Central European University (CEU)

  • 1400 Students (1400 int'l)
  • Private (non-profit)
Budapest, Hungary
Central European University is an English-language, graduate university located in Budapest, Hungary. CEU offers master's and doctoral programs in the social sciences, humanities, law, public policy, business management, economics, environmental sciences and policy, and mathematics. The University is accredited in the United States and Hungary.
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Why should I study here at Central European University (CEU)?

  • CEU is committed to attracting talented students from around the world, a commitment backed up with unusually generous financial aid.
  • 80% of masters degree students receive financial aid
  • 92% of doctoral students are fully funded
  • CEU was placed among the world's top 100 universities in the social sciences category by The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2014-2015, and 29th worldwide in the field of politics and international studies and among the top 51-100 worldwide in philosophy by the 2015 QS World University Rankings.
  • Our outstanding 8:1 student/faculty ratio ensures a dynamic environment for academic collaboration and debate.
  • CEU fosters critical intellectual exchange and creative public-policy solutions. Our faculty and students focus on such social and political issues as globalization, democratization, European Union expansion, media freedom, sustainable development, and human rights. Many masters and doctoral students play substantive roles in faculty-led research projects and publish together with their faculty partners.
  • In keeping with its commitment to civic activism, CEU offers a wide range of internship and professional development opportunities. A number of our students work as interns with local civic groups and major international NGOs through the Human Rights Initiative, one of the most active organizations on campus.
  • Budapest is at the center of the new Europe that integrates East and West. Just a few hours from Vienna, Prague, and Belgrade, Budapest has been chosen by numerous international organizationsincluding the UN and major multinational companiesas a base of operations. It is a vibrant city that is comfortable, affordable, and safe.

About Central European University (CEU)

Central European University is a graduate-level “crossroads” university where faculty and students from more than 100 countries come to engage in interdisciplinary education, pursue advanced scholarship, and address some of society’s most vexing problems.

It is accredited in both the United States and Hungary, and offers English-language Master's and doctoral programs in the social sciences, the humanities, law, management and public policy. Located in the heart of Central Europe -- Budapest, Hungary -- CEU has developed a distinct academic and intellectual focus, combining the comparative study of the region's historical, cultural, and social diversity with a global perspective on good governance, sustainable development and social transformation.

Founded in 1991 at a time when revolutionary changes were throwing off the rigid orthodoxies imposed on Central and Eastern Europe, CEU is based on the premise that human fallibility can be counterbalanced by the critical discussion of ideas and that this critical spirit can be sustained best in societies where citizens have the freedom to scrutinize competing theories and openly evaluate and change government policies.

With approximately 1,400 students and 370 faculty members from more than 130 countries, CEU is one of the most densely international universities in the world. Its rare mix of nationalities, ethnicities, and cultures creates an ideal environment for examining such “open society” subjects as emerging democracies, transitional economies, media freedom, nationalism, human rights, and the rule of law. It also brings multifaceted perspective to all aspects of community life.

CEU is known for excellence in teaching and research—with purpose. At the core of its mission lies a set of principles: the pursuit of truth wherever it leads, respect for the diversity of cultures and peoples, and commitment to resolve differences through debate not denial.

We are CEU. And we invite you to join us.


CEU is a research-intensive university that fosters critical intellectual exchange and creative public-policy solutions. Our students work closely with their professors, many of them playing substantive roles in faculty-led research and publishing projects.


  • University: CEU offers funding assistance for internal research projects as well as for collaborative projects between CEU and other research centers and universities worldwide.
  • External: CEU receives research funds from the European Commission, the European Research Council, the United Nations, government agencies, international NGOs, and various other private and public sources.

Research Facilities

  • CEU Library contains the largest English-language holdings in the social sciences and humanities in Central and Eastern Europe. It contains over 270,000 documents in various formats and a periodical collection of 2,100 titles. It also has access to 87 electronic databases and 40,000 online journals.
  • Open Society Archives is among the premier Cold War research facilities in the world. It houses the equivalent of over 100 football fields of paper records and nearly 3,000 DVDs worth of digital records. OSAs collection includes an extensive archive of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty transcripts and reports along with the worlds largest collection of underground literature and materials from Central and Eastern Europe under communism. The archive also houses a growing collection of documents and audiovisual materials on international human rights and war crimes

Accreditations of Central European University (CEU)

CEU is accredited in the United States and Hungary.


CEU is committed to attracting talented students and scholars from around the world and provides a variety of merit-based scholarships available to students from any country.

  1. CEU Masters Excellence Scholarships include full tuition and health insurance as well as stipends of up to 3,200 per year. Single or shared housing in CEUs Residence Center is offered to most candidates.
  2. CEU Masters Scholarships include full tuition and health insurance as well as stipends of up to 1,600 per year. Single or shared housing in CEUs Residence Center is offered to most candidates.
  3. CEU Tuition Awards cover 50-100% of tuition expenses up to 14,500 per year, as well as health insurance.
  4. CEU Doctoral Scholarships include a full tuition waiver and a generous stipend for housing and living expenses.
  5. CEU Alumni Scholarships are funded by alumni and awarded to masters degree students with financial need who have a proven record of leadership in extracurricular activities, community service, and civic engagement.
  6. External Scholarships administered through CEU include Erasmus Mundus scholarships, Erasmus research grants, and other private and public fellowships and scholarships.
  • Each year over 13 million in tuition scholarships and stipends each year
  • Each year over 2 million external research funds distributed each year
  • Each yearover 390 thousand in research and travel grants each year

Student life at Central European University (CEU)

CEU Residence Center

Located a few kilometers south of CEU, the Residence Center houses over 400 students and is the heart of off-campus University life.

The complex includes a coffee shop and cafeteria; lounge areas on each floor; and a health facility with a fitness room, swimming pool, and tennis courts. Student rooms are private, with their own bathrooms. Activities include concerts, holiday parties, international food nights, dance and yoga classes, day trips outside Budapest, hiking and biking trips, and film screenings.

Student Organizations

Our students are active in a wide variety of CEU organizations. The Student Life Office provides logistical support and funding for student groups and cultural activities, often in tandem with the Student Union, which sponsors various clubs and helps organize extracurricular activities. These include seasonal parties, sports events, multicultural festivals, and the Spring Ball.

Student organizations include the CEU Choir, Budapest Spa Lovers Club, Blank Pages Society, Muslim Student Association, Sustainable Campus Initiative, Womens Soccer Club, Classic Film Club, LGBTQI Club, Personal Growth Group, Debate Society, Photography Club, Philosophy Film Club, and Vegetarian Cooking Club.

University Events

A hub of intellectual activity, CEU hosts more than 400 events a year addressing many of the most pressing issues facing society. Internationally distinguished experts discuss solutions to challenges as diverse as stabilizing the euro zone, ending impunity for perpetrators of war crimes, and convincing world leaders to pursue the most far-reaching climatechange policies. Other recent topics include the future of energy security and the future of journalism, Internet governance and regulation of political communication, instruments of international justice, and moral questions of life extension.

The University is also alive with cultural activity. Its Center for Arts and Culture and its Open Society Archives, for example, host hundreds of events every year, including documentary film screenings, photo and art exhibitions, public lecturers by art historians, and concerts by up-and-coming musicians.

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The Global Study Awards: get funded with up to £10,000 to study abroad

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS we offer you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.

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