Károli Gáspár University is a church university, founded by the Reformed Church in Hungary. This fact is reflected in the official name of the institution: Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary.
The university was named after Károli Gáspár, the Calvinist pastor, who prepared the first complete Hungarian translation of the Bible in 1590.
The university was established in its present from in 1993 but its history roots back to 1839.
Besides Budapest and Nagykőrös where the two main campuses are located, Károli Gáspár University provides courses in Romania in Targu Mures/Marosvásárhely and Ilieni/Ilyefalva. The university plans to extend its off-campus teaching activity to Berehove/Beregszász (Ukraine) and to Levice/Léva (Slovakia) in cooperation with local higher education institutions.
7360 students started the academic year of 2015/16 at the University, which means a 11% increase compared to the previous year.
4 faculties, which are the following:
Almost 50 departments belonging to the four faculties altogether.
425 persons belonging to the academic staff of the university.
42 (BA, MA, single-cycle) degree programmes.
3 Doctoral Schools, providing PhD programmes.
117 International partner institutions in 31 countries.
77 international students visiting the university in the first semester of 2015/16, from whom 54 came in the framework of the Erasmus+ Programme.
4 Student Residence Halls providing almost 500 places for the students of the university.
8 university sport teams.
More than 103 000 books are kept in the libraries of the university.