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200 Stipendium Hungaricum scholarship holders start their studies at the University of Szeged

The number of foreign students with Stipendium Hungaricum scholarship is growing at the University of Szeged: about 200 students from 38 countries is arriving to start their studies on English or Hungarian programmes at SZTE.

15% of the 23.000 students attending University of Szeged, are coming from abroad – surpassing the average portion of 10%. While 2800 foreign students arrived in the academic year of 2015/2016, 3200 newcomers joined the community in the following one.


More and more students are coming to Szeged within the framework of Stipendium Hungaricum scholarship programme: this year, 3500 applications were submitted and 1278 applicants sat the entrance exam in Szeged or abroad. Out of the 405 successful applicants 200 students are admitted with the Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship programme’ – said Prof. Dr. Nagy Katalin, Vice-Rector for International Affairs. She highlighted that the portion of applications and newcomers serves as a proof of the University’s endeavour to choose the most talented aspirants.



She also added that most students, in point of numbers 29, are arriving from Azerbaijan but Mongolia, Iran and Syria is within the top 5 sender countries with 18-18 students; Jordan is also represented with 14 students and there are newcomers from Kosovo, Indonesia, Russia and the Philippines. Most of the students, 62 altogether, will study at the Faculty of Economics; 14 scholarship holders will participate in the undivided programme of Medicine and 13-13 students will continue their studies at the major of international relations and biology. Among others, students are enrolled in study programs at the field of humanities, pharmacy, agricultural and music as well. Moreover, 8 students will undertake in a Hungarian programme. 50 full-time degree programmes are offered at 12 Faculties of the University of Szeged and scholarship holders generally apply for a full-degree programme at Bachelor's, Master's or Doctoral level.


‘The close link between the University and Szeged and the city also motivates students when they choose to study here: alongside with the quality education, Szeged offers a great variety of entertainment and sport facilities. Our aim is to assist the integration of newcomers, as a result, it is essential that foreign scholars interact with Hungarian students too. On the other hand, the growing number of foreign students triggers quality changes: the University and Szeged is becoming more and more popular among international students and the standard of education and administration is improving parallel’ - said the Vice-Rector.


The University of Szeged has been participating in the programme dedicated to the ’eastern and southern opening’ initiated by the Hungarian government since 2013. The aim of this programme – apart from offering a scholarship for those who wish to continue their studies on a full-time programme – is to facilitate the Hungarian higher education to accommodate more and more international students, to foster quality improvement, to strengthen the relations of Hungarian scientific elite and to promote the competitive Hungarian education in all corners of the world.


Photo: Anna Bobkó

SZTE Experience


Nikki - Faculty of Health Sciences and Social Studies

My name is Nikki and I am from Iran. Currently I am a second year student studying Physiotherapy at the University of Szeged. I really like the Environment of Szeged as it is a true University City where you can meet people from around the world. I consider Szeged as my second home since I have established my own path here and I have a lot of friends who make me feel home. The reason why I came to Szeged is because I was informed by one of my friends about the fact that the University degrees are EU accredited and will help me to reach my goals and open doors for future job opportunities. Once I have obtained my degree, I would like to stay in Hungary and pursue a post graduate program. Later on I will seize the opportunity to gain some job experience in my field here in Hungary before I hold my ground in Europe.

95930002_620793281842686_908476219798847488_oDianne - Faculty of Science and Informatics

I am a PhD student and a Stipendium Hungaricum scholarship holder from the Philippines. I am currently pursuing my PhD in Environmental Science and I happen to be in my 3rd year of studies. I chose University of Szeged because its one of the top ranked research university in Hungary known for its good reputation in the fields of health and natural sciences. Coming from the Philippines with a warm climate, I had huge preference of Szeged for my studies, the city having the most rays of sunshine and considered to be the warmest place in Hungary. I would advise all the prospective students to join University of Szeged’s diverse and vibrant community! Don’t be afraid to leave your comfort zone, try to find and establish your niche in a new place like what I did. I didn’t regret coming to Szeged as it continuously provides me an enabling learning environment for various reasons, has affordable cost of living, very safe and calm university town, organized transport system, beautiful and clean surroundings with the very sightly Tisza River which adds to its appeal, and also holds many festivals throughout the year. After graduation, I am planning to go back to my home institution and continue my teaching duties at the University of the Philippines Los Baños