Study Biology in English at Eötvös Loránd University
(ELTE), Budapest, Europe!

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 Conditions of teaching

The academic year

As a rule the academic year starts in the first week of September and ends in the first or second week of July, it is organized in two semesters.* The first semester ends and the second begins in the first week of February. At the end of each semester there is a 5-6 week period, reserved only for examinations and consultations (if requested). In each of the semesters there is a week void of tuition. (*The exact dates can change slightly from year to year.)


The 130 permanent participants of teaching biology are enthusiastic practitioners of their profession. Eighty percent of the teachers have Ph.D. degree and several years of international experience in research and teaching. In addition to their dedication to teaching, each of them has intensive research activity of their own, and many of them as renowned participants of international research collaborations.


Departments: The thirteen departments of the Biology Institute are responsible for teaching the different fields of biology on the new science campus of Eötvös Loránd University. They are located in the Biology Building, where five, modern lecture halls, numerous seminar rooms and well-equipped laboratories ensure excellent conditions for teaching in each department. (Take a short “Virtual tour in the Biology Building” !)

Libraries: There are ten large collections on the campus of the Faculty of Natural Sciences, which are specialized to different sciences. The collection of the library in the Biology Institute possesses more than 100,000 volumes of books and journals. Students are free to use these as well as the volumes in the nine other libraries, the central library of Eötvös Loránd University and the smaller libraries of the different departments.

Photocopying and computer centers with access to the Internet are available for students. Each registered student is entitled to an e-mail account.

Sport facilities: The University has a wide range of sport facilities including swimming pools, various sports grounds, tennis courts and running tracks.

Student organizations: Student representatives are present in all decision-making bodies at departmental, institution, faculty and university level. The Student Association arranges all kinds of cultural, sporting and leisure programs, and also organizes meetings for foreign students. All enrolled students are entitled to participate in these programs and associations.

Visit the page: “Snapshots of life of the biology students” !