Medical School Application Guide

 

University of Szeged

 

University of Szeged

 

 

The history of medical education at the University of Szeged can be traced back to 1775 with the establishment of the Faculty of Medicine-Surgery. Since then, the medical course has developed into one of the most successful programmes at the university. It even boasts a Nobel Prize winner amongst its previous Deans; Albert Szent-Gyorgyi was awarded the prize in 1937 for his work on Vitamin C. Situated in Hungary’s 3rd largest city, student at Szeged can expect to enjoy a vivid cultural experience with an exciting nightlife, beautiful Gothic churches and large modern museums all within easy reach.

 

The 6-year programme features three pre-clinical years, in which students use dissections, lectures and seminars to create a strong biomedical knowledge base, and three clinical years were students gain the skills required to work as a doctor. Fees are 16,100USD for the first 5 years, dropping to 8,050USD in the final year. There are approximately 10 applicants per place, and students are awarded an M.D upon completion of the course.

 

The Medical School Application Guide

At a Glance

Courses available

6-year programme

 
Undergraduate Applicants
Graduate Applicants
 
6-year
6-year
No. of places
180
180
Degree
No minimum requirement*
No minimum requirement*
Grades
No minimum requirement*
No minimum requirement*
Exam
An entrance exam must be sat by all applicants**
An entrance exam must be sat by all applicants**
Interview
Traditional 1-on-1 format
Traditional 1-on-1 format
Work experience
Not required
Not required

 

 

 

PROGRAMMES

 

The course available at Szeged University is a 6-year programme which is open to applications from both undergraduates and graduates. The first three years consist of six pre-clinical semesters, during which time students engage in dissections, lectures and seminars to create a solid understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. This is complimented by other, non-clinical studies, such as in statistics, medical sociology and medical ethics. Szeged also provides teaching in the Hungarian language, allowing students to interact with patients they will encounter in the later years. By the end of the third year, students will be able to enter the clinical years, where the theoretical knowledge gained thus far is used as a base to create an understanding of medical pathology and the role of doctors in investigating and managing diseases. In years 4 and 5, students divide their time between lectures and the clinical environment, with the subjects being taught largely reflecting clinical specialities such as Ophthalmology, Cardiology and Paediatrics. During these years, students will also learn how to correctly examine patients and perform clinical procedures. The 6th and final year involves immersive placements within the clinical environment, where students are expected to learn what will be required of them after graduation in order to ensure they are safe and competent doctors.

 

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS AND ELIGIBILITY

 

Gradess

 

Szeged Medical School does not have a minimum set of requirements above which an applicant must score in order to be considered for admission*. Instead, each application is considered individually and on its own merit, with academic achievement, the written exam and the interview being considered together when judging the strength of an application. Students who have taken Biology, Chemistry and Physics are preferred, though these are not absolute requirements. Graduate applicants will not be given an advantage over undergraduate applicants.

 

* Though having completed twelve years of study is required, i.e. having taken A-levels/IB or having completed high school.

 

Admissions Exam

 

All applicants to the course who fulfil the academic requirements listed above must sit an admissions exam (with some exemptions, listed below). This exam is designed to test applicants’ command of the English language, as well as their scientific knowledge. The questions are multiple-choice, and fall into four different categories:

  • 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. There is no absolute score beneath which an applicant will not be accepted. This test can be taken a maximum of twice a year. The cost of sitting the test is 300USD. For details on where the test can be taken in your country and to book your spot, please visit www.studyhungary.hu.

 

Exceptions

 

Applicants who have achieved the following academic requirements are exempt from sitting the written exam:

 

  • Holders of the IB diploma with a grade of at least 5 in English and two natural sciences subjects (Biology, Chemistry, Physics).
  • B.Sc. Degree in Natural Science, Life Science, Biomedical Sciences, Chemistry, Biology, or Physics. Students applying for exemption from the entrance exam need to submit a certified copy of their BSc diploma, their official Transcript(s) and official Course Description(s).
  • Holders of GCE A-Level with a result of at least A or A+ level with an A result in 3 Natural Science subjects.

 

To be exempt from the English language section of the exam, candidates must either be native English speakers, or possess one of the following qualifications:

 

Type of test TOEIC TOEFL (paper-based) TOEFL (computer-based) TOEFL (Internet-based) IELTS
Minimum score to be achieved 690 550 213 81 6.5

 

Access to Medicine courses

 

No access to Medicine courses are currently accepted by the University of Szeged.

 

Widening Participation

 

Szeged University is not currently involved in a widening participation scheme.

 

Policy on Re-applicants

 

Applicants may reapply any number of times.

 

Policy on Deferrals

 

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

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

 

Application Deadlines

 

Application must be submitted by June 30th for starting in September the same year.

 

Application Documents

 

The first step for application to Szeged is to complete an online registration, which can be found at http://aas.szegedmed.hu/. Once this form has been submitted, it must be printed and signed to be sent off along with the other documents listed below. Applicants will also have to submit a PDF copy of a General Medical Certificate form, completed by your GP, and a Dyslexia Declaration Form, filled in by the student. These forms can be found at http://www.med.u-szeged.hu/fs/degree-programs. The other forms you will need to send are:

 

  • 1. Proof of payment of $200USD application fee. Details of where to send this can be found at http://www.med.u-szeged.hu/fs/degree-programs.
  • 2. A copy of your grade certificates, if available
  • 3. A copy of your CV, which should include details of work experience as well as giving evidence of your determination and commitment to study medicine.
  • 4. Three passport-sized photos, one of which should be attached to your application form.
  • 5. A copy of your passport
  • 6. Hard copies of your General Medical Certificate and Dyslexia Declaration forms.
  • 7. Proof of English language skills if applying for exemption from the Entrance Exam, as detailed in the Entrance Exam section.

 

Once compiled, this documentation should be sent to the admissions office, the address for which is: Dóm tér 12., Szeged, H-6720 Hungary.

 

SELECTION PROCESS AND INTERVIEW

 

Selection Process

 

If the applicant is not exempt from sitting the entrance exam, then it is the score in this exam that will largely determine whether or not each applicant is accepted to Szeged University. If the applicant is exempt from this test, previous grades alone will be examined to decide whether to accept the applicant or not.

 

Interview

 

This takes place immediately following the written exam. The interview, lasts around 20 minutes and features a single examiner. Its purpose is to determine and applicant’s linguistic competence in the natural science subjects being tested.

 

COMPETITION RATIOS

 

There are generally around 10 applicants per place on this course.

 

RANKINGS

 

Szeged is ranked 251-300 for medicine by the QS World University rankings.

 

PROGRAMMES

 

The course available at Szeged University is a 6-year programme which is open to applications from both undergraduates and graduates. The first three years consist of six pre-clinical semesters, during which time students engage in dissections, lectures and seminars to create a solid understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. This is complimented by other, non-clinical studies, such as in statistics, medical sociology and medical ethics. Szeged also provides teaching in the Hungarian language, allowing students to interact with patients they will encounter in the later years. By the end of the third year, students will be able to enter the clinical years, where the theoretical knowledge gained thus far is used as a base to create an understanding of medical pathology and the role of doctors in investigating and managing diseases. In years 4 and 5, students divide their time between lectures and the clinical environment, with the subjects being taught largely reflecting clinical specialities such as Ophthalmology, Cardiology and Paediatrics. During these years, students will also learn how to correctly examine patients and perform clinical procedures. The 6th and final year involves immersive placements within the clinical environment, where students are expected to learn what will be required of them after graduation in order to ensure they are safe and competent doctors.

 

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS AND ELIGIBILITY

 

Grades

 

Szeged Medical School does not have a minimum set of requirements above which an applicant must score in order to be considered for admission*. Instead, each application is considered individually and on its own merit, with academic achievement, the written exam and the interview being considered together when judging the strength of an application. Students who have taken Biology, Chemistry and Physics are preferred, though these are not absolute requirements. Graduate applicants will not be given an advantage over undergraduate applicants.

 

* Though having completed twelve years of study is required, i.e. having taken A-levels/IB or having completed high school.

 

Admissions Exam

 

All applicants to the course who fulfil the academic requirements listed above must sit an admissions exam (with some exemptions, listed below). This exam is designed to test applicants’ command of the English language, as well as their scientific knowledge. The questions are multiple-choice, and fall into four different categories:

 

  • 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. There is no absolute score beneath which an applicant will not be accepted. This test can be taken a maximum of twice a year. The cost of sitting the test is 300USD. For details on where the test can be taken in your country and to book your spot, please visit www.studyhungary.hu.

 

Exceptions

 

Applicants who have achieved the following academic requirements are exempt from sitting the written exam:

 

  • Holders of the IB diploma with a grade of at least 5 in English and two natural sciences subjects (Biology, Chemistry, Physics).
  • B.Sc. Degree in Natural Science, Life Science, Biomedical Sciences, Chemistry, Biology, or Physics. Students applying for exemption from the entrance exam need to submit a certified copy of their BSc diploma, their official Transcript(s) and official Course Description(s).
  • Holders of GCE A-Level with a result of at least A or A+ level with an A result in 3 Natural Science subjects.

 

To be exempt from the English language section of the exam, candidates must either be native English speakers, or possess one of the following qualifications:

 

Type of test TOEIC TOEFL (paper-based) TOEFL (computer-based) TOEFL (Internet-based) IELTS
Minimum score to be achieved 690 550 213 81 6.5

 

Access to Medicine courses

 

No access to Medicine courses are currently accepted by the University of Szeged.

 

Widening Participation

 

Szeged University is not currently involved in a widening participation scheme.

 

Policy on Re-applicants

 

Applicants may reapply any number of times.

 

Policy on Deferrals

 

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

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

 

Application Deadlines

 

Application must be submitted by June 30th for starting in September the same year.

 

Application Documents

 

The first step for application to Szeged is to complete an online registration, which can be found at http://aas.szegedmed.hu/ . Once this form has been submitted, it must be printed and signed to be sent off along with the other documents listed below. Applicants will also have to submit a PDF copy of a General Medical Certificate form, completed by your GP, and a Dyslexia Declaration Form, filled in by the student. These forms can be found at http://www.med.u-szeged.hu/fs/degree-programs. The other forms you will need to send are:

 

  • 8. Proof of payment of $200USD application fee. Details of where to send this can be found at http://www.med.u-szeged.hu/fs/degree-programs.
  • 9. A copy of your grade certificates, if available
  • 10. A copy of your CV, which should include details of work experience as well as giving evidence of your determination and commitment to study medicine.
  • 11. Three passport-sized photos, one of which should be attached to your application form.
  • 12. A copy of your passport
  • 13. Hard copies of your General Medical Certificate and Dyslexia Declaration forms.
  • 14. Proof of English language skills if applying for exemption from the Entrance Exam, as detailed in the Entrance Exam section.

 

Once compiled, this documentation should be sent to the admissions office, the address for which is: Dóm tér 12., Szeged, H-6720 Hungary.

 

SELECTION PROCESS AND INTERVIEW

 

Selection Process

 

If the applicant is not exempt from sitting the entrance exam, then it is the score in this exam that will largely determine whether or not each applicant is accepted to Szeged University. If the applicant is exempt from this test, previous grades alone will be examined to decide whether to accept the applicant or not.

 

Interview

 

This takes place immediately following the written exam. The interview, lasts around 20 minutes and features a single examiner. Its purpose is to determine and applicant’s linguistic competence in the natural science subjects being tested.

 

COMPETITION RATIOS

 

There are generally around 10 applicants per place on this course.

 

RANKING

 

Szeged is ranked 251-300 for medicine by the QS World University rankings.

 

Medical Student Opinion

 

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

 

"City is very friendly and easy to live in, its not big and living cost is not very high. You can meet people from many different nationalities (some of my good friends are from Japan, England, Canada, Hungary). Basic training is very detailed and first 3 years really give you a point of view, perspective if you take in what’s given. Also professors in their respective fields are very much qualified in what they are doing."

 

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

 

"Well, English level. As soon as academic training is done, you get to meet clinicians and their English is not as good. This is a big problem as majority of 4,5,6th year training is given by them. Also there’s a compulsory Hungarian and medical Hungarian language course the first 4 years, and it’s not really easy for everyone."

 

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

 

"It’s very easy to get in if you have a good English level, and a good base in chemistry, physics, biology-type courses. But, this shouldn't fool you, because 3rd year is the elimination phase and most of the students are failing here. "

 

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

 

"Think about your scientific knowledge before you get to the interview, this will help you a lot."

 

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