Semmelweis University


Semmelweis University celebrates the 250th anniversary of its foundation in the academic year 2019/20. Its history started on 7 November 1769, when Maria Theresa added a medical faculty to the University of Nagyszombat, which moved to Buda in 1777 then to Pest in 1784.

Semmelweis University is a leading institution of higher education in Hungary and the Central European region within the area of medicine and health sciences. Its main commitment is based on the integrity of education, research, and healing, which make Semmelweis University an internationally renowned center of knowledge.

As a specialist university, it holds a unique place within the country; its prominent role is demonstrated by the fact that approximately 42 percent of Hungary’s doctors, 70 percent of its dentists, 50 percent of its pharmacists, and 27 percent of its health care professionals are Semmelweis graduates.

A truly international community, programs are offered in three languages (Hungarian, English, German), and international students account for nearly a third of the around 11,000 students studying at the University’s six faculties.

In addition to teaching, Semmelweis University is the largest provider of health care services in Hungary. Even though practical teaching takes place at the university’s clinics and hospitals, they provide the highest quality patient care services at the same time. Most of the departments cater to the most serious cases and patients requiring complex treatment, thus making the university a national health care provider.

Semmelweis University is an employer of nearly 8,500 employees and is involved in higher education vocational training, specialist postgraduate training, higher education vocational training, the cultivation of the next generation of scientists, and nurturing talent. The University organizes international conferences and is represented on numerous international scientific boards. Its academic reputation is well-regarded around the world.

Research, development, and innovation comprise an important part of the University’s three-fold mission. The target of research at the university are early diagnostics and therapy, disease prevention, and active aging. Currently, there are 300 research groups at the university including 31 international and 94 Hungarian research grants. Many of its professors are members of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, with close collaboration between the two institutions in numerous areas.

Semmelweis University’s Faculty of Health Sciences was founded in 1975 to set up a specialized educational institution for training different healthcare professionals. In 2000 the institution was integrated into the internationally renowned and accredited Semmelweis University. Faculty of Health Sciences provides English language programs in the field of health sciences and awards internationally recognized diplomas on B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. levels. All of its programs meet international standards, and the educational requirements set by the Hungarian Accreditation Committee (MAB). Currently, it has 14 departments with about 200 highly-qualified lecturers and part-time instructors, and more than 3,500 Hungarian and international students.

Facts about Semmelweis University

  • Total number of students: 10,500, from which international students: 3,450
  • Academic staff: 1,711
  • Enrollment by faculties (international students)
    • Medicine: 2,399
    • Dentistry: 386
    • Pharmaceutical Sciences: 242
    • Health Sciences: 430
    • School of Ph.D. studies: 49
  • International Students’ Top 10 Countries of Origin
    • Germany: 1,226
    • Iran: 446
    • Norway: 242
    • South Korea: 214
    • Israel: 143
    • Italy: 112
    • Slovakia: 104
    • Japan: 87
    • China: 64
    • USA: 51

Why Semmelweis?

  • Worldwide recognition of degrees
  • Practice-oriented education
  • World-class education and 250-years of tradition
  • Vibrant student life in Budapest



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Budapest, Hungary

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