2019. August 20., Tuesday
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Nearly 150 New Exchange Students Start the Semester at the University of Szeged

In the first week of the spring semester, once again the SZTE organizes an orientation week for the integration of newcomer foreign students. In the spring semester of 2018/2019 almost 150 international students arrived to the SZTE on ERASMUS +, E + International Credit Mobility and Makovecz Program.

On the 5th of February, international students were greeted by Dr Tamás Bene, Director of International and Public Relations. He said: “SZTE is one of the best Hungarian universities, and the institution also occupies a leading position in foreign rankings.” He also pointed out that the University of Szeged is still the greenest Hungarian higher education institution and encouraged foreign students to discover Szeged, participate in the university life, and of course enjoy themselves during their stay here.


In the spring semester of 2018/2019, a total of 146 students arrived to Szeged coming from 16 countries and 60 cities. Most of them have chosen the SZTE as part of the Erasmus + program, but a number of students have also came with the Makovecz program. Most of the students came from Spain (37 students) and Turkey (31 students) to a training course in SZTE. Most of the them will start their studies at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, while a large number of students came to the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Medicine.


The integration and orientation of international students was assisted by voluntary mentor students who took an active role in helping the foreign students to overcome language barriers. Most of the mentors communicate in English, but there are those who also speak French, German and Turkish to assist the newcomers.


Between the 4th and the 7th of February during the opening of the orientation week, volunteer mentors helped the international students with presentations to get acquainted with Hungary and the historical background of Szeged. In addition to the general information, accommodation, city passes and the admission of courses were also discussed.

SZTEinfo-Bernadett Kocsis

SZTE Experience

Imane_CherbiImane Cherbi - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

My name is Cherbi Imane and I am 23 years old from Algeria. I am spending my last semester at the University of Szeged Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Being an MA student of Applied Linguistics, University of Szeged offered me a chance to gain sufficient knowledge about my field of study. I choose the University of Szeged simply because it is a highly ranked academic institution both nationally and internationally; also because of the variety of programs that they have for international students.

I love everything in Szeged: every corner of every street, I will always keep them in my heart. I take photos of the city when walking around and I am planning to launch a blog to promote this beautiful corner of Hungary among international students. People of Szeged are caring, always smiling and we are living peacefully together. I have never felt isolated or neglected. As a coffee lover, i always enjoy having my favorite type of coffee in different coffees in Szeged. Lookin for calmness and nature vibes, I would certainly walk by the Tisza river whenever I want.

simsonSimson Ndadaleka Shaakumeni - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences - PhD Studies

I heard about Stipendium Hungaricum from a fellow countryman. I would love to teach at a university one day, but a Doctorate degree is often required in order to do so. That is why I came to Szeged, where I am currently working on my doctoral thesis in educational science – my special field of interest is scientific literacy of students. Life is completely different in Namibia; it is mostly a rural country and agriculture is still hardly mechanised and many homesteads in villages in the countryside are built of wood. The weather is totally different from the one in Szeged, the cold and icy weather caught me by surprise after returning from Christmas holiday, I didn’t have proper shoes so my feet were constantly freezing.