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University of Technology and Economics
University of Medicine
Academy of Fine Arts
University of Arts and Design
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Károli University
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University of Jewish Studies
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ELTE - Eötvös Loránd University
CEU - Central European University
Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music
Budapest University of Technology and Economics
Semmelweis University of Medicine
Hungarian University of Arts and Design
Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts
Corvinus University of Budapest
Károli University
Peter Pazmany Catholic University
University of Jewish Studies
Andrássy Gyula Deutchsprachige Universitat Budapest


ELTE - Eötvös Loránd University
ELTE is unquestionably the principle university in Hungary in science, law and humanities. It is also the oldest and largest university in Hungary -- it was initially established in 1635 in Nagyszombat (today's Trvna in Slovakia) and was moved to Buda in 1777.

The University consists of a number of Faculties:

  • Faculty of Law
  • "Bárczi Gusztáv" Faculty of Special Education
  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Faculty of Informatics
  • Faculty of Education and Psychology
  • Faculty of Elementary and Nursery School Teachers' Training
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Science

  • The University also has a number of programs in English and there are many foreign students who study here without having to learn Hungarian.

    CEU - Central European University
    CEU is a US-style graduate university with a focus on the social sciences and the humanities, accredited both in the United States and in Hungary, and located in Budapest, in the heart of Europe. The university is oriented to interdisciplinary research on, and the study of, social change and the policy implications of transition to open societies. In addition, emphasis is placed on European Union affairs, as well as on the special features of non-Western democracies.

    Through their international experience at CEU, and exposure to a multitude of different-and sometimes opposing-points of view, students at this university develop a deep understanding of the intellectual and practical challenges arising along the shifting boundary between the local and the universal. They leave CEU with the knowledge and skills that enable them to pursue careers in academia, government and the non-governmental sector, international organizations and research institutes, missions of the United Nations, as well as business at the national and the international level.

    Today CEU graduates reside in more than 80 countries, across all continents. Among them there are ministers and ambassadors, professors and scientists, research analysts, lawyers and human rights activists, CEOs and managers. They share a common interest in critical reflection and social engagement, and contribute to the university's mission to be in the service of pressing and challenging social needs. (Introductory remarks by Yehuda Elkana, CEU President and Rector)

    Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music
    Now known as the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music (Liszt Ferenc Zeneakadémia), the Royal National Hungarian Academy of Music was first established by Ferenc Liszt in 1875. In January 1919 it became the College of Music, and in 1925 it was named after its founder. In the course of its 128 year history, artists and masters such as Béla Bartók, Zoltán Kodály, Leó Weiner, studied and taught here, contributing to the University's artistic legacy.

    The mission of the Music Academy is based upon the principles and traditions of its founders and of the masters of artist training who supervise the professional, aesthetic and emotional development of composers, performing artists and instructors. Each member of the Academy's faculty is highly qualified to fulfill his or her role, possessing a deep understanding of both national and universal culture, especially with respect to the art of music; a broad-minded and relevant musical experience; a high level of professional knowledge; advanced professional skills in the fields of performing, composing, music history, and church music. Because of the unparalleled level of training offered at the Music Academy, its official name is now the Ferenc Liszt University of Music.

    Budapest University of Technology and Economics
    The history of the University began in 1782 with Joseph II, Emperor of Austria-Hungary, establishing a school under the name of Institutum Geometrico-Hydrotechnicum (Institute of Engineering). Since then, having undergone a number of name changes and mergers, the University has developed into one of the leading institutions in Hungary.

    The professors of the University teaching the engineers of tomorrow follow the footsteps of the great predecessors: they perform significant scientific activity both in Hungary and abroad; they also have considerable experience in the respective industries. Professors of the University hold posts in more than 200 international scientific organizations. The University has educational and scientific links with more than 100 universities worldwide.

    Semmelweis University of Medicine
    Semmelweis University of Medicine (Semmelweis Orvostudományi Egyetem) is the leading Hungarian university in the field of medicine. The programs in English at Semmelweis University of Medicine were instituted for students with a working knowledge of English. The programs begin in early September each year. The curriculum for each program is as follows: Medicine, six years; Dentistry, five years; Pharmacy, five years. The first two years of instruction are entirely in English, with the exception of the Hungarian Language course.

    Clinical subjects require appropriate knowledge of the Hungarian language in order to be able to communicate with patients, therefore, if students do not fulfil the obligation to pass a final examination in the Hungarian language at the end of the 5th semester they will not be permitted to register for the 6th semester. The curriculum parallels the standard curriculum found in Hungary and most European medical, dental and pharmacy programs.

    At the conclusion after the degree program the diploma granted is identical to that granted in the Hungarian language: Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Dentistry and Master of Pharmacy programs.

    The diploma received at Semmelweis University of Medicine is accepted in several countries of the world. MD's or Doctors of Dentistry who graduate from Semmelweis University of Medicine are entitled to apply for a hospital residency in the Federal Republic of Germany, the U.K. and Iran.

    Hungarian University of Arts and Design
    The Hungarian University of Arts and Design (Magyar Iparművészeti Egyetem - MIE) is committed to train traditional artist-craftsmen, as well as architects, designers and visual communication designers. The University aims to teach students highly talented in arts how to control and benefit from their skills. Besides training artists, the University contributes to the rise of visual culture with the training of drawing teachers. The art manager training course provides a link between the various branches of economy and the arts. The University assumes responsibility for elite training, not only in its graduate courses, but also in its thematic DLA and PhD courses, as well as in various other postgraduate courses. Instead of the traditional division between applied and fine arts and the separation of various art forms, the University enhances the openness and interconnection of the taught subjects.

    Artists, architects and designers graduate with a sense of responsibility and creative power, and feel obliged to develop their human environment. Its educational form, the master-apprentice relationship adds positive human values to every moment of the acquisition of professional knowledge. The University establishes in its students the triple unity of invention, design and realisation. With its training and other services the University ensures that students become members of the intelligentsia, with an identity conforming to European models, but rooted deeply in Hungarian traditions.

    Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts
    The Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts (Magyar Képzőművészeti Egyetem) was founded in 1871. The central building, erected in 1876, is located on the most elegant avenue of Pest which connects the Danube with the City Park. The building was restored to its original beauty in 1997/8. The restoration includes the facade with sgrafitto portraits of Bramante, Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, and also the Rector's corridor and numerous internal decorations.

    The Academy's other main site is Epreskert (Mulberry Garden), which inherited its name from the mulberry trees that covered the area. Only a few minutes from the main building, Epreskert consists of five buildings each containing studios. It was founded as a master painter school in 1882 and has been an integral part of the Academy since 1921. The othes sites of the Academy are the Feszty House and the Intermedia Department can be found close to the Epreskert.

    The five year course in either of the following fields leads to the award of the MA (Master of Arts) university degree: painting, sculpture, graphics, graphic design, intermedia (combined media), stage and costume design, and restoration.

    Having completed the first four semesters students can enrol for the visual education programme where they will obtain an additional secondary school teacher degree. Postgraduate courses are also available. Students may attend either the continuing specialisation programme or the doctoral programme.

    The three-year doctoral programme leads to the DLA degree (Practical PhD) in the fields of painting, sculpture, graphics, graphic design, intermedia, and restoration.

    Corvinus University of Budapest
    Corvinus University of Budapest (Budapesti Corvinus Egyetem) is a relatively small (approx. 12,000 students) institution in the heart of Europe, which is devoted to continuously increasing the quality of its education and research. The University plays a key role in the Hungarian higher education in several aspects. In economics and business it issues about half of the total number of diplomas in the country. In has practically monopolized public administration. In many other areas it is also an acknowledged market leader. It is a research university, a number of professors is considered among the globally acknowledged top experts of their fields. There are several specializations (especially in public administration) where the University is the single provider of higher education in Hungary.

    Corvinus University of Budapest is a very dynamic institution. The number of students enrolled has doubled during the past ten years. The University maintains close contact with partners in business and government. They have a system of business endorsed chairs (currently they have 12 of them). The University will start a new Business Research Park in cooperation with business firms this autumn.

    Károli University
    The full name of the University is Károli Gáspár University of the Hungarian Reformed Church (Károli Gáspár Református Egyetem). The legal predecessor of the University was the Reformed Theological Academy of Budapest, founded in 1855 and granted University status by the Hungarian Parliament in 1900. In 1993, the General Assembly of the Hungarian Reformed Church took the decision to establish a multi-faculty University, and this decision was approved later during the same year on 21 st September by the Parliament of the Republic of Hungary. Through the creation of Károli Gáspár University, the Hungarian Reformed Church has fulfilled the aims of its forefathers: the University, in the spirit of the universitas scientiarium, aims to enrich not only the Church, but also the nation through its educational, teaching and academic work.

    Peter Pazmany Catholic University
    The University is a scientific community which strictly and critically advances the protection and development of human dignity and cultural heritage with research, education, and other activities. Thus, the University seeks to promote the development of the local national and international community, especially in the fields of theology and art sciences as well as - according to its opportunities - in the field of natural sciences.

    The University intends to live up to the following principles:
  • a universal and comprehensive scientific view that is capable of immersion and synthesis,
  • respect for human personality, Christian and European education ideal, and family,
  • ability of cooperation and recognition of other people's values,
  • openness, internationality, and autonomy of science, guarantee of freedom at university, with respect to rights of the individual and the community as well as to justice and public welfare,
  • service to the intellectual and ethical development of the country and the Hungarian people - according to the intentions of Péter Pázmány,
  • introduction of Christian view of life and Catholic teaching; love, experience, and execution of its mentality in all university activities, especially in teaching.


  • University of Jewish Studies
    The Jewish Theological Seminary - University of Jewish Studies (Országos Rabbiképző Zsidó Egyetem) offers courses in a number of fields related to the Jewish culture and history, including Biblical Studies, Talmudic Studies, Rabbinical Studies, History and Literature, Rabbinical Pastoral Practice, Religious Philosophy, Language Studies. The University also has its own synagogue where religious services are held for both students and faculty.

    Andrássy Gyula Deutchsprachige Universitat Budapest
    Andrássy Gyula Deutchsprachige Universitat Budapest (Andrássy Gyula Budapesti Német Nyelvű Egyetem) is the only fully German speaking university in Budapest. The faculty teaching at the University usually hold posts in other Hungarian or Austrian and German institutions.


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