Stereotypes exist about every country in the world but not all of them are bad. They may even be true, generalising characteristics of people, culture and lifestyle. For example, Germans are described as hard workers, Swedes are tall with blond hair, while Swiss people are always punctual. There are also many deeply rooted stereotypes about Hungary that it would be hard to count.
Are most of these stereotypes true? In this article Erasmus students from all over the world express their opinions and share their impressions about Budapest before arriving and after spending some time here. Here are the most interesting responses.
What words come to your mind when you think about Hungary/Budapest?
When you hear the name of a country some thoughts instantly pop into your mind. For Gemma Casamayor Esteve from Spain Hungary is associated with Erasmus life, and independence from family. Anita Kursvietyte from Lithuania said that Hungary and gulyás are two inseparable things. “If you have never tasted Hungarian gulyás, then you don’t know Hungary at all,” she says.
Why did you choose Hungary/Budapest?
Most students replied that recommendations of teachers and friends encouraged them to choose Budapest. Some had a more practical approach: “I chose Budapest because my university offered me to study here and there is a good program, so I decided to come,” said a Spanish student. Others said studies in Hungary are cheaper than in other European countries and you can choose from a variety of programs.
What is the student lifestyle in Hungary/Budapest?
All students agreed that Budapest nightlife is very lively and varied. You can find almost any kind of party you are looking for. As Corinne Goudriaan from the Netherlands said: “The students here enjoy life the fullest. They combine studying in a beautiful city with partying at the prettiest locations”. Eren Butunoz from Turkey added that “the student lifestyle in Budapest is very attractive. Students like to do parties and there are a lot of foreigners to connect with”. Lithuanian student Anita claimed that “if you want to taste the nightlife of Budapest you should definitely try pálinka”.
Would you recommend the city to other students? Why? Why not?
For those who doubt whether it is worth to come to Budapest, all students definitely advise to take this opportunity. As Corinne said, “Hungarians are very kind, it is a beautiful and cheap city with a huge student community”. Eren added that “there are good places to see and because of the developed transportation system it is very easy to do that. There are also nice nightclubs and the city never sleeps”.
What places would you recommend to visit in Hungary/Budapest?
All students recommended visiting the Parliament, Synagogue, Heroes Square and Buda Castle. Gemma added that there are many buildings that have their own stories and if you want to know the city well you need to be a very active person.