Please send the fully (1) completed application form (filled in capital/block letters), a short (2) curriculum vitae, a (3) letter of recommendation, (4) medical certificate and a (5) copy of your passport to the following e-mail address: .

Download the Application Call and Form (PDF).

I. General Regulations

To students of the International Coaching Course (ICC), the valid laws and statutory provisions are to be respected during their stay in Hungary.

The ICC is organised, controlled and run in Budapest by University of Physical Education Centre (from hereon: Centre).

Participants of the ICC:

  • Those international candidates whose application has been confirmed by the director of the Centre and have paid participation fee, can take part in the course.
  • Participants of the ICC are authorized (for) all the benefits contained in the application form, plus:
    • visiting scientific, cultural and sports organizations of the university,
    • using the university library,
    • turning with all questions concerning successful completion of their work in the course to the Senior Lecturer.
  • Obligations of the participants:
    • take part in the prescribed theoretical and practical lessons
    • carry out all tasks, prepare papers prepared by the professors
    • write notes during the lessons and give occasional account of their knowledge.

II. Study Regulations

  1. Organization form and arrangement of the ICC.
    • The course is an intensive, concentrated version of the Hungarian Level III. coaching system (on a 5 scale European system), focusing more on sport specialization,
    • Course length: 12 weeks
    • All students must prove the reasons for any lessons missed.
    • Justified absences cannot exceed 10 % of the total number of classes.
    • All absences must be justified by the following day.
    • The late or unjustified absences cannot exceed 5 % of the total number of classes from each subject. If so, the participant will not be allowed to take examinations and will receive the participating certification only,
    • Finishing studies before the end of the academic period does not lead to repayment of participation fee by the Centre- according to relevant Hungarian laws.
    • The validity of residential permit ends after examinations and closing ceremony (after completing the course), according to the agreement between the Centre and Immigration policy.
  2. General and sport specific subjects are taught according to the weekly course schedule. Changes in the schedule might appear occasionally.
  3. Forms of classes, obligations: Lecture, consultation, demonstration, practical activity, training attendance, observation of sport events, making notes, preparing training plan, coaching practise, visiting sport clubs, institutions.
  4. Final examination
    • Final exam may be taken by those:
      • whose justified absence does not exceed 10 % of the total number of classes,
      • whose unjustified absence does not exceed 5 % of the total number of classes,
      • who successfully carried out all tasks, set by the professors, senior lecturers.
    • Final examination of the subject begins the week after the last lecture day, or is held onthe examination week that lasts one week at the end of the course,
    • Absence from the exams without acceptable justification means failing the exam.

III.   Regulations for Completing the Course

  1. All participants, who have rightfully ended their studies, complete the course with a final examination. The exams can consist of written, oral or practical requirements in general subjects, sport specific theory and practise.
  2. All participants must appear at the set time and venue to sit for the examination. In case of unforeseen, unavoidable circumstances, which would make appearance impossible, the absence must be justified the next day to the course director. In any other case absence is unacceptable.
  3. The examination has to be taken in front of an “Examination Committee”. President, members of the course’s teaching staff and the director of the Centre may be present.
  4. Results of the exams are marked from 1-5, excellent (5), good (4), satisfactory (3), acceptable (2), insufficient (1).
  5. ICC participants are allowed to repeat foiled exams once, anytime, before the last week, i.e. the examination week.

IV. ICC Evaluation

  1. Average results (according to marks of the examinations)
    • excellent with honours, if average is: 5.00
    • excellent if average is: 4.51-4.99
    • good if average is: 3.51-4.50
    • average if average is: 2.51-3.50
    • satisfactory if average is doesn’t reach: 1.51-2.50
    • unsatisfactory if participants do not have any sufficient 8 exams.
  2. Those successfully completing the ICC will receive a Coach’s Diploma. The diploma is signed by the vice-rector of the University, the director of the Centre, the senior lecturer of the sport and the secretary of the Course.
  3. Official documents of ICC:
    • completed application form, CV of applicant
    • progress report (and absence diary)
    • exam report
    • registration sheet
  4. Documents of the course:
    • Official ICC documents are kept by the Centre.
    • Diploma copies may be given out by the Centre upon request.
    • Lost diplomas can be replaced by the Centre.

V. Closing Regulations

In other cases listed in the “Regulations of ICC”, the director of the Centre has the right to make decisions.


The first International Coaching Course in Budapest was held in 1971. Since the establishment of the Course, over 1.500 participants from more than 85 countries and all continents of the world received their diploma at our University. As a result of the long time activity in the international coach education the Course management has developed cooperation with governmental and non-governmental institutions all over the world, which corresponded with the objectives of the course.


The ICC is designed to train and educate coaches from around the World. The programme attempts to promote and develop excellence in coaching. The Course provides coaches with a systematic way to improve their knowledge and skills in the theoretical, technical and practical aspects of coaching.

Organisation Structure

The ICC is initiated, organised and supervised by University of  Physical Education, International Directorate. It is an intensive, concentrated, and intermediate level course. The course is organised in half-year intervals starting every March and September. Usually 7-10 sports are offered, depending on the demand and actual applications. See the application form for actual courses. The sports are carefully selected, based on traditions, long-term success of the Hungarian National Teams and the availability of our well-known lecturers and coaches. The duration of the course is three months.

Course Content

Course content in detail has been carefully selected to meet the needs of coaches working with generally young, developing athletes as well as with advanced athletes of elite sport. To train a competent coach, completion of both theory and practical/technical components of the programme is essential. Progress in the training programme requires active coaching to implement the knowledge gained in the coaching course; therefore all participants are involved in practical coaching work in the leading Hungarian sport clubs. They are supervised by the senior lecturer and/or his/her assistants of the particular sport.

General Subjects (120 hours)

The curriculum of the theoretical part (general subjects) deals with the art and science of coaching rather than the specifics of any particular sport. The content of the theory courses is basic to the broader education of the programme and includes the following subjects: training theory, sport physiology, sport psychology, exercise and conditioning, sport sociology, sport and research, coach in action, strength training and injuries, Olympic Movement, Women and sport, Sport management, Sport and nutrition and other related subjects. Apart of these subjects, there are possibilities for consultations in each subject, and to learn basic Hungarian.

Sport Specialisation (180 hours)

The Sport Specialisation component has two parts: technical and practical.

The technical part provides sport-specific information through courses, which include classroom instruction, sport-specific presentation, participatory activity and formal evaluation. The content includes coaching information pertaining to all events in a particular sport. These courses apply coaching principles to a particular sport. Skills, drills, training methods, strategy and tactics, detection and correction of errors as well as psychological preparation are among the topics covered in this block.

The practical component involves actual coaching experience, practical lessons, training visits, competitions and matches and their evaluation. The participants will visit the best Hungarian sport clubs and training camps. The practical part of the programme involves applying theoretical and technical knowledge to actual coaching situations. When possible, there is an attempt to evaluate this coaching by on-the-scene observation.

The practical and technical parts also contain home assignments, independent observation of practices and competitions.

Language of Instruction

The programme is taught exclusively through English. Participants are expected to speak English, not only during classes but also in their conversations with the teaching staff, the organisers and the other students.


The exams may consist of written, oral and/or practical requirements. Examinations in the student’s respective sport consist of sports theory and sports practice. The examination is taken before an Examination Committee. Participants who completed their studies conclude the course with a final examination.

Graduates of the programme receive the ICC Coach’s Diploma.

Teaching Staff

University professors, the best Hungarian specialists, qualified coaches, sports scientists, and experts from the Hungarian and international sport, are invited to give lectures. The organisers use every opportunity to invite well-known lecturers. International guest professors visiting the University, are always invited to contribute to the ICC programme according to their area of expertise.

Weekly Schedule

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:00 - 9:20 General Sport General Sport Sport
9:35 – 10:55 General Sport General General Sport
11:10 – 12:30 General Sport General General Sport
14:00 - Sport Sport Sport Sport Sport

See the current weekly timetable! >>>

Preconditions for Application

  • Working experience in the respective sport field
  • Recommendation from the National Olympic Committee, Ministry of Sport or Sport Council and/or National Sport Federation
  • Sufficient knowledge of English language
  • Physical fitness (participation in practical classes)
  • Good health
  • Schengen visa (to be paid by the participant)
  • Valid passport
  • Valid return ticket

Participation Fee

EUR 7.300 and 7.700, depending on the nature of the course.

The participation fee includes the following services:

  • instruction, examinations, accommodation, meals, the use of all facilities of the University (sport facilities, library, computer lab, etc.)
  • monthly transportation pass for all forms of public transportation within the limits of Budapest
  • all transportation included in the course programme
  • transportation to and from the airport
  • route a visa to the Hungarian Embassy/Consulate in applicant’s country
  • medical services for only illnesses and injuries contracted in Hungary (emergency treatment only)
  • admittance to competitions and matches, cultural and social programmes

All participants of the course receive the official course track suit. Sport equipment and Schengen visa are not included.


The course is taught mainly at the University. The campus offers an international standard athletics/football stadium, three sport halls for all forms of ball games, swimming pool, specialised halls for men’ and women’ gymnastics, wrestling, fencing, rhythmic gymnastics, dance and aerobics, conditioning facilities, tennis courts and number of outdoor courts (see the details at here). However, to increase the level of the education, the participants have an opportunity to visit leading clubs, facilities and training camps around Hungary. It is the responsibility of the senior lecturer of each sport to choose the best possible location for the sport specialisation classes.

The general subjects are delivered on campus, mainly in the classroom specially designated for the International Coaching Course.

Library and Information

The library of the University is the only library in the country specialised in the collection of physical education and sport-related literature, books, journals, theses, dissertations, videos, etc. Its primary task is to supply special information for the instructional, educational and research work of the University and other organisations of Hungarian sport life. The total collection consists of 80.000 holdings, among them a considerable number of materials in English. The library receives more than 200 international journals annually.

All holdings of the Library are available for participants to access. The organisers provide all participants with free use of email and internet.

The organizers of the International Coaching Course would like to make your stay in Hungary as comfortable as possible. For your own benefit, please read the following information carefully!

Identification and the University Campus

We will arrange for the participants a registration card of the University. This card will allow you to use all facilities of the University and will be your identification card on-campus only. (The uni-card does not replace an official I.D. card, for that you will have to take your passport with you.)

Accommodation regulations

  • The official heating period in Hungary is between October 15 and April 15.
  • Cleaning of the apartments is to be done by the participants.
  • Lights, gas, water and all electrical equipment are to be turned off, windows should be closed, doors should be locked upon leaving the apartment. (When you pay attention to closing, locking, etc, generally, to an economic life-style, this “extra debit” will not affect you.)
  • Silence must be obeyed after 10 PM.
  • For your own safety, please do not invite others to your apartments than your course mates.
  • Washing machine is also provided. When you do not know how to operate it, please ask the staff to contact the landlord in order to learn its functioning.
  • There might be regular check-up of your accommodation in every month.
  • At the end of the course the accommodation place are to be returned in the same condition as they were occupied. All damages are to be paid by the participants! A deposit of 50 USD will be deducted for the final cleaning of the accommodation and 50 USD will be returned at the end of the course if no incidental expenses occur.
  • It is not allowed to organize events (parties, celebrations, etc.) in your accommodation. Upon request the organizers can help you with finding a venue for the party.
  • Pets are not allowed to bring/keep in the accomodation at any time.
  • Take care of your valuables, do not leave them around the flat. (We offer you the Institute’s safe.)
  • If you have any problem in the accommodation, please do not try to fix it by yourself but inform the course staff, and the problem will be solved as soon as possible. Please do not touch the main gas-tap!
  • Only the participants officially living in the accommodation may stay for the overnight.

There is no telephone in the accommodation. It is forbidden to install any phone apparatus into the accommodation. If any phone bill arrives during your stay, it must be paid by you. If you want to arrange any phone calls it is possible from any phone boot by phone card or from any post office. It is not possible to phone or fax from the office. For further advice we suggest you to buy a prepaid telephone card (e.g. Neophone, Blabla, EZ-Phone), which is an economical way of calling home OR buy a used mobile and a SIM card to it. Ask for more advice from the staff!

Opportunity for cooking, eating, socializing, watching TV are provided in the accommodation.

The Way to Call Abroad

00 – country code – area code – phone number

Country codes:

  • Albania: 355
  • Antigua & Barbuda: 1-268
  • Argentina: 54
  • Aruba: 297
  • Bangladesh: 880
  • Barbados: 1-246
  • Bhutan: 975
  • Brasil: 55
  • Brunei: 673
  • Dominica: 1-767
  • Ecuador: 593
  • Egypt: 20
  • Ethiopia: 251
  • Gambia: 220
  • Ghana: 233
  • Guyana: 592
  • India: 91
  • Indonesia: 62
  • Iran: 98
  • Jordan: 962
  • Kenya: 254
  • Korea DPR: 850
  • Liberia: 231
  • Macedonia: 389
  • Malaysia: 60
  • Maldives: 960
  • Malawi: 265
  • Mauritius: 230
  • Nigeria: 234
  • Oman: 968
  • Pakistan: 92
  • Philippines: 63
  • Portugal: 351
  • Qatar: 974
  • Seychelles: 248
  • Sierra Leone: 232
  • Singapore: 65
  • Somalia: 252
  • South Africa: 27
  • Sri Lanka: 94
  • St. Kitts: 1-869
  • St. Lucia: 1-758
  • Sudan: 249
  • Swaziland: 268
  • Syria: 963
  • Taiwan: 886
  • Tanzania: 255
  • Tajikistan: 992
  • UAE: 971
  • Uganda: 256
  • UK: 44
  • USA: 1
  • Zambia: 26

Meals and Pocket Money

Pocket money will be given for arranging your meals and/or buying food. There will be organized meals that will be announced. The International Olympic Committee Olympic Solidarity will provide only for its scholars pocket money in the value of USD 1.100 (as per 2010). The amount will be given for the scholars upon the bank transfer from Lausanne, Switzerland.

Mail, Phone and Fax

During your stay, you are welcome to send two faxes free wherever you wish. Please, contact the staff. Other faxes must be sent from post offices. If you are expecting a call, your friends can call one of the boots in your neighbourhood. All boots can be called back. The number is written on the boot. From abroad, Hungary can be called as follows: international exit code + 36 (for Hungary) + 1 (for Budapest) + 7 digit local number.

Receiving letters from your family and friends should be mailed to the address of the University

University of Physical Education
International Directorate
<Your name>
Alkotás u. 44.
H-1123 Budapest, Hungary

You will receive your mail from our administration. The prices of the post stamps abroad: postcard 250-300 HUF, letter 300-350 HUF.

Hungarian Currency

The name of the currency in Hungary is forint (abbreviation Ft, international: HUF). You can change your currency at many places in the city, in banks, hotels, travel agencies, specialized change offices and change automates. Remember, that the banks ask for the lowest commission fee (banks are open between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.), thus you will get more forints for your currency. Ask the staff for any advise. Please, do not change your money on the street. There are persons in the city who cheat the foreigners, giving them fake money for their currency.

Visa and Immigration Information

After your arrival, the Hungarian law obliges you to register in the immigration office (regardless the duration of your visa). All necessary administration work will be arranged by the office.


If you would like to buy something of higher value, use an official shop. You will see many places, markets with cheap products. These products are of low quality with no guarantee. Always ask for an official receipt (in Hungarian: “készpénzfizetési számla” in Hungarian). Tax refund can only be requested when you buy products in value of 50.000 HUF at least on one invoice / shop.

Weather and Clothing

The weather conditions during the time of the course in Hungary are rather varying. All buildings in the campus have central heating; your apartments are also equipped with a heating system. It is important to wear warm clothes during the first few weeks, including: coat or warm jacket, socks, cap, gloves, scarf, sweaters or sweatshirts to avoid getting a cold or flu. The staff can assist you and lend you a warm jacket that must be returned when you finish the course.


During the course, you will be given a free transportation pass. This pass allows you to use all kinds of transportation within the borders of city Budapest: bus, tram, trolley-bus and underground (we call it Metro). Most bus-, tram- and metro lines operate until 11 p.m. except for certain key lines that run all night. You will have to show your pass to the conductor upon request.


  • Ambulance: 104
  • Police:107
  • Fire Department: 105
  • General emergency number: 112

Insurance and Medical Services

The participants are provided with medical insurance. This insurance pays the actual cost of most medical services. (However, special medicines and pharmacy products must be covered by the participant). This insurance covers only illnesses and injuries contracted in Hungary only for those who meet the medical/health requirements. You are charged for the treatment by dentist, ophthalmologist and for your long-term illness. For this medical insurance you will have to go through a short medical test (blood test).

If you have any medical problems please, contact the office staff. The insurance does not cover any loss or damage of your property.

Social Programs

There will be social programs, trips organized to the countryside and visits to the nicest places of Budapest and Hungary. Please, do not forget to register for the announced trips. The meeting point is usually at the upper parking area.

Video, CD, DVD copies

Usually, at the end of the course there will be some materials that you would like to copy for your own benefit either on VHS or DVD. To have a copy, please make sure you request at least 2-3 weeks before the end of the course. The duplication prices are the following:

  • Videocassette, PAL system 700 Ft/cassette
  • Videocassette, NTSC system 1.500 Ft/cassette
  • DVD copy: 1.000 Ft / each starting hour

(Besides this you will have to pay the expenses of the empty materials.)


At the beginning of the course the organizers will collect your flight ticket information. We will check for you your reservation and connections to make sure that you will safely return to your country. The staff will arrange your transportation to the airport and assist in your check-in.

Please, pay attention to the rules of the weight of your luggage. You can carry 20  kilograms of checked-in luggage plus some hand luggage. Above this, the airline charges you 30-50 USD (depending on the destination) after every extra kilogram. Be aware of the amount of books, handouts and gifts you will buy or receive in Hungary. You might have troubles with them on your way back. We do not keep or store any left luggage and cannot send it after you!

In case of any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We wish you a successful and fruitful stay in Hungary!