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Degrees: Medicina, Odontología, Farmacia, Biotecnología Médica
Location: Pécs, Hungary
Application process: Admission exam
Recognition: In the USA, the EU and some other countries
The present University of Pécs was founded on the 1st of January 2000, with the merging of the Pannonius University, the Medical University of Pécs and the Educational School Professor Gyula in Szekszárd. However, the beginnings of the University go back to the year 1367, as the Hungarian king Louis the Great founded the first Hungarian university in Pécs.
With its ten faculties – Faculty for Adult Education and Development of Human Resources, Faculty of Business Administration and Economics, Faculty of Illyés Gyula, Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Humanities, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Music and Visual Arts, Faculty of Science, and Faculty Pollack Mihály of Engineering and Information Technology, the University of Pécs plays a significant role in Hungary’s higher education. The University offers a wide range of educational programmes and degrees, ensuring a high level in acquired knowledge and elevated research standards. With more than 29,000 students and with more than 2,000 professors and research support staff, the impact of the University in Pécs goes well beyond the borders of the city.
The modern system of higher education, set in motion by the European Union, was introduced in Hungary in September 2006 and it is known as the “Bologna Process”. This programme offers students the opportunity to develop their studies in a dynamic manner, adjusting to the European system of higher education.
The traditional system that the study programmes had at this University and its faculties was soon replaced by a three-level system consisting in a Basic Education Programme, a Master’s Programme and a PhD Programme.
With the intention of meeting the educational demands and needs of a society in continuous development, the University of Pécs began to enhance its programmes of Permanent Education. In addition, the University gives great importance to education in the faculties of Advanced Studies. The majority of the faculties offer education according to the mentioned division, which encourages students to do research on their own.
Thanks to the credit system, introduced for the first time at Pécs, the number of students who participate in international study programmes as an integral part of their education has increased considerably. The number of international students and researchers who come to Pécs to study or research has also increased. Therefore, the University continues working on expanding and developing its cooperation with other international universities and institutions. Together they form an important network which functions on different levels.
Medicine: after completing the 6 years of the program, students receive the Diploma of “Dr. Med.”. The studies provide complete theoretical and practical training in medicine and there is normally a maximum of 20 students per class. The final Diploma issued by the Medical School is accepted by all European Union countries and several other countries (Norway, USA, Canada, Israel, etc.).
Dentistry: the Degree of Dentistry has a duration of 5 years (10 semesters), and after the completion of the program, the students receive the Diploma of Doctor of Dentistry. The number of students per class is very reduced, normally a maximum of 20 students. Classes take place between the Faculty of Dentistry and the Dental Clinic, both in the city center.
Nursing: the studies have a duration of 8 semesters (4 years) during which students learn the required knowledge to become health experts at all levels of health and social care. The major subjects of the Degree are internal medicine, pediatrics, geriatrics, intensive therapy and surgery.
Medical Biotechnology MSc Program: The Master Degree in Biotechnology has a duration of 4 semesters (2 years). It provides opportunities for students to get involved in research activities in various departments of the Faculties of Medicine and Science or to prepare diploma work in biotechnology oriented small or medium enterprises or in the pharmaceutical industry. The program is completely taught in English.
Pécs is the 5th biggest city in Hungary, and is located in the south of the country. The city has more than 147,000 inhabitants and a beautiful skyline formed by old buildings and monuments. The city of Pécs was chosen the European Capital of Culture in the year 2010 and its Mediterranean style calls the attention of both Hungarians and foreigners.
In order to be admitted into the University of Pécs, you will have to undergo the admission process and sit an entrance examination of biology, chemistry and medical English. Moreover, you will also have a motivational interview in English with Professors from the University.
Recognition of the studies
All the studies at the University of Pécs are Bologna conformed, therefore, students can transfer to different European institutions after the completion of the 1st year of studies (with at least 60 ECTS). Studies are also recognized in the USA by the ECFMG as well as in other non-Eu countries such as Canada or Israel (amongst others).