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University of Debrecen

Egyetem tér 1. Debrecen,
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Hungary is a relatively small country of 10 million people, which has seven neighbours and one of the longest histories of European nations with a statehood of over 1100 years. As a member of the European Union and at the crossroards of East and West, it is a very accessible location and an ideal base to explore all of Europe

Debrecen is the largest city outside Budapest and has over 200,000 inhabitants. At a convenient distance of 250 km to the East from the capital, Debrecen is a cultural, economic and scientific centre of the region and a renowned university town.

With a student body of about 28,500 the University of Debrecen is one of the largest institutions of higher education in Hungary today.

The cooperation of fourteen faculties ensures the multidisciplinary background guaranteeing the University a leading role as a research and education institution, and the intellectual center of Eastern Hungary.

In 2007 our institution was the first to receive the highest degree of the Higher Education Qualification Prize awarded to the most reputable Hungarian higher education institutions.

The University conducts its programs according to the European Qualifications Framework of the Bologna Process. Thus diplomas attained at the University of Debrecen are generally accepted in the countries of the European Union. Moreover, all our programs are accredited by the Hungarian Accreditation Board which is part of the European Accreditation Board.

Medical programs are accredited by the World Health Organization (WHO), the State Education Department (NY, USA), Medical Board of California, Medical Councils of India (a qualifying exam is compulsory), Israel, Ireland, Iran, Norway and the United Arab Emirates

Some important facts and figures about UD:

  • a student body of ~28,500
  • 6,300 international students
  • 23,600 courses offered
  • 87 Bachelor’s programs
  • 100 Master’s programs
  • 10 undivided, one-tier training programs
  • 14 faculties and 24 doctoral schools
  • UD conducts 14-15% of the volume of research carried out in Hungary


The University of Debrecen is proud to offer more than 70-degree programs fully taught in English: including International Foundation Year and Semester, various types of English Language Courses, Undergraduate, Graduate and other programs.

Study even with full scholarship at the University of Debrecen!

Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship and other funding options are available for international students.

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The university has four major campuses in Debrecen:

  • The oldest one is the main campus, which is home to the majority of the faculties like Science and Technology, Humanities, Music and Medicine.
  • The Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences and Environmental Management and the Faculty of Economics and Business are in a smaller campus on Böszörményi street.
  • The third campus is on Ótemető street, where the Faculty of Engineering can be found.
  • The youngest campus is based on Kassai street where the Faculties of Law, Informatics and Public Health are located.


The Faculty of Health is also an educational unit of the University of Debrecen, however its campus is located in the nearby city of Nyíregyháza. While the Economics and Business Faculty has some additional programs offered in the new Szolnok Campus.

You can also check our main campus on a virtual map.

Troubleshooter Office

The Troubleshooter office is located on 17, Bem Square and has been set up to help students get their journey in Debrecen off to a good start. The Office can help with the following issues:

  • Airport pick-up
  • Accommodation
  • Immigration office
  • Student card and registration
  • Everyday questions regarding utilities, public transportation, getting appointments, etc.



The University of Debrecen University and National Library (DEENK) is the second largest library in the country and one of the largest service units of the University. The library possesses a large collection consisting of more than six million documents available for readers in seven library units offering spacious reading rooms on five campuses of the university. 

Sports Facilities

The sports development program was introduced a decade ago at the University of Debrecen and has served as a model for physical education and sports in Hungarian higher education. The University of Debrecen attaches great importance to student well-being and provides on-campus sports opportunities.


Finding the best place to live is always difficult. At Debrecen University you can choose to rent dormitories or private flats. The student hostels are located in the campus area, and are primarily occupied by foreign students. 

Cafeterias, restaurants

Many cafeterias and restaurants are operating on the campuses of the University of Debrecen, serving also as meeting places for students.


The primary objective of the introduction of the UniBike system is to help members of the university community get from one university campus to another on an environmental friendly way. Those who register online with their university “UniPass” card can use the UniBike service for a one-time registration fee and a fee based on the length of use.


According to the most recent QS Word University Rankings, the University of Debrecen is the 167th best university regarding the proportion of international students.

Students can choose from a wide range of extra-curricular activities.

  • The Faculties have a variety of student clubs.
  • The Medical Athletic Club has wellequipped facilities including tennis and basketball courts, a weight room and an easily accessible swimming pool is nearby.
  • Student parties organised regularly.
  • International Food Day and YoUDay are organised yearly, with the participation of thousands of students.
  • You will find a number of coffee and tea shops as well as bars, pubs and clubs offering all kinds of night time entertainment in the City Center.


Debrecen has strong cultural and artistic traditions. The Déri Museum displays the craftsmanship and life-style unique to Eastern Hungary. Modem, the largest and most up-todate modern and contemporary art centre of the country is also located in Debrecen. The Csokonai Theatre presents professional performances all year round, and there are numerous exhibitions, festivals and cultural attractions that create rich and stimulating opportunities for relaxation and entertainment. 

Most of our students love to spend time in the Great Forest that is a beautiful park area of the city - just a few steps away from the main university campus.

The city's official English language tourism site can give a more detailed insight: https://visitdebrecen.com/

The procedure of the admission is easy here as compared to others. Because UD selects the students on the basis of GPA and entrance test while other universities rely only on student’s GPA.

In order to apply for any courses/programs you will need to submit documents (e.g. your high school or university diploma, English test results, citizen permit & proof, a short CV of yours) depending on the level of education and the program you apply for. 

The University of Debrecen provides all necessary support for prospective students in the Application and Admission process, you can check the Application Flow Chart, and send your application as well as the required additional documents online.


Application Deadlines to keep in mind:

for September intake:

  • Medical, health science programs: 31st May
  • non-medical PhD programs: 31st May
  • other non-medical programs: 15th June


for January/February intake:

  • medical programs (only Basic Medicine Course II): 1st November
  • non-medical PhD programs: 31st October
  • other non-medical programs: 15th November


For the Summer English Language Course: 30th April


! COVID-19 related information !

  • On-site open day and visits are now cancelled, but our Virtual Open Day will be online on 26 March 2020
  • In case of any question you can still contact us via e-mail:  [email protected]
  • No entrance exam will be cancelled, exams are organized online 
  • Level of English is assessed during the entrance exam, further language proof is not compulsory
  • The University is accepting applications, deadlines for the September intake: Medical, health science programs: 31st May; non-medical PhD programs: 31st May; other non-medical programs: 15th June There are no special restrictions on international applicants
  • As for University accommodation, students can contact the hostels directly by email, this area is not affected
  • No changes are planned in terms of entry requirements

The University conducts its programs according to the European Qualifications Framework of the Bologna Process. Thus diplomas attained at the University of Debrecen are generally accepted in the countries of the European Union. Moreover, all our programs are accredited by the Hungarian Accreditation Board which is part of the European Accreditation Board.

Medical programs are accredited by the World Health Organization (WHO), the State Education Department (NY, USA)Medical Board of CaliforniaMedical Councils of India (a qualifying exam is compulsory), IsraelIrelandIranNorway and the United Arab Emirates

The University maintains strategic partnerships and cooperations with companies having premises in the region including National Instruments, Continental, GE, IT Services... Dual training programs ensure that the students gain real-life and practical knowledge besides the theoretical education.

International students are also welcomed in the University's talent management program, providing students with further support to their research and preparing them for a possible academic career.

The University's Career Center organizes regular job fairs as well as provides various services to all students.


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University Highlights

Total students - 23,311


International students - 6,129


Total faculty staff - 1,969


Total students - 23,311

International students - 6,129


Total faculty staff - 1,969

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