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 worlda commitment backed up with unusually generous financial aid.
  1. 89% of masters degree students receive financial aid
  2. 90% of doctoral students are fully funded
  • Our outstanding 7:1 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 facultyled 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.

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. It provides a variety of scholarships and research grants for which applicants from any country are eligible.

  1. CEU Masters Degree Fellowships (full or partial) include a full tuition scholarship (with a value of 11,000 to 12,000), housing in the CEU Residence Center, health insurance, and a monthly stipend to cover living expenses.
  2. CEU Masters Degree Tuition Scholarships (full or partial) cover between 50 and 100 percent of tuition expenses up to 12,000 per year.
  3. CEU Doctoral Fellowships cover full tuition, health insurance, and a generous stipend for housing and living expenses. Over 90 percent of PhD students receive the full doctoral fellowship.
  4. Direct Student Loans and Canada Student Loans are available for eligible U.S. and Canadian citizens.
  5. External Scholarships and Financial Aid Programs administered through CEU include:
    Erasmus Mundus scholarships, Erasmus research grants, and other private and public fellowships and scholarships.
  • Each year over 20 million in tuition scholarships and stipends each year
  • Each year over 4 million external research funds distributed each year
  • Each yearover 240 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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