2023. January 31., Tuesday
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More than 1150 first-year international students at the SZTE

According to preliminary statistics 1150 international students are expected to start their studies at the University of Szeged in the AY 2019-2020. The newcomers with various scholarship awards, and freshmen attending self-financed courses were welcomed in the TIK on the 30th of August.

After the completion of the preliminary procedures for international students, approximately 7700 newly admitted students will start their studies at the University of Szeged. The majority of the newcomers have registered to one of the University’s self-financed courses, but students with various scholarships have arrived in great numbers too. Compared to last years’ figures there has been an increase in the number of attendants for non-medical faculties, which is mostly due to the introduction of the online application system called Dream Apply and the SZTE Start Scholarship Programme for international students.

Click on picture to open gallery. Photos by Bobkó Anna

The University of Szeged is awaiting 208 students with Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship (SH), among them the most favourite Faculties are the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration and the Faculty of Science and Informatics. 61 students are expected to arrive for the former and 53 for the latter. Thanks to the scholarship programmes, 47 students will be able to start their studies at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and 19 at the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences. 10 scholars are attending the Faculty of Agriculture. Most of the foreign students have arrived from Azerbaijan, Vietnam, Kazakhstan and Turkey, but there will be arrivals from Russia, Mongolia, Brazil, Ghana, Columbia, Mexico and Macedonia too. Besides them 9 students will be arriving to various faculties from Nigeria, Pakistan and Syria with the Scholarship for Christian Young People.

More than 570 freshmen are to start their studies without scholarships. Most of these self-financed students (480) are attending study programmes in English or in German at the Faculty of Medicine. Besides the health studies degree programmes, the Faculty of Law and Social Sciences and the Faculty of Economics and Business Studies are also popular among the enrolling international students.

Click on picture to open gallery. Photos by Szécsi Annamária

Additional 221 students supported by Erasmus+ or Makovecz Programme will start their short term studies in the first semester of the Academic Year of 2019-2020. Out of them 218 are Erasmus students coming from 16 countries, 83 cities and 95 universities to 11 Faculties of the University of Szeged. Besides Humanities and Economics many of them attend programmes in study fields such as Law or Medicine.



The first batch of international students were welcomed by Tamás Bene dr., Director for International and Public Affairs. ‘You made a great choice, applying to the University of Szeged. It is well-known for its multicultural environment: 18% of all of the University’s students, 3700 international students are coming from 114 countries’ – emphasized the Director. We are proud to be the member of the Europian University Alliance for Global Health (EDUGLOH) consortium together with Saclay University - Paris; Lund University, Ludwig-Maximilian University Munich, University of Porto – he added.  The member of the so called ‘European Universities’ share the ambition to combine their expertise and resources to offer the best education and training to their students and thereby become a world-class higher education alliance, based on the excellence of their teaching and cutting-edge research and equipment.


Besides the ceremonial award of the SZTE Start Scholarships – when certificates about 500 EUR support is given to excellent international students – attendees had the chance to familiarize with immigration issues, the mentoring system. Participating students could also meet the representatives of SZTE service units in person, such as SZTE Alma Mater, SZTE Career Office, SZTE Klebesberg Library, Frankofon Centre, American Corner, Confucius Institute, Student Counselling and the Foreign Language Centre.


SZTE Experience


Ferdous Rahman – Faculty of Law and Political Sciences

My name is Ferdous Rahman and I am from Bangladesh. I am pursuing doctoral studies at the Department of Private International Law at the Faculty of Law and Political Science under the Stipendium Hungaricum Programme. Currently I am in the first year of my four-year PhD programme. I came to know about SZTE while exploring for the Stipendium Hungaricum programme. Among the other available options, this was my first choice. Apart from its excellent ranking, I got my supervisor with similar research interest. The increasing number of international students gave me a comfort of having a cosmopolitan environment. After starting my studies here in September 2019, I am convinced that I could not expect more. For prospective students, I would advise that SZTE can be their next home as I got mine. Everyone here including the professors, the administrators, and the students are very friendly and helpful. They make studies a joyous journey instead of pile of classes and books. After my graduation, I will return to my home country. The knowledge and the experience that I have been receiving here will be a great resource for my academic career. I intend to continue my research further and expect to contribute to policy formulation at national and international level."


Ahmad Adha - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

I am Ahmad Adha from Indonesia and currently a 3rd year student in Theoretical Linguistics PhD program. I chose the University of Szeged (SZTE) as my study destination because it is located in the center of the town and it is also the highest ranked university in Hungary. The university staff and the professors were very accommodating and understanding when I decided to change the program that suits my research topic. I am so glad that I can be a part of my current department, and of course SZTE, since it is also the Center of Pragmatic Research which aims to promote advanced linguistic pragmatic research with international collaborations. After graduating, I wish to continue to work in my academic field as a professor and a researcher. My advice for prospective SZTE students is to choose a university with a good academic reputation that fits their passion.