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Bachelor's programs offered entirely in English.
Master's programs offered entirely in English.

Why should I study here?

In 1787, shortly after the foundation of the world's first veterinary school (1762, Lyons), a Chair for Animal Healing was established at the Faculty of Medicine in the town of Pest (now an area of the city of Budapest) to provide students of medicine and surgery with basic knowledge of animal diseases and their management, an integral part of a general practitioner's activity at that time. The rapid expansion of traditional horse and cattle breeding on the Hungarian plains called for adequate institutional development. Accordingly, in 1851, the Chair for Animal Healing became independent from the Medical Faculty as the Royal Institute of Veterinary Medicine. In 1899, its status was changed to that of a Royal College with the right to issue the D.V.M. diploma (Doctor Veterinariae Medicinae). As an independent College, this school earned an international reputation in the first half of the 20th century. In 1960, it obtained the status of an independent University.As a part of the countrywide reorganization of higher education in 2000, the University became the Faculty of Veterinary Science, Budapest, of the newly founded Szent István University. In summer 2016, our school regained its independence, thus the former name, University of Veterinary Medicine, applies. It is also a state university and the program has been continually supervised and accredited by the Hungarian Accreditation Board.International AccreditationIn 1995, the veterinary school was internationally accredited by the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (E.A.E.V.E.). The follow-up visit took place in 2004 with a positive outcome. The accreditation of the Budapest veterinary school was reinforced by the E.A.E.V.E. and the F.V.E. (Federation of Veterinarians of Europe). 

The Accreditation Report concludes: The University of Veterinary Science can claim a proud position among its European counterparts. Its young graduates need not be afraid to compete with their European colleagues for their knowledge and practical skills. Hungary has been a full member of the European Union since 2004, which means acceptance of degrees within the EU and their equivalence with degrees from other EU-countries. The Budapest-diploma is accepted in addition to EU-countries in several others as well. After the completion of a board exam in Canada or the US, the graduates are entitled to a residency and to practice in North America.

What are the admissions criteria?

The deadline for the first round of applications is March 15th, with a final deadline of April 30th. After the application is reviewed, applicants are invited to sit for an entrance exam, which is held in March-July in many cities globally (including the US). The entrance exam tests knowledge in chemistry and biology and also includes an interview.  Applicants receive admission decisions within a few days of the exam.

What is student life like?

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Housing options.

The school does not provide housing for international students.  Budapest holds many affordable options, however, with apartments ranging from 200-400 euros per month.

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Additional notes.

I corresponded with an American student studying here during my trip to Budapest.  Here's what she had to say: Our university is only for veterinarians. We have one degree offered in 3 programs (the German program, the English program, and the Hungarian program ). All the professors teach in all 3 languages. Every program has 5 years and no more than 120 students per year. You start as a Freshman and graduate with your year.  The first two years are mostly all basic science classes. Most of these subjects have labs that show you the more practical side of the course. As you progress through the years (3,4,5) it gets more clinical and lab-based. We have 4-5 classes per semester and some of the classes have additional labs. We get given an individual timetable every semester according to the year we're in, and you just show up to your classes. This is great because we don't have the stress of registration. In the states, you have to make sure you are online hours before registering for a subject that is needed and you can not guarantee you get that class even though it is vital to your graduation. I found this system in the states to be absolutely ridiculous. Students should be able to take the classes they need every year. When it comes to finals, we get 2 chances per subject per semester ( 4 chances altogether ) to pass the subject ( if you don't pass, you have to retake the specific subject ). Our finals can either be a written or an oral exam, this is dependent on the department. They give us a  list of dates we can choose from to sit the exams. I like to have the option to choose my own dates. A positive aspect of this university is that it is small enough for the professors to know you by name and face, however, this can be used as a disadvantage too. There are no standards when it comes to oral exams: if the professor is having a bad day or just chooses not to like you, they can fail you based on their biased opinions of you and there is nothing you can do about it. The professors are not accessible here as they would be in the states. There is no proper counseling here as there would be in the states and you don't have any form of figurehead to turn to in times of need.

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