Entrance Examinations

Entrance examinations are organized by Semmelweis University and held in Budapest (at the premises of Semmelweis University or its cooperating partners), or worldwide at locations provided by officially appointed Semmelweis representatives.

Contents of the Entrance Exams

The exams consist of multiple choice tests in Biology, Chemistry and English (both general and biomedical), followed by an oral examination, which will also focus on the applicant’s knowledge of Biology, Chemistry and English  (both general and biomedical). The examination will also be supplemented by a personal interview that aims to examine the applicant’s professional attitude.

Guideline of Topics for the Entrance Exams
for the Faculty of General Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences

The main topics of the exams are as follows:

  1. Evolution: chemical and biological aspects

  2. Chemical background in Biology: structure of atoms; chemical bonds; ionic compounds and molecules; solutions; types and energetics of chemical reactions; acid-base reactions; redox reactions; inorganic constituents of living organisms; hydrocarbons; organic compounds containing oxygen or sulphur; organic compounds containing nitrogen; carbohydrates; amino acids and proteins; lipids; vitamins; nucleic acids.

  3. The cell and its organization (morphology and function): Prokaryotes (bacteria) and Eukaryotes (focus on cilia and flagella, cell wall, cell membrane, endoplasmic reticulum, Golgi, lysosome, mitochondrion, ribosome, centriole, nucleus, nucleolus).

  4. From cells to tissues of different structure and function.

  5. Cell division: mitosis and meiosis.

  6. Anabolic and catabolic pathways regarding nucleic acids, proteins, carbohydrates, lipids (bioenergetics included).

  7. The physiology of living organisms: respiration, ingestion and digestion, excretion, circulation, endocrine and neural regulation, immune-biology, locomotion.

  8. Reproduction and development of animals.

  9. Viruses.

  10. Genetics: Mendelian inheritance, human genetics.

Note: Knowledge of English terminology is required in all of these areas!


Entrance Examinations will be evaluated by the University Admission Committee Board based on the knowledge and performance of the applicant at the Entrance Examination and other strategic aims of the University including geographical and cultural diversity and gender balance.


Applicants have to register (sign up) for the entrance examinations in SEMAPHOR after having submitted a valid application (and payed the Admission Procedure Fee). Registrations can only be withdrawn before the deadline for registration to the given examination. The absence of a registered applicant at the entrance examination is not considered as the withdrawal of registration but as an examination attended without valuable result.

Dates of entrance examinations in 2019

Applicants who have submitted their online applications can register for the following entrance examinations in SEMAPHOR. The deadline of submitting the applications is the 31st of May, the deadlines of registering to the individual examinations are indicated in the table.

CityCountryHost of the examination***
March 1February 22StockholmSwedenDr. Moshe Cohen, Chen Stein – Medical Doctor International Studies
March 1-2February 22Abu DhabiU.A.E.Ghassan El Rifai – Univer360
March 2-3February 23OsloNorwayBjørknes Høyskole
March 14-15March 7Tel-AvivIsraelRoni Fried – University International Studies
March 23-24March 16HannoverGermanyChristopher Musmann – MEDIZINSTUDIUM
March 30-31March 23MilanoItalyU4You University for You – Dafina Dicheva
April 6March 30Los AngelesUSAGeorge Matsik
April 13April 6TorontoCanadaGET GLOBAL EDUCATION - Ms. Julia Barta
April 14April 7MadridSpainChristopher Musmann – MEDIZINSTUDIUM
April 16-17April 9TokyoJapanHideya Ishikura – HMU
April 18-20April 11 BudapestHungaryAvicenna
April 19-20April 12SeoulSouth KoreaMedisociety Korea and FEPC Korea
April 20April 13MumbaiIndiaMs. Ranjit Plaha
April 22April 15SeoulSouth KoreaSM Pre-med Center
April 25-27April 18BudapestHungaryMcDaniel College - College International
April 26-27April 19Abu DhabiU.A.E.Ghassan El Rifai – Univer360
May 12-13May 5Tel-AvivIsraelRoni Fried – University International Studies
May 15-17May 9BudapestHungaryMcDaniel College - College International
May 17May 10 TaipeiTaiwanLincoln Management consultants co. – Michelle Shih
May 18-19May 11BeijingChinaEU-Sino – Kelly Zhang
May 18-19May 11HannoverGermanyChristopher Musmann – MEDIZINSTUDIUM
May 21May 14StockholmSwedenDr. Moshe Cohen, Chen Stein – Medical Doctor International Studies
May 22May 15ShanghaiChinaOSEN Meds/OSEN Overseas Affairs Service Co. Ltd., Ellen Wang
May 22-24May 15BudapestHungary Avicenna
May 25-26May 18LondonUKMs. Ranjit Plaha
June 1May 25Los AngelesUSAGeorge Matsik
June 1May 25TorontoCanadaGET GLOBAL EDUCATION - Ms. Julia Barta
June 1-2May 25BudapestHungarySemmelweis University****
June 1-2May 28OsloNorwayBjørknes Høyskole
Solely for the students' of Bjørknes Høyskole
June 4-5May 28BudapestHungaryMcDaniel College - College International
June 8-9June 1LimassolCyprusM.D.K. Charalambides Educational Consultants Ltd
June 10June 3SeoulSouth KoreaSM Pre-med Center
June 14-15June 7Abu DhabiU.A.E.Ghassan El Rifai – Univer360
June 15June 8DelhiIndiaMs. Ranjit Plaha
June 16-17June 9Tel-AvivIsraelRoni Fried – University International Studies
June 17June 10ChicagoUSAMr. John Kadar, PhD
June 29June 22Los AngelesUSAGeorge Matsik
July 3June 26StockholmSwedenDr. Moshe Cohen, Chen Stein – Medical Doctor International Studies
July 7-8June 30Tel-AvivIsraelRoni Fried – University International Studies


*  Examination dates are subject to change.

** Deadlines in the table refer to registrations for individual examinations. Please keep in mind that the deadline of submitting your online application via SEMAPHOR is the 31st of May, 2019 irrespectively of the choice of entrance examination.

*** You may find the contact details of the hosts under Our representatives menu.

**** Please contact the Head of the English Secretariat (Ms. Olga Ványi) at english.secretariat@semmelweis-univ.hu before deadline.