Dear Freshman! The Student Service Department and the Student Council (HÖK) of the University of Pécs Medical School have gathered the most important information about the upcoming months for you, to help you navigate in the university administration. This page summarizes all the information you will receive via email from the English Admissions and Student Service Office, the UPMS Registrar’s Office (link available soon), the Faculty of Pharmacy Registrar’s Office (link available soon) and the UPMS Student Council. Further, more detailed information about courses and current regulations is available on the website of the UPMS Registrar’s Office and the website of the Faculty of Pharmacy Registrar’s Office.
Most important steps:
The Medical School offers a 3 week-long preparatory online course in the fundamental subjects of the first semester: Biology, Chemistry and Physics. This course is optional (except for those students who have received a conditional offer of admission). However, attending can make your first year of studies much easier. Our statistics show that students who attended prep-courses passed all their first semester exams and it also made the accommodation to their studies easier. Duration of the course: August 7-25. Registration form (Please do the registration even if you have already notified the English Admissions and Student Service Office via email.) Registration deadline: July 31. Payment deadline: July 31. The Biology, Chemistry, and Physics course will be conducted online on MS Teams platform. You will get your invitation to the platform in the second half of July. Please transfer the 1500 USD course fee to the following bank account: Bank account name: Pécsi Tudományegyetem (University of Pécs) Address of beneficiary: 7622 Pécs, Vasvári P. u. 4. Bank name: OTP Baranya vármegye, Belfoldiek Devizai Address of bank: 7621 Pecs, Király utca 11. SWIFT code: OTPVHUHB IBAN: HU48 11763316-50103012-00000000 Please indicate your FULL NAME, applicant number and “prep course” in the reference section of the transfer, and email the receipt of your payment to email@example.com. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the English Admissions and Student Service Office. You can find the timetable for the course here (link available soon), and the topics here.
We would like to congratulate you upon your admission on behalf of the UPMS Student Council (HÖK)! The Medical Freshman Camp, the first major event of the academic year, is just getting started. We can’t wait to meet you! Location: Boszorkány úti Kollégium Pécs, Boszorkány street 2. Date: August 20-23. Participation fee: 35,000 HUF, which includes accommodation, three meals per day, bus travel from and to Pécs, and the programs. Registration and payment: https://pte.hu/hu/golyatabor Facebook-event: Follow the official event to ensure you don’t miss any important information. Application period: August 4th 10am - August 14th 12pm In the meantime, we welcome you on Facebook in the Students of POTE group, on Telegram or KakaoTalk, based on your social media preferences. You will find information about the Freshman Camp on these platforms.
Matriculation period: August 21, 08:00 – September 1, 12:00 Enrollment and matriculation are online. You can do so in the online education system, Neptun. The username and password will be sent to you via email by the university. You should change the password when you first log in: Neptun ► My Data ► Settings ► Change password. Please register a mobile phone number in Neptun as soon as possible, since the periodical compulsory password change will only be possible with the help of this phone number later on the password management site. You have to use international mobile phone number format starting with a +! Online enrollment (for the autumn semester): Neptun ► Administration ► enrollment/registration ► 2023/24/1 row, + sign ► enrollment ► active ► declaration ► fill and check data ► enrollment/registration ► done. You can find a video guide for this here. For the optimal course registration, we suggest doing this step until August 26, 08:00. You will receive information about documents to be handed in during the first few weeks via email from the Registrar’s Office and the English Admissions and Student Service Office.
In order to have an active student status, you must participate in a medical check-up, conducted by the Centre of Occupational Medicine. Health care activities cannot be carried out and permission to participate in the exam period can also be refused in the absence of a valid result obtained in the check-up. Registration: hallgatofmk.pte.hu You will need your Neptun code and password to log in. Start of check-ups: August 28. Location: Pécs, Nyár street 8. Necessary documents:
- Personal ID or other identifying document
- Admission letter from UPMS (In the case of receiving a Stipendium Hungaricum, Diaszpóra or Erasmus scholarship, the relevant decision must also be presented.)
- Chest X-ray result that is no older than one year (not the picture, just the results)
- General medical certificate filled by GP
- Health history form
- Chronic illness report (if present)
- Glasses (if needed)
- Vaccination card verifying that you are immunized against Hep B OR serology results for Hep B (In case you are not immunized against Hepatitis B, you will get the vaccination shots during your first year from the Center for Occupational Health and Hygiene)
- Serology results for Hep C
- HIV test results (not older than 3 months)
- Health insurance (if available, not compulsory)
The fees for the courses and matriculation are available on the Admissions website. The deadline for tuition fee payment (for first year students): August 01. There is a possibility to ask for delayed payment based on economic background or student loans. After two active semesters, you will have the opportunity to ask for a tuition fee reduction based on academic performance, credits taken or social situation. Questions regarding self-financing should be addressed to the Registrar’s Office: firstname.lastname@example.org. Students of Biotechnology BSc and MSc who are Hungarian nationals and applied through the Hungarian admission system as government-financed applicants can find the scholarship information on the Hungarian orientation guide, under the “Pénzügyek” menu.
Many of you will need to get from the airport to Pécs when you arrive in the country. During your studies, it will be important to get from your place of residence to Campus, off-Campus classes and various clinics. Getting to Pécs from the airport: Travel4you Mecsek Travel Opportunities for travel in Pécs: On foot: you won't have to travel much during your first year because practically all of your classes will be at Szigeti Street 12, on campus. If you have practices somewhere else, most off-campus locations are within walking distance. Campus map and room locator: We recommend using the map of the POTE+ application. The application is available for both iOS and Android devices. Bicycle, scooter, etc: these are one of the fastest methods of transport, especially during busy weekday afternoons. You can find bicycle storage on campus next to every building. Bus: The “Egyetemváros” bus stop is right in front of the campus, from where you can get to multiple locations in the city. You can plan your travels using Google Maps. You can find help for this on the website of Tüke bus company. Taxi: Bolt Application available on Google Play and the App Store. Fő Taxi Pécs +36 72 777 777, +36 20 456 3333 Application available on Google Play and the App Store. Volán Taxi Pécs +36 72 333 333, +36 30 9 333 333 Application available on Google Play and the App Store.
The goal of the orientation day is to provide guidance in administration tasks and university life. Date: September 1, 10:00 - 15:30 Location: Szigeti street 12, Campus of the Medical School Participation: Attending the lectures in the morning is MANDATORY, you will have to sign an attendance sheet at the stand of the English Admissions and Student Service Office. Due to the limited availability in the facultative afternoon sessions, registration is required. We advise you to sign up as soon as possible. MANDATORY PROGRAMS English Program – Pharmacy, Biotechnology Bsc Location: Dr. Endre Grastyán New Theoretical Building, Room SIOT0033 Schedule: 10:00 - Opening speech 10:15 - Faculty of Pharmacy Registrar's Office - important information for starting the studies as a freshman (orientation, enrollment) 10:45 - Introducing the Student Union - Faculty of Pharmacy 11:05 - Short questionnaire 11:25 - English Admissions and Student Service Office - presentation English Program – General Medicine, Dentistry, Biotechnology Msc Location: Dr. Endre Grastyán New Theoretical Building, Room SIOT0032 Schedule: 10:00 - Opening speech 10:15 - English Admissions and Student Service Office - presentation 10:45 - Medical School Registrar's Office - important information for starting the studies as a freshman (orientation, enrollment) 11:15 - Short questionnaire 11:35 - Introducing the English-German Student Council (EGSC) After the lectures, till 15:30, you can explore several stands in the Dr. Romhányi György Aula of the Old Main Building to learn more about the various faculty and university associations. FACULTATIVE PROGRAMS Workshops: 13:00 - 14:30 „Me and my Career” workshop for Freshmen Dean’s Conference Room, Old Main Building, 1st floor. Are You blissfully happy about Your successful admission to #medschoolpécs? You’ll get some help in this workshop to be conscious about Your motivation, and to be able to use them in challenging times. This will happen in a relaxed and cozy atmosphere, during an interactive workshop with Your peers. The workshop is lead by Andrea Horváth-Sarródi, life coach, M.D. Participation is subject to registration, which can be done at this link, with limited places available. Campus tour: September 3rd, 9:00 Gathering point: Old Main Building, Aula The presentation of the English Admissions and Student Service Office can be found here.
All deadlines: General Medicine Dentistry Pharmacy Biotechnology BSc Biotechnology MSc Registration period and important dates: August 18 - Timetables available on the website of the Registrar’s Office August 21, 8:00 - September 1, 12:00 - Enrollment/matriculation (online and in person) August 21, 9:00 - August 30, 24:00 - Registration and dropping obligatory courses August 21, 9:00 - September 8, 24:00 - Registering for criterion requirements August 21, 9:00 - September 6, 24:00 - Dropping criterion requirements August 28, 9:00 - September 8, 24:00 - Registration for elective courses August 28, 9:00 - September 6, 24:00 - Dropping elective courses September 3, 17:00 - Semester start ceremony (mandatory attendance in formal clothing in the Dr. Romhányi György Aula) September 4 - First day of education The deadline of enrollment is September 1, 12:00, but we recommend you register for your obligatory classes by August 26, 08:00. You need to do this because there will be higher year students who will also be taking these classes, and from this date, they can take spaces in your study groups. You can see in the deadlines that electives can be dropped until the Wednesday of the first education week. So if you find out that they do not fit into your timetable after all, you can still drop them. IMPORTANT! During course registration, cross-check your timetable in Neptun with the curriculum (General Medicine, Dentistry and Biotechnology MSc; Pharmacy and Biotechnology BSc), to make sure you registered for every class you need successfully, and that you are in your own group for every type of class (lecture, seminar, practice). After the two weeks registration period, you will have an instruction period of 14 weeks (September 4 – December 8), followed by the 7 weeks of exam period (December 11 – January 26).
The timetable will be available on the website of the Registrar’s Office on August 18: General Medicine, Dentistry, Biotechnology Msc Pharmacy, Biotechnology BSc The timetables contain the schedule for all obligatory classes:
- lectures for your year are in bold,
- small group practices and seminars are in columns based on study group.
The timetables also contain the room code for the obligatory classes, which you can find using the map of the POTE+ application. The application is available for both iOS and Android devices. After matriculation, you will all be added to a study group, named
- A1-A12 for General Medicine,
- S1-S3 for Dentistry,
- P1-P3 for Pharmacy.
You can check your study group in Neptun: Studies ► Training data ►Study group. There are no groups in Biotechnology, students in the same year share all classes. You will have to register for your obligatory classes according to the group you are in (more information about course registration in the “Subjects” menu), so there is no need to worry about the schedule of these since it is already established. When there is a gap in your schedule between your obligatory classes, you can sign up for elective and optional courses. In Neptun, you can find the date and place for these. If it isn't listed, you can indicate your interest by enrolling in the class, which will allow the teacher to inform the class through a Neptun message before the subject-dropping deadline. Microsoft Teams is an important platform for communication with teachers, for which your Microsoft O365 account will be activated in 48 hours after you matriculate. Details about the account are available here.
Important deadlines: August 21, 9:00 - August 30, 24:00 - Registration and dropping obligatory courses August 21, 9:00 - September 8, 24:00 - Registering for criterion requirements August 21, 9:00 - September 6, 24:00 - Dropping criterion requirements August 28, 9:00 - September 8, 24:00 - Registration for elective and optional courses August 28, 9:00 - September 6, 24:00 - Dropping elective and optional courses TYPE OF COURSES Obligatory subject: These are subjects everyone in the program must complete. The study material builds on each other, therefore all subjects are connected to specific semesters (curriculums: General Medicine, Dentistry, Biotechnology MSc; Pharmacy and Biotechnology BSc) (e.g. „Biophysics 1”). If you cannot complete an obligatory subject on the first try, some of them can be taken up as an exam course the next semester. An exam course means that there are no classes for the subject, just an exam during the exam period. Criterion requirements: Obligatory subjects that do not have credit value, (e.g. „Physical education”, „First aid”). You have to complete 4 semesters of Physical education until the start of the 6th year (fifth year for dentistry and pharmacy, and there is no mandatory physical education for biotechnology MSc). Electives: Subjects more closely related to the theme of the training, you can choose from a predefined list in Neptun (e.g. „The basics of biophysics”). Optional subjects: Subjects loosely related to the theme of the training, you can choose from a predefined list in Neptun (e.g. „CSI: Hungary”). You need to complete a predetermined number of elective and optional credits by the end of your studies. You can find more information about the credit system in the following. One subject may have multiple courses attached, this means different formats of the same subject (lecture, seminar, practice). Especially for obligatory subjects, double-check in Neptun that you are registered for both the lecture, and the appropriate study group seminar or practice as well. COURSE DESCRIPTIONS, PHYSICAL EDUCATION Course descriptions contain the subject codes, short descriptions, course director, credit value, suggested readings and class syllabus. Obligatory subjects, criterion requirements, elective and optional subjects: General Medicine, Dentistry and Biotechnology MSc Pharmacy and Biotechnology BSc Physical activities available as physical education courses: Almost 40 activities available to choose from. COURSE REGISTRATION First, you need to do step zero: enrollment and matriculation. Once you are done, you can start registering for subjects. Registering for obligatory subjects and criterion requirements: Subjects ► Register for subjects ►Terms: 2023/24/1, Select group: basics/criterion requirements ► List subjects ► clicking at the “Recommended term” column to sort by suggested semester ► “Register” in the row of subject ► in the pop-up window, tick every type of course for the subject (lecture, seminar, practice) ► click “Save” ► A pop-up window will show if you were successful. You can find a video guide for course registration here. The T0 group opens only on the last two days of the registration period for obligatory subjects as a temporary technical group for students who:
- do not fit into their own study group (very rare) and they are still discussing getting added with the course director,
- are not registering for a subject for the first time and are forced into a different study group.
So most of the times, you can ignore this group. In case of physical education, you can find the activities behind the Neptun codes via the link above. Registering for elective subjects: Subjects ► Register for subjects ► Terms: 2023/24/1, Select group: not categorised ► List subjects ► clicking at the “Subject type” column to sort by type ► “Register” in the row of subject ► in the pop-up window, you can check the time and location of the course by clicking on its name ► choose what you want ► click “Save” ► A pop-up window will show if you were successful. CREDIT SYSTEM For General Medicine, you have to complete 360 credits in 6 years. Divided into semesters, this means 30 credits per semesters. 288 credits are obligatory subjects, the rest have to be filled with electives and optionals (minimum elective credits: 54, of which 20 elective credits is for the thesis work, minimum optional credits: 18). For Dentistry, 300 credits have to be completed in 5 years. This means 30 credits per semester. 258 credits are obligatory, the rest is elective or optional. (Minimum elective credits: 27 of which 10 is for thesis work, minimum optional credits: 15). For Pharmacy, 300 credits have to be completed in 5 years. This means 30 credits per semester. 258 credits are obligatory, the rest is elective or optional. (Minimum elective credits: 27 of which 10 is for thesis work, minimum optional credits: 15). For Biotechnology BSc, 180 credits must be completed in 3 years. This means 30 credits per semester. 171 credits are obligatory, the rest must be filled with optional subjects. The thesis work is worth 12 credits. For Biotechnology MSc, 120 credits must be completed in 2 years. This means 30 credits per semester. 113 credits are obligatory, the rest are optional credits. The thesis work is worth 30 credits. STUDENT FEEDBACK It is possible to fill out feedback questionnaires in Neptun after each exam period. If all of them are completed in a given semester, we can register to our exams one day earlier than our fellow students in the next semester. POTEcho allows the feedback to take place during the semester, immediately after the lessons, thus helping the communication between the lecturers and the students, as well as the development of our own education. The interface is available in the browser, but can also be downloaded for iOS and Android devices.
The main guides for studying will be the materials handed out by departments (PPTs, summaries, official notes) and textbooks. There is equipment you will need in the instruction period already. The personal equipment (notebooks, tablet, etc.) is up to you, but everyone has to get a labcoat and protective glasses. You will be able to order a labcoat during the freshman camp, and you can also do this in the first weeks of the instruction period. Official course descriptions: You can find them in the Course Finder. If you type the name of the course into the search bar, you can find the suggested readings on the page of the subject. Official study materials: The PotePedia is the official study material archive of the Medical School. It contains all the PPT-s, notes and supplemental materials necessary. If you download them, you can even prepare for classes beforehand. You will need your Neptun code and password to log in. Buying notes and textbooks: Students of POTE – Thrift Shop Students of POTE – Book Bazaar Pekár Mihály Medical and Physiology Library, main building, 3rd floor Medicina Bookshop in the basement Book Fair: September 8th 8:00 - 14:00, in the Aula of the Old Main Building. You also have the opportunity to take part in the workshop of the Student Council, where they will talk about the hardships of semester start and study materials.
POTE+ A three-dimensional campus map with the locations of classes, the weekly schedule, a faculty news feed and a forum on the most important topics affecting the Pécs medical community are also available with the help of the customizable POTE+. The application is available for both iOS and Android devices. POTEcho While the student feedback conducted in Neptun takes place at the end of the semesters, POTEcho allows this to happen during the semester, right after the classes. Its purpose is to promote communication between university lecturers and students, supporting our education and its development. The interface is available in the browser, but can also be downloaded for iOS and Android devices. Amboss It is a medical platform for developing online course materials whose main purpose is to effectively help our students acquire knowledge and contribute to successful exams. It is a perfectly structured encyclopedia that provides up-to-date information on any medical subject in seconds. To activate the faculty licence, please visit this site.
We would like to help you with finding a place to live with this summary. You can find more tips about accommodation on the website of the University. FLATS FOR RENT You can get help in finding an apartment from Student Housing. It is worth joining the apartment finding groups on Facebook, you can find several of them. DORMITORY Only first-year students from visa-requiring countries can apply for dormitory accommodation. You will receive the link to the application by e-mail during July, and you can apply until the middle of August. You will receive the result of the assessment within 5 workdays from the submission of the application. More information: Anna Csécsei
For EU/EEA citizens: You must apply for a registration card within 90 days of enrollment to ensure your stay in Hungary. For non-EU/EEA citizens: You must apply for a residence permit within 30 days of your arrival in Hungary. Applications are online only, on this website. The manual on filling the application is available here.