The University of Szeged traces its origins back to 1581 with the foundation of the Academia in Cluj (Kolozsvár). István Báthory, Prince of Transylvania, King of Poland (1571-1586), Grand Duke of Lithuania took measures to estabilish a Catholic university (academia – universitas) consisting of two faculitues, Arts and Theology.
The University of Szeged offers a wide range of educational programs, such as Bachelor’s, Master’s, PhD (doctoral), as well as postgraduate specialist training programs.
The university’s internationally acknowledged, competitive research activities are essential parts of its educational mission, and it is particularly important to ensure the institution’s position as a research university. Its research and creative activities include basic and applied research, creative arts, product and service development.
As one of the largest organizations in the South Great Plain region, the University of Szeged considers the active role it plays in the area’s social, economic and cultural development to be part of its social responsibility; and through its charitable activities the institution demonstrates solidarity with the people of the region.
The University of Szeged would not be one of Hungary’s universities with a warm atmosphere and an institution that trains versatile people, were it not for the varied out-of-school activities organized for its students.
The University Library of the University of Szeged, with its collections, traditional library services, electronic information and contents providing services and with its professional and committed staff is a central supporting institution of university instruction and research.
Events of the Autumn Festival, the University Spring and programmes of TIK provide a foretaste of these activities for outsiders as well.
During the carnival season, every faculty organizes its ball with dance and music. One of the most noted ones is the traditional university charity ball which has become one of the most prestigious events of social life in Szeged.
Going to sports events and festivals, attending balls and spending nights at parties in university clubs are all part of the legendary university life in Szeged as is attending lectures and laboratory classes.
Being a sportive institution, the University of Szeged offers such a wide variety of sports activities that the years spent at the university do not prove to be sufficient to try out all of them.
Just to mention some of the less common ones: every student has the possibility to try parachuting, horse-riding, skiing, doing yoga, not to mention the university’s sports associations where competitions are organized in a number of sports from fencing to basketball.
The University of Szeged provides its students with an integrated system of student services designed to enhance the quality of student life. It is a lot easier to get ahead in life in the maze of academic requirements, to overcome the difficulties of career building in a supportive environment.
Amongst the services helping the welfare of students there are the Student Counselling Centre helping students with advice and courses in building their carriers in a conscious way and the SZTE Alma Mater gathering alumni to be found. Thus it is no wonder that the citizens of the university are equally renowned for their expertise, skills and solidarity.