93 students from 21 countries were welcomed by the International Office of the University of Debrecen and the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Student Government of the Institution on Wednesday. In the framework of the traditional Welcome Dinner, the foreign students arriving for the spring semester were given a taste of Hungarian folklore by folk dancers and the Szeredás ensemble, and closed the programme with a joint dance.

According to the university’s website, there are currently 7,300 foreign students from 134 countries studying at the University of Debrecen. DE also welcomes students from abroad in the spring semester, this time 93 new students from 21 countries do their studies at the institution. Most of them came from Romania, but there are also many from Spain, Turkey and Italy.

Thanks to the Erasmus International Credit Mobility Programme and the ISEP Programme, in addition to the traditional Erasmus programme countries, this semester DE has students from Jordan, Kazakhstan, South Korea, the USA, the UK and South Africa. Most of the foreign students are from the Faculty of Medicine, the Faculty of Economics and the Faculty of Humanities, but all faculties are also hosting students this semester.

At the welcome dinner, the International Office of the University of Debrecen and the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Student Self-Government hosted the young foreigners, who could learn about Hungarian culture and Hungarian cuisine. The opening evening ended with a joint dance in front of the Hall.

Orsolya Jánosy, Head of the International Office of the University of Debrecen pointed out that the University of Debrecen has the largest number of foreign students among the Hungarian universities, and thanks to the English-language courses of the institution, there is also a wide range of educational opportunities for the newly arrived Erasmus scholarship holders.

“Two hundred and twenty foreign students are currently studying at the University of Debrecen in the 2023/24 academic year, but in the spring we expect to organise more Erasmus Blended Intensive Programmes in the faculties and students also coming to the Clinical Centre for summer internships,  so the number of incoming students is expected to reach 300,” Orsolya Jánosy said.

From next academic year, DE students can study in any country in the world through the Pannonia Scholarship programme. In addition to Erasmus countries, the institution now sends students to Japan, South Korea, China, Malaysia and the UK.

In addition to traditional forms of mobility, students can also receive support for short study trips, summer university studies, participation in international conferences and research programmes abroad. The call for applications for part-time student mobility in the 2024/25 academic year will be published in early March.

Source: dehir.hu

Author: Debrecen4U