Dinner to welcome new foreign students

Ninety-three students from twenty-one countries were welcomed by the International Office of the University of Debrecen and the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Student Government of the university on Wednesday. During the traditional Welcome Dinner, foreign students arriving for the spring semester were given a taste of Hungarian folklore by folk dancersers, the Szeredás ensemble, ending the programme with a joint dance.

Currently, the University of Debrecen has 7300 foreign students from 134 countries acoss the world. In the spring semester, UD will welcome students from abroad again, this time 93 new students from 21 countries will continue their studies at this university. Most of them come from Romania, but there are also many from Spain, Turkey and Italy.

Due to the Erasmus International Credit Mobility Programme and the ISEP Programme, in addition to the traditional Erasmus programme countries, this semester UD 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 were able to learn about Hungarian culture and Hungarian cuisine. The opening evening ended with a joint dance in.

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

- In the 2023/24 academic year, two hundred and twenty foreign students are currently studying at the University of Debrecen in Erasmus part-time courses, but we are expecting more Erasmus Blended Intensive Programmes to be organised in the faculties and students to come to the Clinical Centre for summer internships in the spring, so the number of incoming students is expected to reach 300, said Orsolya Jánosy.

From next academic year on, UD 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 universities, 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.

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