2020. January 22., Wednesday


Number of International Students Studying at the University of Szeged Exceeds 4,000

The number of international students of the University of Szeged is continuously rising. More than 4,000 students from 115 countries around the world are carrying out their studies at the SZTE. Compared to previous years the increase in the number in the headcount is significant in domestic relations.

Currently around 4,100 students are studying at the study programmes taught in Hungarian and other languages at the University of Szeged. The number of students was augmented by 400 students compared to last year, while the Academic Year 2017/2018 brought an additional increase of 500 students. The University of Szeged is growing in popularity amongst international students owing to, among others, 60 study programmes taught in a foreign language offered by the University, scholarship opportunities, high-quality student services and lively cultural life of Szeged. The city itself is also particularly attractive as Szeged is the safest town of Hungary. Compared to the capital of the country, housing expanses are lower and a great variety of discounts is available for university students. The attractiveness of the University is enhanced by the outstanding results obtained on global educational rankings: the University of Szeged was ranked between the 501-510th place on Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) 2020, which is the best among ranked Hungarian participants.


As in previous years, 1,267 students - most of international students - arrived from Serbia for the first semester of the Academic Year 2019/2020. Compared to last semester’s headcount an additional 200 Serbian students commenced their studies at the University of Szeged. More than 500 students came from Iran and the number of German students is significant as well - it is 420 at the moment. 150 students from Romania chose the SZTE and more than 100 students arrived from South Korea and China. The institution is popular among Azerbaijan, Japanese, Turkish, Mongolian and Syrian students. Even students of Venezuela, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe have heard about the good reputation of the University since the SZTE accepts students from these distant countries as well.


International students are applying for study programmes of 12 Faculties of the University of Szeged. In most cases, applicants are admitted to the Faculty of Medicine, with more than 1,400 students at the moment. The Faculty of Science and Informatics is also popular, more than 600 international students are educated there and 450 international students attend study programmes of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. 96% of international students are admitted to full-time study programmes.


SZTE Experience

simsonSimson Ndadaleka Shaakumeni - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences - PhD Studies

I heard about Stipendium Hungaricum from a fellow countryman. I would love to teach at a university one day, but a Doctorate degree is often required in order to do so. That is why I came to Szeged, where I am currently working on my doctoral thesis in educational science – my special field of interest is scientific literacy of students. Life is completely different in Namibia; it is mostly a rural country and agriculture is still hardly mechanised and many homesteads in villages in the countryside are built of wood. The weather is totally different from the one in Szeged, the cold and icy weather caught me by surprise after returning from Christmas holiday, I didn’t have proper shoes so my feet were constantly freezing.

Imane_CherbiImane Cherbi - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

My name is Cherbi Imane and I am 23 years old from Algeria. I am spending my last semester at the University of Szeged Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Being an MA student of Applied Linguistics, University of Szeged offered me a chance to gain sufficient knowledge about my field of study. I choose the University of Szeged simply because it is a highly ranked academic institution both nationally and internationally; also because of the variety of programs that they have for international students.

I love everything in Szeged: every corner of every street, I will always keep them in my heart. I take photos of the city when walking around and I am planning to launch a blog to promote this beautiful corner of Hungary among international students. People of Szeged are caring, always smiling and we are living peacefully together. I have never felt isolated or neglected. As a coffee lover, i always enjoy having my favorite type of coffee in different coffees in Szeged. Lookin for calmness and nature vibes, I would certainly walk by the Tisza river whenever I want.