The International Office of the University of Debrecen (UD) and the Student Foreign Affairs Committee of the institution welcomed 130 students from 21 countries in the Erasmus scholarship program with a Welcome Dinner on the 7th of September, Thursday, in the Hall of the Main Building.
Spain is represented with the largest number of participants, Portugal, Italy, and France are runners-up, followed by Turkey. This year, students from Greece, Mexico, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan also came, who spend half a year on the part-time course on Departments at the University of Debrecen.
Most of them – 40 people – came to the Faculty of General Medicine this year, but many chose the Faculty of Humanities, Economics and Business, Pharmacy, Engineering, and Science and Technology.
For higher education in Debrecen, from the 16-17th century onwards, it was significant to maintain international relations, primarily with the European Reformed sister schools, the memory of which is also preserved in the glass windows of the Main Building Hall, showing the cities where the students at the predecessor Reformed College went on pilgrimageOrsolya Jánosy recalled the past in her greeting.
In his speech, the head of the UD International Office emphasized that Debrecen has the largest number of international students among the Hungarian universities, more than 7,000 students from more than 120 countries study primarily in the institution’s English-language courses, thanks to which there is plenty of room for the newly arrived Erasmus scholarship holders as well.
After the welcome, thanks to the performing folk dancers and the Szeredás folk music ensemble, the guests first got a taste of Hungarian folklore, which was followed by a real Hungarian dinner.
The opening night ended with a joint dance in front of the Hall.
The International Office not only supports the studies of the new arrivals, but also the foreign scholarship programs of university citizens. For the academic year 2023/24, Erasmus application opportunities have reopened, lecturers can apply for mobility for educational or training purposes, while students can apply for mobility for academic and professional practice purposes. The mobilities can be implemented until the 31st of July 2024.
In the case of faculty, staff and student partial training, the application deadline is the 1st of October 2023, while the submission of student internship applications continues until the 15th of February 2024.
You can get more information about this at the Erasmus Days, which will be held on the 20th of September in the Main Building. At the event, students can find out about mobility opportunities abroad, professional internships, language courses, and meet personally with representatives of various organizations. The event is accompanied by informative presentations in Hungarian and English.