Set up in 1635, Eötvös Loránd University is the oldest and largest university in Hungary. Eötvös Loránd is also one of the most respected higher education institutions in Hungary, and it offers a wide range of subjects in law, political sciences, humanities, social sciences, informatics, science, education and psychology and nursery studies, in 45 bachelor’s programmes, 101 master’s programmes, over 70 degree programmes for international students in foreign languages, 16 doctoral schools and 126 doctoral programmes. All degrees offer some courses in English.
The university campus spans across Budapest, so potential students have access to all cultural events in the buzzing city. Eötvös Loránd is also home to the first Hungarian Botanical Garden founded in 1771, the Biological and Paleontological Museum, the Mineral and Rock Collection, the Nature Reserve and Open Air Geological Museum of Tata and the Gothard Astrophysical Observatory. In addition, the campus offers sports such as athletics, badminton, basketball, chess, football, futsal, handball, hiking, indoor climbing, martial arts, rugby, orienteering, table tennis, tennis, triathlon, volleyball, and water polo. Students can also join the university’s choir, chamber orchestra and the folk dance ensemble performing dances from different ethnicities around the Carpathian Basin.
The educational establishment’s notable alumni include five Noble laureats - János Harsányi (economics, 1994), György Békésy (medicine, 1961), György Hevesy (chemistry, 1961), Albert Szent-Györgyi (medicine, for the discovery of Vitamin C, 1937) and Fülöp Lénárd (physics, 1905). Hungarian novelist Péter Esterházy, neuro-scientist Tamás Freund, philosopher Ágnes Heller, and mathematician Van H. Vu, Romanian politician Iuliu Maniu, UN diplomat György Busztin and Director of the World Health Organization's Regional Office for Europe Zsuzsanna Jakab are also alumni.