2022. September 26., Monday

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International Freshmen Oath at the University of Szeged

According to the admission and enrolment statistics for the academic year 2022/23, more than 1000 new foreign students will start their studies at the University of Szeged. Altogether, a total of almost 5000 foreign students study in Szeged from this academic year.

SZTE welcomed the international freshmen with a central three-day orientation event between 31st of August and 2nd of September, 2022. On the last day of the event, Prof. Dr. Márta Széll, Vice Rector for Strategic planning of the University of Szeged, welcomed the freshmen students to the institution and the event was closed by the Freshmen Oath followed by a party that took place in the Dugonics square in front of the institutions mains building.


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2022 Freshmen Oath Photos by: Dóra Molnár

 

The majority of foreign students enrolled in the SZTE's fee-paying courses, but a large number of students also came through the various scholarship programs. The increase of the number of new international freshmen is due to the introduction of new international graduate and short-term programs.

 

Scholarship programs at the institution also attract hundreds of students from all around the world by giving them the opportunity of studying in one of the best Universities in Hungary with the support of a scholarship program. Within the frames of the Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship (SH), 242 international students can start their studies at the institution with a fully funded governmental scholarship.The most popular programs that the scholarship holders will attend are offered by the Medical Faculty (50 students), Faculty of Science and Informatics (43 students), Faculty of Humanities and Social Science (36 students) and the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration (32 students). Most of the SH scholarship students come from South Korea, Syria, Japan and Jordan. Students from Mongolia, China, Brazil, Kenya, Turkey and Vietnam also study at our institution within the frames of this scholarship.

 

In addition, 9 international students arrive to Szeged to study in the Faculty of Agriculture, the Faculty of Economics, the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, the Faculty of Science and Informatics and the Faculty of Pharmacy through the Scholarship Program for Christian Young People.


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Photos by: Anna Bobkó, István Sahin-Tóth

 

Nearly 600 freshmen students enrolled in fee paying programs of the institution. The most popular programs that these students attend are English and German Medical programs which are offered by the Albert Szent-Györgyi medical school.

In addition to the health Science programs, programs offered by the Faculty of Economics, the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences are also popular study destination for fee-paying students.

 

In the first semester of the 2022/23 academic year, 188 foreign students will start their part-time studies at the University with the support of the ERASMUS+, IISMA and Makovecz Programs.

Within the frames of the ERASMUS program, 141 students coming from 67 universities in 57 cities in 12 countries will study at 11 faculties of the University of Szeged. Besides humanities and economics, medical and law programs are also popular among these students.

 

This year, the institution also expects to enroll 50 Ukrainian students who were forced to interrupt their studies due to the war. They will be able to continue their studies at the SZTE with the support of the Students at Risk scholarship, funded by the Tempus Public Foundation.

 

11 freshmen of the institution were awarded the SZTE Start Scholarship on the 3rd day of the event. This scholarship assists new students in settling in and starting their new study chapter with a onetime €500 grant.

 

At the central orientation event, students were able to meet their mentors and learn about student services. Service units of SZTE attended the event to introduce themselves and answer any questions that the freshmen may have. Among these service units were the Southern National Directorate-General for Aliens Policing, SZTE Alma Mater, SZTE Career Office, the Institute of Foreign Languages Communication, American Corner and the Student Counselling Centre. First-year students also learned about the opportunities offered by the EUGLOH project and Coursera programs.


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The Central Orientation event also included other activities to help foreign students settle in, discover the city and meet their fellow students. These activities included team-building programs, treasure hunt game in the city, information sessions and the freshmen oath followed by a freshman party.



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Team building Photos by: Dóra Molnár


 


The event was organized by the Office for International Cooperation, Admission & Marketing of the Rector’s Department. It was central based orientation event and students from all Faculties of the institution were welcome to join.

SZTE Experience

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Tamerlan Mendybayev – Faculty of Agriculture

My name is Tamerlan Mendybayev. I am from capital of Kazakhstan, Nur-Sultan. Currently I am first year student at the Faculty of Agriculture. I chose the University of Szeged as my study destination for several reasons: firstly, it is a well-known applied science institution in Europe and the best in Hungary. Secondly, the program is designed with a significant focus on the developing practical skills of the students and there is a University pilot farm where students keen their skills and implement their knowledge in practice. Undoubtedly, University of Szeged is a place where students become professionals in their academic field.

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Hamza Baniata – Faculty of Science and Informatics

I am Hamza Baniata, a first-year student at the Doctoral School of Computer Science, and I am From Jordan. SZTE is continuously supporting research and it has an internationally recognized, highly ranked group of professors. It also offers courses and research topics that are strongly related to my research field; Cloud Computing, Fog Computing and Internet of Things. All of this motivated me to apply to the University/Department of Software Engineering. Szeged is a calm city, full of love and peace. The University of Szeged is similar to the city, which provides the perfect environment for creation and development. Studying at the university requires a high level of effort, commitment and seriousness. Applying to the university and having these characteristics are my two pieces of advice to prospective students. It is very early to define my future now, but I am planning to apply to a research position in my field after graduation and if I had the opportunity, I would love to contribute my effort and knowledge in advancing such a wonderful and respected university.


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