The University of Szeged is one of the leading higher education institutions in Hungary. The university is located in Szeged, the sunniest town of this Central European country, member of the European Union.
Hungary is a landlocked country in Central Europe. It is situated in the Carpathian Basin and is bordered by Slovakia, Romania, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia and Austria. The capital and largest city is Budapest. Hungary is a member of the European Union, NATO, OECD, the Visegrád Group and the Schengen Area. The official language is Hungarian.
The economy of Hungary is a medium-sized, Upper-middle-income, structurally, politically and institutionally open economy, which is part of the European Union's (EU) single market. economy of Hungary experienced market liberalization in the early 1990s as part of the transition from a socialist economy to a market economy similarly to most countries in the former Eastern Bloc.
Szeged is a city with county rights, its population is the fourth largest in Hungary, it is the biggest city in the Southern Great Plain and the capital of Szeged district and Csongrád county. It is situated 165 kms from Budapest and can be conveniently reached in one and a half hours by car along the M5 motorway. By rail the journey takes just two and a quarter hours from the capital in the elegant, comfortable and fast intercity trains. The recently inaugurated airport, which is capable of handling small and medium-sized airplanes has brought Szeged and its region into closer contact not just with the rest of Hungary but with the whole world.
The main sights of Szeged are Széchenyi square –which is one of the largest and most attractive squares of Central Europe, where you can find the City Hall as well- Kárász street which is the pedestrian street of Szeged and Klauzál square which crosses Kárász street. Moreover Dugonics square is an outstanding attraction, where a number of cultural events take place throughout the year and the Rector’s Office of the University of Szeged is situated there as well. A few minutes away from Dugonics square you can find the Arad Martyrs square and the Hero’s Gate which commemorates the soldiers who died in World War I. When you are in Szeged it is worth visiting the REÖK Palace and the New Synagogue which was built in neoclassical style.
University of Szeged
The University of Szeged is one of the leading higher education institutions in Hungary. The university is located in Szeged, the sunniest town of this Central European country, member of the European Union. The town attracts thousands of young people with its lively (and loveable) urban lifestyle and colourful festivals.
Our university, with a history dating back to 1581, prides itself on a number of its great scientists and researchers, among them the Nobel Laureate Albert Szent-Györgyi who discovered Vitamin C.
According to higher education rankings, based on the examination of the quality of education, teachers and students, the University of Szeged is considered to be among the best universities in the world.
The University of Szeged offers training and research facilities of the highest standard in the fields of natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, technical, medical and health sciences.
You can choose from a wide variety of training courses at different levels of training: our Bachelor (BA/BSc), Master (MA/MSc) and Doctoral (PhD) programmes are waiting for you.
The University of Szeged also offers preparatory courses for English language training.
The international perspective is reflected in the university's research and training activities through the composition of the multilingual teaching staff, the establishment of student exchange programmes and international research cooperation.
In the world of international education the University of Szeged has three decades of experience and receives students from all over the world (USA, Germany, Belgium, France, China, Nigeria, Japan, Iran, etc.) At present nearly 2,500 international students belong to this vibrant, 25 thousand strong community on this city campus of culture and science.
No compromise: you will receive high quality education at competitive prices.
Come to study at the University of Szeged, and be a part of our success!
The University and the city of Szeged provides a number of opportunities for visitors or for those who would like to study here. The 12 faculties of the university pride themselves on internationally known and acknowledged education. Due to the wide range of education students can find the suitable course for themselves in every field and not only in Hungarian, but in English and German languages as well. Apart from education, the university encourages students to do sports as well and in our university sportcentre students can choose a number of different sports that they can do free of charge. In addition to this, the students of the University of Szeged can use the facilities of the city’s sports clubs free of charge or at discount price. The university and the city places great importance on cultural life and entertainment as well, therefore students can find activities all year round where they can refresh their body and mind at favourable prices.
Below we are going to mention a few points of interest - non-exhaustive - that are connected to Szeged and the University of Szeged, what we are worthily famous for.
Albert Szent-Györgyi, physician, biochemist and former rector of the University of Szeged isolated Vitamin C at the beginning of the 1930s, and Vitamin P in 1936 and he played a major role in discovering the citrate cycle. He received Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine in 1937 for his work. In the same year he was awarded the Corvin Wreath in Hungary.
In Hungary the fish soup is one of the most popular Christmas dishes. Fish soup (Hungarian: halászlé) is a hot soup prepared with mixed river fish, characteristic for cuisines of the Pannonian Plain and the Balkans, especially the wider region around the River Danube and River Tisza. The meal originates from Slavic cuisine. Traditionally, fish soup is prepared in small kettles on open fire by fishermen themselves. It is made in many different ways, but all recipes have onions, green peppers, and ground red paprika (őrölt pirospaprika) among their ingredients. The latter is added in copious amounts since it not only gives a distinct colour and flavour to the soup but also plays an important role in creating its true consistency. Every region in Hungary has its own fish soup recipe, hence when we go to restaurants in different parts of Hungary.
The world famous Hungarian Pick Salami is produced in the city of Szeged. It is made of pork meat and secret spices on the basis of a centuriesold producing tradition. It is cured in cold air and smoked slowly. One of the main characteristics of Pick Salami is that a coat of mould appears during drying and maturation.
The Szeged Slippers
The slippers are one of the most well-known arts and crafts product of Szeged. Hungarians first met the slippers during the Turkish occupation and the slippers spread in Szeged after the great flood of 1879 when the dirt roads were paved. The cradle of the Szeged Slippers was in Móraváros where the local craftsmen and workmen settled down. First it was favoured by the peasants but then it had gradually become a formal wear and today it is one of the symbols of Szeged and Hungary.
The upper velvet embroidery of the slippers was traditionally made by hand. The fine material was decorated by characteristic patterns. The typical wild flowers of the area – red poppy, cornflower, wheat, lily of the valley - can be seen on the toe-cap of the slippers. The main features of the Szeged Slippers are that they are red, they have a ribbon and a tassel and make a clicking sound.
Today they are worn in wedding ceremonies and in communities and events that are concerned with tradition.
The paprika is one of the most widely used ingredients of Hungary cuisine and the spirit of the majority of Hungarian dishes. It has a bright red color and a distinctive rich flavor. Szeged and Kalocsda are two main paprika production places in Hungary.
The Szeged Open Air Festival
In the first half of the 20th century festivals and grand open air events, based on cultural values and traditions became increasingly popular in the great intellectual centres of Europe. One of the first summer theatres to be launched in Hungary was the Szeged Open-Air Festival that has been organized for more than seventy years now. The first performance was presented on 13th June 1931.Then in the following years the performances of the open-air theatre eyjoyed unbroken success but this came to an end with the second world war. After the end of the second world war the Szeged Summer Festival continued its operation. Its present auditorium was established in 1994 where the sectors have been named after the European capitals that provided help for Szeged during the great flood of the river Tisza in 1879 and also twin-cities of Szeged. Today in summer time 4-5 plays are presented in weekly shifts with great success.
The ELI (Extreme Light Infrastructure) Laser Research Centre, using ultrahigh intensity laser, is being built with international cooperation at three different East European locations, but will operate under a single management and use a common research strategy. The Attosecond Light Pulse Source in Szeged will provide opportunities for researchers to examine the duration of elementary processes. The main mission of the Attosecond Light Pulse Source, the laser research institution in Szeged, is to facilitate taking snapshots of electron dynamics in atoms, molecules, plasmas and biological samples on the timescale of attoseconds and femtoseconds. Medical diagnostic procedures and particle beam-based treatment are also among the applications that make use of this technology. These technologies use laser light or the so-called secondary light sources emitted by plasma generated in gas or solid target objects. The foundation stone of ELI was laid in a solemn ceremony on 6 February 2014 in Szeged.
The university is in contact with almost all sports clubs operating in Szeged and it keeps count of the other sports facilities that are available for students. In sports that are not provided at the university or if the students would like to partake in a training on a more advanced level, the university supports the possibility to workout in a city sports club. Some sports clubs that take pride in achieving international results enjoy the financial support of the University of Szeged (the Pick Szeged handball team, Szeviép Szeged women’s basketball team, Szeged Beton waterpolo team and the DÉMÁSZ Szeged Watersports Club) and the university has its „own” teams as well.