The University has various student groups, each of which organises a variety of scientific, cultural, and sporting events. The Students’ Union (HÖK), primarily involved in representing interests, also takes an active role in organising a number of different events.

News about community and student life is available on the university’s website.
Cultural Events

Semmelweis Spring Festival

The two-day spring event showcases a variety of artistic disciplines (Contest of Virtuosi, ‘Alkoss!’ Literary Competition, Dance Competition, and Poetry Recitation Competition). For all those who are curious about the winners, we recommend the closing event, the Charity Gala.

Semmelweis Carnival

The aim of the program is to bring students of different nationalities from the university closer together. Several student organizations are working together to organize the university’s spring multicultural event. At its accompanying event, the Food Festival, 20 different countries present their national dishes year after year.

Semmelweis Matiné

Semmelweis Matiné is an outdoor event where interactive outdoor games, sporting events, prize draws and quizzes await the audience. It is a great opportunity to meet students from other faculties, play sports or chat with newly met fellow students.


Mainly students of Semmelweis University play in the Medic Orchestra, but besides them, students of other Hungarian higher education institutions (BME, BCE, BGF, ELTE) are involved as well. The orchestra regularly performs individual concerts, but is also a frequent participant in university events.

Semmelweis University Choir

Founded in 2022, the Semmelweis University Choir has successfully represented the university at several prestigious occasions and has raised the tone of numerous university events, in collaboration with the Medic Orchestra. The choir is directed by conductor, music educator Dr. László Matos, Deputy Dean of Education at András Pető Faculty, who has more than 30 years of experience in choir organisation and conducting.


Life for Semmelweis University students is more than just studying. The Students’ Union (HÖK) organises a number of programs and events, which are very popular with both Hungarian and international students. For more information about current events, visit HÖK’s social media pages. Facebook  |  Instagram  |

Semester Opening Party

The first big music and dance night of the semester, for all students regardless of their academic year. Hosted by Akvárium Klub, the event entertains up to 3,000 participants in three halls, with three different styles of music.

Viva La Fiesta

Highly popular among international students, this party series aims to bring to listeners the greatest world-famous Latin, hip-hop and R’n’B beats.


Building on its Bavarian roots, Oktoberfest offers students a range of traditional fairground attractions. Never short of beer and pretzels!


Every year there comes a night when students dress up in the creepiest costumes and flood the streets and nightclubs of Budapest.

White Coat Ceremony afterparty 

One of the most dignified moments of medical students entering their clinical studies is when they take over their white coats as a sign of the well-deserved success of their work. After this ceremonial handover, students attend an unforgettable afterparty, where they can toast to their success.

All Star

In keeping with the name ’All Star’, each semester the night event series features a number of well-known Hungarian music artists to guarantee brilliant entertainment.

Semester Closing Party

The last music and dance night of the semester, where students can party together before the exam period starts.

Exam Burial

The event is a chance for students to talk through recent hardships and have fun together in celebration of their exam successes.

Freshman Events

Freshers’ Meet

The first event where newly admitted students can get to know each other after the entrance exam result announcement. The event at the Center for Theoretical Medicine (EOK) starts with a quiz and a playful introduction. During the afternoon, freshers can get a glimpse of everyday life at the university and have their questions answered by upper-year students. The representatives of the Students’ Union and the organizers of the freshers’ camp will also introduce themselves and share loads of useful information. The event continues with a night of dancing.

Freshers’ Camp 

The Semmelweis Freshers’ Camp, organized jointly by the Students’ Union (HÖK) and the Instructor Self-Active Group (IÖCS), is held every year in mid-August in the picturesque city of Tata. Thanks to the program, many friendships are born, which can even last a lifetime.
Newly admitted students will receive an invitation from the camp organizers and the Freshman News together with the first information letter sent out by the University. The invitation includes important details about the camp, how to apply, and the contact information of camp organizers and faculty leaders. During the Forum Day, you could also get to know the rector, deans and some faculty members.

Freshman Ball 

Every freshman can experience the transformation of the Nagyvárad Square Theoretical Block into a magical place. The ball will be opened by a solemn waltz of the newly admitted international and Hungarian students and closed by the traditional ’palotás’ dance. Several well-known bands and DJs ensure a great atmosphere.

Sport Events

The university’s health education program is complemented by a range of student sporting events.

NET Tower Running

Held each semester, the brave competitors of the Nagyvárad Square Theoretical Block conquer the stairs of the 22-storey NET building. For several years now, the event has been accompanied by a charity campaign: the registration fee is usually a few bars of chocolate, sweets and toys, which is donated to the young patients of the Semmelweis University Pediatric Center.

Ice Carnival

At the Semmelweis Ice Carnival, costumed students will take to the City Park Ice Rink, where participants will compete in a relay race. Learning ice skaters can also enjoy a non-competition evening on ice.

Sports Day, Matiné:

The Sports Day, also known as Matiné is hosted by the Zágrábi Road Sports Complex. Students from all six faculties can get some exercise, while fans can enjoy food, drinks and a ‘chill zone’. From time to time, students can also try exciting ‘sports’ such as bubble football or beer pong.

Medic Cup

One of the most eagerly awaited events of the academic year is the Medic Cup, where students from four medical universities across the country compete against each other. Each year, the three-day event is hosted by one of the four university cities. Fans can cheer on the men’s and women’s football, volleyball, handball, basketball, and water polo teams.

Sleepless Semmelweis

The event is an overnight sports day, during which students can test their skills in teams in football, basketball, and volleyball. The top three teams will be awarded. Fans can enjoy skills challenges and a fairground atmosphere.


Since 2021, Semmelweis University has been offering a number of sports divisions for active recreation, a healthy lifestyle and competition. These also include special sports such as Teqball and Ultimate Frisbee.

The Semmelweis University Water Polo Club is a constant participant in national and international championships, tournaments and cups, winning more and more titles. Their matches attract a large student audience.

Beer Pong Tournament

The popular event allows students with surgical precision shooting hands to test their aiming and shooting skills.

Scientific Events

Students represent the university at several national and international scientific events.

  • Those involved in scientific work have the opportunity to showcase their knowledge at the annual Students’ Scientific Association (TDK) Conference.
  • Many of the University’s exceptional students participate in the National Council of Student Research Societies (OTDT) Conference, organized at a different Hungarian higher educational institution each year.
  • The Frigyes Korányi Scientific Forum is a conference organized by the university’s college for advanced studies of the same name, which also provides an opportunity to present scientific work.
For current events, visit the events calendar on the university website.