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Szent István University, one of Hungary’s largest institutions of higher education, was founded in 2000 by the merger of the University of Agriculture in Gödöllő, University of Veterinary Science in Budapest, Ybl Miklós Technical College and the Teachers’ Training College of Jászberény. Later on, in 2009, Tessedik Sámuel College merged with SZIE as well. Recently the SZIU has nine faculties; some of them have more than a century of history. University headquarters are located in Gödöllő, see here Location of the campuses of the SZIU.


Faculties of  SZIU

Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
H-2100 Gödöllő, Páter Károly u. 1.

Faculty of Agricultural and Economics Studies
H-5540 Szarvas, Szabadság út 1-3.

Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences
H-2100 Gödöllő, Páter Károly u. 1.

Faculty of Food Science
H-1118 Budapest, Villányi út 35-43.

Faculty of Horticultural Science
H-1118 Budapest, Villányi út 29-43.

Faculty of Landscape Architecture and Urbanism
H-1118 Budapest, Villányi út 29-43.

Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
H-2100 Gödöllő, Páter Károly u. 1.

Ybl Miklós Faculty of Architecture and Civil Engineering
H-1146 Budapest, Thököly út 74.

Mission Statement of the University

Szent István University (SZIU), one of Hungary’s most prominent institutions of higher education, consists of eight different faculties for study and research hosting approximately 15,000 students. 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 cutting-edge technology to meet the needs of its students in today’s competitive labour markets.

Within the eight faculties degree programs are offered in a wide variety of subjects ranging from natural and environmental sciences, food engineering, horticulture, landscape architecture, mechanical engineering to business economics, social sciences, architecture and health sciences. Programmes are available at every level from vocational training 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.

I hope that by visiting our website you will learn about all the programmes and opportunities we offer and will get a sense of how it feels to be a member of the SZIU team.

Prof. Dr. László Palkovics

For more information please visit the  webpage of the Szent István University

 Faculty History

The predecessor of our institution was established in 1879 as a technical school. Since then it has been training students for a variety of professions within the construction industry. Between 1997 and 2005 the following 3-year courses were accredited by the committee of the Ministry of Education: Architecture; Civil Engineering; Urban Planning; Construction Management and Fire-safety Engineering. On 1st January 2000 we merged with five higher educational institutions under the name of Szent István University.

According to the principles of the Bologna Decree and the new Hungarian educational act, in September 2005 we launched our new BSc course in Civil Engineering, then, in September 2006 the BSc courses of Architecture and Construction Management. Our further traditional courses, Urban Planning and Fire-safety Engineering have been integrated into the new BSc courses. Our master course „Design Architect” has been launched in February 2012. Our institution has 144 employees, out of which 100 people are employed in the sphere of research and/or teaching.

In 2002 we introduced the ECTS compatible credit system and the online student registration system - Neptun.


Educational Profile

Courses for Exchange students in English

We offer a wide range of courses for part-time exchange students of Architecture and Civil Engineering in English. Description of the announced courses will be updated at each application period. Find here more about the Courses for Exchange Studies

Degree Course in English

MSc Design Architect course will expectedly start at the academic year 2019/20 also in English as a full-time degree-program. Find here details in the Description of the MSc in Architecture

Degree Courses in Hungarian

  • BSc Civil Engineering Course (8 semesters)
  • BSc Architecture Course (7 semesters)
  • BSc Construction Management Course (7 semesters)
  • MSc Design Architect Course (4 semesters)

The educational methodology conforms to the higher education system in Hungary. The familiarization with the subject material takes place on the lectures applied at the practical or laboratory lessons, in small study groups of 5-15 students, where there is possibility for cooperative learning, individual consultation, discussion of the material. During the lecture period, the acquisition of the material is attested by the successful completion of tests or tasks, which is the precondition of the signature at the end of the semester. Depending of the character of the subject the students receive a semester mark or they have to pass an exam. The studies are completed by passing the final examination ("state examination") and defending the final project.

Evaluation System

ECTS grade / Hungarian grade (definition)

  • A / 5 / Excellent (outstanding performance with only minor errors)
  • B / 4 / Good (above the average standard but with some errors)
  • C-D / 3 / Satisfactory (generally sound work with a number of notable errors - fair but with significant shortcomings)
  • E / 2 / Pass (performance meets the minimum criteria)
  • F / 1 / Fail (considerable further work is required)

General Academic Calendar

1st semester:

  • Registration: last week of August
  • Beginning of semester: 1st week of September
  • End of the semester: Mid-December
  • Period of examinations: Mid-Dec –End of January
  • Final examination, final project: End of January

2nd semester:

  • Registration: last week of January
  • Beginning of semester: 1st week of February
  • End of the semester: End of May
  • Period of examinations: End of May – End of June
  • Final examination, final project: End of June


  • Autumn holiday: End of October
  • Christmas holiday: 24 December – 2 January
  • Spring holiday: April


anthony gall



Prof. Anthony Gall PhD, Habil.
Acting Dean of the Faculty
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katona janos


Associate Prof. János Katona PhD
Acting Vice-Dean for Education
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Prof. Gábor Dombay PhD, Eur Ing.
Vice-Dean for Science and Training
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Prof. Gyula Kiss DLA, Habil.
Vice-Dean for Professional Networking
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marko balazs



Prof. Balázs Markó DLA, Habil.
Head of the School of Architecture
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szucs laszlo



Associate Prof. László Szűcs PhD
Head of the School of Civil Engineering
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Előd Kálmán
Head of the Student Registration Department
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According the educational profile our faculty has two schools, devided into topic orientated departments as follows:

School of Architecture

  • History of Architecture
  • Design
  • Urban Planning
  • Building Constructions, Energetics and Services
  • Construction Management and Technology
  • Descriptive Geometry and Drawing

School of Civil Engineering

  • Geodesy and GIS
  • Geotechnics
  • Infrastructure Engineering
  • Mechanics and Structures
  • Mathematics and IT
  • Building Materials
  • Fireprotection and Safety Engineering

Supporting Units

  • Language Department
  • Department for Sports




Miklós Ybl (Hungarian: Ybl Miklós; 6 April 1814 in Székesfehérvár – 22 January 1891 in Budapest) was one of Europe's leading architects in the mid to late nineteenth century as well as Hungary's most influential architect during his career. After graduating from the Institute of Technology (the Politechnikum) in Vienna, Ybl became Mihály Pollack's assistant at buildings in Budapest such as the Ludovika and the National Museum in 1832 and worked in Henrik Koch's office between 1836 and 1840.

Following this, he moved to Munich and then to Italy to study. After his return, he entered into partnership with the son of Mihály Pollack, Ágoston; together they refurbished the Ikervár castle of Count Lajos Batthyány. His first main work was the church in Fót, built between 1845 and 1855.

His early, large projects were built in Romantic style, influenced by eastern motifs (Fót, Roman Catholic church; Budapest, National stables; Unger Pallace in Budapest Nagycenk Roman Catholic Church). Although Romanesque shapes also occur in his later buildings (R.C. Church Bakáts square Budapest), after his second study tour to Italy from 1860 he became interested in the possibility of the revitalisation of the Italian Renaissance style (such as the Festetics and Pálffy palaces in Budapest), after 1870 he designed several neo-Renaissance buildings.

Many of his buildings became, and indeed are still today, determinant elements of the cityscape of Budapest: Saint Stephen's Basilica (1867–91), the Rác Thermal Bath, the former Palace of Customs, (1871–74), and the throne room and Krisztinaváros wing of the Royal Palace. His most well-known work is the Hungarian State Opera House in Budapest (1875–84). He also built countless churches, apartments and castles in the provinces.

The annual architectural prize founded in 1953 was named after him in his honor.


Important works

  • 1845-1849. Fót, Károlyi castle (refurbishment)
  • 1845-1855. Fót, Roman Catholic church
  • cc. 1852. Budapest, Grabovszky – (Rózsa-) villa
  • 1857-58. Budapest, National stables
  • cc. 1860. Albertirsa, Szapáry chapel crypt
  • cc. 1860. Leányfalu, Gyulai-villa
  • cc. 1860. Gerla, Wenckheim castle
  • 1860-1864. Nagycenk, R.C. church
  • from 1862 Kecskemét, Evangelical church
  • 1862-1865. Budapest, Festetics palace
  • 1863. Budapest, German theatre (not built)
  • from 1863. Budapest, Károly palace
  • 1863-1864. Budapest, Academy of Sciences
  • cc. 1865. Fegyvernek, Szapáry castle
  • 1865-1866. Budapest, old parliament building
  • 1865-1879. Budapest, R.C. church, Bakáts square
  • 1867. Budapest, Pálffy palace
  • 1867-1891. Budapest, Szent István Basilica. Began by Hild, continued by Ybl and finished by J. Kauser
  • 1870-1874. Budapest, Customs house
  • 1871. Budapest, Margit bridge (not built)
  • cc. 1872. Parád, Ybl Hotel
  • 1873-1884. Budapest, Hungarian State Opera House
  • 1874-1982. Budapest, Castle kiosk and bazaar
  • 1875-1879. Ókígyós, Wenckheim castle
  • 1880-1882. Parádsasvár, Károlyi castle
  • 1880-1891. Budapest, Castle hill remodelling
  • 1882-1888. Budapest, Budapest Clarisseum R.C. church
  • 1883-1884. Budapest, Széchenyi palace (demolished)
  • cc. 1888. Parád, Erzsébet Hotel


  • ed: Gerle János, Marótzy Kata (2002) Az építészet mesterei: Ybl Miklós. Holnap kiadó
  • ed: Kemény Mária,Farbaky Péter (1991) Ybl Miklós építész 1814-1891. Hild-Ybl Alapítvány
  • Ybl Ervin (1956) Ybl Miklós. Képzőművészeti Alap Kiadóvállalata
  • web gallery of art;