Karoli Gaspar University

Károli Gáspár University is a church university, founded by theReformed Church in Hungary. This fact is reflected in the official name of the institution: Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary.

The university was named after Károli Gáspár, the Calvinist pastor, who prepared the first complete Hungarian translation of the Bible in 1590.

The university was established in its present from in 1993 but its history roots back to 1839.

Besides Budapest and Nagykőrös where the two main campuses are located, Károli Gáspár University provides courses in Romania in Targu Mures/Marosvásárhely andIlieni/Ilyefalva. The university plans to extend its off-campus teaching activity to Berehove/Beregszász (Ukraine) and toLevice/Léva (Slovakia) in cooperation with local higher education institutions.


7360 students started the academic year of 2015/16 at the University, which means a 11% increase compared to the previous year.

4 faculties, which are the following:

• Faculty of Law
• Faculty of Humanities
• Faculty of Theology
• Faculty of Teacher Training

almost 50 departments belonging to the four faculties altogether

425 persons belonging to the academic staff of the university

42 (BA, MA, single-cycle) Degree programmes

3 Doctoral Schools, providing PhD programmes

117 International partner institutions in 31 countries

77 international students visiting the university in the first semester of 2015/16, from whom 54 came in the framework of the Erasmus+ Programme.

4 Student Residence Halls providing almost 500 places for the students of the university

8 university sport teams

more than 103 000 books are kept in the libraries of the university

In the spirit of the Biblical Word, the mission of the University is to educate young people consciously claiming the morals and spiritual values of Christianity, and to train professionals with up-to-date knowledge for the good of the nation, to serve Hungarians living in Hungary and outside our borders alike, first of all the reformed system of institutions and the reformed communities. Furthermore, the mission of the University is to encourage the academic and social cooperation of the protestant communities in Europe through the help of a centre in Hungary, and to increase the participation of the members of the Hungarian Reformed community in the intellectual and academic life. Through all this, the University contributes to the fulfilment of the Christian social mission of the Hungarian Reformed Church.

To find out more about the application process, and the eligibility requirements for exemption, please contact George Matsik.

Living in Budapest
Students can expect to spend anywhere from US$ 8,000 to 15,000 per year on their living expenses, depending on their living standards. Additional costs include textbooks (US$ 500-1000 per year) and insurance (US$ 280 per year).

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