For the first time, the University of Miskolc (UM) organised a freshmen’s camp for international students. The three-day programme was attended by nearly 100 newly admitted international students from countries all over the world (e.g. Pakistan, India, Spain, France).
According to Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), a London-based analytical firm that rates the performance of universities, the number of international students at UM is about 450, representing 5.6 per cent of the institution’s total student community of nearly 8,000.
In Hungary, Semmelweis University has the highest proportion of foreign students. According to the data available on the university’s website, the proportion of international students in the second semester of the academic year 2021-2022 was nearly 35 per cent, with almost 4,000 international students.
In the academic year 2022/2023 more students than ever before have started their studies in English and German at the university which is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its international medical training.
While Semmelweis University has the highest proportion of foreign students in Hungary, the University of Debrecen has the largest international student community in terms of numbers. In the academic year 2022/23, nearly 7,200 international students are studying at the university, which, according to the institution’s website, is more than a fifth of the international students studying in Hungary and the largest foreign student group in Central and Eastern Europe.
At the University of Szeged, which also hosts a large international student community, has nearly 5,000 foreign students in the academic year just started.
The number of foreign students studying in Hungary has increased significantly in recent years. According to an analysis of KSH (the Hungarian Central Statistical Office) published last summer, between the 2010/2011 and the 2020/2021 academic years, the number of foreign students increased from 15,000 to 32,000, and their rate within all students rose from 6.9 per cent to 17 per cent.
Most foreign students study in the field of health and welfare (32 per cent); besides this, engineering, manufacturing and construction (12 per cent), and social sciences (10 per cent) training courses were the most popular among them in the 2020/2021 academic year.
We recently reported that Budapest was ranked 66th in this year’s QS survey of the world’s best student cities which specifically targets young people considering studying abroad. The Hungarian capital achieved its best result in the indicator of affordability. In this aspect it was ranked 30th in the list of 110 cities, which evaluates a wide range of factors.