Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) - in terms of student and staff number, quality of education and research, and its international relations - is a prestigious institution of public higher education in Hungary, operating continuously since its inception in 1635. As a top-ranked research university in Hungary, it is the most popular higher education institution among applicants as well as alma mater of five Nobel laureates and leading figures in technology, public policy, and culture in Hungary. ELTE has widespread international relations. It holds bilateral agreements for cooperation and exchange with about 600 higher education institution partners. It is an active member of prestigious international university networks and involved in joint degree programs. Currently, 29,000 students study at eight faculties at ELTE with about 3,000 international students from over 100 countries. ELTE offers 45 bachelor’s programs, 101 master’s programs, 295 undivided teacher training major pairings, and over 60 degree programs offered in foreign languages (mainly English) to international students. ELTE is Hungary’s largest scientific establishment with 16 doctoral schools and 126 doctoral programs.
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Facts about ELTE
- Best university of Hungary based on lecturer and student excellence
- It is at the top of Hungarian university rankings compiled by 15-25-year-olds
- Market research shows that it is one of the most popular Hungarian brands
- Highest ranking Hungarian university in the ARWU global university rankings
- The only Hungarian establishment among the top 200 European universities in the rankings compiled by the University of Leiden
- ELTE offers the widest range of higher education in Hungary
- 8 faculties
- 38 bachelor degree programs
- 96 master’s degree programs
- 80 combined undergraduate-graduate teaching degree programs
- 8 teacher training schools and kindergartens, 3 nationally renowned teacher training schools
- 13 162 courses
- 64 languages at the Faculty of Humanities
- More than 50 foreign-language programs
- Hungary’s largest scientific establishment
- 73 academic lecturers (20% of all Hungarian academics)
- 16 Ph.D. schools, 118 Ph.D. programs
- 5 colleges
- Hungary’s most popular university
- 28,400 students
- 20% of all graduates applied for admittance to ELTE in 2015
- According to 86% of our students, ELTE provides the best courses in their respective fields in the country
Students at ELTE come from more than 70 different countries.
As a trusted partner of 450 higher education establishments and an active member of 9 prestigious international university organizations, we have strong connections all over the world.
By means of our outstanding programs such as Erasmus, CEEPUS, the EEA and Norway Grants, Campus Hungary and bilateral cooperations, more than 1000 of our students go abroad or come from abroad each year.
Learning from the best
ELTE regularly plays host to a number of international conferences and puts special emphasis on inviting leading researchers of various fields to intensive workshops and lecture series.
The EIT ICT Labs Master’s Program and the Master’s Program in History at the Atelier Department of the Faculty of Humanities (the first Erasmus Mundus program coordinated by a Hungarian university) are two outstanding examples of our programs offering certifications in collaboration with the best European universities.
Inter-institutional center for French studies
Based on the French-Hungarian bilateral agreement, the main goal of the Centre Interuniversitaire d’Études Francaise (CIEF) is to support the education of the French language, as well as French literature and culture. Its library of pedagogical methodology material is unique in Hungary.
EIT ICT Labs
This MA and Ph.D. program in Information and Communication Technologies is based on the cooperation between European universities and companies and has Budapest as its only base within the central and eastern European regions. ELTE is the leader of the Budapest Associate Partner Group.
The ELTE Hungarian Summer University of the Carpathian Basin offers the youth of Hungarian minorities in neighboring countries the opportunity to expand their scientific knowledge in a specific area of their respective fields: the popular program has more than 150 participants each year. ELTE offers numerous other courses, such as the ELTE Summer University of Hungarian Language and Culture, Health Technology Assessment, Heidelberg University – ELTE Joint Summer University Program.