Semmelweis University’s history started 250 years ago in 1769, when Queen Maria Theresa added a medical faculty to the University of Nagyszombat (now Trnava, Slovakia). Not long after, the university moved first to Buda then to Pest (now Budapest) and, once the university settled in its permanent location, a period of great development commenced.
With its six faculties and a Doctoral School, the University covers all aspects of medical and health sciences education. The university runs programs in 3 languages: in addition to Hungarian, students have been able to pursue their studies in German since 1983 and in English since 1989. Today, students from around the globe come to Semmelweis University to acquire hands-on, competitive knowledge from distinguished professors on graduate and postgraduate levels an environment equipped with state-of-the-art technology. Semmelweis University boasts a truly international community, students come from 110 different countries.
Research, development and innovation are fundamental and integral parts of the University’s activities responding to the world’s greatest challenges in the field of medicine. Traditional areas of research such as cardiology, oncology, neurosciences molecular and translational medicine along with pharmaceutical research are supported and complemented by innovative disciplines like artificial intelligence, translational biotechnology, big data and regenerative medicine using and cutting-edge technology.
Our programs meet international standards and the educational requirements of the Hungarian Accreditation Committee (MAB). Each year, over 1,500 students earn their diplomas from one of the Semmelweis University’s six faculties, and typically find their first jobs within three months of graduation.
Semmelweis University in Budapest is a diverse school of many nationalities. We are fully aware of the fact that arriving in a foreign country and getting used to a new environment can be very challenging. Student offices assist students in managing their academic and financial administration as well as finding what is useful for them among university services.
Semmelweis University currently has five dormitories and two professional dormitories that provides accommodation for more than 900 students in their halls of residence.
"Semmelweis Housing" offers counseling to Semmelweis University students only. The exclusive real estate agency helps students moving to Budapest and to find ideal home for the time of their university studies.
Semmelweis University’s Central Library - together with its library units - constitutes one of the largest and most modern medical special collections in Hungary. The library is currently available in two locations: the Basic Medical Science Centre Branch and the Central Branch located at Mikszáth Kálmán tér 5.
Semmelweis University has a large number of buildings, which are used for teaching, research, and patient care. A special feature of these buildings is that they bear stylistic features from many different historical periods. They are the scenes of your university life, the places of friendships, romance, and shared studies. Most of the buildings are scattered throughout the centre of Budapest. You can quickly get anywhere in the city by public transportation. Semmelweis University is one of the largest providers of healthcare services in Hungary. Practical teaching takes place within the university’s clinics and hospitals, where patient care services are provided at the highest level. The University has nearly 40 departments distributed among the 4 main clinical centres.
Semmelweis University offers a wide range of sporting opportunities for students. Physical education classes are compulsory at most faculties during the first four semesters. The various training sessions (water polo, volleyball, basketball, handball) and optional sports activities (judo, aerobics, yoga, tennis, frisbee, zumba) further add to the variety of options.
• ERASMUS Student Network (ESN)
• Budapest Medical Students’ Association
• Hungarian Pharmaceutical Students’ Association
• Hungarian Association of Dental Students
• International Semmelweis Student Association
• German-speaking Student Association of Semmelweis
• Semmelweis University Students’ Union
• African Students Union of Semmelweis
• British and Irish Semmelweis Student Association
• Student Association of Cypriot Students
• Indians/South Asians Student Semmelweis Association
• Semmelweis Iranian Students’ Association
• Israeli Student Organization in Hungary
• Semmelweis Korean Association
• North American Semmelweis Students’ Association
• Association of Norwegian Students Abroad Charity Group
The University is listed in the WHO's directory of Medical Schools. The faculties of the University are accredited by the Hungarian Accreditation Board.
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