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Vocational education

The basic institutions of vocational training renewed in terms of content and organisation:

Vocational grammar school (age 14 to 19)

  • 4+1 years model
  • Grades 9-12: academic and vocational subjects in a proportion 60 to 40%
  • At the end of grade 12: matriculation and vocational examination in 1 or 2 vocations
  • At the end of grade 13: vocational examination, vocational qualification obtained
  • Language preparation or bilingual preparation year with a large number of foreign-language lessons.

Dual education

By way of dual education, cooperation between vocational training institutions and local companies was realized in Debrecen. As a result of the dual education system, students gain practical experiences parallel with acquiring their vocational certificates. For companies, it provides an opportunity for satisfying their needs for labour force; in addition, they can reduce their costs incurred in connection with the dual education using state subsidies and tax reductions.

Vocational secondary school (age 14 to 19)

  • 3+2 years model
  • Grades 9 to 11: practice-centred vocational training
  • From grade 10: practical training in dual system, on location with companies
  • At the end of grade 11: vocational examination, vocational qualification obtained
  • Grades 12-13: preparation for the matriculation examination Adult education (age 16 to 99)
  • Formal vocational training, obtaining 2nd vocational qualification in 1 or 2 years Adult education (from age 16)
  • Non-formal vocational training, defined not in terms of school years, but number of hours to complete
  • Vocational qualifications after an average of 500-600 hours

Language courses

Vocational Grammar Schools in Debrecen

Name of the institution Number of students (2019/2020) Main profile
Bárczi Gusztáv Unified Methodology Institute of Special Education, Elementary School, Vocational School and College 303 Special Education Training
University of Debrecen Balásházy János Training Secondary School and College 484 Agriculture, administrative services segment
Baross Gábor Secondary School and College 756 Engineering
Beregszászi Pál Vocational Grammar School and Vocational Secondary School 980 Electronics, IT
Bethlen Gábor Vocational Grammar School of Economics 964 Administrative services segment
Brassai Sámuel Secondary School and Technical Vocational Grammar School 1378 Engineering, information technology, electronics
Irinyi János Vocational Grammar School and Vocational Secondary School 989 Sport, catering, tourism, logistics
Vocational Grammar School and Vocational Secondary School of Commerce and Catering 1150 Trade, business service sector
Vocational School and Special Vocational School of Light Industry 603 Light industry, service industry segments
Mechwart András Vocational Grammar School of Engineering and Information Technology 1039 Information Technology, Engineering
Péchy Mihály Vocational Grammar School of Construction 732 Architecture, engineering, information technology
Épitech Vocational Grammar School, Vocational Secondary School and Vocational School 669 Technical training
Vocational Grammar School of Chemistry 754 Chemical Industry
Szent László Greek Catholic Grammar School, Vocational Grammar School and Vocational Secondary School of Health 823 Health Care
Discimus Vocational Grammar School 5 Health Care
Diószegi Sámuel Baptist Vocational Grammar School and Vocational Secondary School 768 Mechanical engineering, automotive industry
EURO Baptist Bilingual Grammar School, Vocational Grammar School and Vocational Secondary School 228 IT
Görög Demeter Vocational Grammar School and Vocational Secondary School 135 Health care, social services segment
Kodály Zoltán Vocational Grammar School of Music and Elementary School of Arts 119 Music
Kós Károly Vocational Grammar School of Arts and College 300 Art
Magiszter Foundation Kindergarten, Primary School, Secondary School,Vocational Grammar School and Vocational Secondary School 379 IT
Medgyessy Ferenc Grammar School and Vocational Grammar School of Arts 853 Art
Szent József Elementary School, Grammar School, Vocational Grammar School and College 645 Information technology, administrative services segment
Sirius Vocational Grammar School and Vocational Secondary School 99 Social service segment, mechanical engineering, information technology
Total 15 155
Vocational Training Center of Debrecen:

Higher education

The University of Debrecen is the most significant institution of higher education in the region, one of five research universities in Hungary. Offering the most diverse training scheme, it currently serves 30 000 students in 14 faculties. The factors that make the University of Debrecen attractive include a colourful training selection, a high rate of qualified lecturers, and 25 doctoral schools.


EECA University Rankings: #37

OS World University Rankings: #601-651

Key international organisations established in the city:
  • AIESEC Debrecen
  • Alliance Française Hungary
  • DAAD German Higher Education Information Center
  • Erasmus Student Network Debrecen
  • American Corner Debrecen
  • Rotary Club Debrecen
  • Russian-Hungarian Association in Debrecen

Number of graduates at the University of Debrecen (2014-2018)


Number of graduates

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Faculty of Law (ÁJK) 477 383 369 471 513
Faculty of Medicine (ÁOK) 443 453 462 479 451
Faculty of Arts and Humanities (BTK) 1020 923 918 807 881
Faculty of Health (EK) 311 404 420 270 475
Faculty of Dentistry (FOK) 83 85 99 79 121
Faculty of Economics (GTK) 1022 943 957 1080 1011
Faculty of Childcare and Adult Education (GYFK) 578 464 390 466 455
Faculty of Pharmacy (GYTK) 68 86 96 59 84
Faculty of Informatics (IK) 320 278 261 268 279
Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences and Environmental Management (MÉK) 326 357 428 421 476
Faculty of Engineering (MK) 542 621 573 586 671
Faculty of Public Health (NK) 181 192 242 218 261
Facuty of Science and Technology (TTK) 807 726 776 683 744
Faculty of Music (ZK) 94 92 82 74 59
Total 6 272 6 007 6 073 5 961 6 481

International School

International School of Debrecen (ISD)

The International School of Debrecen opened its first academic year in September 2019, providing education at high pedagogical and academic standards for both international and Hungarian students to acquire knowledge and competences that are necessary for a successful, balanced life and a prosperous professional career. The ISD’s vision is to understand the values of yesterday, the needs of today and the aspiration of tomorrow.

Our pedagogical programme helps children to gain knowledge - in English - in an interdisciplinary way, which suits their individual interests and age. The curriculum is based on 21 st century educational values, which are also reflected in the community life of the school that involves the whole family. In addition to the high-quality education; sport, arts as well as health and environmental awareness are high priority.

Educational model:

The International School of Debrecen proposes to offer 3 programmes

  • Early Childhood (age 3 to 5)
      At ISD, our approach includes a mix of free play and guided play – our children learn by ‘doing’.

  • Elementary School (age 6 to 11)
      We develop students’ academic, social and emotional wellbeing, focusing on international-mindedness and strong personal values.

  • Upper School (age 12 to 18)
      We aim to develop active learners and internationally minded young people right up to the international matriculation which completes high school studies.