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.

Semmelweis University puts a great emphasis on selecting outstanding applicants for enrollment and training. Therefore, we persist on undertaking written examination tests followed by personal interviews, which allows us to reliably estimate the knowledge, skills, motivation and personality of the applicants.

This year, the pandemic banned borders, which requests us to transiently interrupt this best practice. Due to governmental measures as well as to current regulations at Semmelweis University, we organize the entrance examinations with modifications as follows.

  • The written tests will have the usual style and content (multiple choice, in Biology, Chemistry, General English and Biomedical English) but will be taken online at the University’s educational platform before the interviews.
    Each test consists of 20 questions, and they have to be answered in the given order. One answer option can be selected at each question. Only one answer option is correct.
    Fragment points are subtracted for incorrect answers. After marking an answer option, it can be moved to another answer option before you jump to the next question.
    Once you have moved on to the next question, you cannot return to any question, either answered or unanswered again. Prepare your calculator for the chemistry test.
    Each test (Biology, Chemistry, General English or Biomedical English) must be finished in 20 minutes. The time that remains at the end of a test cannot be used for lengthening the time of another test.
    The answers can be submitted when all the questions have been answered, and the answers are automatically submitted when the time of the test is over.
    If this session cannot take place at the time and location of the examination as originally planned and announced, the applicants take the entire online entrance examination on their own computers at home. Those who take the online test at home are requested to join a ZOOM video conference for the time of test writing with their web camera permanently on.
  • The interviews will be carried out using the ZOOM interactive platform according to a previously agreed schedule, and potentially at the original date and location (see previous paragraph).

More specific details will be sent to you regarding individual exams as soon as all is settled.

Contents of the Entrance Exams

The exams consist of multiple choice tests in Biology, Chemistry and English (both general and biomedical), followed by a personal interview, which focuses on the applicant’s professional attitude, affinity and motivation towards medical sciences and also includes an oral examination to measure the applicant’s knowledge in Medical Biology, Medical Chemistry and English (both general and biomedical).

You have the opportunity to try the sample version of the online written test as follows.

username: Semmelweis-test1
password: Semmelweis-test1
After login please choose ‘Sample Test for the Entrance Exam’ course from the left side toolbar.

Main Specific Subjects for the Entrance Exams
for the Faculties of General Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences

The main scientific fields covered by 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!

Recommended Textbooks

  • Ebbing-Gammon: General Chemistry (latest edition)
  • Stoker: General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry (latest edition)
  • Solomon-Martin-Martin-Berg: Biology (latest edition)
  • Lodish: Molecular Cell Biology (latest edition)


The applicants’ performance at the entrance examinations is evaluated by the Admission Committee of the University. The Board makes decisions regarding admissions on the basis of the skills, knowledge and attitude judged by the performance at the entrance examination and by the former scientific record of the applicants revealed by the documents attached to their applications. The University’s strategic aims, including those regarding geographical and cultural diversity and gender balance are also considered.


Applicants have to register (sign up) for the entrance examinations in SEMAPHOR after having submitted a valid application (and paid 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 2020

Applicants who have submitted their online applications can register for the following entrance examinations in SEMAPHOR. The application starts in February 2020 and the deadline for 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 23Tel-AvivIsraelRoni Fried – University International Studies
March 6-7February 28Abu DhabiU.A.E.Ghassan El Rifai – Univer360
March 6-7February 28HannoverGermanyChristopher Musmann – MEDIZINSTUDIUM
March 6-7February 28OsloNorwaySemmelweis University****
March 7-8February 29OsloNorwayBjørknes Høyskole
Solely for the students of Bjørknes Høyskole
March 27-28March 21BudapestHungarySemmelweis University****
April 8-11April 1BudapestHungaryAvicenna International College
April 16-17April 9Abu DhabiU.A.E.Ghassan El Rifai – Univer360
April 17-20April 10DelhiIndiaMs. Ranjit Plaha
April 17-20April 10MumbaiIndiaMs. Ranjit Plaha
April 21-22April 14TokyoJapanHideya Ishikura – HMU
April 22-23April 15Tel-AvivIsraelRoni Fried – University International Studies
April 25-26April 18MadridSpainChristopher Musmann – MEDIZINSTUDIUM
May 1-3April 24TorontoCanadaGET GLOBAL EDUCATION - Ms. Julia Barta
May 3-5 April 26BudapestHungaryMcDaniel College - College International
May 8-9May 1MilanoItalyU4You University for You – Dafina Dicheva
May 9-10May 2BeijingChinaEU-Sino – Kelly Zhang
May 10-12May 3Tel-AvivIsraelRoni Fried – University International Studies
May 13-15May 6HannoverGermanyChristopher Musmann – MEDIZINSTUDIUM
May 14-16May 7Abu DhabiU.A.E.Ghassan El Rifai – Univer360
May 21-23 May 14BudapestHungaryMcDaniel College - College International
May 22-24May 15LondonUKMs. Ranjit Plaha
May 24-26May 17SeoulSouth KoreaSM Pre-med Center
May 26-28May 17SeoulSouth KoreaMedisociety Korea and FEPC Korea
May 27-30May 20BudapestHungaryAvicenna International College
May 29-31May 22BudapestHungarySemmelweis University****
June 3-4May 27TaipeiChinaLincoln Management consultants co. – Michelle Shih
June 3-5 May 27BudapestHungaryMcDaniel College - College International
June 4-6May 28Abu DhabiU.A.E.Ghassan El Rifai – Univer360
June 5-6May 29Los AngelesUSAGeorge Matsik
June 5-6May 29BangkokThailandMedCoach International Consulting Co., Ltd. - Dr. Atchara Srisodsai
June 5-7May 29LimassolCyprusM.D.K. Charalambides Educational Consultants Ltd
June 5-7May 29OsloNorwayBjørknes Høyskole
June 6-7May 30IstambulTurkeyEduideal Education Counselling, Ms. Merve Taskin
June 15-16June 8SeoulSouth KoreaSM Pre-med Center
June 16-18June 9Tel-AvivIsraelRoni Fried – University International Studies
June 26-27June 19Los AngelesUSAGeorge Matsik
June 26-27June 19MilanoItalyU4You University for You – Dafina Dicheva
July 3-4June 26ShanghaiChinaOSEN Medicine, Fay Wang
July 6-7June 29Hong KongChinaOSEN Medicine, Fay Wang
July 8-10July 1Tel-AvivIsraelRoni Fried – University International Studies
July 10-12July 3HannoverGermanyChristopher Musmann – MEDIZINSTUDIUM
planned for mid JuneJune 1HoustonUSAZsolt Garami, MD


*  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 2020 irrespectively of the choice of the entrance examination.

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

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