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University of Debrecen

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Bordering seven countries, Hungary is sometimes referred to as "The Gateway to Europe." Discover the second most populated city in Hungary at the University of Debrecen, located only 130 miles from Budapest. Find yourself wandering through the lush, green forest surrounding campus, or relaxing in a Hungarian bath house or water park on a break from class.

Just hours away from Budapest by train, Debrecen lies directly on the border of Romania, and is the perfect starting point for many travel destinations. Debrecen, the second largest city in Hungary, is located on the Great Hungarian Plain. It is the administrative, economic, educational, scientific and cultural center of Eastern Hungary. The main campus of the university, with its numerous buildings, dormitories, sports grounds, service center, park and botanical garden, is located a 10-minute tram ride or 30 minute walk from downtown, in the leisure-time area called Great Forest.
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ISEP Exchange: undergraduate and graduate programs available for an academic year or semester

ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.

Chance of Placement
ISEP Exchange chace of placement for US students is generally Fair.
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for I-to-I students is generally Fair.
For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students or Sites Open for I-to-I Applications.

Program Dates
Academic year: September to June;
Semester 1: September to January (early exams can be arranged);
Semester 2: February to June.

Fast Facts
Debrecen, Hungary (pop. 215,000)
Student Enrollment: 30,000
Language of instruction: Hungarian, English, German
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Courses in English
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Agriculture (agricultural science, animal husbandry, horticulture, food science); Applied Economics and Rural Development (agricultural business, agricultural economics, forestry, environmental management); Architecture; Arts and Humanities (English & American studies, ethnography, foreign language & literature [Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, ancient Greek, Italian, Latin, Polish, Russian], history, humanities, Hungarian linguistics & literature [including comparative literature], library sciences, linguistics [general, applied], media and communication, musical studies, pedagogy, philology [classical, Slavic], philosophy, political science, psychology, social work, sociology); Economics and Business Administration (economics, business, MBA); Engineering; Health Science; Medicine; Sciences (computer sciences, earth sciences, ecology, information technology, mathematics, physical sciences).

Courses taught in English
Business and Economics;management and business administration English and American studies (British cultural studies, U.S. culture and civilization, Australian and Canadian studies, English-language literatures and English linguistics, drama studies, gender studies), Engineering (chemical, electrical, mechanical), computer science and information technology (software information technology, business information technology), business informatics, Sciences;Medical and Health sciences (physiotherapy, public health), Music.

Courses for Graduate (Masters) Level
Taught in English: Master of Business Administration; animal science, agricultural engineering, food science, environmental management, software information technology, business development, English and American studies, public health.

Academic Notes
The University of Debrecen offers a number of English language programs, mainly in the fields of English and North American Studies, natural sciences, computer science, engineering, business and economics, medical studies, music, gender studies, drama studies, British studies. Additional courses may be started on demand and one on one tutorials may be given to students with specific needs. Students may also contact professors directly prior to admission with course requests.


Transcripts are generally released in February for Semester 1, in June for Semester 2 and in June for the Full Year. Transcripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the studentís home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations.

Language Notes
Students do not need to have any Hungarian to attend the Unviersity of Debrecen and courses are widely available in English. Beginning and intermediate Hungarian language courses are offered as part of the semester program. Instruction in the departments of foreign languages is offered year round (fee paying) in the respective languages. Pre-session Hungarian language is available (not included in ISEP benefits).

Language courses, outside Hungarian, are taught in the respective language. While Hungarian is the primary language of instruction, special arrangements may be made to take courses in English as tutorials. This is especially true within the Faculties of Agriculture, Agro-economics and Rural development.

For studetns whose native tongue is not English but who would like to take courses at Debrecen can submit a Langauge Proficiency Report.

Special Academic Conditions
The Conservatory welcomes ISEP students but individual music lessons are not included in the ISEP benefits.
Students attending Debrecen should be relatively mature, independent and open to learning in an immersive environment.

Hints for Researching Courses
Courses in English
Courses taught at the Institute of English and American Studies
Center for Arts, Humanities and Sciences

You may also visit the University of Debrecen website, and click on "Current Students" and drop down to "Course ListĒ for complete listings. Students may also contact Debrecen directly at the addresses listed to inquire about current course offerings and one-on-one tutorials.

Housing and Meals
Students are housed in double rooms in a university residence. A stipend is provided for meals in the university cafeterias.

All dormitories have a refrigerator in each room, a well-equipped kitchen on every floor, laundry facilities, study and clubrooms in each building. All rooms have cable internet access. Students also have access to gym, and sauna facilities.


You are responsible for all of your personal expenses including: optional fees (e.g. computer, language, science lab fees), books, local transportation, entertainment, etc. The amount below is provided as a guide; the actual amount needed will vary depending on courses and personal habits. Your personal expenses per month, including books, are estimated at: 50,000 HUF

Always make sure to let your host ISEP coordinator know of your travel plans and arrival information in Debrecen. Most students will fly into Budapest and take a train to Debrecen. From there, students can have "Buddies" pick them up to take them to their dorms. Student tutors also help participants all through the orientation week with registration, student cards, opening a bank account, etc. They will also show students around and introduce them to university life and important places in town.

Student Activities
The University is home to soccer fields, tennis courts, a track and other sport facilities for student use. The University is located adjacent to a park that features a pond for fishing, running and biking, a zoo, an ice skating rink, and a zoo (open mostly in Spring). Additionally, Debrecen is home to many music and drama festivals, concerts and active student nightlife. For information regarding Debrecenís student activities, please visit their website here: http://www.unideb.hu/portal/en/node/2266.

The city of Debrecen is also home to the American Corner of Debrecen, a cultural and informational resource center founded by the US Embassy, the City Council of Debrecen and the University of Debrecen, in order to foster US-Hungarian relations. The American Corner also sponsors English lectures, films, comedy nights, game days, sports teams and events such as the Annual Festival of Drama in English.

The prestigious University of Debrecen was legally established in the year 2000, when the three independent universities of Debrecen merged to form a single institution. UD has three centers (Agricultural, Medical, Arts and Sciences), several research institutions and 15 faculties, educating over 30,000 students. UDís central library is the second biggest in the country with its 6 million volumes. The university sports center proposes over 20 different courses for students.