About Us


One of Hungary’s most prominent institutions of higher education, consists of seven faculties for study and research hosting over 16,000 students. It was founded in 2000 by the merger of the University of Veterinary Science in Budapest, Ybl Miklós Technical College, the Teachers’ Training College of Jászberény and the University of Agriculture in Gödöllő. Later on, in 2009, Tessedik Sámuel College merged with SZIE as well. The university campuses, located throughout the country, are home to some beautiful buildings in Hungary, offering students and staff a comfortable, relaxing environment for the attainment of knowledge.

With parts of its history dating back well over two centuries, SZIU blends Hungary’s rich traditions with cuttingedge technology to meet the needs of its students in today’s competitive labour markets.

Within the seven faculties degree programs are offered in a wide variety of subjects ranging from NATURAL SCIENCES, ENGINEERING AND VETERINARY MEDICINE TO BUSINESS, ECONOMICS, SOCIAL SCIENCES, HEALTH SCIENCES AND PEDAGOGY. Programmes are available at every level from vocational training, through BSc, MSc courses to PhD and beyond. SZIU understands the importance of internationalization and promotes a variety of international activities. With partners on almost every continent, SZIU students and staff can operate on a global scale to gain and share the essential knowledge for success in the globalized world.

We see this as a cornerstone for a more secure future and are proud to be a vital part of it.


It is the largest faculty of the SZENT ISTVÁN UNIVERSITY with nearly 4000 students. Although the central cam-pus is located in Gödöllő, Central-Hungary, which is about 30 kms from the capital, the Faculty offers courses on the other cam-puses of the University as well, e.g. in Budapest, Békéscsaba, Szarvas and in Transylvania (Csíkszereda). Based on the preparedness and qualification of the academic staff and the usefulness of the knowledge gained by the students, the Faculty is on the 4th place among the 180 Hungarian higher education institutions, while regarding the business courses, it is on the 3rd place.

In addition to the courses for Hungarian students, the Faculty offers COURSES FROM BSC TO PHD IN ENGLISH AND MODULES/SUBJECTS IN GERMAN, FRENCH AND RUS-SIAN as well. The Faculty has two doctoral schools in man-agement and business administration and regional sci-ences. Due to the increasing number of foreign students, our central campus in Gödöllő has become a MULTICUL-TURAL INTERNATIONAL CENTER. Additionally, we have strong and long-lasting cooperation with foreign partner institutions to offer joint programs, enabling our students to pursue studies in the Netherlands, France, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Poland. We believe that such collaborations improve the competitiveness of the diplomas of our graduates. The Faculty has established a WIDESPREAD CORPORATE NETWORK with national and multinational companies located in the country to allow the students to spend their internship at well-established businesses to gain practical experience before entering onto the labor market.

The campus can be reached easily and IS SITUATED IN A NICE GREEN ENVIRONMENT. THE HOSTEL ON CAMPUS offers services of 3-star hotels, therefore the students can be accommodated in comfortable and modern rooms. The VARIOUS ASSOCIATIONS AND ORGANIZATIONS OF STUDENTS contribute to an active student life on campus. The sport center and the recently renovated football grounds provide several sport facilities to the youth.


FIELDS OF SCIENCE- Monitoring of settlement network

By trend-monitoring we wish to map the diachronic changes of the settlements’ characteristics, while the occurrence of the projected changes is monitored by a hypothesis-testing approach. These all serve the ultimate aim of our deeper understanding of social, economic and regional relationships.

Study of shopping centers in the largest cities in Central Europe

The life of shopping centers in the region will probably harder than it is now. Consumers expect more from retailers, will be willing to cover larger distances for better conditions or wait for the best moment for shopping. During the recession a paradigm change is inevitable.

Examination of economic factors influencing regional competitiveness in land and space use, elaboration of directions for strategic development

European integration poses big challenges for rural economy; and an essential precondition for successful European orientation and integration is to adapt to the competitiveness of the European Union.

Economic, social and natural boundaries in land use zones of rural areas reach well beyond the boundaries of statistical systems. In accordance with these center-periphery relations and market equilibriums, might define development direction in the long run, and studying them in a complex way can remarkably influence spatial structure as well.

Investigation of adapting methods which support spatial planning and regional development and of their application

Regional planning mainly comes into view when regional and rural development, their financing and the economic policy they are based on are discussed. In Europe regional, spatial concepts have a defining role in economic development and its operation, so we concentrate on these areas in our research.

Regional environmental protection aspects of sustainable development

Changes caused by economic development in natural geographic phenomena like the water catchment area of lakes and rivers take place along natural geographical scales, they do not follow administrative borders, at least in most cases. The same applies to land use and to the use of ecosystem services. Consequently, monitoring and analyzing changes, forecasting their effects on economic, social and natural processes require a complex, regional approach, which is central question of our researches.

The social, economic and environmental challenges of the health tourism

Health tourism is one of the most dynamic improving sector of the national tourism. Health tourism plays an exceptionally important role in the redress of the social, economic and environmental challenges of the developed countries. On the one hand it contributes to the improvement of the more and more unfavorable demographic indicators (especially by improving the mental and physical health, on the other hand by the infrastructure projects, and by the operation of facilities it enlivens the economy, thirdly it helps to achieve the principles of sustainable development. The complex, transdiciplinary exploration of the above mentioned problem is the subject of doctoral researches.        

Urban planning

Urban planning plays an essential role in fostering a productive, sustainable, and equitable built environment of the cities. The built environment encompasses private and public buildings, transportation and other elements of linear infrastructure; public spaces, all arrayed spatially as land-use and form-based patterns fundamentally affecting the quality of human experience. The study program focuses on a wide range of research, e.g. sustainable urban development, competitiveness of cities, problems of private and public transport development in metropolitan areas, architectural and spatial planning of housing estates and their rehabilitation, preservation of green areas etc. The study program also draws attention on the history of urban and suburban development and the social and critical concerns of housing and community development also.

EU’s regional development policy strategy:

The PhD School’s priority is the EU development issues of the region. Examines the strategy development tool and the effectiveness of the institutional system and its problems. Important element of the test strategy development methodology according to the types of strategic regional levels. Because the EU is not a homogeneous area significant regional differences can be detected, therefore it’s necessary to develop different types of strategies according to the different regions. Exploring and learning about these methods is an important question, because without this knowledge the competitiveness of a given region is significantly reduced. Therefore the PhD School's research seeks to the competitiveness analysis of EU regions at their specific levels.

Apart from the topics listed above, the Doctoral School for Regional Sciences is open for any research topic connected to them, or for new research projects in the field of regional sciences.

In the near future we are planning to launch our PhD program in English. (we would gladly made our new course in the framework of a joint degree) In case you think some students at your institution might be interested in our study program, please feel free to contact us. The costs of studying at our School are fully competitive compared to the average tuition fees in Europe. There is also a possibility – under a framework agreement with your institution – to tailor our cooperation to your special needs. We consider it important to motivate the institutions sending our prospective students both professionally and financially (e.g. by a discount in fees – even on two students), to make them interested in forming a partnership. To this end, we are working on an incentive scheme, the advantages of which your institution will hopefully soon enjoy.

Based on the abovementioned information, I hope that you consider our institution worth to visit.