Studying at the University of Debrecen is a great experience in many ways: you can be part of a community of 30,000 students coming from more than 60 countries. You can experience student life on Hungary's most beautiful campus, located right by the lovely nature reserve 'Great Forest'. You can experience the vibrant cultural life of Debrecen, a city of festivals.
The University of Debrecen boasts seven campuses, five of them in Debrecen, two in the nearby towns of Hajdúböszörmény and Nyíregyháza. Living in them you will have everything at your hand; banks, pharmacies, a cinema, beauty parlour, hairdresser, café, restaurants, bars, sports ground, gym, church, gift shop, bookstore, libraries are all at students' disposal. However, if you decide to go to town, you can be downtown Debrecen in about 15 minutes by tram.
The Medical School of the University of Debrecen is Central Europe's first campus medical school. The Faculty of Medicine became an independent University Medical School under the supervision of the Ministry of Health in 1951.
Syllabus and classes correspond to European standards. Total number of classes in medical education is over 5500, which can be divided into four main units: basic theoretical training (1st and 2nd years), pre- clinical subjects (3rd), and clinical subjects (4th, 5th) and internship (6th year). The rate of theoretical and practical classes is 30 to 70 %. The first two years of dentistry education are identical with the education at the faculty of general medicine, which is followed by a three-year pre-clinical and clinical training.
Arts, Humanities and Sciences
The Centre of Arts, Humanities and Sciences (CAHS) offers a wide selection of courses in the fields of humanities and sciences for bachelor and master degree seeking students. The high standard of teaching is ensured by the exceptional academic staff, nine of whom are members of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. The Centre also runs a number of English language programs and hosts students from all around the world.
Hungary is a landlocked country in Central Europe. It is bordered by Slovakia to the north, Ukraine and Romania to the east, Serbia and Croatia to the south, Slovenia to the southwest and Austria to the west. The capital and largest city is Budapest. Hungary is a member of the European Union, NATO, the OECD, the Visegrád Group, and is a Schengen state. The official language is Hungarian.
City of Debrecen
Debrecen lies in the north-eastern part of the Great Hungarian Plain, 220 km east of Budapest. It is the administrative, economic, educational, scientific and cultural centre of Eastern Hungary. It has a population of about 205 000, second only to the country's capital.
Debrecen is known as being a city of festivals like the Flower Carnival, organized every year on 20th of August and attracting many visitors, an international Jazz Festival and the city is internationally famous for its biennial Béla Bartók Choir Competition, Beer Carnival, Wine Carnival and the International Military Band Festival.
In addition to the main events and festivals that have been attracting more and more visitors for years, the various Village Days, Spa Parties, exhibitions, equestrian and horse-herders’ shows, folklore programmes, folklore art fairs are also popular.
Education system at University of Debrecen
System of training
Applicants to institutions of higher education in Hungary must have a secondary school certificate. Training is based on a seminar and lecture system. Seminars are in general smaller discussion groups, with active student participation. Lectures follow the classical model: a bigger audience, where students have little chance to make comments.
Students are usually required to complete 180 ECTS credits during a 3-year programme, and 120 ECTS credits during a 2-year training. Certain programmes (e.g. teacher training) require an additional semester of practical training or internship.
The academic year
The academic year consists of two semesters: autumn (September– January) and spring (February–June). Both semesters include a 15-week long study period, usually with one week of schoolbreak in the middle of the term, and a 6-week long exam session.
At seminars, grades are usually awarded on the basis of in-class performance, mid-term and end-term papers, take-home essays, oral presentations, or a combination of these requirements. Class attendance is mandatory for seminars.
As for lectures, class attendance is recommended. Grades are awarded on the basis of oral and/or written exams, which take place during the 6-week long exam session at the end of the term. Students may choose from 2 to 4 dates when they want to sit for a particular exam. In case of fail, one re-sit will be allowed. The grading system ranges from 1 (fail) to 5 (excellent).
Currency rate: 277 HUF = 1 €
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- Accommodation: 250 € per month, depending on individual needs
- Living expenses: 250 € per month, depending on individual needs
- Other cost like books, stationary, household needs, transportation: 100 € per month
You can expect monthly cost to be around 600 € in total.
You should also be ready to pay deposit for 2 months 2x250 € when you rent a living place.
It is advised for students to bring at least 2000 € to begin with.
Here is a list to give you a rough idea of the living expenses in Debrecen:
- accommodation: 40.000-100.000 HUF
- a meal in the university canteen: 500-900 HUF
- a meal in a restaurant: 1200-4000 HUF
- a hamburger in a fast food restaurant: 500-800 HUF
- a loaf of bread: 150-200 HUF
- a litre of milk: 140-240 HUF
- a bottle of beer: 120-500 HUF
- a bottle of wine: 400-3000 HUF
- a monthly pass for students (bus, tram): 3000 HUF
- a single ticket (bus, tram): 300 HUF
- cinema ticket: 790-1100 HUF
From the 2nd year of their full degree studies onwards, registered full time students who achieve a 4,50 grade average or higher in each of the previous consecutive 2 semesters may submit an application for tuition fee reduction. Tuition may be reduced by up to 20% for a maximum of 20% of eligible students in each year. Those excelling in sports are entitled to sports scholarship.
University of Debrecen has its own dormitories. All dormitories have a refrigerator in each room, a well-equipped kitchen on every floor, laundry facilities, study and clubrooms in each building. All rooms have internet access.
Room prices range from 7.500 to 50.000 HUF/month, depending on the number of beds in the room.
The admission system is the same for every dormitory of the university. The admission committee makes its decisions based on students’ seniority, financial situation and grades. Students with outstanding sport or research achievements will be given preference. First year students are admitted only based on their social circumstances.
The application deadline is set by the University Dormitory Admission and Social Committee (KFSZB). The application deadline for graduate students is the beginning of June and for first year students the middle of August. Students can apply online for place in dormitories.
Finding a job in Hungary can be difficult, however there is Pont Student Service Center on campus, which is helping students and consulting them about job opportunities, grants and scholarships to cover their living costs and tuition fees.
International students can register at student work agencies, like Hungarian students, and theoretically they have the same chances too.
However, in practice, higher possibility to get a job is if you know Hungarian language.
Regarding the salary, it is rather low so students cannot support themselves only with these earnings, it is more like extra pocket money for daily expenses like food and entertainment.
For students who require a student visa to enter Hungary one of the visa requirements is proof of available funds for the course of his studies, so these students have to be ready to have some savings before they arrive.
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