We often say – or just think – that if something is old, it is outdated and that we have to get on with the age, but apart from this, if we are attending to a university which has been established for centuries, we change our mind and think different. We say, yes, I managed to get in and it is true when we are talking about this university. For that reason although it is told over and over again, we always have to tell it again because of its big importance. The university was relocated from Cluj (Kolozsvár) to Szeged, so the Jesuit College of Cluj which was established by István Báthory in 1581 is considered to be the predecessor of University of Szeged. It is more than 400 years. It was named to University in 1872. It has had many names ever since. By the year of 2000 the institution of higher education with the present-day faculties, named University of Szeged, was evolved which has a prestigious name, so it is a satisfaction to know that we attend to a university, about which has been heard in other countries too.

One of the 12 faculties of the university, the Faculty of Arts, has the most populous students, more than 6000 students spend their time here:

  • where the lecturers teach on traditions that date far back – their purpose is education of problem-solving thinking and broad-minded intellectuals,

(in other words, our lecturers try to educate us based on the experience of the old times and at the same time they try to achieve to use properly what we’ve learned so far; we have to admit, their job is not easy)

  • where the lecturers put an emphasis to research and scientific work,

 (when we see that our lecturer wrote some books, then we are proud that we can learn from him)

  • where well-known people like Sándor Sík, Miklós Radnóti and Attila József taught and studied

 (it also increases the value of our personality, - our ego - yes, I am attending this university too).

Szeged is a human-oriented city where due to the voluntary activity undertaken by university students - student self-government, film clubs, festivals and organization of other programs - the university has become a determined part of the city, intellectual centre of the region and cradle of famous researches. We do not feel it like for instance in Budapest, as if we have never been there at all. If for no other reason than that, we go to the TIK, where all of the students of all faculties in the city show up in order to learn, to drink a cup of coffee or just to chat.

The Faculty of Arts gives home to many research teams, graduate schools and other graduate training programs (http://www.arts.u-szeged.hu/kutatodoktoregyeb.html). The educational and research activity expands to a number of area of science – traditional arts graduate, social sciences and pedagogy. Here a human-oriented student can choose whatever he wants,  he can even obtain the Dr. title in front of his name and can even research later.


The guarantee of professional standard is provided by:

- academic qualification of the teachers,

- many years of teaching experience,

- international level, continued accreditation,

- foreign scholarships, European student scholarship (http://www.arts.u-szeged.hu/osztondij.html),

- learning and exam facilities,

- international relations of the faculty and their departments

- and exchanges with twin universities, foreign terms abroad.


 The structure of the faculty:

- The work of the faculty is directed by the dean who is helped by 3 deputy deans.

- Dean's Office: performs the official, administrative tasks of the faculty.

- Registry’s Department: performs the administrative tasks related to students’ studies and education.


The Faculty of Arts has 9 institutes and 35 departments within. (http://www.arts.u-szeged.hu/intezettanszek.html)


Mission, future prospects, aims:

The aim of Faculty of Arts – considering that it is the most important institution of higher education, and with the necessity of modernity - is that we become such people who know the traditions, who will educate their mind and who won’t just store the information, but who will use it in practice as well. If we take a better look, that is what they expect from us after finishing our studies. Let’s be educated, let’s have comprehensive knowledge in our professional field and moreover using our knowledge let’s show our best. That is why the faculty provides a high-level education in the field of faculty of arts and social sciences, because that is how we can get a notable degree.

Perhaps these do not lead us to particularly good jobs but develop us to a valuable, normal-minded and humane man.

Furthermore it emphasizes the continuous development and support of international relations in order to more effectively inject the domestic and international scientific results into the education and research, and to help the domestic scientific results to win international acknowledgement and support. It seeks to gradually increase the level of master and doctoral training and to provide a competitive degree.

The Faculty of Arts provides an opportunity to acquire easier the continuously growing universal knowledge. To this end, it initiates competence-based training programs which effectively assist the development of our personality, as well as the forming and strengthening of those skills, by which we become able to absorb and apply new knowledge.

In this way, it helps the university citizens to play an active part in society. Since there is no better feeling, than we claim that we have added something to the previous knowledge, especially when it is something outstandingly excellent.

When you first start the semester you come to face many new situations, new school, new teachers, new lectures and maybe a new city. Moreover, it can be quite annoying when you do not really understand how the ETR works, what the MODULO is, or even to find the right classroom for your next lecture. We have collected several important questions about this topic – especially from our own experience – to help you with the start. So cheer up! There is always a possibility to survive.


Why is the student card so important?

It is worth paying the cheque for the student card as soon as possible, because you get the card in 45-60 days and without the card you are unable to ask for anything in the university.

  • Those, who travel every day from their home to Szeged can not ask for a travel ticket discount for a month without the student card
  • The six-month combined ticket is also not valid without the student card
  • Without a validated student card you can be enrolled to TIK (University Library) only with a certificate of school attendance and a personal photo (you can find further information on the following link: [link]
  • The scholarship for photocopying can be activated through the student card, you can go to the book shop in the TIK and buy books a bit cheaper or spend the money on photocopying


When can you get the card?

Go to the HSZI (student service office; you can find it in TIK, groundfloor, left back side) only if you see an ordinal number at the following section in the ETR: Adataim /Diákigazolvány/Igénylések

Otherwise your time spent on line-up was unnecessary.


What is the freshmen season-ticket (gólyabérlet) for?

Until you get the six-month combined ticket, you can use your freshmen season-ticket. Feel free to use it without student card.


What happens during the enrolment?

You can be enrolled at the Registry (Tanulmányi Osztály - TO), where you have to present all the documents that were required from you in the posted informational letter. Do not forget to bring photocopies of the maturity examination documents. The Registry would not photocopy it for you. You have to do it yourself.


Which courses are compulsory for me?

  • The Tanulmányok /Dinamikus tanterv in the ETR shows you all your compulsory courses. Be aware not to forget about them, otherwise you can lose a semester.
  • Besides the compulsory courses you have to complete 2 BAVÁL-courses: Social studies and Philosophy. You can choose them during the 6 semesters.
  • You have to choose from elective courses, 5 courses during the 6 semesters, and in addition 4 specialization courses for your specialization. Check them by their codes in the ETR.
  • You have to complete optional courses with 20 credits out of the total 180 credits. It’s up to you which one you choose, just note that they have to be with a code of BAVÁL or X.
  • The physical education courses do not worth any credit points but 2 semesters are compulsory for you. Be quick by selecting the right one, because the number of the free places changes rapidly. Some courses are not free, such as skydiving and horse riding, you have to pay for them, and some courses allow you to hand in your medical waiver (check them in the course description)


What are the most important facts about the ETR?

  • If you want to learn foreign languages during your studies at the university, you can freely choose from lector language courses, but they do not worth any credit points. If you have it in 2x2 weekly hours, be careful to include them in your list with codes “a” and “b”.
  • If a lecture starts at 8:00, it will surely end at 9:30, you can freely have another at 10, because you have half an hour to reach the lecture hall.
  • Try to be provident in making your schedule. If a period for choosing courses starts at 00:00, it can happen that at 00:10 some courses are already full up, and you can not choose them. If two courses start at the same time, you can decide which one you want to keep, but be careful with deadlines (otherwise you have to pay for deleting one of them).
  • Compulsory courses are never full up, everyone can choose them, except for elective courses.
  • ETR allows you to have courses with total 45 credit points at a semester.
  • If you see the course is full up, then do not get annoyed, check the course list as many as you can, because it can happen that someone passes his/her place for you.
  • The X-courses are announced at the same time at every Faculty of the University, but their period for choosing can be varied.
  • Finally, at the end of choosing the courses, do not forget the "Lock" button to activate your applications, otherwise you would not get a sticker for your student card and the season ticket at HSZI. However, 24 hours should pass after you have locked your ETR to have active status. If you have already picked up the sticker and all the stuff, you can open your ETR and add some new courses.


Where is the room?

Feel free to ask the doorman at any time. Otherwise you can find information about the codes of rooms in the ETR: Információk/Terem.

Main rooms:

  • Room III: BTK foreground, you turn left immediately, pass the door, find the second room.
  • Informatorium: beginning from BTK foreground you immediately turn right and just follow the corridor, after a bend just go up the stairs and on the first floor you find the informatorium as the farthest room in that foreground.
  • Departmental Meeting Room: entering the door of the department immediately turn right, then pass through a small room and arrive at the meeting room.
  • EK 007: in the TIK, inside the University Library. Pass through the right side and you find the second room that is room 007.
  • PET.8. : The Petőfi sgt. building stands in front of the entrance door of BTK. You have to find room No. IV that is on the fourth and final floor, left to the stairs and the lift.


What kinds of exams you take?

It may be orally, in test, the form of a presentation prepared during the year or a computerised exam test. The latter is the EVR (electronic examiner system), where everybody has to fill in the questions granted by the teacher in a random order. The questions may be multiple choice, Yes/No, completion tasks and also it is possible that more than one answer is correct. Your time is limited, but the time is more then you need.

What is "MODULO"?


  • This is necessary for different applications also you can fill in forms and send it to the Registry.
  • The MODULO can be accessed here: https://modulo.etr.u-szeged.hu/modulo
  • The user name and the password is the same as in the case of the ETR.
  • You may ask for a certificate of school attendance here, that is freely posted to your home address.


What is “CooSpace”?

  • You have to use your EHA-code and password from ETR. CooSpace is accessible from the following link: https://www.coosp.etr.u-szeged.hu/
  • In the case of some courses, the compulsory, not easily accessible literature and handouts are uploaded by the teachers and students can download them for their studies.
  • It is possible that the exam is an online exam and you have to fill in a test. CooSpace is the place where you can do that. If you have signed up for that course in the ETR and have handouts in the CooSpace, you will see the exam in the list of Szinterek.

Information, History, Region: Libraries in the Carpathian Basin in the Past and Now

The book was published in 2006, and through reading this conference publication we can get an insight into the position of the library institutes at that time and get a taste of the innovative solutions to the fulfillment of the profession.

The publication consists of six chapters, from which we can be informed about all the essential notes of the information-history, the automation and mechanization of the libraries, the community’s active part in preserving the information and cultural heritage during the centuries, the development of Hungarian typography and finally a complete picture of Hungarian libraries’ online services.

To sum it up, if anyone would like an overview of the most important problems of the information centers, and what the phrase “Digital Carpathian Basin” covers then this book would be the best choice written in an easy style and providing a wide scale of information.

The authors of the book: Zsolt Bánhegyi, Ádám Hegyi, János Káldos, László Z. Karvalics, Károly Kokas and Zoltán Mészáros.


An Introduction to the Basics of Library Information Technology

This book informs us about the application of information technologies at the libraries, while putting more and more emphasis on automation, mechanization and the Internet.

The book itself is an extremely well-structured, concise, easily readable and understandable document with many examples and figures, which introduces the readers with sufficient details to the complex world of libraries.

The book is divided into three units. One is about the information technologies at libraries, including the emergence of the Internet and digitalizing. The second major section of the book allows an insight into the themes of mechanization at libraries, while the third is about problems of digital text processing.

The authors of the book: Géza Bakonyi and Károly Kokas.


Paleographical Reader for Students of Library Sciences

Edited by Ádám Hegyi, Melinda Simon and Edina Zvara, this book is an excellent guide for the readers in the world of library sciences, citing the most important sources written in between the 16th and 19th centuries.

The editors offer this work not only for the students of Faculty of Library and Human Information Science Department, but they regard it useful for history-, history of literature-, history of culture- and archaeology-oriented students, and certainly it holds some interesting facts for the teachers as well.

The Hungarian, German and Latin historical sources have been sorted by the way that the information obtained could be used while preparing for culture- and history of library courses. In the book, we can see examples of the old library census, view some possessor registry, library code, rental inventory, bookseller’s and bookbinder’s bill. The reader can take a look at the diary of Sándor Bölöni Farkas or the exlibrise of Miklós Zrínyi , and much more.

Editors also prepared tasks in an interactive form, which help to further deepen the newly acquired knowledge by agitating the parts of the readers’ brain and creativity. In the last part of this publication there is a list of book reviews, which can be found in the substance of the SZTE University Library, with incunabulum, and Hungarian printers and documents dealing with bibliographical catalogs. As further readings, in this part there are indicated online sources dealing with history of books, art and church, as well as with dictionaries and maps.

As a summary, we can say that this publication is an extremely intelligent and focused, containing interactivity stimulating elements, and greatly assist those who wish to immerse in the science of paleography.


The Library of Szeged-Alsóváros Franciscan Monastery 1846

The publication contains the story of the Szeged-Alsóváros Franciscan monastery library written in Hungarian and English, also the library catalog compiled by József Dubecz.

Andras Varga’s work was published as the eighth volume of the series of “Olvasmánytörténeti Dolgozatok”.

First we can read an analysis of the Szeged-Alsóváros Franciscans and their library written in Hungarian and English language, the second part is about József Dubecz’s catalog, compiled in 1846 and with a Hungarian title “Szegedi Üdvözítői Ferencziek Egyesülete Könyvtárának Lelettára”. The book ends with an alphabetical personal index.


Printing Culture between the 14th and 17th centuries, 3rd volume

This book is a selection of French literature. It contains a variety of topics such as: The History and Power of Writing, and the Books in the 16th century.

Out of the planned five-part series only three volumes have been published: the Anglo-Saxon, German and French literature. The idea to produce such series was based on the lack of the sufficient textbook background of the culture history degree. The non-Hungarian culture history is not written in Hungarian. With the involvement of students the preparation of literature textbooks has begun to be used as manuscripts.

While editing the book, the editors sought to cover the same topics in the volume: manuscripts, orality-literacy, printing, international publishing, the Reformation, types of typographers, editorial policy. However, in addition they sought to include other areas of cultural studies as well, those that also deal with other themes of culture studies: history of church, history of schooling, and history of literature.


Publishing and Typographer’s Badges

The book was edited by Melinda Simon.

The book contains the Hungarian and English literature dealing with publishing and typographer’s badges. It is richly illustrated, and a number of different variant of the badges is also included.

The volume of translation for higher education and professional audience intends to be a useful sub-manual.

Melinda Simon has collected and prepared the volumes with the aim to help the Hungarian and international literature of publishing and typographer’s badges to be available from one place.

So far there have not been any Hungarian translations about the history and symbolism of typographer’s badges. The existing studies are often not readily accessible. English, French, Italian and German studies have been included in this book. The first volume contains 30 studies. The second volume contains two additional study translations, which were published independently.


Géza Bakonyi Memorandum

This publication is a tribute to the memory of Géza Bakonyi, the founder of our department.

The chapters were written by the library science department teachers.

First we can read the commemorating lines of Béla Mader, which was read on 21st April, 2007 on the burial of Géza Bakonyi.

The writings are in the period covered by the chronological order of succession.

There is a chapter in which András Varga provides a book review of the first scientific description of plants in Hungary made by Carolus Clusius and published in 1583 in Antwerpen.

István Monok’s study summarizes the results of the research began in 1979, which explored the archival sources of the history of readings in early modern Hungary.

Edina Zvara’s study lists the books of the Listi family. The members of the family had ecclesiastic, military and political positions in Hungary in the 16th and 17th centuries and have been in contact with influential persons of the era.

In the 18th century, many Hungarian students studied at the University of Basel. The effects of the university on the Hungarian culture are studied by Ádám Hegyi.

Melinda Simon presents an interesting phenomenon: between 1890 and 1940 in the USA typographer’s badges were often used to decorate library buildings.

A study carried out by Klára Sándor presents the linguistic characteristics of mobile communication.

From the study carried out by László Z. Karvalics we can learn about the life and works of Charles Csúri, who was originally born in Szeged and became a famous artist in the USA.

Viktor Szűcs and Andrea Vida present an overview of the important aspects of Web2.0 on the library services.

Melinda Simon’s second study takes into account the electronic sources of typographer’s badges.

.., where university students like to live

The city of Szeged is the biggest one on the southern Great Plain, capital of Csongrád County, it lies in the encounter of river Tisza and river Maros. Szeged is a city of universities and an important cultural centre where a university student can find every program throughout the year.

After starting the university semester in September, in October we can choose from the programs offered by the Autumn Cultural Festival. Also, the theatre season starts in autumn. The National Theatre in Szeged has a good relation with the University of Szeged. As being university students, we can purchase discount season tickets and every year, on the open day we can look behind the scenes of the theatre.

We can watch the top latest films in the Cinema City at Szeged Plaza. For those, who have a desire for more intimate, atmospheric movie experience is worth to buy tickets at the Grand Café or the Belváros Cinema. In the latter two, particularly European and Asian films can be seen.

The Reök-Palace and the Móra Ferenc Museum are able to welcome visitors with high quality of exhibitions throughout the year.

The “Mindentudás Egyeteme” is a series of scientific lectures, which was initiated in Szeged. Since 2008 it is known as “Szabadegyetem”. Week after week we can listen to articulate, scientific presentations in the conference room of the Study and Information Centre.

In the cold weather we can warm up by sipping a glass of mulled wine on the Christmas Market at Dóm Square and Széchenyi Square. While enjoying the friendly atmosphere and selecting from gifts we can visit folk music concerts in the straw built tents. In spring when the weather gets warmer, we can take bicycle tours to the University on bike paths surrounded by budding trees. The green areas of the city such as the Park in Újszeged and Széchenyi Square are suitable for picnic or playing outdoor games with friends. After lessons we can choose from lots of cafés in the city centre and near the University. Among the preferred ones are the Nyugi Café next to the University, the Millennium Café at Dugonics Square, the Acapella Confectionery in the Kárász street and the Casablanca Café at Viktor Vaszy Square.

In spring the Egyetemi Tavasz offers many programs for students. On the Day of Szeged we can choose from craftsman products at the Szeged Bridge Fair and taste different wines products of wineries of the country in the wine festival.

Also it is worth to stay in the city in summer. Forget the examination period, enjoy the cool water at Napfényfürdő Aquapolis and watch the open theatre performances of the Szeged Szabadtéri Játékok at Dóm Square. The river Tisza is closely related to Szeged. The riverside is popular place for long romantic walk, fine fish soup can be tasted in restaurants.

The website of the Faculty of Library and Human Information Science Department at the University of Szeged provides useful information and current news for all visitors.

For those who wish to continue their studies at the university after high school and are mostly interested in the humanities and social sciences, the website of the librarian-training project in Szeged can be a useful place. Under the heading “For Students” readings are available about the city and its opportunities, and the colourful programmes being held year by year. Visitors to this website can find a brief description of the Faculty as well, which - like all other things on the site – have been written and compiled by the students, thus bringing the topic even closer through their own eyes for the future freshmen.

Under the heading “Education”, visitors can get an insight into the ongoing projects on the Faculty, as well as to read more detailed information on both the BA and MA courses and the associated specializations. If some of the listed courses have raised the interest, one can be informed about the details in the “Course Descriptions”. This can be varied each semester, as the professors try to compile an even more efficient, more recently and more current syllabus based on their own experience. Yet one of the most important for the applicants is the knowledge of the “Entrance Exam Information”. Here they can form a clear picture on who should in any case select this major, which knowledge will be acquired during the project and under which conditions could they get a bachelor’s degree (BA), then a master’s degree (MA).

For those freshmen, who have just started university and feel uncertain about the personal administration, there are lots of useful information and helping documents available on the website. Specifically edited for first year students, the heading “Freshmen Help” is a bunch of structured good advice from their upper-year counterparts. This configuration tends to cover most of the areas, from the tricks of picking up the courses till the important instructions to ways of finding the right classroom - so anything that may be necessary to "survive".

In addition, visitors can view the department's publications, lists of faculty publications, the results achieved, the contact information and the consulting hours. As well as information about the foreign scholarships, research conducted by the staff of the department, and monitor and track the start-ups or the unfolding of the ongoing projects under the heading “Research”. Those who write their thesis can access the requirements and see the list of topics.

Eventually, the website holds some extra excitement for veteran students. The variety of books and referral programs all help them to spend their remaining leisure time actively – either to browse interesting links or take culinary discoveries by following Kokas's recipes.

He was the founder and the head of the Department of Library Sciences at the Faculty of Humanities, in the University of Szeged, also a senior lecturer, honorary college teacher, and candidate of the literature. He developed the syllabus. He died on the 7th April, 2007.

He did not administer his knowledge but he shared it. By struggling for a development of a new scientific culture in the era of computer technologies, he supported the automation and information technologies in the library.

He intensively collaborated with the Finno-Ugric branch of the Florence University.

As for broadening his knowledge he made a lot of domestic and foreign study trips and contributed in many study projects, such as the National Literature Information System, the Euridito digital project, the Matrix project of the Széchenyi Planand the Hungarian National Shared Catalogue. His membership in several committees proves his scientific activeness.

From 1992 he was the manager of the University’s Library Department, which enabled him to implement ideas in automation. Thanks to his work, from 1999 the special librarian training project became general. Up until his death he was actively involved in meeting the requirements of modern training of librarians.


1st September, 1999 – 7th April, 2007.  JATE BTK Hungarian Institute, special librarian training, head

1st September, 1998 – 7th April, 2007. General Director Deputy, University Library

1st September, 1997 – 31st June, 1999 Acting Head of Department

1996- Director Deputy, University Library

1995- Head of Department Deputy (JATE BTK, Italian Language and Literature Department)

(1st February, 1995 – 1st July. Acting Head of Department) (JATE BTK, Italian Language and Literature Department)

1992- Manager, University Library


Academic Studies:

1989-1991. Juhász Gyula Teacher Training College, Librarian- major, postgraduate project

1980-1981. ELTE (Eötvös Loránd University) Italian Language and Literature Department, PhD student correspondence

1970-1975. JATE BTK Hungarian-Italian Teacher - major


Academic degrees, honors, titles:

2006. Ágoston Trefort Award

1996. Member of the MTA Public Syndicate

1995. Honorary College Teacher (Szeged, Juhász Gyula Teacher Training College)

1993. For Hungarian Higher Education- memory plaquette

1991. Candidate of Literature (MTA, Csc)

1989. Commendation from the Hungarian Prime Minister

1978. University PhD (JATE BTK)