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First European agricultural higher education institution providing regular education

14% of the students are international students

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Szent István University - SZIU

The founding of new Szent István University, one of the largest agricultural-focused, multidisciplinary higher education institutions in Europe, was established on 1 August 2020. The newly established institution, formed by the former Szent István University, Kaposvár University, Georgikon Faculty of University of Pannonia and Gyöngyös Campus of Eszterházy Károly University, is set as a goal to become the flagship of Hungarian agricultural education.

This commitment dovetails nicely with the opportunities, the past and present of Hungarian agriculture. Our goal is to provide world-class education that helps young graduates to build a motivating career and ensures a decent standard of living, which contributes to the governance of the renown Hungarian agriculture.


The backbone of the new university infrastructure is provided by our prominent campuses, where our professional teaching staff and a unique green environment make the students feel welcome. Buda, Gödöllő, Gyöngyös, Kaposvár and Keszthely Campuses offer constantly renewed degree and training programmes and make significant investments in order to strengthen their ties to international higher education and to meet the technological challenges of the 21st century.
We are committed to build up an institution where our students can acquire complex and market-oriented knowledge which is competitive anywhere in the world.


The primary task of the University is to provide multilevel, multilingual, student-centred education that is in harmony with scientific progress and prevailing societal requirements.
Szent István University offers its students scientific advancement and professional opportunities on their career path, while offering highly elaborated, new generation training programmes to its excellent students most committed to sciences. SZIU seeks to broaden and popularise agricultural career options as its primary mission.


The integrated university with greater autonomy and a renewable funding system has countless benefits for researchers and students in all disciplines, and it maintains its traditions, strengths and training locations while developing continuously.
With the renewal of the complete Hungarian agricultural education and the strengthening of international relations, our long-term objective is to make Szent István University one of the thirty best agricultural higher education universities in the world.


Founded in 1797
16 522 students
2 234 international students (14%)
102 different countries studying at SZIU
985 academic staff
45 academic programs in English, including:
1 Hungarian language preparatory course
12 BSc/BA
20 MSc/MA
12 PhD




Last updated : October 15, 2020