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.
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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.
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.