The University of Szeged
Faculty of Music
A Resource for International Students
UNIVERSITAS SCIENTARIUM SEGEDIENSIS
UNIVERSITY OF SZEGED
The University of Szeged Faculty of Music
I would like to personally welcome you to investigate the Faculty of Music at the
University of Szeged which dates back over 125 years and is one of the leading
higher education institutions in Hungary. We provide our students from abroad
not only a rich history, but one of the deepest musical legacies in Europe. Please
explore our Faculty of Music and all it has to offer.
The University of Szeged – Faculty of Music has an outstanding international
reputation and is well noted for its musical excellence. Our Faculty traces its
roots back to 1883 and was led by composer and musician Endre Szögi. Today
our faculty and students regularly perform in Europe, North America and
throughout the world.
The University is situated in the City of Szeged (the fourth largest city in Hungary) and has many ties to
great masters and noted musicians, such as Franz Liszt who spent many years studying here. Béla Bartók
debuted as a composer here in 1910 and Zoltán Kodály was born just 50 miles away. Others include
renowned conductor Ferenc Fricsay, pianist György Sebők and pianist/composer Jenő Huszka to name but
National Theater, Szeged The Faculty of Music had operated as part of the Franz Liszt Academy of
Music until 1998; and soon after became the 11th faculty of the University of
Szeged. The impressive performance venues available to our students
include: the Fricsay Ferenc Concert Hall, Liszt Ferenc Chamber Hall as well as
student access to the Reök Palace and the National Theater of Szeged.
In addition to offering Bachelor and Master’s Degrees in Performance as well as Music Education, our International
Performing Faculty ensures that the long legacy and rich traditions of Hungarian music is carried on.
Once again, I invite you to learn more about our vibrant Student and City life, our Faculty (which include
Piano, Organ, String, Woodwind, Brass, Voice (Opera/Oratorio), Chamber Music and Music Theory
Departments). I encourage you to visit our International website at http://www.u-szeged-music.com/en
which includes additional information and resources.
Professor Dr. Péter Tóth DLA
Dean of the Faculty of Music, University of Szeged
Email: [email protected]
International Excellence at the University of Szeged
The presence of the University of Szeged on the international scene is just as Jiang Xuezhi –
important as our academic life. The educational excellence which universities Faculty of Economics -
strive for is judged by international standards and, even though we consistently The University of Szeged
receive some of the highest rankings, it is our intention to further widen our is a well-known and
relations and cooperation with university networks worldwide. Currently the internationally ranked
University of Szeged has over 2500 students from 98 countries. Additionally, the institution in Hungary
university is ranked 1st place in Hungarian universities (AWRU Rankings) , 8th and world-wide. It is such a wonderful
among the best university towns in Europe, 19th in the green metric rankings experience to study here. Instructors are
and even our library is ranked 7th out of the “50 most amazing libraries” in the Professional and well-qualified; students
world. are nice and open to foreign cultures.
Events are organized by the Faculties are
The University of Szeged maintains fruitful cooperation with more than 500 pleasant and help integration and provide
highly ranked universities worldwide. Study programmes for international the opportunity to get new acquaintances
students at the University of Szeged date back to the 1980s. Since than we have and friends.
been welcoming students of an increasing number of nationalities.
Gergő Nagy –
Some of the most recent additions to the Faculty of Music include: Faculty of Arts –
I have always been
The Faculty of Music “Summer Study in Hungary” which partners with interested in foreign
visiting faculty from institutions around the United States. (2016,2017) cultures and loved
tolearn languages. I
The Faculty of Music has a mutually rewarding relationship with the College chose the Slavonic - Russian specialization as the
of Saint Rose (NY). The faculty and students of these institutions continue to University of Szeged is famous for its mobility
collaborate in professional exchange events, workshops and concerts. programmes, such as Erasmus+ which is very
useful when studying or doing an Internship
abroad. Moreover, I could take the English
minor after finishing first year, which is a great
asset considering my future career. Focusing on
practice is the centre of Language education at
Among the international mobility programmes, the ERASMUS+ programme of the European Union is the most popular,
within the frames of which the University cooperates with 423 partner universities in 31 countries on the basis of 783
The University of Szeged has been participating in the Central European Exchange Programme for University
Studies (CEEPUS) since 1994, achieving common curriculum development, the exchange of students on
scholarships, and organizing summer schools with 65 partner universities in 9 networks.
In close cooperation with the Hungarian Rectors’ Conference and theBalassi Institute, the University of Szeged plays an
active role in receiving foreign students arriving in the framework of interstate agreements, as a result of which ever-
better relations have been achieved with embassies and consulates throughout the world.
International Students Day 2016 Exchange with College of St. Rose (NY) 2016
Master class and exchange with Mongolia
Academy of Arts University China 2016
The Faculty of Music Szegedi Tudományegyetem
of the University of Szeged
The University of Szeged – Faculty of Music is located within the city of Szeged (the fourth largest city in
Hungary) and is known as the “City of Sunshine” as it averages over 2,000 hours of sunshine each year. Szeged
today is a truly modern city, steeped in history – much of that involves its rich musical heritage.
The Faculty of Music has an outstanding international reputation within Europe and is noted
for its musical excellence and teaching. The legacy of our City and School includes many ties
to great masters and great musicians, such as Franz Liszt who spent many years studying here,
Béla Bartók who debuted as a composer here in 1910, Zoltán Kodály who was born just 50
miles away, renowned conductor Ferenc Fricsay, pianist György Sebők and pianist and
Operetta composer Jenő Huszka to name but a few…
Bust of Franz Liszt
Szeged University, Faculty of Music currently has 240 current active students enrolled in Dóm Square
which consists of Preparatory, Bachelor and Master pogrammes and includes 9 international students.
The school offers many performance opportunities both on and off Campus. Being
focused on bringing the best to our students, the school goes to great effort in bringing
international competitions and festivals to Szeged. A sampling of these include The Béla
Bartók International Piano Competition, The International Harp Competition, Szeged
International Guitar Festival, József Simándy International Singing Competition, National
Chamber Music Competition and the Armel Opera Competition and Festival to name
several in the recent past.
Additionally, our students have world class resources made available to them, including the National Theater
and Opera House, Ferenc Fricsay Concert Hall, the Franz Liszt Chamber Hall, the Reök Palace Hall as examples.
Other resources to help students through their studies include an award-winning library system, practice
rooms and plentiful performance opportunities.
University of Szeged Library National Theatre of Szeged Reök Palace
Concert in Rector’s Hall Franz Liszt Chamber Hall Ferenc Fricsay Concert Hall
The Students and Professors
Committed to Students Success
A musical journey begins at the Faculty of Music
The Faculty of Music Szegedi Tudományegyetem
Programmes of the University of Szeged
Requirements and additional information
Preparatory Year – 2 semesters 60 credits
Programme Qualification (Degree)
Classical Piano -not applicable
Classical Organ -not applicable
Classical Harp -not applicable
Classical Harpsichord -not applicable
Classical Violin -not applicable
Classical Viola -not applicable
Classical Cello -not applicable
Classical Guitar -not applicable
Classical Flute -not applicable
Classical Clarinet -not applicable
Classical Recorder -not applicable
Classical Horn -not applicable
Classical Trombone -not applicable
Classical Tuba -not applicable
Classical Percussion -not applicable
Classical Singing -not applicable
Performance (BA) - 6 semesters 180 Credits
Programme Qualification (Degree)
Classical Piano Classical Instrumental Music Performer (Piano)
Classical Organ Classical Instrumental Music Performer (Organ)
Classical Harp Classical Instrumental Music Performer (Harp)
Classical Harpsichord Classical Instrumental Music Performer (Harpsichord)
Classical Violin Classical Instrumental Music Performer (Violin)
Classical Viola Classical Instrumental Music Performer (Viola)
Classical Cello Classical Instrumental Music Performer (Cello)
Classical Guitar Classical Instrumental Music Performer (Guitar)
Classical Flute Classical Instrumental Music Performer (Flute)
Classical Clarinet Classical Instrumental Music Performer (Clarinet)
Classical Recorder Classical Instrumental Music Performer (Recorder)
Classical Horn Classical Instrumental Music Performer (Horn)
Classical Trombone Classical Instrumental Music Performer (Trombone)
Classical Tuba Classical Instrumental Music Performer (Tuba)
Classical Percussion Classical Instrumental Music Performer (Percussion)
Classical Singing Classical Music Performer (Singing)
Performance (MA) - 4 semesters 120 Credits
Programme Qualification (Degree)
Classical Piano Classical Musical Instrumental Performer (Piano)
Classical Violin Classical Musical Instrumental Performer (Violin)
Classical Cello Classical Musical Instrumental Performer (Cello)
Classical Guitar Classical Musical Instrumental Performer (Guitar)
Classical Trombone Classical Musical Instrumental Performer (Trombone)
Opera Singing Opera Singer
Oratorio and Song Performance Oratorio and Song Performer
Wind Band Conducting Wind Band Conductor
Age requirement 18 Years and above Szegedi Tudományegyetem
Tuition fee Preparatory: 5300 EUR/academic year
BA Programmes: 5000 EUR/academic year
Enrollment MA Programmes: 5000 EUR/academic year
Preparatory Programmes: Secondary school graduation notarial
Language skills certificate required from foreign applicants.
requirements/form BA Programmes: Secondary school graduation notarial certificate
Application deadline required from foreign applicants.
MA Programmes: BA Degree in Performance, same qualification
with the chosen specialization. Wind Band Conducting: BA
in Brass Performance, BA in conducting qualifications.
Notarial certificate required from foreign applicants.
English (B2/ Intermediate)
The entrance procedure is conducted on-line, or the entrance examination could be recorded to DVD disc,
and send by post or email attachment (compressed file) to the University Faculty’s Selection Board. Please send
your high school graduation or BA degree, application form, language certificates, etc. scanned via email.
The academic year consists of two semesters of fourteen weeks each. The first semester usually begins in the
first week of September and lasts until the beginning of December, while the middle of December and January
are examination periods. The second semester usually lasts from the beginning of February to the middle of
May. The second part of May and much of June are reserved for examinations.
Since Hungary is a member of the European Union, Hungarian higher education institutions are part of the
European Higher Education Area. Credits and degrees gained in Hungary are transferable to other European
institutions. An ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) equivalent system was introduced in Hungary in
September 2003 to be applied in all higher education institutions. The minimum credit number for a
Bachelor’s degree is 180, for a Master’s degree it is 120.
Requirements: Szegedi Tudományegyetem
(Local Credits Continued)
Outstanding with minor errors
5 (excellent, very good) Grading Scale Generally sound work with a number
4 (good) of notable errors
A (excellent) Fair, but with significant shortcomings
B (very good) Performance meets the minimum criteria
Further work is required
3 (fair) C (satisfactory)
2 (pass) D/E (passed)
1 (fail) FX/F (failed)
The main objective of the introduction of the credit system was to harmonize the education systems of the
different member countries and to facilitate student mobility. As a result, higher education institutions in Europe will
recognize credits earned in a Hungarian institution and vice versa.
The department of Physical Education is
responsible for the sports life of the University.
Students can choose from several sports offered by
the Department, like tennis, swimming or fitness,
but students also have access to the university
grounds, where they can play football or
basketball. The Department organizes seasonal ski
tours to the surrounding countries. The River Tisza
running through the city provides opportunities for
water sports. For those who wish to widen their sports
activities, we can offer opportunities to join various
sports clubs. During their studies, students have to
complete two Physical Education courses.
The Confucius Institute at the University of Szeged was officially opened in the autumn of 2012. For those
interested in learning Chinese as a foreign language the Institute offers language classes taught by professional Chinese
language teachers. Besides language teaching, the Institute emphasizes the importance of conveying Chinese culture
to a wide audience: the Institute organizes a great variety of exciting programmes free to attend for the public.
Reference and requirements
Students from EU countries and EEA are required to declare their address (within 15 days of arrival at the latest).
If you are an EU or EEA citizen, you need the following:
1. School certificate for 1-6 year students
2. Bank account (Hungarian)
3. Rental contract, signed by the owner(s) of the flat
4. Health insurance
5. Procedural fee of 1500 HUF payable in deed stamps. (“ILLETÉKBÉLYEG”) – available at post offices
6. 2 passport-size photos
7. Application form for EU and EEA students
8. Passport / ID copy
If you are not an EU citizen, you need the following:
1. D-5 visa.
2. Passport (valid for at least one year)
3. School certificate
4. Certificates proving that you are able to cover your expenses in Hungary. You need a bank
statement showing you have enough (to cover the cost of your living) hard currency on
your account. Make sure it is not a HUF account. You should change some USD to HUF. The
receipts should bear your name.
5. Rental contract. It must be signed by the owner(s) of the flat.
6. Declaration of address signed by the owner(s) of the flat (“SZÁLLÁSBEJELENTŐ LAP”).
7. Document proving that your landlord is the owner of the flat (“TULAJDONI LAP” not older
than 30 days).
8. Procedural fee of 5000 HUF payable in deed stamps (“ILLETÉKBÉLYEG”).
9. Passport-size photos
10. Application form
11. Health Insurance
Non-EU Students mustarrive with a “D5” student visa whichis valid for 365
days. In this case you have to declare your address at the Police within 15
days of your arrival (documents needed: copy of your passport, rental
contract, declaration of address, document proving that your landlord is
the owner of the flat). Keep in mind the expiration date of your visa.
Reference and requirements Szegedi Tudományegyetem
Immigration Office (Szeged, Londoni krt. 15)
Lost? Have questions?
Reception hours for EU and EEA students Contact us directly…
- Mon –
- Tue 13.00 - 16.00
- Wed 8.30 - 12.30
- Thu 13.00 - 17.30
- Fri 8.30 - 12.30
Reception hours for non-EU students
- Mon –
- Tue 8.30 - 12.30
- Wed 13.00 - 16.00
- Thu 8.30 - 12.30
- Fri –
Important contact information:
University of Szeged Faculty of Music
Telephone: (+36-62) 544-605
University of Szeged International Directorate
E-mail: [email protected]
The City of Szeged
Take a moment to explore…
The Szeged area has been inhabited since ancient times, Ptolemy (Greek astronomer and
mathematician in the 1st Century) mentions “Partiscum” which is the oldest known name of present-day
Szeged. Its current name (Szeged) was first mentioned in 1183 by King Béla III.
Roman Ruins - Szeged Klauzál Square
City Square and Shopping
Evening Opera at Dóm Cathedral Ferenc Móra Museum and Archeological
Dept. of the University of Szeged
Gróf-palace Water Tower City Square Café
Hero’s Arch National Theater Szeged
University of Szeged, Faculty of Music
Tisza Lajos krt. 79-81.
Tel.: (+36-62) 544-605
E-mail: [email protected]