Doctors of General Medicine are concerned with the structure and function of the human body, the description of diseases and the therapies and research applied. They diagnose and treat injuries and illnesses, while being an integral part of health care and medical prevention.
After graduation, a Doctor of General Medicine can enter a specialist training program and/or join a doctoral program in medical research. Doctors primarily work in a clinical environment, such as doctor’s offices, hospitals, and clinics; while non-clinical options include research institutions, public health system, or even health administration.
Semmelweis University puts a great emphasis on selecting outstanding applicants for enrollment and training. Therefore, we persist on undertaking complex entrance examinations composed of written tests and personal interviews, which allow us to reliably evaluate the knowledge, skills, motivation and personality of the applicants.
The written part of the entrance examination at Semmelweis University is carried out using the online Moodle interface. Applicants can take the online tests using their own computers at home.
The written examination is an online test in Medical Biology, Medical Chemistry, General English and Biomedical English. Each part consists of 20 questions.
The personal interview, which focuses on the applicant’s professional attitude, affinity and motivation towards medical sciences, as well as on their communication skills in English and it also includes an oral examination to measure the applicant’s knowledge in the above disciplines.
The interviews including the oral exam will take place after the written tests. They will be held in person or online via the Zoom platform.. Applicants will be notified in a timely manner of the offline or online nature of each interview so that they can prepare.
When and where
Exams will be held regularly, once or twice a week from early March until the end of June. The exact dates and times will be provided to the applicants having submitted their application(s) in the University’s online application system SEMAPHOR. Final details and instructions regarding a specific exam will be sent to our applicants having signed up to the particular exam.
While obtaining a language certificate is not required, we expect students to speak and understand the English language at an upper intermediate level. This means that the applicant should possess the skills to express themselves fluently and spontaneously enough to comfortably communicate with other English speakers and produce clear, detailed text on many subjects and explain a complex viewpoint on a topic, including expressing advantages and disadvantages.
The applicant’s proficiency is gauged through the written tests and an interview in English language.
Please refer to the below list for the required language proficiency equivalence for different grading methods:
- IELTS 5.5
- TOEFL 50+
- CEFR B2
- Cambridge 162+
In addition to the above mentioned, basic knowledge in biomedical English is also required to pass the entrance examination. This refers to terminology used in natural sciences such as biology and chemistry.
The theoretical module (years 1-2) contains the basic disciplines: medical chemistry, cell science, biophysics, molecular and cell biology, anatomy, histology, embryology, physiology. The pre-clinical year (year 3) contains pathology, pathophysiology, microbiology, immunology. The clinical module (years 4-5) contain the entire spectrum of clinical disciplines taught in small-group block rotations. Behavioral science-based subjects (e.g., Introduction to medical practice, Ethics, Medical psychology, etc.) are taught throughout the medical training.
The final, 6th year of the medical training is the internship year that focuses on the major clinical disciplines: internal medicine, surgery, pediatrics, OB-GYN, neurology, psychiatry. In addition, there are small blocks involving transfusion medicine, infectology, emergency care and family medicine.
The medical thesis is formally processed in the final year of the training. The thesis topic needs to be declared by the beginning of the internship year the latest, and submitted by the middle of the school year (in January). However, we encourage our students to declare the thesis topic earlier, and we provide opportunities to use student-research experience and results towards their theses.
The entire medical training is finalized by written and oral State Exams. The written exam is coordinated by the National State Examination Committee. The oral state exams are done in front of a committee that comprises renowned instructors and examiners in each of the major internship-year clinical subjects.
Recognition of the Degree
Our medical diploma is recognized around the globe. Semmelweis University is currently under the WFME accreditation process (World Federation of Medical Education). Read more →
Why study medicine at Semmelweis University?
- Block-based clinical rotations, combination of classical medical training with cutting-edge, novel educational approaches
- Strong ground in fundamental principles, involving practical experience in anatomical and pathological autopsies
- Extensive hands-on medical practical elements combined with strong theoretical background
- Small-group clinical training with elements of shadowing
- Medicine taught by instructors of international renown, student research program guided by internationally recognized scientists
- Counseling and mentoring to assist in learning and student well-being
- Elective final-year course that bridges into the residency program
How to apply?
Applicants must be at least 18 years of age by the end of the calendar year of application, and preferably under the age of 30.
Applicants are requested to either have completed high school/senior secondary school before the time of application, or to currently attend the last year of high school/secondary school. In the latter case, the Matriculation / School Leaving Certificate has to be uploaded into the University's online application system SEMAPHOR by the 21st of August the year of application.
Semmelweis University seeks students who possess a strong background and interest in natural sciences (particularly in biology and chemistry), a good command of English, and a strong motivation to study and practice medicine, dentistry, pharmaceutical sciences or other health care professions. Our English language programs are fundamentally available for applicants having no Hungarian citizenship as the Hungarian citizens are eligible to apply for the Hungarian language programs through FELVI.
The following documents are required to be uploaded (original, or as certified copies, in English or in the original language with a certified English translation).
- Matriculation / School Leaving Certificate from an accredited high school / senior secondary school. Registration number of documents should be indicated. Those who have not yet received this certificate can also submit their application and take the entrance examination. The final deadline for uploading the Matriculation Certificate is the - 6 - 21 st of August.
- CV (Resume) in English.
- A personal statement (motivation letter)
- Copy of passport (or ID card for citizens of Schengen Area member countries) with your personal data.
- Passport photo.
- Medical Certificate – to be uploaded when accepting the offered admission: Certification that the applicant is physically and mentally able to complete higher educational studies, and does not suffer from chronic or infectious diseases is requested from the successful applicants for the acceptance of an offered admission. The certificate downloaded from the University’s website should be issued within 90 days before the date of uploading.
The applicant who violates the rules of the application / admission procedure defined here and/or makes a false statement during the application / admission procedure may be excluded from the procedure at any stage.
Admission Procedure Fee: USD 400
The Admission Procedure Fee is payable upon application.
Deposit: USD 2 000 - deducted from the first semester’s tuition fee.
Applicants admitted to the university have to pay a non-refundable deposit within 14 days after the notification of admittance.
Enrollment fee: USD 230
The enrollment fee is payable together with the tuition fee after acceptance.
- Arrive at Semmelweis University Basic Science Center at the date and time received via e-mail.
- Read and fill out documents provided by the enrollment team.
- Submit required documents.
- Register for subjects at the pre-determined time and date provided via e-mail.