Programme Description


The first International Coaching Course in Budapest was held in 1971. Since the estab- lishment of the Course, over 2.000 participants from more than 90 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 devel- oped 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 pro- gramme attempts to promote and develop excellence in coaching. The Course pro- vides coaches with a systematic way to improve their knowledge and skills in the the- oretical, technical and practical aspects of coaching.

Organisation Structure

The ICC is initiated, organised and supervised by the Hungarian University of Sports Science, International Relations Center. It is an intensive, concentrated and intermedi- ate level course organised in half-year intervals starting every March and September. Usually 7-10 sports are offered, depending on the demand and actual applications. The sports are carefully selected, based on traditions, long-term success of the Hun- garian 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 pro- gramme requires active coaching to implement the knowledge gained in the coaching course; therefore all participants are involved in practical coaching work in the lead- ing Hungarian sport clubs. They are supervised by the senior lecturer and/or his/her assistants of the particular sport. The programme includes 120 theoretical and 180 practical teaching hours. In a chosen field of sports students receive intensive edu- cation in Anatomy, Physiology, Sport Psychology, Sport Pedagogy, Sport Sociology, Sport Management, Sport Administration, Sport and Research and Sport Practice. The Fall Course begins in mid-September, the Spring Course in mid-March.

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 teach- ing 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 ex- amination is taken before an Examination Committee. Participants who completed their studies conclude the course with a final examination.

Teaching Staff

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

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 7.750 which includes the following services:

  • instruction, examinations, accommodation, daily university basic dietary allowance
  • the use of all facilities of the University
  • monthly transportation pass for all forms of public transportation within Budapest
  • transportation to and from the airport
  • admittance to competitions and matches, cultural and social programs
  • all participants of the course receive HUSS casual student wear.

Sport equipment and Schengen visa are not included.

Insurance Policy

Medical services limited to the participants personal insurance as part of the policy of Hungarian health care regulations.

Social Programs

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


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.


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