The aim of our website is to reflect appropriately the work done at IEAS, UD: the diversity of our study programmes in English and North American studies, the academic achievements of our colleagues, the close relationships between students and instructors and the lively student life. We hope that the uploaded information will serve our future students, that the website will provide up-to-date information for our current students at all levels of university education, and that it will function as a state-of-the-art means of communication for our students (like our newspage,the students' forum and four facebook pages: IEAS, DBS, DEL, NAD). In general, we hope that all our visitors will find these webpages useful.
The diversity of the work at the Institute is rooted in our history: as the second oldest department of English in the country, and with a past of seventy-five years, our more than forty staff members have had ample opportunity to find their specialised research interests. Either directly or indirectly we all are disciples of professor László Országh, who as a chair of the Department of English in Debrecen, set a professional and human standard which still functions as a measuring rod for us.
Thus, perhaps it is not coincidental that IEAS, UD has always been in top positions among departments of English in lists compiled on the basis of students’ satisfaction and the quality of teaching: in 2007, we have topped the aggregate list, coming first in three of the seven criteria (including the market value of the degree and job market relations), easily surpassing all the other English-teaching institutes. Our close and broader environments are just as inspiring: in the same year, the Faculty of Arts and Humanities was ranked third among faculties of all kinds in the country (in 2010, out of 165 faculties it came 5th, and among faculties of arts it came 2nd, right after the Faculty of Arts at ELTE); and the University of Debrecen, with its almost thirty-five thousand students, creates a genuine campus within this city of two-hundred thousand inhabitants. As a bonus, the several hundred strong, yet cosy community of students of English can enjoy the most beautiful university building in Central Europe as their academic home. (If you want to gain more information on the past and present conditions of the Institute, on the city, on student life in general, or on what it is like to be a student of English in Debrecen, you are kindly advised to visit the pages of the main menu "Introduction", and the learning environment and the testimonials pages in particular.)