Central European University (CEU)

Motto: feed your mind | find your passion

Budapest, Hungary

No. Students: 1,400 (1,400 int'l)* No. of Academic staff: 370
Funding type: Private
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*: Approximate

Why should I study here?

Discover the top reasons for why you should consider coming to Central European University (CEU)

CEU is committed to attracting talented students from around the worlda commitment backed up with unusually generous financial aid.

  • 89% of masters degree students receive financial aid
  • 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.


Central European University is a “crossroads” university that is home to students and faculty members from some 100 countries. It was established in Budapest in 1991 in response to the revolutionary changes in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Founder George Soros, the American-Hungarian financier and philanthropist, envisioned CEU as a source of intellectual support for building open and democratic societies that respect human rights and the rule of law. The University’s mission remains true to this original goal today.

CEU draws on the research tradition of great American universities as well as the most valuable intellectual legacies of Central Europe. It offers English-language graduate programs in the social sciences and humanities, business and economics, environmental sciences and policy, law, and mathematics.

Distinctive for the integrated approach it brings to teaching, research, and public service, CEU combines regional studies with an international perspective. It emphasizes comparative and interdisciplinary coursework. It engages in multi-institution projects to create new knowledge and to help solve complex societal problems. And it taps both scholars and practitioners to give students a broad frame of reference for the future.

In the 20-plus years since its founding, CEU has extended its reach globally via its curriculum, research projects, and partnerships. It has also expanded its global presence via its alumni, students, faculty, staff, and supporters, who feed their minds and pursue their passions in some 120 countries on five continents.

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


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

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.