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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)

  • 5 years model
  • Grades 9-12: academic and vocational subjects in a proportion 60 to 40%
  • Grades 9-10: basic education, not profession, but sectoral basic education
  • At the end of grade 12: final exam, except foreign languages
  • During grade 13: only vocational and foreign language education
  • At the end of grade 13: a technical qualification exam, which is equivalent to an advanced level matriculation exam
  • The training is not only the supply for technical specialist, but also provide the prerequisite of engineering education
  • Grades 11-13: dual education
  • Professional content tailored to companies

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 17)

  • 3 years model
  • Grades 9 to 11: practice-centred vocational training
  • From grade 9: basic education, not profession, but sectoral basic education
  • At the end of grade 11: vocational examination, vocational qualification obtained
  • Grades 10-11: dual education
  • Professional content tailored to companies

 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 32 000 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

At the University of Debrecen, the international student community is extremely diverse, in 2020 almost 6,500 foreign students from 120 countries studied here.

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 (2015-2019)


Number of graduates

2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Faculty of Law (ÁJK) 383 369 471 513 339
Faculty of Medicine (ÁOK) 453 462 479 451 466
Faculty of Arts and Humanities (BTK) 923 918 807 881 712
Faculty of Health (EK) 404 420 270 475 327
Faculty of Dentistry (FOK) 85 99 79 121 95
Faculty of Economics (GTK) 943 957 1080 1011 1034
Faculty of Childcare and Adult Education (GYFK) 464 390 466 455 398
Faculty of Pharmacy (GYTK) 86 96 59 84 66
Faculty of Informatics (IK) 278 261 268 279 240
Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences and Environmental Management (MÉK) 357 428 421 476 404
Faculty of Engineering (MK) 621 573 586 671 816
Faculty of Public Health (NK) 192 242 218 261 239
Facuty of Science and Technology (TTK) 726 776 683 744 660
Faculty of Music (ZK) 92 82 74 59 66
Total 6 007 6 073 5 961 6 481 5 928

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.

The education system of the International School of Debrecen (ISD) was designed based on the teaching methods developed by the International Baccalaureate (IB) system. The IB has been working for more than 50 years, with more than 4000 IB schools globally. IB World Schools share a common philosophy - a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programs of international education that share a powerful vision.

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

At ISD, applications are accepted at any time during the school year. For the 2020/21 school year, the school accepts students between the ages of 3 and 14. Each year following, ISD will add a new grade level to meet the oldest students’ needs.

Educational model:

The International School of Debrecen proposes to offer 4 programs

  • Early Childhood (age 3-6)
      The school’s approach includes a mix of free play and guided play –children learn by ‘doing’.

  • Primary Years Programme (PYP) (age 6 to 11)
      Discovery-based thinking and learning are the keys to children’s future, both in school and life.

  • Middle Years Programme (MYP) (age 12 to 16)
      The school develops students’ academic, social and emotional wellbeing, focusing on international-mindedness and strong personal values.

  • Diploma Programme (DP) (age 17 to 18)
      ISD aims to develop active learners and internationally minded young people right up to the international matriculation which completes high school studies.

Deutsche Schule

Deutsche Schule in Debrecen will open its doors in September 2022 in the maintenance of the General Cultural Center of Germans Living in Hungary, which is one of the guarantees of a quality pedagogical program. The aim of the institution is to provide education on primary and secondary school level in accordance with the curriculum and the training requirements of Baden-Württemberg province and Germany. It allows the students to move smoothly between the educational institutions of the countries with an equivalent certificate.