Facts & Figures
Károli Gáspár University was founded by the Reformed Church in Hungary. This fact is reflected in the official name of the institution: Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary.
The university was named after Károli Gáspár, the Calvinist pastor, who prepared the first complete Hungarian translation of the Bible in 1590.
The university was established in its present from in 1993 but its history roots back to 1839.
Besides Budapest and Nagykőrös where the two main campuses are located, Károli Gáspár University provides courses in neighbouring countries: in Targu Mures/Marosvásárhely and Ilieni/Ilyefalva (both in Romania), as well as in Berehove/Beregszász (Ukraine) and in Levice/Léva (Slovakia) in cooperation with local higher education institutions.
over 7600 students enrolled to the 2017/18 academic year at the University,
which comprises of the following 5 faculties:
- Faculty of Law
- Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
- Faculty of Theology
- Faculty of Teacher Training
- Faculty of Social Studies and Health Sciences.
About 50 departments belong to the four faculties altogether.
- 3 Doctoral Schools in history, law and theology offer PhD programmes.
- 270 International partner institutions in 38 countries.
- 290 international students visiting the university in the academic year of 2019/20, among them 150 came in the framework of the Erasmus+ Programme
- 4 Student Residence Halls providing almost 500 places for the students of the university
- 8 university sport teams.
- More than 105 000 books are kept in the libraries of the university.
The legal predecessor of our University was the Reformed Theological Academy of Budapest, founded in 1855 and granted University status by the Hungarian Parliament in 1990. In 1993 the General Assembly of the Reformed Church in Hungary took the decision to establish a university spanning a wide range of faculties, and this decision was approved later in the year on 21st September by the Parliament of the Republic of Hungary. Through the creation of Károli Gáspár University, the Reformed Church in Hungary has fulfilled the aims of its forefathers. Our University, in the spirit of the universitas scientiarum, aims to raise the status of not solely the Church, but also the nation, through its educational, teaching and academic work.
‘Without knowledge, my people will perish!’ – such was the cry of the Old Testament prophets and the Reformers in their sermons. It is impossible to imagine the effect that the legions of wandering university scholars with reformed beliefs, who made their way to Switzerland, the Netherlands, Germany, Scotland and later North America, have had on the Reformed Church and also on Hungarian culture. The spirit of Hungarian Protestantism is embodied in such individuals as Gáspár Károli, Gáspár Heltai, Albert Szenczi Molnar, Bálint Kocsi Csergő, János Apáczai Csere, Sándor Kőrösi Csoma, the Bolyais, and more recently, László Ravasz, István Bibó, Sándor Joo, and Endre Gyökössy, amongst others. Protestant schools and universities have, through the ages, paved the way for Reformed and Hungarian culture. They will continue to do so in the future.
The commitment of Károli Gáspár University is to carry on the distinguished traditions of the Reformed Colleges of Sárospatak, Pápa, Debrecen, Kolozsvár and Nagyenyed. In addition to the education of ministers of religion, for the purposes of academic research, training for the position of lecturer and for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, and the awarding of degrees, its aims and objectives are to provide university – and college-level basic education in several fields and branches of scholarship, and to be capable of carrying out academic research, in accordance with the aforementioned traditions and in the spirit of the Reformation.
May God bless this more than 160-year-old Institution. We ask for this in the hope that it will be able to accomplish the mission mentioned above in the decades to come.
Prof. Dr. József Zsengellér
In the spirit of the Biblical Word, the mission of the University is to educate young people consciously claiming the morals and spiritual values of Christianity, and to train professionals with up-to-date knowledge for the good of the nation, to serve Hungarians living in Hungary and outside our borders alike, first of all, the reformed system of institutions and the reformed communities. Furthermore, the mission of the University is to encourage the academic and social cooperation of the protestant communities in Europe through the help of a centre in Hungary and to increase the participation of the members of the Hungarian Reformed community in the intellectual and academic life. Through all this, the University contributes to the fulfilment of the Christian social mission of the Hungarian Reformed Church.
At a university level, the students of the Károli Gáspár University are represented by the Student Union (EHÖK). The responsibilities of the Student Union include assisting the communication between the enrolled students and the University, representing the students’ interests in higher education and academic matters, as well as at regional and national organisations. The EHÖK has to coordinate the work of the Student Unions of the Faculties too, and it has membership in international student organisations as well.
Károli Gáspár University has a really active and developing student life. The Student Union organises and offers a wide range of cultural and professional programmes for the students. The Student Union encourages everyone to meet their professors and school mates outside the university as well, to make new friendships and establish new contacts.
The Károli Community Days are held in each semester before the autumn and spring break. During these occasions a variety of lectures are organised for the students, related to their field of studies and future professions, held by their professors or recognised professionals of their fields. For example, law students have the opportunity to attend presentations held by judges, lawyers or prosecutors who introduce the course of their careers. The last day of the event is the Sports Day, where the participants can play football, handball, basketball, volleyball or try zumba. The more courageous students can even join a battle of paintball.
The students of the University can take part in a wide range of amateur sport teams in futsal, basketball, handball, volleyball or water polo. These teams play in amateur championships organised among other universities and colleges. The opportunity to join is open for everyone, even for absolute beginners. Apart from sport activities students have the opportunity to learn traditional Hungarian folk dance as well.
The Faculty of Theology offers many spiritual programmes for the students, since active religious/spiritual life is considered important and encouraged at the University. At the Ráday Student Residence Hall Bible study groups are held once in every week for the occupants. There are similar occasions organised by the pastor of the University as well. The Faculty itself offers even more religious programmes, for example there is collective prayer at noon on weekdays, and there are also different prayer groups coordinated by the enthusiastic students of the Faculty.
The Bocskai István College for Advanced Studies is an autonomous institution with high standards of professional training. Its goal is to provide high-quality education, support talented students and educate professionally motivated and ambitious young intellectuals. To achieve these goals the members of the College for Advanced Studies work in two workshops based on their field of studies which are the followings: public or private law.
KAPSZLI is a non-profit organisation founded in 2004. Its members, who study Psychology at the University, organise and host conferences and events in order to introduce the science of Psychology to everyone. During these presentations, which are often held by well-known professionals of their respective fields, interesting current topics and new discoveries in Psychology are discussed. Furthermore KAPSZLI prepares the students for their future professional life.
Each year KAPSZLI organises one of the largest conference of Hungary in the field of Psychology with 40 lectures and over 20-30 workshops through 3 days. Throughout the year smaller lectures are held on a monthly-basis. The preparations of these lectures, including designing webpages and posters, contacting lecturers, advertisement, looking for sponsors, are all arranged by the members of KAPSZLI, who are constantly working on improving their organisation.
Károli Gáspár Református Egyetem