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ISEP Exchange - University of Debrecen
Debrecen, Hungary (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Full Year,
Homepage: Click to visit
Program Sponsor: ISEP 
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Program Cost Fall,
Fact Sheet:
Best Fit Majors: Agribusiness Management, Agricultural & Extension Education, Agroecology, Agronomy, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, English, General Business, Management, Mechanical Engineering, Public Health, Women's & Gender Studies, World Languages, Literature, & Linguistics Language of Instruction: English
Program Options: Exchange Credits Earned: 12+
Program Description:
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University of Debrecen

Program Snapshot

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.

Option 1: ISEP-Exchange Academic Immersion for semester or full year (in English)

Option 2: ISEP-Direct Summer School (in English-see below for program information)

Fast Facts

Debrecen, Hungary (pop. 215,000)
Student Enrollment: 30,000
Language of instruction: Hungarian, English, German


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.
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Program Type

Undergraduate and graduate academic year or semester exchanges only
Summer ISEP-Direct only

ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.
ISEP-Direct site for students from all member institutions.
Summer program available.

Program Dates

Academic year: September to June;
Semester 1: September to January (early exams can be arranged);
Semester 2: February to June.


Agriculture (agricultural science, animal husbandry, horticulture, food science); Applied Economics and Rural Development (agricultural business, agricultural economics, forestry, environmental management); Architecture; Arts and Humanities (English & American studies, ethnography, foreign language & literature [Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, ancient Greek, Italian, Latin, Polish, Russian], history, humanities, Hungarian linguistics & literature [including comparative literature], library sciences, linguistics [general, applied], media and communication, musical studies, pedagogy, philology [classical, Slavic], philosophy, political science, psychology, social work, sociology); Economics and Business Administration (economics, business, MBA); Engineering; Health Science; Medicine; Sciences (biology, chemistry, computer sciences, earth sciences, ecology, information technology, mathematics, molecular biology, physical sciences, physics); Dentistry; Law; Pharmacy.

Courses taught in English

Business and Economics;management and business administration, master of business administration, English and American studies (British cultural studies, U.S. culture and civilization, Australian and Canadian studies, English-language literatures and English linguistics, drama studies, gender studies), Engineering (chemical, electrical, software, system), computer science and information technology, business informatics, Sciences;biology, environmental sciences, animal science, agricultural engineering, food science, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, health sciences, Music.

Courses for Graduate (Masters) Level

Master of Business Administration

Housing and Meals

Students are housed 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 internet access. Students also have access to gym, and sauna facilities.


Always make sure to let your host ISEP coordinator know of your travel plans and arrival information in Debrecen. Most students will fly into Budapest and take a train to Debrecen. From there, students can have "Buddies" pick them up to take them to their dorms. Student tutors also help participants all through the orientation week with registration, student cards, opening a bank account, etc. They will also show students around and introduce them to university life and important places in town.

Student Activities

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:

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.


The prestigious University of Debrecen was legally established in the year 2000, when the three independent universities of Debrecen merged to form a single institution. UD has three centers (Agricultural, Medical, Arts and Sciences), several research institutions and 15 faculties, educating over 30,000 students. UD's central library is the second biggest in the country with its 6 million volumes. The university sports center proposes over 20 different courses for students.

ISEP-Exchange programs allow students to participate in reciprocal exchanges with students at ISEP member institutions worldwide, while paying their home university tuition. Students attending US universities that are ISEP-Exchange members are eligible to apply for these programs at other international ISEP-Exchange member universities. Chances of placement vary by location.

ISEP-Direct programs allow students to enroll directly in a host institution abroad, instead of exchanging places with another student. Chances of placement are typically excellent for qualified applicants and some sites offer special academic programs and excursions. Students attending US universities that are either ISEP-Exchange members or ISEP-Direct members can participate in ISEP-Direct programs abroad.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2018 03/01/2018 03/15/2018 TBA TBA
Full Year 2018-2019 03/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.