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Semmelweis University, Budapest

The University was founded in 1635.

2018 is the 249th academic year at the Faculty of Medicine. In 1955, Faculties of Dentistry and Pharmacy were incorporated into the University.

In 1969, the name of the University was changed to Semmelweis University of Medicine. The new name honors Ignác Semmelweis who discovered the cause of puerperal fever and was a professor and a chairman on the Faculty of Medicine.

Today, Semmelweis University incorporates the Faculties of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Physical Education and Sport Sciences, and the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Semmelweis University was the first Hungarian higher educational institution that started to offer an international program.

Current enrollment at the Faculty of Medicine is 3200 students, at the Faculty of Dentistry 630, and at the Faculty of Pharmacy 649.

Semmelweis University Main Building



University entrance exam has two parts:

  • Written exam (20 questions in Biology, 20 questions in Chemistry, 40 questions in General English and 20 questions in Medical English)
  • Oral exam (15-20 minutes interview with University professors)

Guideline of Topics for the Entrance Exam

at the Faculty of General Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy – 2018/2019 Academic Year:

1. Evolution: chemical and biological aspects

2. Chemical background in Biology: Structure of atoms; Molecules – chemical bonds; Solutions;
Chemical reactions; Inorganic constituents;Hydrocarbons; Organic compounds containing Oxygen or Sulphur; Organic compounds containing Nitrogen; Carbohydrates; Amino acids and Proteins; Lipids; Vitamins; Nucleic acids.

3. The cell and its organization (morphology and function): Prokaryotes (viruses, bacteria) and Eukaryotes (focus on cilia and flagella, cell wall, cell membrane, endoplasmic reticulum, Golgi, lysosome, mitochondrion, plast, ribosome, centriole, nucleus, nucleolus).

4. From cells to tissues of different structure and function (plant and animal tissues as well).

5. Cell division: mitosis and meiosis.

6. Anabolic and catabolic pathways regarding nucleic acids, proteins, carbohydrates, lipids (photosynthesis, bioenergetics included).

7. The physiology of living organisms: respiration, ingestion and digestion, excretion, circulation,
endocrine and neural regulation, immunobiology, locomotion.

8. Reproduction and development of animals.

9. Genetics: Mendelian inheritance, human genetics.

10. Basic ethology.

Note: In all of these questions, knowledge of English terminology is required!


If you feel that the level of the entrance exam is over your present knowledge consider the McDaniel PreMedical Course for one or two semesters before applying to the University. 



For detailed information on application please follow this link to the university website: