Congratulations to all students who successfully passed the entrance examination. You may have several questions in connection with enrolment, official documents, housing, student life. Here we try to answer as many of these questions as possible.
OPENING CEREMONY 2021/2022
We warmly welcome you among the students of Semmelweis University! Please read and consider the following important information on the Opening Ceremony of the academic year 2021/2022.
Venue: Due to the coronavirus epidemic, the Opening Ceremony of Semmelweis University will be held at two different locations. International students will be able to book their seats at the Palace of Arts (MÜPA). Registration is necessary, the registration link will be sent to first year students via a Neptun message on July 30.
Palace of Arts (MÜPA)
1095 Budapest, Komor Marcell u. 1.
Date and time: 1 September 2021 (Wednesday) 10.00
In order for the ceremony to run smoothly, please note the following:
- The vows made at the opening ceremony are part of the curriculum, so it is mandatory for all first-year students to attend. If you cannot turn up at the opening ceremony, please contact the Directorate of International Studies.
- The event will be held behind closed gates and relatives will be able to follow a live YouTube streaming of the ceremony. Details on the live broadcast will be sent via Neptun. Therefore, we would like to ask you to arrive at the venue on your own and relatives are kindly asked to refrain from waiting in front of the building, thus ensuring the observation of security measures.
- First year students are requested to bring their ID cards/passports for registration.
- Observing the security measures are compulsory for everyone: entrance is granted only to holders of the COVID immunity certificate or other document of trustworthy origin proving vaccination (If necessary, masks will be provided at the registration desk)
- Please check back regularly to the website as important details of the ceremony may change depending on the coronavirus epidemic!
For more information please contact the Directorate of International Studies:
We wish you much success in your studies!
ENROLMENT AND STARTING YOUR STUDIES
The enrolment of international students is organised by the Directorate of International Studies on one day during the registration week. You will be notified of the date and time of enrolment and the official documents to be presented and handed in at registration.
The academic calendar contains the most important dates broken down by faculties, such as the date of registration, semesters, exam periods, ceremonies and other important events.
During the administration procedures, you will need the contact information of the Directorate of International Studies.
You can sign into the Neptun Portal with your unique ID and password provided by the University upon enrolment. The Neptun system is the basic tool of study related administration, here you can sign up for courses and exams and can monitor your credit points and internships.
Semmelweis University does not have a traditional campus, education and patient care are conducted in several buildings scattered all over Budapest. The contact information of all the University’s institutes, clinics and departments is available on the website and on the campus map.
The Students’ Union ensure that the interests of the University’s students are represented on all platforms. The elected members of the Students’ Union participate in the meetings of the Senate where they represent the students’ academic and social interests. Apart from the representation of students’ interests, the Students’ Union actively participate in the organization of events, such as the pool party, the ice carnival and the International Semmelweis Carnival.
In addition to student events, you can find other university events, scientific programs and invitations to sporting events in the University’s Event Calendar.
The International Student Association of Semmelweis (ISSA) is the student organization for the international students of Semmelweis University. They work to:
- obtain a better communication between the administration and the international students
- enable a better flow of information, and improve academic standards
- develop the diverse student body of Semmelweis University and to create a meaningful, learning-centred campus life for students at the University,
- work in active partnership with students, faculty, and staff to strengthen and support student opportunities for learning, involvement, leadership, and creative expression that complement their academic experiences,
- support other student organizations and their leaders, who in turn provide programs and resources to the student body and the wider University community.
Since the introduction of the English Language Program 31 years ago, several thousand foreign students have studied and graduated at Semmelweis University. These students have come from almost every corner of the world, adding a unique international character to our university. Thanks to the university’s solid international reputation and to our ongoing strive to enhance the quality of education foreign nationals show a steady interest in studying at Semmelweis University. Semmelweis University has decided to set up the Semmelweis Alumni Association (SAA) to:
- keep regular contact with former students, provide a database for former students to reach each other,
- provide information about important events at Semmelweis University,
- provide information on the possibility to participate in residency and specialty training,
- organize alumni reunions in the future.
There are several other student organizations related to the university.
Foreign nationals (under visa obligation) wishing to pursue studies in Hungary are required to apply for an entry visa (exceeding 90 days) in their home countries and enter the country with the entry visa issued by the Hungarian Embassy or Consulate.
Students coming from EU & EEA countries do not need a student visa but have to apply for a registration certificate within 90 days after their arrival in Hungary.
For more information visit the Consul Services.
If you are a student coming from outside the EU & EEA region, you will need an official address in Hungary to obtain a Residence Permit. And just like everybody else, you would have to live somewhere during your studies.
Most of Semmelweis University’s campus buildings are located in the 8th and 9th districts of Budapest, therefore, it is convenient to look for an apartment in these districts or in the neighbouring ones. Prices range from about 230 Euro/room and about 400 Euros/studio in the central districts of Budapest.
Renting your apartment is your responsibility and rental prices vary according to personal needs. There are websites where you can find special rental services in English for the students of Semmelweis University:
Budapest is a sprawling metropolis with an extended network of public transportation that enables the easy access of all parts of the capital. BKK, the mobility manager of the city, has put together a practical guide that contains all relevant information for tourists and visitors.
Through the booklet, you can familiarize with the different means of transport, with daytime and night transport network maps and also with tips on how to read timetables in the Hungarian capital. It also provides a list of ticket and pass sales points, barrier-free accessibility to public transport and some rules to keep in mind. Technological solutions have also been introduced to help make journey planning fast and easy.
CULTURE AND SPORTS
The university has a number of libraries that offer not only a wide selection of books but provide students with reading and computer rooms as well. The Central Library of Semmelweis University is one of the largest and most up-to-date collection of medical tomes in Hungary. In addition to the Central Library, the Faculty of Health Sciences, the Faculty of Health and Public Administration, the Faculty of Dentistry, the András Pető Faculty some departments and institutes have their own libraries.
In addition to studying, the University offers a variety of leisure and recreational activities, as well as discounts.
Every year, the International Semmelweis Student Association (ISSA) organizes the first get-together for freshmen before the start of the academic year. It aims to introduce international freshmen to student life at Semmelweis University.
Student events are organised for freshmen and other students by student organisations throughout the year, including cultural, scientific, and sporting events.
The university has partnered with a number of theatres, museums and sporting facilities, which enable students and staff of Semmelweis University to use their services or by tickets and passes at a discounted price.