The University of West Hungary has connections with more than 250 foreign higher educational and research institutions. It has 205 partners in Europe and 45 on other continents. Co-operations include student exchanges as well. The agreements, in accordance with the Bologna process, make it possible for the students of the university to acquire knowledge abroad, learn about the culture of other countries and improve their command of foreign languages. In the 2009/10 academic year 122 students spent a total of 524 months studying or doing a work placement abroad.
The University of West Hungary is one of the top higher educational institutions in Hungary. They offer up-to-date knowledge to nearly five thousand students, who benefit from the high standard of education in the following locations: Sopron, a jewel city situated at the foot of the Lower Alps and Szombathely, the 2000-year-old city, cultural and educational centre of the region.
They started the “Green University” program in 2009, supported by EU funds, and have been working on ecologically, economically and socially adaptable methods for providing sustainable development. The research infrastructure at our university has reached “European” standards due to the investments of the last years. More than 80% of the academic staff has scientific degrees.
The University’s six faculties offer a wide range of programmes from undergraduate to doctorate level in three languages: Hungarian, English and German. Besides contributing actively to the development of the Western Hungarian region, we do our best to attract also international students and to participate in international cooperation research activities. Their main partners are HEIs in Austria, Germany and Finland, but several joint projects have been realized with partners from outside Europe, e. g. with Vietnamese research and educational institutions in the field of biomass utilization for energy and sustainable use of lignocelluloses (wood and bamboo).
They have signed Erasmus+ agreements with over 150 European HEIs, send around 100 students abroad and host around 40 a year. Lately they have had 12 Brazilian students within the CSF Hungary programme, 13 Erasmus Mundus (gSmart) students from Central Asian countries, 10 students from India, Nepal and Thailand. Since 2012 we have had 45 Chinese students in our programmes in Hungarian. In the future, attracts students from Asia, South America and Afrika within the framework of the Stipendium Hungaricum scholarship programme coordinated by Tempus Public Foundation. Supported by the Campus Hungary programme, they have taken part in EHEF 2015 Indonesia, signed a MoU with LSPR Jakarta and have invited a visiting scholar from the State University of Makassar. We have organized Summer Schools with participation of German and Russian students, EUREKA study modules with students from Hungary, Finland, Slovakia, and the Netherlands.