Semmelweis University, Hungary

Semmelweis University  is the oldest medical school in Hungary.A portrait of Maria Theresa, the Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary displayed in the Assembly Hall of the University, commemorates the founding of the Medical Faculty in 1769, almost 250 years ago. The University was named  after Ignác Semmelweis, (1818-1865), the obstetrician who discovered the cause and prevention of puerperal fever in the 1840s, a former professor of Medicine between 1855 and 1865.

It became an independent medical school after the Second World War and developed into a university teaching medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, health sciences, and health management, as well as physical education and sport sciences.

In 1983, Semmelweis University started to offer medical courses taught in German, and English programs started in 1987. Nowadays, the university enrolls more than 200 new international students each year.

Since 1 September 2014, the Faculty of Physical Education and Sport Sciences has been separated from Semmelweis and operates independently as University of Physical Education

The university has five faculties, which offer courses from undergraduate to doctorate level in Hungarian, English, and German.

  • Faculty of Dentistry
  • Faculty of Health and Public Service
  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Faculty of Medicine
  • Faculty of Pharmacy

Founded in 1769, the Faculty of Medicine is Semmelweis University’s oldest and largest faculty. The Faculty provides a standard of education that is fully in line with that of other high quality European medical schools. Its Medicine programme(which results in an M.D. degree) is available in three languages: Hungarian, English and German.

The program leading to the Doctor of Medicine degree consists of six years: two years of general medical studies, three years of clinical studies, and one year of a rotating internship. Semmelweis University seeks motivated candidates for the program with a solid background in biology and chemistry.

The first two years are pre-clinical and the last four years are based in the Semmelweis Clinics. The curriculum of the pre-clinical years consists of the core subjects like Anatomy, Histology & Embryology, Physiology, Biochemistry, Medical Chemistry and Biophysics. Elective subjects include an introduction to clinical medicine and medical profession at Semmelweis Hospitals.

The General Medicine program is listed by the WHO and it is recognized in EU nationals by all European Union countries without any licensing examinations. Semmelweis University is listed in the IMED / FAIMER directory and it is also recognised by the Medical Board of California, considered the gold standard for recognition in the USA.

The university has around 10,000 students from 60 nations over five continents. Foreign students account for about 18% of the total community. The majority of the international student body are from Germany, although numbers from Israel, Scandinavia, Ireland and Cyprus have consistently grown in recent years. International students enrolled in the English program are mostly from the EU, Norway, Ireland, Israel, Cyprus, Iran, Japan, Nigeria, Canada, South Korea, Sweden, Turkey, Germany, Spain and the USA.

The Library is currently available in two locations: the Basic Medical Science Centre Branch (open weekdays 9 a.m.-8 p.m.) and the Central Branch located at Mikszáth Kálmán tér 5. (open 24/7).

The Central Library provides online access to full-text medical specialty books, pharmaceutical books, periodicals and databases through the University’s network.

Central Library of Semmelweis University was founded by Zsigmond Schordann in 1828. The library opened its doors to public in 1945. Central Library’s collection is approximately 260 000 volumes, with over 5000 journal titles.

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