Programme Description


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.

14 December 2016 (modified: 30 May 2021)