2020. August 3., Monday
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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

amin-alawar2Amin Alawar - Faculty of Science and Informatics - Biology (PhD)

Being awarded the Stipendium Hungaricum scholarship, I came from Lebanon to Szeged. Student life here is astonishing; I simply adore being a student at SZTE. A variety of foreign scholars, and young people have arrived here from all corners of the world. After having finished with academic work at the lab, there is still time for relaxing. The town itself is also impressive – my favourite place is Széchenyi tér.

SantiagoSantiago Vallejo - Faculty of Law and Political Sciences

I’m from Ecuador and a Ph.D. student from the Stipendium Hungaricum scholarship program. I first heard about the University of Szeged on the internet. The general study environment is nice and student life in the city is lovely. With my program and the academic system, I can control my time which is a plus. The city is very affordable, and I live in the city center. One of my favorite extra-curricular activities is the Hungarian cultural programs. I have so many favorite spots, but parks are top on the list. The professors and staffs are very approachable. The mentors and classmates also did an excellent job to explore and know the city better. I hope to continue my career as a professor, and I would recommend the university to friends because it is, in general, a beautiful place.