Founded in 1769, Semmelweis University (Template:Lang-hu) is the oldest medical school in Hungary. The faculty 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. The university is named after Ignác Semmelweis (1818-1865), the obstetrician who discovered the cause of puerperal fever in the 1840s.
The university has over 11,000 students from 60 nations over five continents. Its five faculties offer courses from undergraduate to doctorate level in Hungarian, English, and German. Foreign students account for about 18% of the total community.Template:Citation needed
Semmelweis University is the largest health care institution in Hungary, with over 9,000 employees covering about 6% of the health care needs of the country’s population.Template:Citation needed The university has several clinics along Üll?i Avenue near Klinikák (Clinics) and Nagyvárad tér metro stations.
Semmelweis is a multicampus university. The medical departments and the University Clinics occupy a huge area on the Pest side of the Hungarian capital. With a quarter of a million of books, Semmelweis University has one of the biggest and best-furnished medical-biological collections in Hungary, and among the Hungarian universities, Semmelweis produces the greatest number of publications. The university is deeply involved in the patient care of the Great-Budapest region. Of its 3000 clinical beds, 75% take part in the regional medical care and some special outpatients' departments also supply the teaching hospitals with patients needed for the training.
The portrait of Maria Theresa in the Assembly Hall of the University still commemorates the founding of the Medical Faculty by the Empress of Austria-Hungary more than 230 years ago, forging a continuous link in the education and training of medical students.
The name of the institution honors Ignác Semmelweis, a former professor of the Medical Faculty between 1855 and 1865, who discovered the cause and prevention of puerperal fever. Semmelweis was the first Hungarian university, which started to offer international courses at the Faculty of Medicine in German in 1983. The English programs started four years later, in 1987. Nowadays, the university enrolls more than 200 new international students each year. Still, students from Germany form the majority of the international student body, although the number of students from Israel, Scandinavia, and Cyprus shows a constant growth.
The General Medicine program is listed by the WHO and it is recognized without any licensing examinations in all European Union countries (- applies to the nationals of the member states.)Template:Citation needed
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. International students enrolled in the English program are mostly from the EU, Norway, Israel, Cyprus, Iran, Japan, and the USA.
The Semmelweis University seeks motivated candidates for the program with a solid background in biology and chemistry. In addition to these subjects, students must pass an entrance exam in English. The application deadline is in April and the course starts in September. Entrance exams are arranged at several locations in Europe, Israel, North America, Asia, and Africa.
Faculties of the University
The university has six faculties:
- Faculty of Dentistry: 821 students
- Faculty of Health and Public Service: 544 students
- Faculty of Health Sciences: 3504 students
- Faculty of Medicine: 4321 students
- Faculty of Pharmacy: 816 students
- Faculty of Physical Education and Sport Sciences: 2069 students
There is also a School of Ph.D. Studies with 412 students.
- Semmelweis University's official Hungarian website
- Semmelweis University's official English website
- Semmelweis University English language program
- International Student Association of Semmelweis
- Spanish Representative of Semmelweis University