In Hungary, higher educational institutions (universities, universities of applied sciences and colleges) offer a variety of tertiary programmes, including higher vocational education, Bachelor and Master or unified trainings, as well as doctoral programmes. Higher education programmes are either offered as full-time or part-time (evening or correspondence) courses or as distance education.

Vocational training in tertiary education is a form of education that does not give a higher education certificate. The holder of a certificate or qualification can join the labour market or can continue their studies in bachelor programmes by taking the credits received in higher vocational training. Bachelor programmes are mainly for 3 years, master programmes are for 2 years, while doctoral courses usually last for 3-4 years. There are some fields, where studies lead to the so-called ‘unified’ master’s degree. These include medical training (6 years), architect training (5 years), legal training (5 years), teacher training (5-6 years) and some agrarian and art courses. Debrecen has two universities: The University of Debrecen and the Debrecen Reformed Theological University.

The University of Debrecen (Debreceni Egyetem) offers the widest range of studies in Hungary and is the oldest continuously operating institution of higher education in the country (since 1538). The university is one of the biggest universities in Hungary with a total number of over 28.000 students and also has one of the largest numbers of international students whose number currently reaches 6.300. The majority of students come from Asia and the Middle East, but there is also a significant number of students coming from European (including Hungary’s neighbouring countries, as well as Germany, Sweden and Norway) and African countries (including Egypt, Nigeria and Morocco). Most of these students are enrolled in the university’s well-established programme in the English language, particularly in the Medical field. The university operates on five campuses in Debrecen, has two other campuses in nearby cities (one in Nyíregyháza and another one in Hajdúböszörmény) and operates an associated BasicMedicine campus in South Korea. For more information, visit the university’s official website.

The Debrecen Reformed Theological University (Debreceni Református Hittudományi Egyetem) is one of the Hungarian centres for Protestant theological training, with a major interest in training ministers for the Reformed Church in Hungary. Besides notable scientists and science organizers, several poets, writers and philosophers well known in Hungarian cultural history are found amongst the former students of the college. The university currently has two campuses, two institutes, seventeen departments and 800 students (also including a large number of international students), studying in its Bachelor, Master and Doctorate programmes. For more information, visit the university’s official website.