airline companies, have knowledge about air operations, ground handling, and air transportation tasks, can perform compliance tasks, and possess knowledge related to integrated ATP(A) training.

In addition to Debrecen University, Nyireghaza University and Dunaújváros University (UOD) are other universities in Hungary that offer pilot training programs.


Requirements for Enrolling in Aviation Schools in Hungary

Requirements for enrolling in aviation schools in Hungary may vary by institution. Generally, applicants should have reached the age of 17-18, depending on the specific school. Since the language of instruction for pilot training in Hungary is English, applicants should have a good command of the English language. Additionally, applicants are typically required to pass a Class 2 Pilot Medical Exam.

Tuition Fees at Aviation Schools in Hungary

Tuition fees for pilot training programs at Hungarian universities vary and typically range from 13,500 to 35,000 Euros annually (covering two academic semesters).

Student Experiences in Pilot Training in Hungary

One of our students, Çağla Türken, who enrolled in professional pilot BSc at Debrecen University through Hun Education, shares her experience:

Many students choose to pursue pilot training in Hungary due to the advantages it offers. Hungarian aviation schools provide more equipped and cost-effective training compared to flight schools in Turkey and other European countries. In Turkey, prospective pilot students have three main options: cadet programs of specific airlines, aviation departments at universities, or independent flight schools. However, each of these options comes with its disadvantages. Cadet programs may require you to work for the airline for a specified period, and if you cannot fulfill this commitment due to unforeseen circumstances, you may be required to repay the debt in euros. Universities often have high admission requirements and low acceptance rates, coupled with modest tuition fees. Independent flight schools, on the other hand, charge high fees and often only provide an ATPL license upon graduation. Choosing to study pilot training in Hungary allows you to avoid these issues and graduate with both an ATPL license and an engineering or engineering science diploma. Having an engineering degree is advantageous because being a pilot is a dynamic profession, and you need to prove each year that you can pass a Class 1 medical test and have no health issues that would prevent you from flying or working as a pilot. If you fail this test, your pilot's license becomes invalid. In such cases, your engineering diploma can come into play, and after determining which field of engineering you want to pursue, you can complete any missing courses and start working as an engineer. Another advantage of studying in Hungary is the simultaneous learning of technical and flight courses. Some schools only offer theoretical courses for the first two years before starting flight training. However, this approach may negatively affect your ability to grasp theoretical concepts and apply them during flights. In Hungary, you begin flying after completing theoretical courses in your first year, and within a year, you reinforce everything you've learned through practical flight experience. Your flights and classes progress simultaneously throughout the program. In total, the education program spans seven semesters (3.5 years). During the third semester, you start preparing for the 14 exams required for the ATPL license, which you must pass within 18 months. If you fail an exam, you have the chance to retake it. As for flight training, you start with single-engine Cessna or Tecnam aircraft, and after about 25 hours of flight with experienced pilot instructors, you complete your first solo flight and earn your first stripes. Later, you transition to multi-engine Tecnam aircraft, accumulating approximately 140 hours of flight time. Subsequently, you commence simulator training, which totals 60 hours of flight. You graduate with a minimum of 200 flight hours. After successfully completing all exams (both theory and flight), you earn a Frozen ATPL, indicating that you have met all the necessary conditions to become a pilot except for accumulating 1500 flight hours, which are required for becoming a first officer. You also have the opportunity to obtain an MCC (Multi-Crew Cooperation) license, which involves 50 hours of training in an Airbus 320 simulator. Some schools also offer an Airbus 320 type rating option. Your choice between these options depends on your future plans. After graduation, you will have the chance to find employment anywhere in the world." In conclusion, studying pilot training in Hungary offers several advantages, including cost-effective and high-quality education, the opportunity to earn an ATPL license alongside an engineering degree, and a curriculum that combines theoretical and practical learning. By pursuing aviation education in Hungary, you can take significant steps toward becoming a successful pilot.
Çağla Türken
Student at Debrecen University