Medical School Application Guide

 

University of Semmelweis

 

King’s College London

 

 

The history of Semmelweis University can be traced back as far as 1769, when a Medical Faculty was added to the then University of Nagyszombat. Following its move to Budapest shortly after, the University evolved into the thriving and successful institution it is today. Specialising in Medical and Health fields, its name celebrates the work of Ignác Semmelweis, a renowned obstetrician who first identified the cause of puerperal fever in the 20th century.

 

Today, the university has sites all over the historic city of Budapest. Being the 9th largest city in the EU, Budapest has a buzzing night life and boasts a plethora of restaurants, bars, cafés and nightclubs. Its popularity and success in Hungary can be demonstrated by the fact that over 40% of current doctors in Hungary were educated here. The university hospital has over 3,000 clinical beds and is the largest healthcare institution in Hungary. Studying here allows students to be part of a thoroughly vetted and road-tested course while enjoying the student life in one of the most dynamic and visually striking cities in Europe. The fees charged are $9,100 per semester, with two semesters per year. Annually there are approximately 4 applicants per place.

 

The Medical School Application Guide

At a Glance

Courses available

5-year to 6-year programme

 
Undergraduate Applicants
Graduate Applicants
 
6-year
6-year
No. of places
200
200
Degree
N/A
Considered individually*
Grades
No requirements
No requirements
Subjects
Biology, Chemistry and Physics required, with no minimum grade requirement*
Biology, Chemistry and Physics required, with no minimum grade requirement*
Exam
Entrance Exam*
Entrance exam*
Interview
Traditional 1-on-1 format
Traditional 1-on-1 format
Work experience
Desirable
Desirable
*Please see the Academic Requirements and Eligibility section for more information

 

 

 

PROGRAMMES

 

The only course offered at Semmelweis is a 6-year programme. The first two years of the course are ‘pre-clinical’, and are centred around creating a solid theoretical knowledge of the body, as well as a broad understanding of basic biomedical concepts. The aim of these two years is to prepare the student for entering the ‘clinical years’. Part of this will be providing teaching in the Hungarian language, as this will be invaluable when going into the clinical years and interacting with the patient population in Budapest. Teaching in the early years is provided mainly through lectures and small group sessions. While the plenary sessions are useful for imparting the basic knowledge, the small group sessions are vital for stimulating debate and outlining areas of uncertainty for each student. These years feature regular examination in all subjects, in order to ensure that all students are keeping up with the work load and identifying learning needs for each individual student.

 

Following these two pre-clinical years, there are three ‘clinical years’, where students undertake clinical modules alongside the more formal teaching featured in the early stage of the course. In these years, students tackle modules such as “Basic Surgical Techniques”, “Traumatology” and “Forensic Medicine”, as well as learning how to take a history, examine and perform procedures on patients. These skills enable to students to progress into the sixth, “clerkship” year. In this year, students undergo 37 weeks of immersive placements within medical and surgical fields in order to ensure all graduates are ready to qualify and begin their lives as a safe and efficient doctor.

 

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS AND ELIGIBILITY

 

Grades

 

As with many international medical schools, which have students applying from a very broad range of backgrounds, Semmelweis does not have a set of minimum academic requirements. Instead, each application is considered on its own merit to decide whether it is strong enough for consideration. In order to meet this level, applicants must be at least 18 years of age on the first day of study, and have completed education in their country up to this stage (i.e. have completed high school/sixth-form/college etc.). It is also expected that all applicants will have taken Biology/Zoology, Chemistry and Physics. Mathematics will not be accepted as an alternative. In order to decide which applicants of those who meet these criteria will be accepted, Semmelweis requires all candidates to sit an entrance exam. Details of this can be found below.

 

IB

 

Biology, Chemistry and Physics must be studied for acceptance onto the course. This is not usually possible within the IB, where a maximum of two Science subjects can be taken. Please contact the admissions office directly for more information on this: kovacs.edit@semmelweis-univ.hu.

 

Admissions Exam

 

All applicants to the course who fulfil the academic requirements listed above must sit an admissions exam, with the exception of those who hold a degree and who are native English speakers (please contact the admissions office for more information on this). This exam is designed to test applicants’ command of the English language, as well as their scientific knowledge. The questions are multiple-choice, and there are four categories of questions in the test:

 

  • Biology (20 Questions)
  • Chemistry (20 Questions)
  • General English (40 Questions)
  • Medical English (20 Questions)

 

This exam, alongside an oral interview which takes place at the same time, will largely determine which applicants are accepted onto the course. Semmelweis has released guidance for this exam, which can be found here. There is no absolute score beneath which an applicant will not be accepted. This test can be taken a maximum of twice a year. For details on where the test can be taken in your country and to book your spot, please visit www.studyhungary.hu.

 

Access to Medicine courses

 

As with the academic and admissions exam requirements, access to medicine courses will be considered individually when deciding on the strength of an application.

 

International Students (inc. no./% places)

 

All applications, whether from inside or outside Hungary, will be considered individually, there is no quota for external applicants. Currently, approximately 30% of students at Semmelweis originate from outside Hungary.

 

If you are applying as an overseas student and taken qualifications other than those listed above, please contact us by email (enquiries@themsag.com) if you would like more information on the minimum grades needed to be considered for a place in Semmelweis University Medicine.

 

Policy on Re-applicants

 

Unsuccessful applicants may apply again any number of times.

 

Policy on Deferrals

 

It is not normally possible to defer entry to this course.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

 

Application Deadlines

 

Applications must be received by the Admissions Office before the 31st March to be considered for commencement in September the same year.

 

Application Documents

 

  • Application form, signed and completed (http://semmelweis.hu/english/files/2016/01/Semmelweis_admission_info_2016.pdf)
  • Academic Certificates if available
  • Letter of recommendation from head teacher or science teacher
  • CV
  • Motivation letter (Personal statement)
  • Medical certificate (physical and mental health assessment, negative HIV status)
  • 2 passport photos, signed on the back
  • Copy of passport
  • Application fee $200
  • Examination fee $250 – payable to the local representative in your country who should be contacted prior to application. Your representative can be found here: http://www.studyhungary.hu/pages.php?pageID=41

 

SELECTION PROCESS AND INTERVIEW

 

Selection Process

 

The decision on which applicants are invited onto the course is determined in two stages. The first stage is making sure all applicants achieve or have already achieved the necessary requirements as stated above. The second part is the written and oral exam.

 

Interview

 

Following completion of the written exam, all applicants have a one-on-one interview with a member of staff. In this interview, the applicant is expected to show how dedicated to Medicine they are and how professionally they can comport themselves. There are no biomedical questions in this part of the process. This interview leads to a report on the applicant, which is considered if the candidate achieves a borderline result in the written examination. Candidates should be prepared to talk about items discussed in personal statement.

 

COMPETITION RATIOS

 

Each year there are approximately 800 applicants, with around 200 places available.

 

RANKINGS

 

Semmelweis is ranked 151-200 for Medicine in the QS rankings.

PROGRAMMES

 

There is no unique course available for graduate applicants at Semmelweis, meaning students with previous degrees can apply alongside undergraduates for a 6-year programme. The first two years of the course are ‘pre-clinical’, and are centred around creating a solid theoretical knowledge of the body, as well as a broad understanding of basic biomedical concepts. The aim of these two years is to prepare the student for entering the ‘clinical years’. Part of this will be providing teaching in the Hungarian language, as this will be invaluable when going into the clinical years and interacting with the patient population in Budapest. Teaching in the early years is provided mainly through lectures and small group sessions. While the plenary sessions are useful for imparting the basic knowledge, the small group sessions are vital for stimulating debate and outlining areas of uncertainty for each student. These years feature regular examination in all subjects, in order to ensure that all students are keeping up with the work load and identifying learning needs for each individual student.

 

Following these two pre-clinical years, there are three ‘clinical years’, where students undertake clinical modules alongside the more formal teaching featured in the early stage of the course. In these years, students tackle modules such as “Basic Surgical Techniques”, “Traumatology” and “Forensic Medicine”, as well as learning how to take a history from, examine and perform procedures on patients. These skills enable to students to progress into the sixth, “clerkship” year. In this year, students undergo 37 weeks of immersive placements within medical and surgical fields in order to ensure all graduates are ready to qualify and begin their lives as a safe and efficient doctor.

 

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS AND ELIGIBILITY

 

Grades

 

As with many international medical schools, which have students applying from a very broad range of backgrounds, Semmelweis does not have a set of minimum academic requirements. Instead, each application is considered on its own merit to decide whether it is strong enough for consideration. In order to meet this level, applicants must be at least 18 years of age on the first day of study, and have completed education in their country up to this stage (i.e. have completed high school/sixth-form/college etc.). It is also expected that all applicants will have taken Biology/Zoology, Chemistry and Physics. Mathematics will not be accepted as an alternative. In order to decide which applicants of those who meet these criteria will be accepted, Semmelweis requires all candidates to sit an entrance exam. Details of this can be found below.

 

Having a degree will not in itself boost an applicant’s chances of gaining admission, as the final decision on who gets admitted is based largely upon success in the entrance exam.

 

Degree

 

There is no specific degree required.

 

IB Eligibility

 

Biology, Chemistry and Physics must be studied for acceptance onto the course. This is not usually possible within the IB, where a maximum of two Science subjects can be taken. Please contact the admissions office directly for more information on this: kovacs.edit@semmelweis-univ.hu.

 

Admissions Exam

 

All applicants to the course who fulfil the academic requirements listed above must sit an admissions exam. This exam is designed to test applicants’ command of the English language, as well as their scientific knowledge. The questions are multiple-choice, and there are four categories of questions in the test:

 

  • Biology (20 Questions)
  • Chemistry (20 Questions)
  • General English (40 Questions)
  • Medical English (20 Questions)

 

This exam, alongside an oral interview which takes place at the same time, will largely determine which applicants are accepted onto the course. Semmelweis has released guidance for this exam, which can be found here. There is no absolute score beneath which an applicant will not be accepted. This test can be taken a maximum of twice a year. For details on where the test can be taken in your country and to book your spot, please visit www.studyhungary.hu.

 

Access to Medicine courses

 

As with the academic and admissions exam requirements, access to medicine courses will be considered individually when deciding on the strength of an application. However, given that entrance is dictated mainly on success in the entrance exam, Access to Medicine courses will not significantly boost an applicant’s chances of enrolment. Candidates are advised to contact the Medical School admissions’ office if they have any questions regarding this: kovacs.edit@semmelweis-univ.hu.

 

International Students (inc. no./% places)

 

All applications, whether from inside or outside Hungary, will be considered individually, there is no quota for external applicants. Currently, approximately 30% of students at Semmelweis originate from outside Hungary.

 

If you are applying as an overseas student and taken qualifications other than those listed above, please contact us by email (enquiries@themsag.com) if you would like more information on the minimum grades needed to be considered for a place in Semmelweis University Medicine.

 

Policy on Re-applicants

 

Unsuccessful applicants may apply again any number of times.

 

Policy on Deferrals

 

It is not normally possible to defer entry to this course. Please contact the admissions office for more information on this: kovacs.edit@semmelweis-univ.hu.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

 

Application Deadlines

 

Applications must be received by the Admissions Office before the 31st March to be considered for commencement in September the same year.

 

Application Documents

 

  • Application form, signed and completed (http://semmelweis.hu/english/files/2016/01/Semmelweis_admission_info_2016.pdf)
  • Academic Certificates if available
  • Letter of recommendation from head teacher or science teacher
  • CV
  • Motivation letter (Personal statement)
  • Medical certificate (physical and mental health assessment, negative HIV status)
  • 2 passport photos, signed on the back
  • Copy of passport
  • Application fee $200
  • Examination fee $250 – payable to the local representative in your country who should be contacted prior to application. Your representative can be found here: http://www.studyhungary.hu/pages.php?pageID=41

 

SELECTION PROCESS AND INTERVIEW

 

Selection Process

 

The decision on which applicants are invited onto the course is determined in two stages. The first stage is making sure all applicants achieve or have already achieved the necessary requirements as stated above. The second part is the written and oral exam.

 

Interview

 

Following completion of the written exam, all applicants have a one-on-one interview with a member of staff. In this interview, the applicant is expected to show how dedicated to Medicine they are and how professionally they can comport themselves. There are no biomedical questions in this part of the process. This interview leads to a report on the applicant, which is considered if the candidate achieves a borderline result in the written examination. Candidates should be prepared to talk about items discussed in the motivation letter.

 

COMPETITION RATIOS

 

Each year there are approximately 800 applicants, with around 200 places available.

 

RANKINGS

 

Semmelweis is ranked 151-200 for Medicine in the QS rankings.

 

1. What are the good things about studying Medicine at this university?

 

Studying in Semmelweis has many good points. The social life in Budapest is excellent, and there are many cheap bars and restaurants. It is also a great way to meet people from all over the world.

 

2. What is not so good about studying Medicine there?

 

It sometimes feels a bit too tough. You will be failed and made to retake or leave the course if you do not have the required level of knowledge. Keep up with the work or you will struggle.

 

3. What advice do you have for someone thinking of studying Medicine there?

 

Here, you will work hard, and play hard too!

 

4. Do you have any tips on how to get in?

 

Brush up op on your biomedical knowledge prior to sitting the entrance exam, as this will play a major part in whether or not you get accepted.

 

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