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Study at the University of Debrecen

Study System

The Bologna system was introduced at the University of Debrecen in 2006. Since then the former single-cycle 5-year training structure has been gradually replaced by the 3+2 years (bachelor+master) system. The changes did not affect medical, dental, pharmaceutical and legal trainings, which take 6 and 5 years to complete, respectively.
Applicants to institutions of higher education in Hungary must have a secondary school certificate. Training is based on a seminar and lecture system. Seminars are in general smaller discussion groups, with active student participation. Lectures follow the classical model: a bigger audience, where students have little chance to make comments. 
Students are usually required to complete 180 ECTS credits during a 3-year programme, and 120 ECTS credits during a 2-year training. Certain programmes (e.g. teacher training) require an additional semester of practical training or internship. 
Grades are usually awarded on the basis of in-class performance, mid-term and end-term papers, take-home essays, oral presentations or (in case of lectures) oral or written exams. Class attendance is mandatory for seminars.
The academic year consists of two semesters: autumn (September– January) and spring (February–June). Both semesters include a 15-week long study period, usually with one week of schoolbreak in the middle of the term, and a 6-week long exam session.

Grading System

Grading system generally used by Hungarian higher education institutions is as follows:
Five-point scale
  Hungarian English
5 jeles Excellent  - Very good
Outstanding with minor errors
Good  - Generally sound work with a number of notable errors
Satisfactory  - Acceptable Fair but with significant shortcomings
Pass - Performance meets the minimum criteria
elégtelen Fail - Further work is required


Three-point scale
kiválóan megfelelt
Meets requirements with distinction
Meets requirements
  a követelményeknek nem felelt meg Does not meet requirements