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Which City To Choose To Study In Hungary? – Popular “Erasmus Cities” Of Hungary

Robert Velkey 2016.06.06.

Would you like to head to study in Hungary but you don’t know where; which city and university? Are you in to be an Erasmus student somewhere else than Budapest too? We made a list about popular “Erasmus Cities” of Hungary. Let’s have look at on the various places where you can be an international student in Hungary.

Budapest“The Heart of Europe”

Budapest is the center of everything and the city is beating like the heart of Central Europe. It is the capital and the largest city of Hungary and one of the largest cities in the European Union, also cited as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. It is a real metropolis with about 2 million inhabitants and never-sleeping nightlife; it will come as no surprise that the capital is home to some of the best universities in every discipline.


You can read more about  why Budapest is one of the best destination to study abroad in our previous article. But just to mention some of the best universities by faculties:

  • Medical and pharmaceutical education:
    • Semmelweis University (SOTE).
  • Engineering and economics and “vibrant student life”:
    • Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME)
  • Human studies and liberal arts; psychology, pedagogy, history, philosophy:
    • Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE)
    • Pázmány Péter Catholic University (PPKE)
    • Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church In Hungary (KRE)


Szeged“The City of Sunshine”

Szeged is the third largest city of Hungary, the largest city and regional centre of the Southern Great Plain and the county seat of Csongrád county. Szeged is situated near the southern border of Hungary, just to the south of the mouth of the Maros River, on both banks of the Tisza River, nearly in the centre of the Carpathian Basin. Due to the high hours of sunlight reported annually, Szeged is often called ‘the city of sunshine’. Szeged is 8th on the list of the Best University Towns in Europe.


The University of Szeged (SZTU) is one of the most distinguished universities in Hungary. SZTU is ranked to the 4th most popular Hungarian University for Erasmus Students. After the Universities of Budapest the University of Szeged is the most popular among foreign students who choose Hungary a place to study. Actually it is not a surprise; according to that SZTU has achieved excellent results in all the acknowledged international rankings such as the 1st place among Hungarian universities in the Chinese Academic Ranking of World Universities or it is one of the best 500 universities of the world (ARWU ranking).


For more information about, SZTU click here!

Debrecen – “The Calvinist Rome”

Debrecen is the second largest city in Hungary after Budapest. Debrecen is the regional center of the Northern Great Plain region and the seat of Hajdú-Bihar county. The second highest placed Hungarian university is the University of Debrecen which has its main campuses in the “calvinist capital”. By the way, why is it that, Calvinist Rome? In the 16th century Debrecen embraced the Protestant Reformation quite early, earning the monikers “the Calvinist Rome” and “the Geneva of Hungary”. At this period the inhabitants of the town were mainly Hungarian Calvinists.


The University of Debrecen (UD) offers complete English-language studies in General Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry as well as Natural Sciences, Information Technology, Engineering, Arts, Economics and Business Administration. In the 2013/14 academic year the university hosted over 3700 international students from more than 80 countries, heading the list of Hungarian institutions educating international students. Most of the international students are registered at the Faculty of Medicine (1781), Dentistry (396), Science (289), and IT (202).


Let’s walk around on a virtual tour

More information about UD click here

Miskolc“The steel city”

The northeastern city of Hungary also known for its heavy industry. Miskolc is generally thought of as an industrial city, and the largest boost to its economy was indeed provided by the industrialization during the Socialist era; in fact industry (including metallurgy) has a long history this why it is called the steel city. The city lies at the meeting point of different geographical regions – east from the Bükk mountains, in the valley of the river Sajó, and has a historical downtown what reminds to the better ages of the city before the Socialism era.


In line with the city’s history, the University of Miskolc (UoM) most famous faculties are material and earth sciences and engineering ones. In 1949, the University of Miskolc was founded (as a successor of the Academy of Mining, formerly in Selmecbánya, which is now Banská Štiavnica, Slovakia) this is why the unvierity has the famous stundent traditions of Selmec. The traditions after the institution’s migration first to Sopron and then to Miskolc, survived, what’s more, were expanded with new local elements and are still alive. The student traditions of Selmec enhance the binding to the educational institution through the revival and the transmission of old positive patterns as well as it can develop an inward connection between the upper-year students and their younger fellows.


For more information about UoM, click here!

Pécs“The Mediterranean City”

Pécs is the fifth largest city of Hungary, located on the slopes of the Mecsek mountains in the south-west of the country, close to its border with Croatia. The city Sopianae was founded by Romans at the beginning of the 2nd century, and it was always a multicultural city where many cultural layers are encrusted melting different values of the history of two thousand years. Today it is the cultural and economical center of Baranya county and according to its warm climate and archtectural style it is common as the mediterranean city of Hungary.


The University of Pécs (PTE) is also one of the largest universities in Hungary, the knowledge centre of South Transdanubia and the oldest university of the country. The roots of the institute date back as early as 1367. The University of Pécs has been offering full study programmes in English for 30 years and German for 10 years. An increasing number of international students and researchers have been coming from over 80 countries to the University of Pécs to study and conduct research year by year.


For more information about PTE click here

Sopron “Civitas fidelissima”

Sopron is a city in Hungary on the Austrian border, near the Lake Neusiedl/Lake Fertő. Sopron’s status as part of Hungary (along with that of the surrounding eight villages) was decided by a controversial, local referendum, held on December 14, 1921, with 65% voting for Hungary. Since then, Sopron has been called Civitas Fidelissima (“The Most Loyal Town”, Hungarian: A Leghűségesebb Város), and the anniversary of the plebiscite is a city holiday. The citiy has a fuising life not only at universtiy semester timas according to that Sopron is the hosting city the Volt festival for example.


The University of West Hungary (UWH) is not only based in Sopron but there are the main faculties The University, which is at the forefront of the Hungarian higher educational institutions, has the fifth largest number of students in the country. Its campuses in five historical West Hungarian cities offer up-to-date knowledge for almost twenty thousand students, who benefit from the high standard of education and advanced infrastructure. The university’s ten faculties are located in Sopron, a jewel city situated at the meeting point of Fertő Region (part of the world heritage) and the start of the Lower Alps, in Győr, a historic and festival city which won the Europa Nostra prize, in Mosonmagyaróvár, wedged in between Szigetköz and Hanság, which is famous for its medicinal water (acknowledged as one of the five most effective mineral waters of Europe), in Székesfehérvár, the coronation town of our mediaeval kings and in Szombathely with its 2 000 year history, the birthplace of Saint Martin, home town of Europe’s biggest historical carnival, the cultural and educational centre of the region.

In each campus there is a vivid student life. Some of them cherish the student traditions originating in Selmecbánya, which are unique in Europe and whose roots go back to the mysterious Middle Ages; others have found their own way in forming a community.


For more information about UWH, click here!

via: u-szeged.hu; wikipedia.com; unideb.hu; pte.hu; uni-miskolc-hu; hungarytoday.hu; uniwest.hu;

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