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Eötvös Loránd University
Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem
Seal of the University of Budapest
Latin: Universitas Budapestinensis de Rolando Eötvös nominata
Established 1635
Type Public
Rector Ferenc Hudecz, Prof. Dr. DSc
Staff 1500
Students 30,000
Location Budapest, Hungary
Campus Urban
Affiliations EUA
Coimbra Group
Utrecht Network

The Eötvös Loránd University or ELTE, founded in 1635, is the oldest and largest university in Hungary, located in Budapest.



The university was founded in 1635 in Nagyszombat (today Trnava, Slovakia) by the archbishop and theologian Péter Pázmány. Leadership was given over to the Jesuits. At this time, the university only had two colleges (College of Arts and College of Theology). The College of Law was added in 1667 and the College of Medicine was started in 1769. After the dissolution of the Jesuit order, the university was moved to Buda (a part of Budapest today) in 1777 in accordance with the intention of the founder. The university received its final location in Pest (the other side of today's Budapest) in 1784. The language of education was Latin until 1844, when Hungarian was introduced as an official language. Women have been allowed to enroll since 1895.

It was named University of Budapest (Budapesti Tudományegyetem) until 1921, when it was renamed Pázmány Péter University (not to be confused with Pázmány Péter Katolikus Egyetem, a separate and more recent university). The Science Division started its separate life in 1949. The university received its current name Eötvös Loránd University after the physicist Loránd Eötvös in 1950.


Today Eötvös Loránd University has 8 different faculties and more than 30,000 students. According to the Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University (2005), it was qualified as the second best university in Hungary (301-400th in the complete list), after the University of Szeged (203-300th).


Its eight faculties are the following:

  • Faculty of Law
  • Bárczi Gusztáv Faculty of Special Education
  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Faculty of Informatics
  • Faculty of Education and Psychology
  • Faculty of Elementary and Nursery School Teachers' Training
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Science

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