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University of Debrecen

University of Debrecen
Spend the semester or academic year at the University of Debrecen in Hungary taking classes in English through ISEP.
Debrecen, Hungary
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Semester or Academic Year
  • Spend the semester or academic year taking classes in English in Hungary
  • Debrecen is located just hours by train from Budapest and is on the Hungarian border with Romania
  • Students are housed in university residence halls in double rooms
Program Summary: 

Bordering seven countries, Hungary is sometimes referred to as "The Gateway to Europe." Discover the second most populated city in Hungary at the University of Debrecen, located only 130 miles from Budapest. Find yourself wandering through the lush, green forest surrounding campus, or relaxing in a Hungarian bath house or water park on a break from class. Courses taught in English in arts, music and science are available to ISEP students.


Just hours away from Budapest by train, Debrecen lies directly on the border of Romania, and is the perfect starting point for many travel destinations. Debrecen, the second largest city in Hungary, is located on the Great Hungarian Plain. It is the administrative, economic, educational, scientific and cultural center of Eastern Hungary. The main campus of the university, with its numerous buildings, dormitories, sports grounds, service center, park and botanical garden, is located a 10-minute tram ride or 30 minute walk from downtown, in the leisure-time area called Great Forest. 

Academic Information: 

Students do not need to have any Hungarian to attend the Unviersity of Debrecen and courses are widely available in English. Beginning and intermediate Hungarian language courses are offered as part of the semester program. Instruction in the departments of foreign languages is offered year round (fee paying) in the respective languages. Pre-session Hungarian language is available (not included in ISEP benefits).


Students are housed in double rooms in a university residence. A stipend is provided for meals in the university cafeterias. 

All dormitories have a refrigerator in each room, a well-equipped kitchen on every floor, laundry facilities, study and clubrooms in each building. All rooms have cable internet access. Students also have access to gym, and sauna facilities.

Life Abroad: 

The University is home to soccer fields, tennis courts, a track and other sport facilities for student use. The University is located adjacent to a park that features a pond for fishing, running and biking, a zoo, an ice skating rink, and a zoo (open mostly in Spring). Additionally, Debrecen is home to many music and drama festivals, concerts and active student nightlife. For information regarding Debrecen’s student activities, please visit their website here: http://www.unideb.hu/portal/en/node/2266.

The city of Debrecen is also home to the American Corner of Debrecen, a cultural and informational resource center founded by the US Embassy, the City Council of Debrecen and the University of Debrecen, in order to foster US-Hungarian relations. The American Corner also sponsors English lectures, films, comedy nights, game days, sports teams and events such as the Annual Festival of Drama in English.

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For more information, contact: 

Melody Stratton
ISEP Coordinator

ISEP website


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Study Abroad Financial Advising

The Office of Study Abroad has weekly 'You Can Afford to Study Abroad' Financial aid and Scholarship Info Sessions/Open Meetings on Wednesday afternoons from 4:00-5:00 pm and Thursday afternoons from 12:30-1:30 pm in room 203 Lippincott Hall.  For those that can not attend the weekly Info Sessions, we also offer individualized study abroad financial planning as well as financial aid and scholarship advising for students.  Please visit 108 Lippincott Hall or call 785-864-3742 to set up an appointment.

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