The University of Pécs, the oldest university of Hungary, was founded in 1367. Today it is one of the largest institutions of higher education in this country: with its 23 000 students and 500 different study programmes this integrated university offers a wide spectrum of teaching activities. The highly qualified academic staff are a guarantee that students receive internationally recognized knowledge and a degree competitive in the labour market. The University of Pécs has a uniquely wide range of scientific fields to offer in its 10 faculties which are the Medical School, the Faculty of Sciences, the Faculty of Engineering, the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Health Sciences, the Faculty of Music and Visual Arts, the Faculty of Adult Education and Human Resources Development, the Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Business and Economics and the Illyés Gyula Faculty.
The University of Pécs provides a truly international learning environment. The University has been conducting degree programmes in English for 30 years and has become one of the most internationalized universities in Hungary. We are proud to host about 2500 international students per year coming from more than 70 countries of the world. The university offers more than 50 degree programmes and preparatory courses for the international students taught in English and German. The University of Pécs is actively involved in many different mobility programs and has twice received the Erasmus Quality Award for its achievements.
Research also plays a key role within the university. The Szentágothai Research Center of the university was opened recently. The aim of this world-standard center is to enhance the basic research potential at the areas of natural, engineering and health sciences.
The University of Pécs is located in the uniquely beautiful, vibrant and lively city of Pécs – a proper, multi-campus university town – which was designated to be the European Capital of Culture in 2010. The large international student population has become essential part of not only the university but the city as well.
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The University of Pécs is a very open and supportive institution. We pay special attention to helping our international students to integrate into the university as well as into the local community. Our different student services organize various events, parties, excursions on a regular basis for the international student community.
To help the new international students get a good start, the University of Pécs has a mentor system. The main task of the mentor is to provide the student with practical information about the University of Pécs and Pécs society, as well as to introduce him/her to the students and student life in general. If a student does not wish to get a mentor he/she was given the chance to reject the offer.
The University of Pécs offers many different sport activities for the students. We also have two very successfully running, unique projects, the Dancing University, where our students can join 26 different dancing classes free of charge and the Music University which helps the musical talents to develop.
As for the accommodation in Pécs, incoming students have two basic options. They may stay in a dormitory or seek for alternative accommodation. The University of Pécs has ten dormitories. They are located in quiet, residential areas of the city. The University of Pécs offers a free apartment-finding service for incoming students who require superior quality accommodation.
Students of the University can use the library services free of charge after registration at any of the faculty libraries or the Central Library. The Central Library is open from Monday through Sunday; other libraries are usually open on weekdays. It is a very popular and pleasant place for students to study together.
Each semester an Orientation Day is held for the new international students of the University of Pécs coming from all over the world. This special information day is organized centrally and by the Faculties as well on the beginning of the semester. The newcomers are informed about many important topics at the Orientation Day and they will have a chance to get acquainted with the university, learn about the student services, meet with the international coordinators and mentors, and much more.
Pécs is a beautiful place to study in. It is simultaneously a friendly place and a very active city, in which students can never be bored. They can be sure they will find everything here that a student could wish for.
At the University there are many student organizations which students can join whilst studying at UP. These offer a wide variety of professional and leisure programmes which give the members a good opportunity to meet local people, make new friends and enjoy memorable experiences. Weekly organized parties are also available for students of each faculties. The International Evening, where our international students cook their national dishes, perform their music and dances, is one of the highlights of the year.
There are also many options outside the campus where students can spend their free time with friends. There are 2 cinemas in Pécs offering movies in English with Hungarian subtitles. There are go-kart racing arenas, paintball fields, extreme park for those who like exciting programmes.
In terms of entertainment and events, Pécs offers a huge number of activities, excursions and things to do for everyone, regardless of taste or budget. The town is famous for its museums, galleries, the festivals and cultural events it hosts.
If somebody is happy to spend some time in a relatively undisturbed natural environment, all they have to do is to go up the Mecsek hill. There are a number of beautiful small villages and towns as well near Pécs which are well worth visiting.
The University of Pécs is accredited by the Hungarian Accreditation Committee and is registered by the Educational Authority.
The University of Pécs conducts its programs according to the European Qualifications Framework of the Bologna Process. Thus degrees obtained from the University of Pécs are generally recognised in the countries of the European Union.
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